Yasser Arafat

Palestinians say Israel ‘only suspect’ in Arafat death

Tawfiq Tirawi (centre), Palestinian inquiry chief into the death of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, speaks at a press conference in Ramallah. Photo: AFP

Palestinian investigators said on Friday that Israel is the “only suspect” in the death of former president Yasser Arafat, after laboratory tests suggested he died from polonium poisoning.

Friday, 8 November, 2013, 6:13pm

Arafat remains exhumed for evidence of poison

The mausoleum of the former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, West Bank. Photo: EPA

The body of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was exhumed on Tuesday by a team of international experts trying to discover if he was poisoned, as many Palestinians believe.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:29pm

Arafat’s remains said to be exhumed on Tuesday

Yasser Arafat. Photo: Reuters

The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday.

24 Nov 2012 - 8:51pm

Briefs, October 3, 2012

Gunmen kill 26 at Nigerian college

3 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

France opens inquiry into claims of Arafat poisoning

Yasser Arafat. Photo: AP

French prosecutors have opened a murder enquiry into Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s 2004 death near Paris following claims he may have died of polonium poisoning, sources said on Tuesday.

The probe comes after Arafat’s family launched legal action in France last month following reports the veteran Palestinian leader may have died from radioactive polonium.

29 Aug 2012 - 12:00pm

World briefs, August 29, 2012

Romania's Traian Basescu after the referendum. Photo: Reuters

France starts probe into Arafat's death

29 Aug 2012 - 3:42am

Beaten and disgraced, Arafat's ex-bodyguard wins an apology

He was, for years, always there, poised alertly just behind Yasser Arafat's shoulder, the picture of a dedicated bodyguard prepared to take the bullet to spare the man he was protecting.

All national leaders have bodyguards, but Arafat's seemed to have no replacement, no life of his own beyond protecting the rais, the leader. Wherever Arafat went, there was he.

14 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Enough is enough

The all-too-familiar cycle of tit-for-tat violence has started anew in the Middle East, but this time things must be different. Mediation, not military might, is the only way for peace to break out and Israel has no option but to take this step.

9 May 2002 - 12:00am

Arafat betrayed his own people

In your editorial of May 3 headlined 'Talking peace' you refer to Yasser Arafat as a 'national hero'.

He is, in fact, one of the fathers of modern terrorism who the international community decided to treat as a statesman for purely strategic reasons.

9 May 2002 - 12:00am

New leadership could help bring peace

I agree that Israel has a right to the land that it has acquired over the years. I also agree with the right of Israel to defend itself against suicide bombings that have killed many of its innocent civilians.

1 May 2002 - 12:00am

A glimmer of hope

Ariel Sharon's first meeting with Palestinian officials since taking office is the most positive step the Israeli Prime Minister could have taken towards creating conditions for peace. Until now, he has used guns and rockets to do his talking in the conflict; that he is prepared to use a meeting room instead can only be applauded.

3 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

The path to peace

As the second year of the new millennium draws to a close, the Christmas message of peace on earth and goodwill to man seems a distant, unattainable dream, an almost mocking commentary on man's inability to get on with his fellow men.

26 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Actions speak loudest

Empty words have gone far enough in the Middle East. It is time for tough action and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat must prove his mettle and bring an end to violence that has claimed far too many innocent lives.

4 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Cycle of violence

It is still possible that outsiders will prove able to rescue Israelis and Palestinians from their own worst instincts, but the chances decrease with each new atrocity and violent retaliation. Despite the best efforts of a diverse crew of foreign leaders, the two sides have not yet come near reaching agreement to halt the bloodshed, let alone reviving their derailed search for peace.

14 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Time for free elections

IF he follows through with free elections, Yasser Arafat's return to Gaza and Jericho after 27 years in exile have marked a turning point in the fortunes of the Palestinian people. If he does not, he should have stayed away.

8 Jul 1994 - 12:00am