Current Event Cat of the Day: Yasser Arafat’s Corpse

Current Event Cat - Arafat Poison

A year after digging up Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s body, Swiss scientists have determined with 83 percent accuracy that he was poisoned with radioactive polonium.

Tests (scientific tests) have confirmed that Arafat, who died in 2004 at age 75, had high levels of radioactive polonium in his body. Samples from his bones and organs showed at least 18 times the normal level of the poison.

However, the scientists would not say definitively whether polonium poisoning had caused his death in 2004, but agree that the results “moderately support” polonium as the cause.

“Was polonium the cause of the death for certain? The answer is no, we cannot show categorically that hypothesis that the poisoning caused was this or that,” Professor Francois Bochud told a news conference on Thursday.

“Our results offer moderate backing for the theory of poisoning.”

Arafat’s widow, Suha, who originally opposed exhuming her late husband’s body, was satisfied with the results. She always believed that Arafat, who fell mysteriously ill after eating a meal at home, was assassinated.

But the scientific report failed to discuss the most important aspect of the case: who killed Arafat? Arafat, who led the Palestine Liberation Organisation for 35 years and became the first president of the Palestinian Authority in 1996, was known for having many enemies around the world. His killer could literally be anyone (even you), but most signs point to his Palestinian rivals or the Israeli government, his sworn enemy. Either way, this new revelation will do wonders for the Middle East peace process.

Via: Al Jazeera

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