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Report: French experts rule out Arafat poisoning

Report: French experts rule out Arafat poisoning

A highly criticized Swiss analysis suggested a moderate possibility of polonium poisoining as the cause of Yasser Arafat’s death.  Arafat’s widow had requested the testing.

Palestinian political officials immediately announced (as they had even before the Swiss report) that Israel was the culprit.

AFP now is reporting that a French group of experts dismisses the claim of poisoning (h/t NOW English):

Arafat’s death: French experts dismiss the poisoning theory  (via Google Translate):

So says a source close to the …

The experts appointed by the French justice to investigate the death of Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004 near Paris, depart the thesis of poisoning the Palestinian leader, told AFP on Tuesday a source familiar with the matter.

“This report rejected the theory of poisoning and goes in the direction of a natural death,” the source said, confirming information from France Inter. Recent reports of Swiss and Russian medical tests on samples of the remains of the historic Palestinian leader had revealed the presence of abnormal amounts of polonium-210 in the body and seemed to support the theory of poisoning.

Update: Al Jazeera is reporting similar findings:

French investigators have concluded in a report that Yasser Arafat died of natural causes and ruled out the possibility that he was poisoned, a source told Al Jazeera.

“The analysis cannot lead us to affirm that Arafat died of polonium 210 poisoning,” reads the report, according to the source, who who has seen it. The report comes to the same conclusion the French reached in 2004 – that Arafat died of a brain hemorrhage and an intestinal infection.

According to the forensic report presented in Paris to Suha Arafat, the widow of the late Palestinian leader, and her lawyer, Saad Djabbar, French investigators found traces of the radioactive element polonium 210, but concluded that Arafat died of natural causes.


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I always figured he died from being an evil, rotten bastard.

I still hold that as a working hypothesis…

He died from AIDS, the old nasty-looking bastard, likely acquired from a surfeit of young boys with skin like pearls.

The great joke is that the nuts in Judea and Samaria can’t figure out how to blame Israel for giving Arafat AIDS without admitting that Arafat had it, the old sod.

Only a phony “scientist” or “doctor” would attribute a death to polonium poisoning due to “the presence of abnormal amounts of polonium-210 in the body” of the deceased.

The entire point of using polonium to assassinate someone, as was practiced in a couple of cases by the KGB, is to leave no trace. Polonium has a very short half-life and deteriorates completely and quickly, leaving NO trace of itself.

The only real evidence of polonium poisoning would be in the symptoms of radiation poisoning and the onset and length thereof. This was quite clearly not such a case.

I suspect Arafat’s widow wants to keep the Palestinians and their sympathizers and donors focused on spurious side issues and not upon what she’s done with the billions he stole from the PLA.

The lack of actual evidence of radiation poisoning is just proof that the poisoning was carried out in an especially devious way./sarcasm

As someone told me once- “Evidence confirms the evil conspiracy, but the lack of evidence proves the effectiveness of the coverup. And using logic/being skeptical proves YOU are a racist.”

BannedbytheGuardian | December 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Arafat – he’s just somebody we used to know.

Any poision found in Arafat’s system undoubtedly came from within. He was the personification of corruption and decay. An appropriate man for the death cult that he led. Every time I hear his name I get this warm fuzzy feeling, knowing that he’s suffering horribly in hell.