Swiss study: Polonium found in Arafat’s bones

“Swiss scientists who conducted tests on samples taken from Yasser Arafat’s body have found at least 18 times the normal levels of radioactive polonium in his remains. The scientists said that they were confident up to an 83 percent level that the late Palestinian leader was poisoned with it, which they said “moderately supports” polonium as the cause of his death.

A 108-page report by the University Centre of Legal Medicine in Lausanne, which was obtained exclusively by Al Jazeera, found unnaturally high levels of polonium in Arafat’s ribs and pelvis, and in soil stained with his decaying organs.

The Swiss scientists, along with French and Russian teams, obtained the samples last November after his body was exhumed from a mausoleum in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Dave Barclay, a renowned UK forensic scientist and retired detective, told Al Jazeera that with these results he was wholly convinced that Arafat was murdered.

“Yasser Arafat died of polonium poisoning,” he said. “We found the smoking gun that caused his death. What we don’t know is who’s holding the gun at the time.”

“The level of polonium in Yasser Arafat’s rib…is about 900 milibecquerels,” Barclay said. “That is either 18 or 36 times the average, depending on the literature.”

Suha Arafat, the late Palestinian leader’s widow, received a copy of the report in Paris on Tuesday. “When they came with the results, I’m mourning Yasser again,” she said. “It’s like you just told me he died.”

The Swiss report only examined the question of what killed Arafat. It did not address the question of whether he was deliberately poisoned or how.

Mysterious illness

By October of 2004, towards the end of the second intifada, Arafat had been holed up for more than two years in his Ramallah presidential compound, which Israeli troops had surrounded and partly razed. He was elderly and frail but his medical reports show he “was in good overall health and did not have any particular risk factors,” the Swiss report states.

On the evening of October 12, Arafat suddenly fell ill after eating a meal. Based on his symptoms – nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain – his personal physician initially diagnosed flu.

But Arafat’s heath deteriorated swiftly and Egyptian and Tunisian doctors flown in to see him could not pinpoint the source of his sickness.

On October 29, a wan and weak Arafat was carried in a wheelchair from his headquarters. He waved and blew kisses to the crowd surrounding his headquarters and was put aboard a helicopter and taken to Jordan. From there a French government plane carried him to Paris for emergency treatment at Percy military hospital.

French doctors were unable to diagnose or halt Arafat’s decline and he soon lapsed into a coma. On November 11, Arafat, who symbolised the fight for Palestinian statehood, died at the age of 75.

Doctors at Percy hospital did not conduct an autopsy, announce the cause of death or release his medical records, which heightened speculation about the cause of his rapid demise. Many Palestinian officials close to Arafat believed he had been poisoned. In the West, rumours circulated that he had died of AIDS. Some doctors suggested leukaemia or a food-borne illness had killed Arafat; others proposed that he had simply succumbed to old age.

By 2011, when Al Jazeera began an investigation, Arafat’s death was a cold case. During the investigation, Suha Arafat gave the network access to her late husband’s full medical records and a bag of his belongings, including clothing he wore during his final days. Tests conducted by the Swiss scientists who issued the new report found elevated levels of polonium-210, one of the element’s isotopes, in blood, sweat and urine stains on Arafat’s clothes.

In July 2012, Al Jazeera broadcast the results of its investigation in What Killed Arafat? The documentary triggered a French murder investigation and led to the exhumation of Arafat’s remains. Sixty samples of his body tissue were taken and twenty each distributed to the Swiss team, a French team of judges and forensic experts assigned to the murder investigation, and a Russian group invited at the request of the Palestinian Authority.

The Russians are expected to disclose their results soon. The French are not expected to release their results before the murder investigation concludes.

Saad Djebbar, Suha Arafat’s lawyer, said the Swiss report was a “significant piece of the jigsaw puzzle” that could help the French murder inquiry.”

 

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  1. Pingback: | Breaking: Widow proves Arafat was poisoned with polonium! | | truthaholics

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  3. “A Palestinian Arab lie is that he died of poisoning by the Israelis. They have not explained how the Israelis did it or the poison used. In countering this falsity, I gave evidence of Arafat’s homosexual encounters, a common way of becoming HIV positive; and his doctor’s view that Arafat died of AIDS, etcetera. Arafat in his last days sure looked as if he was in the latter stages of this sexually transmitted disease but he, nor his Palestinian Arab colleagues, were not going to release the cause of death were they, Trevor?”

    “I think it is 99.999999 per cent certain that Arafat had Aids, but I know you will disagree with this percentage, Trevor.”

    Do you recognise those quotes, Chris?

  4. Well Chris, do you recognise the above quotes or not?

  5. “I think it is 99.999999 per cent certain that Arafat had Aids, but I know you will disagree with this percentage, Trevor.”

    lol

  6. “A Palestinian Arab lie …”

    Will you now apologise to the Arabs for the poisoning part of their claim?

  7. “…Arafat in his last days sure looked as if he was in the latter stages of this sexually transmitted disease but he, nor his Palestinian Arab colleagues, were not going to release the cause of death were they, Trevor?”

    These, gentle viewers, are the preposterous things that Chris believes.

  8. ” In countering this falsity, I gave evidence of Arafat’s homosexual encounters”

    lol

  9. Why are you ignoring this, Chris?

    “A Palestinian Arab lie is that he died of poisoning by the Israelis. They have not explained how the Israelis did it or the poison used. In countering this falsity, I gave evidence of Arafat’s homosexual encounters, a common way of becoming HIV positive; and his doctor’s view that Arafat died of AIDS, etcetera. Arafat in his last days sure looked as if he was in the latter stages of this sexually transmitted disease but he, nor his Palestinian Arab colleagues, were not going to release the cause of death were they, Trevor?”

    “I think it is 99.999999 per cent certain that Arafat had Aids, but I know you will disagree with this percentage, Trevor.”

    Do you recognise those quotes, Chris?

  10. Christopher Proudlove

    I see Trevor Barclay is issuing a stream of short comments and yet he berates me for doing the dame!

  11. Christopher Proudlove

    I certainly do not retract the information I posted showing evidence that Yasser Arafat had homosexual encounters or that he robbed £500,000,000 at least from Western aid to fund Palestinian Arab terrorism and to line his own pocket.
    A BBC report contained this information: “The scientists have made “a pretty strong statement”, according to Prof Paddy Regan, an expert in radiation detection and measurement at the University of Surrey in the UK, who was not involved in the investigation.
    “They are saying the hypothesis that Arafat was poisoned with polonium-210 is valid and has not been disproven by the data. However they cannot say definitively that he was murdered.”
    Prof Regan says a series of assumptions would have been made in order to ascertain how much Po-210 may or may not have been in Mr Arafat’s body at the time of his death.
    Po-210 has a short half-life of about 138 days.
    Prof Regan said measuring the tiny fraction left and extrapolating it back to the time of Arafat’s death was like a blind man holding the tail of an elephant and using the information to work out the size of the animal.
    The second problem, he said, was that Po-210 occurs naturally in the environment. However, an indicator that the polonium may be synthetic is if there was far less Pb-210 (lead-210) in the samples.
    The professor highlighted results from two samples – the shroud under the corpse of Mr Arafat and urine samples taken from his underwear – both showed high levels of Po-210 compared to Pb-210, possibly suggesting the presence of “additional” synthetic polonium.
    He noted however that most of the samples of polonium measured in the report were accompanied by activities from Pb-210.
    Parallel investigations are being carried out by French and Russian experts – one Russian official said last month that no traces of polonium had been found.
    Yigal Palmor of Israel’s foreign ministry told the BBC: “This is more soap opera than science.”
    He said the investigations had been commissioned by “interested parties” – Mr Arafat’s widow and the Palestinian Authority – and had “never bothered” to look for some key data.
    “The other huge hole in the theory is the absence of all access to the French hospital where Arafat died and to Arafat’s medical files,” said Mr Palmor.
    “How can the cause of death be determined without the opinion of the doctors or the results of the medical tests they ran on the patient? “Israel doesn’t feel concerned in the least.”
    This new evidence contrasts with earlier comments by the medics. I am happy to await the conclusions of science.

  12. Yawn.

    “I am happy to await the conclusions of science.”

    You really sicken me. Did you wait for proof/conclusions before you decided he died of AIDS?

    Your bigotry is shining brighter than ever today.

  13. Christopher proudlove

    Trevor Barclay, do you agree or disagree that Yasser Arat, the arch terrorist, had homosexual encounters.

  14. Christopher proudlove

    So called proof was offered by medics at the time. I was quoting what they said about your murderous hero. Arafat was a monster and the world is better off without him.

  15. “Trevor Barclay, do you agree or disagree that Yasser Arat, the arch terrorist, had homosexual encounters.”

    I don’t care. But to answer your question…I think it’s just another of the multitude of lies that your Zionist cronies come up with.

    • Christopher Proudlove

      Yasser Arafat was not a victim of poisoning, according to a leaked report by French forensic scientists (December 4, 2013).
      Arafat signed the 1993 Oslo interim peace accords with Israel but led an intifada (uprising) after talks broke down in 2000. He died aged 75 in a French hospital nine years ago four weeks after he fell ill after a meal. The official cause of death was a massive stroke, No autopsy was carried out.
      Swiss forensic experts stirred controversy last month by announcing that results from their tests of samples taken from Arafat’s body were consistent with polonium poisoning, while not absolute proof of the cause of death.
      The French report concluded that some of the radioactivity could be explained by the presence of radon gas in the tomb where Arafat was buried.
      Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, ‘Trevor Barclay,’ the scientific jury is still out on this matter. It may be that Aids contributed to Arafat’s death after all. I doubt if we shall ever know the truth.

  16. Christopher Proudlove

    An Arab journalist, Khaled Abu Toamah, writes: While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was busy in the Middle East last week trying to prevent the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Palestinians renewed their allegation that Israel was responsible for the “assassination” of the Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Yasser Arafat.
    The nine-year-old Palestinian allegation — that Israel had poisoned Arafat — was this time based on the findings of Swiss scientists who conducted tests on his remains and soil taken from his grave.
    But a thorough reading of the Swiss scientists’ report shows that their findings are inconclusive. Still, the Palestinian Authority [PA] is not willing to let the facts stand in its way.
    The scientists wrote that “taking into account the analytical limitations, mostly time lapse since the death and the nature and quality of the specimens, the results moderately support the proposition that the death was the consequence of poisoning with polonium-201.”
    However, Russian scientists who also examined Arafat’s remains have said that there was insufficient evidence to support the the claim that Arafat may have died in 2004 by polonium poisoning.
    The Swiss and Russian scientists did not conduct a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding Arafat’s death. All that they did last November was take samples from Arafat’s body in a bid to determine the cause of death.
    But for the PA leadership, the inconclusive findings of the Swiss scientists was sufficient enough to once again hold Israel responsible for the “assassination of martyr Yasser Arafat.”
    Since the 108-page Swiss report was published by the Al-Jazeera news channel last week, PA officials have been waging a campaign of incitement against Israel.
    The PA’s campaign has created the false impression among Palestinians that the Swiss scientists were the ones who pointed a finger at Israel. The PA has also created the false impression that the findings of the scientists were conclusive and uncontroversial.
    The Palestinian allegations against Israel took place while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas and top Palestinian officials in Bethlehem on Wednesday, to discuss ways of moving forward with the U.S.-sponsored peace talks with Israel. The charges escalated even as Kerry and Abbas met for the second time in Jordan the following day.
    On Friday, shortly after Kerry left the region, Palestinian officials took the case a step further by calling a press conference in Ramallah where they declared that Israel was the “only accused” in the mysterious death of Arafat.
    “Israel is the first, only and major accused in the assassination of President Yasser Arafat,” Tawfik Tirawi, head of a Palestinian committee entrusted with investigating Arafat’s death, announced at the start of the press conference.
    The Palestinian charges against Israel regarding the death of Arafat are not new. These charges, which have never been verified, surfaced almost on the first day when Arafat fell ill in his presidential compound in Ramallah.
    Palestinian officials have since used annual rallies to commemorate the anniversary of Arafat’s death to repeat charges that Israel had poisoned their leader.
    These allegations should be seen in the context of the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing efforts to delegitimize Israel and pave the way for filing “war crimes” charges against Israelis in various international forums, especially the International Criminal Court [ICC].
    In the past few days, a number of Palestinian officials said in wake of the findings of the Swiss report that it was time to take Israel to the ICC for its ostensible role in the death of Arafat.
    This is the same Palestinian Authority that has been telling its people that Jews release wild pigs in the West Bank to destroy agricultural fields and rats in the Old City of Jerusalem to drive Arab residents out of their homes.
    More recently, Palestinian media outlets also reported that the IDF had been seen releasing snakes in certain areas of Bethlehem to intimidate Palestinians and drive them out of their homes. They also reported that Jews have been poisoning Palestinian water wells in Hebron.
    So while Abbas was reaffirming his commitment to peace during the recent meetings with Kerry, PA officials and media outlets were telling their people that the Israelis must be punished for “poisoning” Arafat and perpetrating various “crimes” against Palestinians.
    This is the kind of talk that drives young Palestinians to take to the streets with the intention of killing the first Jew they meet. The renewed incitement may be responsible for last week’s two separate attacks on IDF soldiers in the West Bank. In both cases, the two Palestinian attackers were shot and killed by IDF soldiers.
    The anti-Israel incitement causes huge damage to Kerry’s continued efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The incitement radicalizes Palestinians to a point where many are starting to talk about the need for revenge, and not peace.
    The Palestinian Authority is also shooting itself in the foot by repeatedly accusing Israel of being behind the “assassination” of Arafat. Many Palestinians are saying that Israel could not have “killed” Arafat without help from the people who were very close to him.
    According to this theory, the same Palestinian officials who have been pointing a finger at Israel may themselves have been involved in the death of Arafat. So the charges against Israel are coming back to haunt Abbas and several senior Palestinian officials.
    “I’m sure it’s someone in his close circle,” Arafat’s widow, Suha, told Reuters last week. “The expert said that the poison was put in his tea, or coffee or water. It must have been someone close to him.”

  17. I don’t understand why you posted your latest comment up there.

    However, i think we can totally discount AIDS as being the cause of death…Which if i remember correctly you claimed was 99.999 % the cause of death even though there was “no autopsy carried out”

    And still you cling to the hope that AIDS was the cause of death.

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