Was Yasser Arafat Murdered?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nearly a week after the United States and Egypt led negotiations between Hamas and Israel, the Gaza ceasefire seems to be holding. Israelis and Palestinians have returned to their daily lives in what seems to be an uneasy, if stable, peace. 

But today, a ghost from the Middle East conflict's past will rise again.

Yasser Arafat, former chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, died after a mysterious, month-long illness in a French military hospital, eight years ago. Today French, Swiss, and Russian scientists will exhume Arafat's body in Ramallah, a few months after Swiss authorities found radioactive elements on his clothing. The garments supplied by Arafat's widow, Suha. 

In July, Suha told the BBC that she was "relieved" about the investigation. "We have been asking for this inquiry for eight years," she said. "I was shocked, first, of course, because it’s a very dangerous poison, what they discovered, but I was relieved that we are on steps of knowing the truth."

Charles Glass is a Middle East expert, journalist, and broadcaster. He discusses the investigation and Arafat's legacy.


Charles Glass

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [8]

oscar from ny

I dont get it. Why do these ppls "jews" and "muslims" claim that god and angels directly talk to them and gave these two groups instructions for the world, supposedly they are the beacon for peace love etc etc....it seems to me that like a father indulges and spoils their kids, these two groups have become enemies of their father and are sawing their fruit of destruction wherever they go...

Nov. 28 2012 03:31 PM
jeanette goldsmith

Whatever the man died from, the world, in my view, is a better place without him. My comment pertains to John Hockenberry's gratuitous reference to the Israelis living on the "West Bank," as "colonizers." They could as easily, and with more justification, be called Jews reclaiming their biblical heritage--especially since the West Bank, formerly Judea and Samaria, became the "West Bank" when it was illegally snatched by Jordan in 1948. Israel regained the land in the 1967 War which was forced on it by Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. Apart from Jordan's illegal tenure, no nation has had sovereignty over Judea and Samaria (a.k.a. the "West Bank") since the people of ancient Israel.

Nov. 28 2012 01:07 AM

I could not believe how one sided and biased the interview was with your guest correspondent. “If the Arafat was murdered, it could only be Israeli’s”? Really? I could think of a few more interested parties. How about his wife that lives a very cushy lifestyle in France that needs to be financed or Hamas, that rose to its current power in Gaza only after Arafat’s death? I also appreciated the “largest outdoor prison in the world” comment (among many pro-Palestinian rhetoric’s). If a person’s only mission in life is to kill another, wouldn't we keep that criminal in real prison? Instead, we give in to the demands and foul cries while they send rockets on Israel.

Nov. 27 2012 04:05 PM
oscar from ny

Yes he was murdered by the zionist regime, but anyways...if america wants to stop terrorism i think that they need to tell the "terrorist" leaders or presidents that they should talk to their ppl about giving them hope..hope so they wont be quick to pick up a weapon, brain wash them like they do to us in America, tell them that everything will be ok if only if instead of hating us that they can bbq, plant food, watch tv, give them televisions, propaganda, candy, fill them with internet, stuff we take for granted, they already have mass amounts of drugs, we got to give those ppl a chance, make them " normal" like nice sheep, that way they're not idelung in the mountains ready to commit jihad...if we for once treat them kind maybe theyll come around, ...or this war on terrorism will be our demise

Nov. 27 2012 03:09 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

All conspiracy theories are true and should be dropped from conversation and speculation... The great thing about conspiracy theories is that no matter what the results are, the conspiracy theory will continue...Arafat's test results will not stop people from speculating... The only result will be more fodder and preoccupation.
There is never a satisfying answer to any conspiracy theory...

Nov. 27 2012 12:49 PM

A "startling omission" indeed from our comprehensive journalists regarding a despicable gangster who even today compels his cultists to literally look under a rock in search of him and the cause of his demise since he was the picture of health at 75.
Once that crucial task is completed how about his followers and diligent reporters search the funding of the large bank accounts of Suha Arafat who resides comfortably in that ancient village of Palestine called Paris, France.

Nov. 27 2012 09:55 AM
Trey Greene from Detroit

After all, (you should have said) the Mosssad *did* fund Hamas in its early stages, to make it a stronger intra-Palestinian opponent, thus weakening Arafat.

Nov. 27 2012 09:33 AM

The startling omission in this interview is any mention of the evidence that points to Arafat having died of AIDS.

David Frum, a frequent guest on this program, has reported on the Arafat/AIDS mystery over many years:


Nov. 27 2012 09:28 AM

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