ALBAWABA - The social media is brimming today about the death of Yasser Arafat 17 years after he suddenly passed away in suspicious circumstances.
The 11 November marks the day he died on that bleak year of 2004 when tension was at its peak with the extreme-right-wing Israeli government. Despite the fratricidal Palestinian politics, Yasser Arafat was an indelible figure on the heart of every Palestinian household regardless of ideologies, beliefs and factions.
Today marks the 17 anniversary of the departure of the Palestinian leader and founder of the Palestinian revolution/Yasser Arafat,who astonished the world with his courage,cunning,will, steadfastness and overcoming difficulties.— ✌️🇵🇸✌️ Mohammed Najjar (@hamada_pal2020) November 11, 2021
We miss him so much at this time
💔rest in peace pic.twitter.com/RLraFq2Shg
Regardless of what one thinks of the man, up till now Arafat is seen as a revolutionary leader who devoted his life to the Palestinian revolutionary struggle and would only think of a future Palestinian state.
He died at the age of 75, in the Muqata in Ramallah. This was the place from which the Palestinian Authority, partially governed some of the Palestinian territories due to the 1993 Oslo Accord.
#YasserArafat nous a quittés il y a 17 ans jour pour jour— Madjid Messaoudene (@MadjidFalastine) November 11, 2021
Le 15 novembre 1988 il proclamait la création de l'État de Palestine à Alger
Vive la Palestine vive le peuple palestinien pic.twitter.com/D5jYEj5wuX
Arafat had been confined to the Muqata for the last two-and-a-half years of his life. The Israeli army under the direction of prime minister Ariel Sharon had refused to let him out of the area and effectively placed him under house arrest.
And there was much speculation as to the cause of his death. Many suspected that he didn't die of natural causes but had been poisoned. The question was by whom. It was a "cloak-and-dagger story" but nobody would own up.
His wife Suha Arafat, 10 years after his death, confirmed that the "old man" of Palestinian politics and who lead the Palestinians and played a major role in the liberation revolutionary movement since at least the early 1960s, had been poisoned by "radioactive polonium."
President Mahmoud Abbas lays a wreath at the tomb of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on the 17th anniversary of his death, in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. pic.twitter.com/AihIiRvJt2— Wafa News Agency - English (@WAFANewsEnglish) November 11, 2021
This was confirmed by a Swiss Swiss team from the University Centre of Legal Medicine in Lausanne who said they had 83 percent proof he was poisoned by polonium-210 which is a deadly substance that is a product of uranium and made in nuclear reactors according to a research article published in Gulf News.
His wife Suha Arafat believed all the time he was indeed poisoned and the Swiss team confirmed that but she didn't point the finger at anybody.
Seventeen years after his death, the Gaza residence of Yasser Arafat still reflects the simple and modest lifestyle of the iconic Palestinian leader#معركة_الامعاء_الخاوية #Palestine #crime #أنقذوا_الأسرى #freepalestine— Palestine International Broadcast (@PBI_PS) November 11, 2021
#العراق #ما_خفي_اعظم #انقذوا_حي_الشيخ_جراح #الياسر_17 pic.twitter.com/kjY5Q6nARs
However, it was believed Israel may have poisoned him because of the worsened relations that existed between him and the Israeli government that didn't mince their words and regarded him as someone who has become "irrelevant" in the Palestinian-Israeli equation.
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