World press review on Russia's participation in investigating death of Yasser Arafat (November 10-12, 2012)

 

Russia will join an international investigation to determine whether

the first Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat, was murdered, the

current Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, said on Sunday, the

Guardian writes.

"The case returned to the headlines in July when a Swiss institute

said it had discovered high levels of the radioactive element

polonium-210 on Arafat's clothing supplied by his widow Suha, who

called for exhumation of her husband's body. Polonium is the

radioactive substance found to have killed former Russian spy

Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006," the article reads.

Abbas asked Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov for Moscow's help

during talks in Jordan last week.

Arafat's direct kin have rejected an exhumation. "We say openly that

our leader, our founder was assassinated by Israel with poison. The

overwhelming majority of the Palestinian people is convinced of this,"

the Guardian cites Nasser al-Kidwa, Arafat's nephew and a senior

official in Abbas's Fatah group.

 

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