Last year, I wrote about how French prosecutors had ordered the reopening of the case on Yasser Arafat’s 2004 death. Today, and according to Al-Jazeera (the channel whose investigations triggered the Palestinian leader’s exhumation), scientists at the University Centre of Legal Medicine in Lausanne have found at least 18 times the normal levels of radioactive polonium in his remains, thus concluding that it was very likely the figure was poisoned.
The report has only examined the question of what killed Arafat, without addressing the question of whether he was deliberately poisoned or how. Moreover, Suha Arafat has said that “we can’t point a finger at anyone”. Rumours have already been unleashed, though. The bulk stress the main suspects are either the Israelis (even though they have always denied they had anything to do with his sickness or death and to date no evidence has emerged that implicates them) or Arafat’s Palestinian rivals, aware of the many threats the remarkable figure posed to the future of Palestine as it was.