Discussion » Current Events » Swiss institute finds polonium in Arafat's effects

  • A豆腐
    A豆腐 wrote:
    <p><a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/07/03/us-palestinians-arafat-idUKBRE8621CL20120703">Source</a></p> <p>(Reuters) - 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.</p> <p>Arafat died at a hospital in France in 2004, after a sudden illness which baffled doctors. Many Palestinians have long suspected he was poisoned.</p> <p>Darcy Christen, spokesman for the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland, told Reuters on Tuesday it had found "surprisingly" high levels of polonium-210 in Arafat's belongings.</p> <p>But he stressed that clinical symptoms described in Arafat's medical reports were not consistent with polonium-210 and that conclusions could not be drawn as to whether the Palestinian leader was poisoned or not.</p> <p>The Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite channel said the institute had tested Arafat's personal effects, given them by his widow.</p> <p>Its documentary said they showed that his clothes, toothbrush and kaffiyeh headscarf contained abnormal levels of polonium, a rare, highly radioactive element.</p> <p>"I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr. Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids," Francois Bochud, director of the institute, said in the documentary.</p> <p>Bochud said the only way to confirm the findings would be to exhume Arafat's body to test it for polonium-210.</p> <p>"But we have to do it quite fast because polonium is decaying, so if we wait too long, for sure, any possible proof will disappear," he told Al Jazeera.</p> <p>Polonium was found to have caused the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006, and he was assumed to have been deliberately poisoned.</p> <p>Arafat's widow Suha said she would ask for Arafat's body - buried in the West Bank town of Ramallah, seat of the Palestinian self-rule authority - to be exhumed.</p> <p>Speaking at the end of the documentary, aired on Al Jazeera's English and Arabic channels, she said: "We have to go further and exhume Yasser Arafat's body to reveal the truth to all the Muslim and Arab world."</p> <p>Arafat led the Palestinian Liberation Organisation's fight against Israel from the 1960s but signed a peace agreement with the Jewish state in 1993 establishing Palestinian self-rule areas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.</p> <p>His mysterious death came four years into a Palestinian uprising, after years of talks with Israel failed to lead to a Palestinian state. French doctors who treated Arafat in his final days could not establish the cause of death.</p> <p>French officials refused to give details of his condition, citing privacy laws, fuelling a host of rumors and theories over the nature of his illness.</p> <p>(Additional reporting by Sami Aboudi and Andrew Hammond; editing by Andrew Roche)</p> <p><img src="http://img.dl.e.weliveinchina.com/_outimages/98617B60A1C9077E2C1D2F46170B5F06/536/WMDEditor/2/2012/7/4/536_10002012070417254066795-2.jpg" alt="alt text" /></p>
  • High Priest
    High Priest wrote:

    Israel is responsible for it. But who can raise a finger to blame them?

  • Alex ^∞
    Alex ^∞ wrote:


    (I win.)

  • High Priest
    High Priest wrote:

    @Calvin, @Michael, If not Jews, tell me who else killed this man.

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    Hamas is just as likely a culprit as Israel. Also, the Swiss are the only people who can out-Jew a Jew, with a possible exception being Mormons.

    I like Patatje's no-state solution.

    However, we could be more creative than glassing the desert with nukes. Besides, as hostile as I am toward all religions, I'm still something of a historian, and I hate the idea of destroying the things that ought to remind future generations that people who claim relationships with an angry sky father are SO MAD.

    I say give people a year to leave, then neutron bomb it and turn it into a historical reenactment theme park with no cartoon mascots because that would be idolatry.

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