'Palestinian commission of inquiry identifies suspect who poisoned Arafat'

Fatah official Tawfik Tirawi says Israel responsible for Arafat's death, but commission needs to conduct further investigations to verify its findings on specific suspect.

February 11, 2015 12:42
Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


A Palestinian commission of inquiry has succeeded in identifying the suspect who poisoned Yasser Arafat, a senior Fatah official said on Tuesday.

Tawfik Tirawi, head of the commission who previously served as commander of the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Service in the West Bank, told the Ma’an news agency that Israel was responsible for the death of Arafat in November 2004.

Tirawi did not reveal the identity of the suspect in the alleged poisoning of Arafat. The commission needs to conduct further investigations to verify its findings, he said.

“Israel is responsible for the death of Arafat, but we are searching for the person who was directly involved,” Tirawi said.

Tirawi also accused Hamas of seeking to “eliminate” Fatah as part of a “US-backed Mossad scheme.” He also claimed that Hamas was planning to take control over the West Bank.

According to Tirawi, Hamas officials are holding “consultations” with Israeli, American and European representatives.

Earlier this week, Hamas accused Tirawi of being behind a spree of bombings that targeted Hamas and Fatah officials in the Gaza Strip in recent weeks.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

July 18, 2019
Palestinians home razings near security barrier may be delayed


Cookie Settings