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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:52 AM

 

Arafatís Body Is Exhumed for Poison Tests

Source: New York Times

The remains of Yasir Arafat were exhumed on Tuesday morning as part of a probe into whether the Palestinian leader was poisoned, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

The area around Mr. Arafatís tomb in the West Bank city of Ramallah has been closed off for two weeks as laborers carefully removed the layers of stone and concrete and the exhumation took place far from the eyes of the public and the news media.

Palestinian officials said that the grave would be reclosed with military ceremonies once the Russian, French and Swiss experts had taken samples from the remains. It was not clear how long it would be before the teams produced results of the investigation, though experts said it was likely to take months.

The exhumation took place eight years after Mr. Arafatís death in a Paris hospital in 2004 at age of 75. It was the result of a television investigation into the cause of his death, which has long remained shrouded in contention and mystery.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/28/world/middleeast/yasir-arafats-body-is-exhumed-for-poison-tests.html?hp``

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Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:55 AM

1. According to BBC, he's already been re-sealed. No re-funeral, though.

They did it quickly.

I think he may have been poisoned, myself. I'd like to have answers. I'm sure many would.

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:10 PM

7. I didn't realize there was any real doubt he had been murdered

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Response to demhottie (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:15 PM

8. There was an initial kerfluffle, mention of polonium, followed by insinuations that it was

planted after the fact or the readings were wrong...then it all petered out and we were left with a mystery. Rumors were concurrently circulated, with no medical evidence presented, that he died of AIDS.

I hope we can get some definitive answers from this latest effort.

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Response to MADem (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:42 PM

10. I thought his personal physician was the one who started the rumor

No evidence other than his own say so.

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Response to marshall (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 02:07 PM

11. I don't know. Maybe the MD was the guy who "took the bribe?" nt

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Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:02 AM

2. They should spend as much time analyzing his finances.

 

The billions he stole from the Palestinian people would do a lot of good.

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Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:07 AM

3. Rachel Maddow explained it would take 45 days to see the half life of plutonium

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Because natural plutonium has a much longer half life than man-made polonium. So they have to wait for that. If it turns out the plutonium he had in his body, if it indeed was there, was man made then it would be obvious he was poisoned.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:22 AM

4. The French doctors should also have found it...

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Response to lunatica (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:31 AM

5. Polonium.

Po 209
Not Pu 94

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:31 PM

9. Thanks for the correction

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Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:52 PM

6. I think it's just a ruse to desecrate his corpse.

Just like the rednecks did with Lincoln. Every few years someone would come up with a zany crackpot theory about who killed him or how he died, and they'd go dig him up again, and again. Someone even tried to steal his body once.

Looks to me like the same idea is afoot with Arafat. When the polonium angle doesn't work, "they" will go back to work and come up with a new theory that wasn't tested for this time, so they can dig him up again. And they'll keep doing it until they bury Arafat's corpse in a fortress.

Then someone will probably bomb the fortress.

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Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 02:24 PM

12. What happens if he was killed. They can not prove who did it.

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Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 04:25 PM

13. he wasn't poisoned.

He died from Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation, but the doctors in France may or may not know what caused it.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/absolutely-no-way-arafat-was-poisoned-says-top-doctor-who-teaches-at-paris-hospital-where-palestinian-leader-died/

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