Arafat is dead...this time it's for real!

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Arafat, Founder of Palestinian Cause, Dead at 75

PARIS (Reuters) - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (news - web sites), who rose from guerrilla icon to Nobel prize-winning peacemaker only to fall into isolation amid new violence with Israel, was declared dead in a Paris hospital on Thursday, officials said.

The 75-year-old Palestinian president's death, announced at his West Bank headquarters of Ramallah, ended days of rumors over his condition.

The official announcement was made by his senior aide Tayeb Abdel Rahim.

"The Palestinian leadership mourns Yasser Arafat ... who died at 4:30 this morning," said Abdel Rahim, near tears.

The Palestinian president died with his 40-year quest for a state unachieved, a succession scramble pitting old loyalists against a younger generation on the cards, and Israel cementing its grip on occupied land in the absence of diplomacy.

Arafat's death, removing the man Israel called an impassable obstacle to peace, offered potential for the first peace bid in years. But no potential successor wields his authority and fears are strong that infighting could hamper any peacemaking.

Arafat held all the reins of power -- the Palestine Liberation Organization (news - web sites), the self-rule Palestinian Authority (news - web sites) and the main Fatah (news - web sites) political movement. He groomed no successor, but over the decades took on the aura of an irreplaceable patriarch.

"Mr Arafat led our people from a status of refugees who need to be settled somewhere or given some humanitarian support into a people with rights," Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath told CNN on Wednesday.

"To us, he is a man who produced dignity, resilience, who himself lived a very austere life in parallel with the way many Palestinians live. He gave the Palestinians hope, and that is really the difficulty of losing him."

Arafat was a legendary survivor, escaping a 1970 Jordanian onslaught provoked by a partial PLO takeover of the country to launch attacks on Israel, a 1982 Israeli siege of his lair in Beirut and a 1992 plane crash in the Libyan desert.

SWIFT DEMISE

But the demise of the charismatic Arafat, acclaimed by Palestinians as the father of their nationalist struggle while branded by most Israelis as an irredeemable "face of terror," came swiftly and threw his people into shock.

Senior Palestinian sources said there would be a funeral in Cairo and burial in Arafat's shell-shattered headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah -- where he had effectively been pinned by Israel for over 2-1/2 years.

Israel said on Wednesday it would permit Arafat's burial in Ramallah and Arab leaders, even from states with which it remains officially at war, to attend the memorial service.

Arafat was short and bald, with a permanent stubbly beard. he favored a black and white Arab headdress and cut an unlikely figure as a guerrilla chief despite the olive drab uniform and pistol he wore for so long on his hip.

In 1994, Arafat returned from exile in Tunis to head a self rule Palestinian Authority enshrined by interim peace deals. For those, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize with then Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin (news - web sites) and foreign minister Shimon Peres.

But a peace summit in 2000 aimed at creating a Palestinian state in the two territories alongside a secure Israel collapsed in disputes over borders, sovereignty over Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees from wars since 1948.

Fighting re-erupted and Israel reoccupied or encircled West Bank cities amid a tide of suicide bombings by Palestinian militants from both Arafat's Fatah movement and Islamist rivals.

Arafat denied Israeli accusations of inciting violence. He deflected U.S.-led efforts to sideline him, cutting down two reform-minded prime ministers named under Washington's pressure.
 
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fcuk him, he was holding things up and blocking progress and encouraging nepotism, all that power and wealth is as much use as a chocolate fireguard when you are dead, it would have been better to invest in the future of young Palestinians and be remembered for it, instead he is viliifed for a corrupt old tosser that he is, he leave a terrible legacy behind.
 
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The ****** has been dead for days!!! :D

Its just his wife and her cronnies have been keeping that secret till she could get her sh*t sorted (stash the stolen millions) then tell t he wprld he was dead.


Mark my word, in years to come we WILL fond out that he was dead for days!!

Thank feck!!

agent smith
 
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What a four letter man he was. Good riddance.

No doubt the PLO will collapse into the usual Arab chaos for a few months, but it's anybody's guess what will eventually emerge. I shouldn't think it will be much of an improvement, but at least nobody else seems to wear that stupid tea towel.

Here's a funny thing. When I went to bed last night, his cronies were saying he was still alive, just, but the Egyptians were saying his funeral would take place in Cairo on Friday. There was some acknowledgement from the tv reptiles that this sounded a bit odd, but no-one mentioned it this morning.

So when did the wicked old bugger actually die? In the night? Yesterday? Last week? As the hospital is not only in France but belongs to the French military, will we ever know the truth?
 
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I think things may improve now the old cnut is gone. Bush would not deal with Arafat as he had lied to him.

Begs the question - why does Bush still deal with Bliar? Or is Bush the only person Bliar hasn't lied to?
 
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Thank god its over,

will raise a glass in celebration of the f*kers demise after the silence.

the devil will welcome his own :twisted:
 
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Says it all really:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4001715.stm
Tributes to Arafat led by Blair

Tony Blair called Mr Arafat a 'symbol of the Palestinian movement'
Prime Minister Tony Blair has led UK tributes to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who died in the early hours of Thursday in a French hospital.
Giving his condolences to Mr Arafat's family, the prime minister renewed his commitment to peace in the Middle East.

"President Arafat came to symbolise the Palestinian national movement," he said in a statement.

Conservative leader Michael Howard said: "There will be a deep sense of loss among the Palestinian people."

Mr Arafat, 75, had been in a coma since 3 November and on Tuesday suffered a brain haemorrhage. In his final hours, he had brain damage and kidney and liver failure.

It has not been made clear what illness the Palestinian leader was suffering from, although doctors ruled out cancer and poisoning.

'International awareness'

Jack Straw said it would be "hard to imagine the Middle East without" Mr Arafat.

He said: "I want to express my deep sympathy and condolences to the Palestinian people on the death of Yasser Arafat."

He said the Palestinian president had "created an international awareness" of the plight of his people and was a "towering figure" in the Arab world.

And he made clear the British Government would work with Mr Arafat's successor.

The foreign secretary said he would be attending Mr Arafat's funeral on behalf of the British Government.




Yasser Arafat dies
Mr Blair said: "President Arafat... won the Nobel peace prize in 1994 jointly with Yitzhak Rabin in recognition of their efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East.

"He led his people to an historic acceptance of the need for a two-state solution.

"That goal of a viable Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel is one that we must continue to work tirelessly to achieve. Peace in the Middle East must be the international community's highest priority.

"We will do whatever we can, working with the US and the EU to help the parties reach a fair and durable settlement."

Mr Howard said that Mr Arafat had "sought to stand up for [Palestinians'] interests".

"But will be for history to judge whether the failure to achieve a Palestinian state existing alongside Israel... was the failure of circumstance or of will," Mr Howard added.

'Opportunity'


Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy said Mr Arafat had been "a remarkable figure on the international stage for decades and helped achieve great strides for the Palestinian cause".

But he added: "History will judge it as tragic that he was unable or unwilling to go the extra mile at a crucial time.

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He worked hard to achieve the idea that no-one today will reject: that Palestinians deserve a state

Mohammed, Williamsburg, USA


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"It is to be hoped that a new generation of leaders can now seriously advance the Middle East peace process."

Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesman Sir Menzies Campbell told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the "opportunity has got to be taken" by the international community "to press ahead to try and reach some settlement".

He added: "For the last two years both Israel and the US have refused to deal with Arafat.

"To a large extent he has suffered political impotence, and that has inevitably had consequences for the extent to which the Palestinian cause has been seen to be of importance."
 
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semper said:
fcuk him, he was holding things up and blocking progress and encouraging nepotism, all that power and wealth is as much use as a chocolate fireguard when you are dead, it would have been better to invest in the future of young Palestinians and be remembered for it, instead he is viliifed for a corrupt old tosser that he is, he leave a terrible legacy behind.
What he said........

Hopefully Sharon will die from a heart attack, then there might be a slim chance of peace.........
 
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No surprise then that the BBC (which has abandoned any precept of unbiased reporting now) is fawning over Arafat's memory.

so no mention of Black September, attacks on Jordan, terror campaign conducted from Lebanon, Munich 68, vast corruption and misplaced millions, etc, etc
 
#12
May the old bastard Rot in Pieces
 
#13
Munich was 1972 PY. Arafat prints were all over Entebbe and Achille Lauro too. Pity he didn't take a trip to Entebbe to see how his
protégés were doing during the incident and suffer their fate at the hands of the IDF. (A spectacular feat of arms)

(Can’t remember where I first heard this). In 1982 an IDF sniper had Arafat lined up. ‘I can slot the fcuker boss’. General Sharon, then Minister of Defence, ordered the sniper to stand down. D'oh!

Lucifer will be giving Arafat the guided tour about now. ‘Here is your room Yasser. In the next block you will find some disappointed suicide bombers, suicide pilots and beheaders of infidels. You have no immediate neighbours yet but Adams and McGuinness will be along presently. Breakfast is at 0800.'
 
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Seadog said:
Munich was 1972 PY. Arafat prints were all over Entebbe and Achille Lauro too. Pity he didn't take a trip to Entebbe to see how his
protégés were doing during the incident and suffer their fate at the hands of the IDF. (A spectacular feat of arms)

(Can’t remember where I first heard this). In 1982 an IDF sniper had Arafat lined up. ‘I can slot the fcuker boss’. General Sharon, then Minister of Defence, ordered the sniper to stand down. D'oh!

Lucifer will be giving Arafat the guided tour about now. ‘Here is your room Yasser. In the next block you will find some disappointed suicide bombers, suicide pilots and beheaders of infidels. You have no immediate neighbours yet but Adams and McGuinness will be along presently. Breakfast is at 0800.'
And consists of Pork chops and Sausages wrapped in bacon :D
 
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i saw that c-unt Straw on telly this morning , offering his "sincere comdolences" to the Palestinian people.

strangely enough it didn't bother me , for as we all know , this government couldn't be sincere about anything.

rot in hell you little terrorist b*stard.
 
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Scalieback said
It has not been made clear what illness the Palestinian leader was suffering from, although doctors ruled out cancer and poisoning.
Advanced stages of VD? Those Lebanese camels were so delicious with their long eyelashes and all.
 
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Yasser Arafat is to be interred in Paul Gascoine's England kit, apparently his last words were: 'Bury me in the Gazza Strip'
 
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Yasser Arafat is to be interred in Paul Gascoine's England kit, apparently his last words were: 'Bury me in the Gazza Strip'
beeen done to death on other threads..... sorry

agent smith
 
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