Daily Israel Report

Report: Arafat Death Report Coming

The family of late PLO arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat says the report detailing his cause of death will soon be released.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 11/11/2011, 11:35 AM

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A nephew of late PLO founder Yasser Arafat says the family will be releasing a 558-page French medical report detailing the cause of his death.

Naser al-Qudwa told the Palestinian Authority's semi-official Maan News Agency  the document is being translated from French before it is released.

Al-Qudwa claimed the report would answer "many questions," adding the 'Palestinian people' had a right to clear answers regarding his uncle's death.

The report by French doctors reportedly describes a platelet disorder and speculates on its cause. The doctors, however, ruled out cancer or acute infection, Al-Qudwa says.

"We have said that it is poisoning," Al-Qudwa said, insinuating - as he has since his uncle's death - that Arafat was killed by Israel's security services.

Al-Qudwa admitted, however, that doctors were unable to determine what - if any - poison was in Arafat's system to begin with.

Arafat died on Nov. 11, 2004 in Paris. Medical records have been closely guarded by the former PLO leader's family, who has sought to protect his legacy amid speculation as to the cause of his death that has ranged from AIDS, to cirrhosis, leukemia, liver failure, and poisoning.

PA officials have long decried that, due to French laws governing medical privacy, the actual facts about Arafat's death have been carefully filtered by his family, especially his widow Suha.

Some PA officials expressed concern after Al-Qudwa said he would release the medical report, that the Arafat family would only release a sanitized translation and not the original French-language documents.

Al-Qudwa told Maan  the Yasser Arafat Institute will hold a festival in Lebanon for the first time to mark the anniversary of Arafat's death.

There will also be two festivals in Judea and Samaria later in the month, he said.