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Yasser Arafat

Time for United Nations Intervention

James Zogby | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Reactions to the horrific back-to-back kidnappings and murders of three young Israelis and a Palestinian teen have made clear several disturbing realities that must not be ignored.

Myths That Are Impediments to Peace

James Zogby | Posted 03.20.2014 | World
James Zogby

In a meeting I had this week with a congressional candidate, I was reminded of the power of the myths that define conventional wisdom about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the challenge they pose for rational discourse.

Arafat's Death Not From Radioactive Poisoning, Russians Say

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found no trace of radioactive poisoning, the chief of the gover...

Mandela and Arafat II

James Zogby | Posted 02.13.2014 | World
James Zogby

Some readers made disparaging remarks about the Palestinian leader -- the kindest of which was to point out the obvious fact that "Arafat was no Mandela." While that statement was, of course, true, it missed the point.

Mandela and Arafat

James Zogby | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
James Zogby

In late February of 1990, just two weeks after being released from prison, Nelson Mandela met with Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasir Arafat. Afterwards Mandela spoke publicly of his affinity with the Palestinian people and his support for their struggle.

Experts Cast Doubt Over Arafat Poison Claims

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Paul Taylor PARIS, Dec 3 (Reuters) - French forensic tests have concluded that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat did not die...

Israel Denies Poisoning Arafat

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

(Adds intelligence minister) JERUSALEM, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday it did not poison Yasser Arafat, making the denial a...

Was Yasser Arafat Poisoned?

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2013 | World

By Paul Taylor PARIS, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his ...

Is Egypt Out to Topple Hamas?

Daniel Nisman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

The Egyptian military's reasoning behind the tunnel and border closures is simple: Hamas and other militants in the Gaza Strip are assisting supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in waging a campaign of terrorism against the state.

Twenty Years After Oslo, Trying It Again

James Zogby | Posted 11.14.2013 | World
James Zogby

In the end, the flaws of Oslo proved fatal. Today, the number of Israeli settlers has tripled; the Palestinian economy remains dependent on Israeli good-will and international largess; and thousands have died, victims of acts of terror, military assaults and settler violence.

The Oslo Agreements and the United States

Ambassador Uri Savir | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Ambassador Uri Savir

The young of the Middle East, as we witnessed in recent years are the compass of Arabs and Israeli societies. As Oslo has proven, peace has to be by the people and for the people.

The War Over the Peace Prize

Adam Dubowsky | Posted 09.17.2013 | Comedy
Adam Dubowsky

Why is it everyone always has something to say about the Nobel Peace Prize winner? It's because unlike science, "peace" is something we Americans can understand. Assuming we're talking about a piece of a Twinkie or something.

Ramallah, Palestine's De Facto Capital

Rick Steves | Posted 07.21.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Ramallah is the boom town of the West Bank. As, bit by bit (under the settlement policy of Israel), the likelihood of East Jerusalem being the capital...

Arafat's Widow Says Exhumation 'As If His Soul Was Resurrected' For UN Vote

AP | STEPHEN CALLEJA | Posted 01.29.2013 | World

VALLETTA, Malta — Yasser Arafat's widow sees a spiritual significance in the timing of her late husband's exhumation, which came just two days b...

Arafat Exhumed Amid Poisoning Rumors

AP | KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 01.27.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Eight years after Yasser Arafat's mysterious death, his political heirs opened his grave Tuesday and let forensics experts...

Arafat's Remains Said To Be Exhumed Tuesday

AP | DALIA NAMMARI | Posted 11.24.2012 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his deat...

When Enemies Make a Common World: Hamas, Netanyahu and the Israel-Gaza War

Roger Friedland | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Roger Friedland

Israel has the right to defend its citizens against a continuous rain of missiles. But there is no purely military solution to this conflict. There is only a political one, which will require a strong, prosperous, democratic Palestinian state in the West Bank as a counter to the Gaza of Hamas.

Arafat To Be Dug Up On Nov. 26

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 11.05.2012 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- A team of Swiss investigators visited the West Bank grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat Monday to determine how best...

Israel: We Killed Arafat Deputy

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 01.01.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel acknowledged Thursday it killed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's deputy in a 1988 raid in Tunisia, lifting a nearly 25-year...

Remembering Arafat

Stanley K. Sheinbaum | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Stanley K. Sheinbaum

I eventually came to like Yasser Arafat. In all my meetings with him, he never failed to listen, to give his own opinions without being strident or aggressive about them, to be polite, charming, even gracious.

Making Iran Into Enemy Number One

Fariba Amini | Posted 11.06.2012 | World
Fariba Amini

Iran is not an exemplary country by any measure, and it is far from having a representative government. It has a dismal human rights record but it is preposterous to claim that it is the biggest threat not just to Israel and the United States but to the world.

Arafat To Be Dug Up For Autopsy 'Within Days'

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 09.05.2012 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The widow of Yasser Arafat said Wednesday that French investigators will soon visit the West Bank to dig up the remains of her ...

France Opens Murder Probe Into Arafat's Death

AP | SARAH DiLORENZO | Posted 10.28.2012 | World

PARIS — French prosecutors opened a murder inquiry into the death of Yasser Arafat on Tuesday, his widow's lawyer said, after she and a TV inves...

Will Swiss Conduct Arafat Autopsy?

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 10.08.2012 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Swiss experts have been invited to the West Bank to test Yasser Arafat's remains for possible poisoning, the chief investi...

Thank You, Mitt Romney!

James Zogby | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

With one factually wrong, decidedly insensitive, and patently biased comment, Mitt Romney did more to focus U.S. media attention on the Palestinian economy than any other development in the past two decades.