Arafat’s Assassin is…
Not a Conspiracy Theory anymore
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Considering the reputation of the laboratory which conducted the tests, there is little doubt of the results. The exhumation will just provide corroboration to what has been discovered. The date of the poisoning is known. Due to the restrictions imposed by the Israeli siege, the movements of Arafat are known from the poisoning moment onwards, until his death. Considering this, finding the assassin should not be difficult.
Not a Conspiracy Theory anymore
At first this seems impossible. After all, during the relevant period no Israelis had access to Arafat’s deathbed. The other side of the equation is not less baffling. No Palestinian locked up in the Ramallah compound had access to polonium. Palestinian markets seldom offer it. This looks as a dead-end; those who had access to the poison couldn’t deliver it, those who could deliver it, didn’t have access to the poison.
Yet, on August 7, 2011, top officials of Fatah issued a report claiming that Mohammed Dahlan sent poison disguised as medicine to President Yasser Arafat while he was in a Paris hospital, eventually killing him. I expanded on this event in Abu Fadi: A Credible Conspiracy. After Arafat’s death, Dahlan ordered the incineration of the vials he had brought and thus brought suspicion on himself. Yet, we know now, that regardless of the contents of the suspicious flasks, Arafat had been poisoned in Ramallah, prior to his arrival at Paris. Polonium kills slowly and painfully as the few known cases show. Can this complex picture be reconciled into a logical framework?
The Palestinian Preventive Security Force is the official security apparatus of the Palestinian National Authority, in other words the Palestinian Shin Beth, or what in other Arabic speaking countries is called the muhabbarath (spellings may vary). It was established in 1994 by President Yasser Arafat as result of the Oslo Accords. It provides intelligence to the political level, its duties including counter-terrorism, counter-espionage, and defending the national economy. It is regarded as highly professional; its cadres are mostly university graduates who receive intensive training both domestically and abroad. Where did the PPS appear from? Its duties identify a Walsingham-state ideology, inherited from a country that adopted this system of underground political-police from the source: England. I am saying with the complete confidence of knowledge that the PPS structure was designed by the Shin Beth, under the approval and supervision of Yitzhak Rabin. Moreover, the Shin Beth trained many of the PPS officers, who in the past had served as low-level informants of the Shin Beth during the First Intifada. We are talking of sister organizations, which on more than one occasion had shared staff. The abovementioned Mohammed Dahlan, and many other Palestinians, were trained by the Shin Beth.
Palestinian inner wars are as bitter as their wars against the Jews. In 2007, Dahlan assisted an American plan to overthrow the elected Hamas government in Gaza, known as the Battle of Gaza. The coup failed when Hamas carried out a counter-coup that threw the Fatah forces out of Gaza, a fitting end to his ongoing violence towards Hamas (during the entire 1990s Dahlan forces were accused of torturing Hamas detainees, to the extent that Gaza became nicknamed "Dahlanistan”). His corruption was made public in the Karni scandal of 1997, when it was revealed that Dahlan was diverting 40% of the taxes levied at the Karni Crossing (an estimated one million Shekels a month) to his personal bank account (he had Israeli bank accounts also). Hamas has claimed that two Palestinians arrested in Dubai for suspected involvement in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh (Ahmad Hassanain and Anwar Shheibar) are former members of a death cell which carried out violent suppression of Hamas members. Both work at a construction company in Dubai owned by Dahlan. A senior Hamas official told Al-Hayat newspaper that the two provided logistical aid to the Mossad hit team alleged to have carried out the assassination, renting them cars and hotel rooms. Dahlan denies the charges. When Dahlan led the PPS Gaza branch, the West Bank one was run by Jibril Rajoub, who later became a prominent Palestinian politician. The New York Times published an article named “Once Neighbors, Now Rival Palestinian Leaders,” by James Bennet on April 29, 2003, mentioning that Jibril Rajoub openly accused Dahlan of being an Israeli agent.
Israel could have given the poison to one of its Palestinian agents with access to Arafat’s food. There is little doubt that an agent willing to perpetrate the crime could be found.
Who is the assassin?
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