My Mideast Punchlines: what’s your poison?

A team of French scientists probing the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004 do not believe he was poisoned, according to leaks from their report.

They have reportedly concluded he died after a “generalised infection”.

A previous report by Swiss scientists said tests on his body showed “unexpected high activity” of polonium. This “moderately supported” the theory, long believed by many Palestinians that he was poisoned, the report said. Arafat’s widow, Suha Arafat, told reporters in Paris she was “upset by these contradictions by the best European experts on the matter.”

Small FistFirstly, everyone knows the Arabs simply love a conspiracy; secondly, it all depends whether you believe the Swiss (who, as we all know, will say or do anything for  moolah) or the French (who gave us the Dreyfus affair). Thirdly, the absurdly wealthy Suha Arafat must now divert her attention back to spending as much of her husband’s ill-gotten gains (i.e our taxes in aid to the Palestinian people that he embezzled). As far as I am concerned, there’s one certainty in all this: the only poison in Arafat came out of his mouth.


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