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Yasser Arafat Death Involved U.S., Claims PA Leader

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Yasser Arafat. Photo: World Economic Forum. Senior Palestinian Authority and Fatah leader Jibril Rajoub has claimed that the U.S. was involved in the death of former PA President Yasser Arafat.

“It’s obvious that Israel wasn’t alone [in poisoning Arafat]; the U.S. was there. That fool known as [George W.] Bush took away Yasser Arafat’s protection and gave [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon the green light to liquidate Yasser Arafat,” Rajoub recently said on a Palestinian Authority TV (PA TV) broadcast, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported Wednesday.

Arafat died in Paris in 2004 at age 75 from a massive stroke, according to French doctors. Yet many in the Arab world have claimed that Jews or Israelis poisoned Arafat, which according to PMW is a “libel”  frequently featured on PA TV.

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“It’s not surprising that the PA would like to present the U.S. as co-conspirator in the so-called poisoning of Arafat, because inciting hatred against the U.S. is a consistent PA policy over many years,” Itamar Marcus, director of PMW, told

Marcus pointed to several expressions of anti-American sentiment in the PA media that will be included in an upcoming PMW report, including an Oct. 31 op-ed in the official PA newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, that stated, “The truth is that we hate America, but [we] treat it with friendship; we hate anyone who gets close to it, but we rush in to secretly knock on its doors; we burn its flag every time we are enraged, but apologize to it [America] for the actions of youth who are unaware of its stature; we call it ‘Satan’, but make pilgrimages to it; our blood boils when we hear it speak about human rights, but we ask it to treat us with patience.” Additionally, a PA TV broadcast this fall claimed the U.S. based its “fable of a ‘War on Terror'” on the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which became “the excuse for Washington’s increasing interference in many of the world’s nations’ affairs.”

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