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Poll: Most Palestinians believe Israel poisoned Arafat
Published Wednesday 25/12/2013 (updated) 25/12/2013 17:05
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Palestinian youth hold portraits of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
during a march in the West Bank town of Hebron on Nov. 11, 2013
to mark the ninth anniversary of Arafat's death (AFP/File Hazem Bader)
RAMALLAH (AFP) -- A majority of Palestinians believe Israel poisoned their late leader Yasser Arafat, according to poll published Tuesday, which also highlights a decline in Hamas popularity compared to rival Fatah.

The poll, released by Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, showed 59 percent of respondents believe Israel fatally poisoned Arafat, while 21 percent "believe that a Palestinian party or group or a joint Palestinian-Israeli party or group is responsible."

Recent analyses found high levels of lethal polonium in Arafat's remains and personal effects, with Swiss researchers saying the data lean towards the possibility of poisoning but French scientists ruling that possibility out.

The cause of Arafat's 2004 death in a French military hospital have yet to be finally clarified, with many Palestinians blaming Israel for it, a charge it has consistently denied.

The poll also showed a decline in support of Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip. It attributed this to "the continued political conflict between Egypt and the Hamas government and the continued closure of tunnels and the Rafah crossing."

Were elections held today, Hamas would win 29 percent of the vote, down by two percentage points from a September poll. The Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, which leads the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, would gain two percentage points to reach 40 percent support.

The poll was conducted by face-to-face interviews with 1,270 adults between Dec. 19-22 in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with a margin of error estimated at three percentage points.
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1 ) Henri / France > Israel
25/12/2013 11:47
Quote: a charge the Jewish state has consistently denied. Unquote Happy to read that Ma'an recognizes Israel as a Jewith State.

2 ) shirley / australia
25/12/2013 11:48
what joke and hamas have been strangled by us egypt and even the paand what have they done but being attacked constantly and dewprived like morsi trhe true winners of elections the right to govern by US and zionists beware maan and this rubbish esculating division is adangerous precedent and shame on you the pa have been paid hansomley to torture to death hamas supporters and security cordination etc have not suffered like hamas beware again maan who helped kill arrafat who ran compoundsecurity

3 ) Ghassan / Palestine
25/12/2013 11:53
Not only Arafat but the Israeli have poisoned all the Middle East

4 ) Henri / France > Israel
25/12/2013 11:53
What would be the interest of Israel in killing Arafat ? Strange that nobody asked an analysis just after his death. Probably because all people around him KNEW what his disease was. Now, all organic traces disappeared and there is no risk for the TRUTH to be revealed

5 ) spb / us
25/12/2013 16:00
Sure we also got erikat to lose weigthddd

6 ) @ Henri-4 / Good Logic
25/12/2013 18:52
You are correct, and all Palestinians should at the very least: -1- WONDER WHY THE PLO WAITED almost 9 years, before accusing Israel of poisoning Yasser Arafat, and -2- SUSPECT THE PLO OF CONCEALING their own involvement, If Yasser Arafat poisoned at all, rather than dying from AIDS, which a 10 year decay/wait would help to erase the evidence !!

7 ) Tex [fr] / Mex
25/12/2013 19:40
Most nonstate tribal arabs will believe ANYTHING to save their own skin!

8 ) Outlier / USA
25/12/2013 19:47
Which simply confirms that Palestinians frequently are wrong. Israel is - above all - pragmatic. It may have hated and distrusted Arafat, but it knew him well. It considered him a dishonest partner in peace, but it realized "better the devil you know" and knew time (he was in his 70s) would soon bring new Palestinian leaders. It had no reason to kill him, so probably didn't.

9 ) Lilith / The World
26/12/2013 00:23
Then they are idiots if they believe this rubbish which has been proven false.

10 ) Alex / Canada
26/12/2013 02:31
Who cares. As long as this pig is in the hell I am ok with it and do need to know who conducted this act of mercy. Whoever did it did it well.
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