Arafat's Remains to Be Exhumed Tuesday
Authorities will test his body for poisoning
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2012 6:09 AM CST
This photo shows Yasser Arafat, right, in 1981.   (AP Photo/ Zuheir Saade, File)

(Newser) – Years of speculation about Yasser Arafat's death may be answered soon—his body will be exhumed from his West Bank tomb on Tuesday, reports the BBC. The Palestinian leader died in 2004 at age 75, and an al-Jazeera documentary in July revealed that some of his personal effects had unusually high levels of radioactive polonium-210. Many Palestinians suspect Israel poisoned Arafat, and France (where he died) has a murder investigation open. The tests will be conducted by French, Swiss, and Russian experts, and Arafat will be reburied in a private ceremony later on Tuesday.

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Nov 24, 2012 5:45 PM CST
It's about time. I've always felt there was something REALLY fishy about his sudden death.. I'm not usually given to conspiracy theories but nothing added up there. Except that Israel wanted Arafat out of the way badly.
Nov 24, 2012 1:37 PM CST
Even if they find out he was poisoned - what will that do to help matters. Unless they can somehow prove who did it - everything else is speculation that could lead to unjustified bloodshed...again.
Nov 24, 2012 11:48 AM CST
the sob is dead be happy with that!