Arafat’s widow, Suha, has never been convinced about the official record of his death. When it comes to matters Palestinian and Israeli, nothing is ever entirely convincing – at least in the official channel. She has taken legal action claiming murder, encouraged by an al-Jazeera report that her husband had, in fact, been poisoned by the radioactive isotope polonium-210. That particular poison was made famous when the Russian dissident and former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko succumbed to its effects in London. What new light this murder investigation by French prosecutors will shed will be intriguing but change little in the scheme of things. Truth is always the vassal to partisanship.
An investigation of Arafat’s belongings by a lab at the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne piqued Suha’s interest, largely because it seems to contradict the medical report of French doctors made after his death. In the words of the director of the Lausanne Institute, François Bochud, “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.”
We might have never known the contents of that report had it not been leaked to the New York Times in 2005. Where there is polonium, the dark hand of an agency casts its shadow, ever inconclusive on the public record – except in result. There is much to be made from the fact that three of the six known deaths caused by polonium occurred in Israel, all in the 1960s. Full story...