What Killed Arafat?

Al Jazeera (2013)

Film Review

For me, the principal importance of this documentary series is that it exposes whitewashing by the western media of the death of Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat.

I vaguely recall the 2012 BBC report on the Palestinian Authority decision to exhume Arafat’s body, based on evidence of polonium poisoning in his personal effects. After watching this two-part documentary, I now realize the western reporting was total disinformation.

Among the most important facts the film brings out:

  • The Palestinian Authority, believing from the outset that Arafat had been poisoned, begged the Bush administration to prevail on Israel to provide them an antidote. Years earlier they forced Israel to give them an antidote after bodyguards captured the Mossad agent who poisoned the leader of Hamas.
  • It was Al Jazeera itself that undertook, at the behest of his widow, a forensic investigation into Arafat’s death. They approached the Swiss University Center for Legal Medicine, whose scientists discovered high levels of radioactive polonium 210 in his hospital clothing.
  • It was the Palestinian Authority, rather than Arafat’s widow as reported in the western media, that refused to agree to an autopsy. This procedure is routine under French law (Arafat died in a Paris hospital) when the cause of death is unknown.
  • Arafat didn’t die of a stroke, as reported in western media. He died of Diffuse Intravascular Coagulation (DIC), a condition of whole body clotting triggered by a catastrophic medical condition such as leukemia, cancer, infection, HIV or poisoning.

At the time Arafat developed his mystery illness, he was living under siege in a two room apartment surrounded by ruble in bombed out Ramallah. The Israeli government had leveled the Palestinian Authority complex as part of a regime change exercise undertaken jointly by the Bush administration and Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon.

Arafat was in excellent health when he suddenly became violently ill (after a meal) with a mystery illness of four weeks duration. His French doctors tested him for a number of known poisonings. The possibility of polonium poisoning didn’t occur to anyone until it was used to assassinate Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko in 2006.

Part I

Part 2

Comments
  1. This is extremely disturbing. Because of politics, they willingly and knowingly killed a man and in a most horrid way, but the sad fact is, I don’t think this has been the only time it’s been done. And I don’t think it will never be done again.

    • Assassination has been a fundamental part of US foreign and domestic policy ever since it declared independence from England. Thanks to information technology, more and more citizens of the world are waking up to this fact – even if many Americans are a little slow to catch on.

  2. I am Aranab says:

    You know after I watched “the imitation game” I really have no trust for governments. The amount of classified info is just outrageous.

  3. Schlüter says:

    See also:
    „Arafat and Litvinenko: an Interesting Turn to a Mysterious Story“, http://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/arafat-and-litvinenko-an-interesting-turn-to-a-mysterious-story/
    Regards

  4. Unfortunately Schluter the French courts – the only institution to open a criminal investigation into Arafat’s death – dismissed the case claiming Arafat had “normal” polonium levels (despite the Swiss evidence) when his body was exhumed. Of course it was also the French courts who declared Diana’s death “accidental” – despite massive evidence to the contrary.

  5. Bill Ziegler says:

    Polonium-stuffed chutzpah at play — the more obvious the devious act the more proud the poisoner. Evil lives.

  6. Excellent observation, Bill. You’re right. This seems especially true in the case of Israel.

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