A SIGN displaying the images of Yasser Arafat, Abbas.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
The Palestinian Authority will release the medical report concerning the death
seven years ago of PLO chairman Yasser Arafat before the end of the year, one of
his nephews, Nasser al-Qidwa, announced on Thursday.
“The report will
accurately answer many questions raised by the Palestinian people,” said Qidwa,
a former Palestinian Authority foreign minister. “The Palestinians are entitled
to a conclusive answer about the death of president Arafat and it’s our duty to
provide them with an answer.”
Qidwa claimed that a majority of
Palestinians and Arabs were convinced that Arafat did not die of natural causes,
but was “poisoned by Israeli parties.” He also claimed that there were “many
indications and signs” to back up the charge against Israel.
in a French military hospital on November 11, 2004, following a mysterious
Unconfirmed reports have suggested that Arafat may have died of
Qidwa said that the French authorities have yet to provide further
details concerning the circumstances surrounding Arafat’s death.
dismissed claims by senior PA leaders that former Fatah official Mohammed Dahlan
had allegedly assisted Israel in the “poisoning” of Arafat.
use our internal differences for political gains against any Palestinian party,”
Qidwa said. “Israel alone is responsible and that’s how the case should
Earlier this year, Fatah officials in Ramallah accused Dahlan of
involvement in the “poisoning” of Arafat. The charges came at the peak of a
dispute between Dahlan and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
Dahlan has since
been expelled from Fatah, and Abbas loyalists are demanding that he be brought
to trial for his alleged complicity in Arafat’s death and financial corruption.