After police prevented some 80 Fatah members from holding a memorial celebration
to honor former PLO leader Yasser Arafat on Monday in east Jerusalem a riot
broke out resulting in the use of stun grenades and at least three
According to police, the afternoon celebration was to be
held at a social club in the neighborhood of Ma’ale Hazeitim. This is a
violation of Israeli law forbidding Fatah and Hamas members from holding or
sponsoring events of any kind in the capital.
“Police were notified that
it was taking place and got a court order to shut down the scheduled event,”
said a police spokesperson Tuesday.
“After it was closed down a riot
broke, stones were thrown at officers and police were forced to use stun
grenades to quell the disturbance.”
The spokesperson said no officers
were seriously injured in the melee and no arrests were made.
in France on November 11, 2004 at the age of 75. Doctors were unable to specify
the cause of death and no post-mortem was carried out at the
Palestinian investigators have long accused Israel of poisoning the
former PLO chairman with radioactive polonium, and have exhumed Arafat’s body to
The Israeli government staunchly denies the allegation, calling
it “nonsense” and a “soap opera.”