Arafat May Have Been Poisoned
Tests suggest high levels of polonium
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2012 3:55 PM CDT
Yasser Arafat, in a 1996 file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) Al Jazeera has what could be a bombshell report: Its nine-month investigation raises the strong possibility that longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was fatally poisoned in 2004. The news organization had his personal belongings, including clothes and his toothbrush, analyzed by a lab in Switzerland, and the results turned up highly radioactive polonium.

“I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr. Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids,” says the lab's director. Arafat had been healthy until suddenly becoming ill with a still-unexplained ailment. If polonium sounds familiar, it's probably because of the death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. The spy-turned-dissident was poisoned with it in 2006.

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HANKHILL
Jul 4, 2012 11:45 AM CDT
dude be dead let him just rot in hell! if who ever is that good with poison wants a new job let him go get assend!
right2dave
Jul 4, 2012 8:22 AM CDT
You could round up the relatives of thousands of people he murdered. Good start.
Sphinx
Jul 4, 2012 3:19 AM CDT
Palestinians have been saying this FOR YEARS. My 70-year-old grandmother was literally talking about this two days ago; she had absolutely no doubt that Israel poisoned him. It's not like it would have been an isolated incident. I was in Jordan when the Mossad poisoned Khaled Mashal. This is not outside of their wheelhouse.