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  • Gaza commemoration for Arafat canceled following attacks on Fatah leaders

    3 weeks ago

    A commemoration rally in Gaza for the late Palestinian Fatah party leader Yasser Arafat was canceled after attacks on Fatah leaders there.

    The event set for Tuesday was canceled on Sunday, two days after the homes and cars of Fatah leaders were blown up, as well as the stage...

  • Quenelle salute performed in front of Toulouse Jewish school

    December 30, 2013 | 11:02 am

    Amid a public debate in France over an allegedly anti-Semitic gesture, French media have published a photo of a man performing it outside the Toulouse school where four Jews were murdered.

    The photo, which was published Monday on the website of the television channel France 3,...

  • Arafat did not die of poisoning, French tests conclude

    December 3, 2013 | 12:43 pm

    Yasser Arafat was not the victim of poisoning, French forensic tests concluded on Tuesday, countering the theory put forward by a Swiss report on the 2004 death of the Palestinian leader.

    The French conclusions were immediately challenged by his widow Suha Arafat, who has argued...

  • Old assumptions questioned in Arafat’s mysterious death

    November 22, 2013 | 11:50 am

    President Yasser Arafat's spartan bedroom remains largely as he left it in 2004, when he flew off to France for treatment for a mystery illness only to return home two weeks later in a coffin.

    More like a prison cell than the living quarters of an Arab leader, a single bed lies...

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  • Palestinian investigators: Israel only suspect in Arafat ‘killing’

    November 8, 2013 | 9:37 am

    Palestinian investigators named Israel the “only suspect” in the death of Yasser Arafat after laboratory tests suggested the Palestinian leader died of poisoning.

    “We say that Israel is the prime and only suspect in the case of Yasser Arafat’s assassination, and we will continue...

  • Evidence supports Arafat poisoning theory, wider probe needed

    November 7, 2013 | 10:55 am

    The remains of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat showed test results consistent with polonium poisoning and should lead to a judicial investigation even if they were not absolute proof that he died that way, Swiss experts said on Thursday.

    The two forensic experts were part of an...

  • Russian official rules out Arafat polonium poisoning

    November 6, 2013 | 10:02 am

    The head of a Russian forensics agency said on Tuesday that samples from the body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had revealed no traces of radioactive polonium, a Russian news agency reported.

    However, the government scientific body later denied that it had made any official...

  • Palestinian leader Arafat was murdered with polonium, widow says

    November 6, 2013 | 9:51 am

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband's corpse.

    "We are revealing a real crime, a political assassination," she told Reuters in...

  • Kerry, peace and the EU

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 24, 2013 | 3:37 pm

    Three leaders were eligible for a Nobel Peace Prize 20 years ago for not bringing about a lasting peace. Today one wonders: Has the bar been lowered enough since then so that achieving negotiations alone — just the talking — is now an accomplishment worthy of the trophy? If Yitzhak...

  • Mandela/Moses

    By Rob Eshman

    June 26, 2013 | 4:08 pm

    The one fact that continues to astonish me about Nelson Mandela is this: He studied Afrikaans in prison.

    It was the language of the wardens. It was the language of the people who ruled South Africa as a minority and instituted apartheid to deprive the majority black population of...

  • Yasser Arafat planned the second intifada, his widow says

    December 31, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    Yasser Arafat planned the second intifada, his widow said in a television interview.

    Suha Arafat said the late PLO leader told her about his plans in Paris immediately following the failed summit at Camp David in 2000 featuring Arafat, President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime...

  • As Barak bids politics bye bye, questions remain about his legacy and future

    November 27, 2012 | 9:27 am

    Is Ehud Barak a calculating political survivor or a military man who, in his own words, “never had any special desire” for political life? Will he be remembered as a warrior or as a seeker of peace? And what will he do next?

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s announcement of...

  • Arafat’s body exhumed to test for poisoning

    November 27, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Forensic experts took samples from the body of former Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's uncovered corpse in the West Bank on Tuesday, trying to determine if he was murdered with the hard-to-trace radioactive poison polonium.

    Palestinians witnessed the funeral of...

  • France opens murder inquiry into Yasser Arafat’s death

    August 28, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

    Arafat’s family filed legal action in July asking French authorities to look into claims that he had been poisoned. Traces of radioactive polonium were found on Arafat’s...

  • Suha Arafat to file suit in husband’s death

    July 10, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    Suha Arafat, the widow of Palestinian Authority head Yasser Arafat, will file a legal complaint regarding her husband’s unexplained death.

    Suha Arafat will file the suit in a French court; she lives in France and Malta.

    “Madame Arafat hopes that the authorities will be able to...

  • July 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 9, 2012 | 1:57 am

    In-depth

    Obama’s Jewish financiers

    Jewish donors are moving away from their traditional support for Democratic presidential candidates, writes Lawrence Solomon in the Financial Post.

    In 2012, the Jewish allegiance to Democrats and liberal causes will mostly remain unchanged. As...

  • New tests find Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned

    July 3, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    Traces of the poisonous element polonium have been found in the belongings of late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, a Swiss institute said on Wednesday, and a television report said his widow had demanded his body be exhumed for further tests.

    Arafat died at a hospital in France...

  • Abbas speaks against settlements at Arafat memorial

    November 11, 2010 | 11:09 am

    Mahmoud Abbas told thousands of Palestinians gathered for a Yasser Arafat memorial that “The Palestinian state will arise when it is cleared of settlements.”

    The Palestinian Authority president also told the crowd in Ramallah marking the sixth anniversary of Arafat’s death that he...

  • Annapolis parlay repeating the mistakes of Oslo

    By Morton A. Klein

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Before year's end, a U.S.-sponsored conference involving Israel and the Palestinian Authority will convene in Annapolis, Md., to frame yet another plan to end the Arab-Israeli war and create a Palestinian state.

    Sadly, this conference has as much chance of succeeding as did Oslo,...

  • Books: Nusseibeh ‘Once Upon a Country’ memoir ends in disillusionment

    By Howard Kaplan

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life" by Sari Nusseibeh with Anthony David (Farrar Straus and Giroux, $27.50).

    Sari Nusseibeh's political memoir is a monumental achievement both in breadth and boldness. There is little like it on the Palestinian side, certainly nothing from...

  • Iconic Italian journalist, Oriana Fallaci, 77

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The crusading Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci spent the last years of her life issuing fiery warnings against a Muslim world that she saw poised to overrun the West.
     
    Critics accused Fallaci of sowing racial and religious hatred, but she became a heroine to many Jews and...
  • Painful Lessons Emerge From War in Lebanon

    By Michael Berenbaum

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We are now four weeks into the war in Lebanon, five weeks into the crisis in Gaza, and it is time to consider what we have learned -- if anything.

    For Jews on the left, a position where I comfortably situate myself politically and morally, this was a war that should not have...

  • Conspiracy Theories on Arafat Death Rise

    By Gil Sedan

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A year after Yasser Arafat's death, Palestinians are developing a new myth around their historic leader: Arafat did not die from natural causes but was murdered, most likely by Israel.

    Now an Israeli Arab politician has joined the conspiracy bandwagon.

    "I am confident that Arafat's...

  • Arafat’s Ghost

    By Rob Eshman

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Your first bit of post-Gaza required reading should be "How Arafat Destroyed Palestine," by David Samuels, the cover story in the September issue of The Atlantic.

    Heartening and optimistic it is not.

    Samuels followed Yasser Arafat for years before the Palestinan Authority leader's...

  • Letters

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Real Rabbi

    We can't speak for our entire congregation, but Rabbi Karen Deitch's article ("SWF Rabbi," April 1) did not embarrass us (Letters, April 29). We invite you to attend one of our erev Shabbat services when Deitch is officiating. She is a well-spoken, insightful and...

  • Palestinians Facing Uncertain Future

    By Fadi A. Elsalameen

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Standing in the Muqata, Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah, on his funeral day made me believe that we Palestinians must overcome a hurdle if we are to move forward.

    Our youth face uncertainty, our people feel lost and beaten and our elders are sad to think that their children...

  • The Occupier

    By Rob Eshman

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Yasser, it's not like we hardly knew ye. We knew ye all too well.

    All week I've watched as diplomats torture language to come up with something decent to say about this man.

    Imagine the nicest thing anybody could say at your funeral is, "Well, now that he is dead, there is a chance...

  • Why the Left-Wing Hand-Wringing?

    By Judy Gruen

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I should have known better than to forward an e-mail recommending a boycott of French products for France's anti-Israel stance and willingness to tend to Yasser Arafat on his deathbed.

    In an age of e-mail overload, forwarding e-mail is already a risky proposition, and usually I am...

  • Where Are Arafat’s Millions?

    By Dan Baron

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With Yasser Arafat's burial, he took with him one of the enduring secrets of the Palestinian regime -- the whereabouts of a missing fortune in ill-gotten public funds.

    Ranked sixth on Forbes magazine's 2003 list of "the richest kings, queens and despots," with an estimated private...

  • Ah Paris! Yasser Returns at Last

    By Carole Raphaelle Davis

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I have a mere two degrees of separation from Yasser Arafat.

    Down the street from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris is a little hair salon where I get my hair

    cut. My hairdresser is a typical French glamour boy who survives on espresso, Cartier cigarettes and gossip. Every time I settle...

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