i’ve verified that the lancet article exists, and added a link to it, though it’s behind a paywall

Arafat poisoned to death: Lancet
Al-Alam (Tehran), Oct 12 2013

A report by one of the world’s leading medical journals has supported earlier findings that Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death nearly a decade ago. According to British journal the Lancet, Arafat was poisoned with the radioactive element polonium 210. The journal published a peer review of last year’s research by Swiss scientists, who have been researching the suspicious circumstances surrounding Arafat’s death. The earlier work “found high levels of the highly radioactive element in blood, urine, and saliva stains” on Arafat’s “clothes and toothbrush,” according to a report on al-Jazeera. In Jul 2012, experts at Lausanne University, Switzerland, said they had evidence Arafat might have been poisoned with polonium. The investigation into Arafat’s mysterious death led to the exhumation of his body in Nov 2012 for further testing. The decision to exhume Arafat’s body was made after French prosecutors opened a murder probe into his death in Aug 2012 following the discovery of high levels of polonium on his personal belongings. Arafat died in 2004 at the age of 75 in a Paris military hospital. The analysis at the time was that he had a rare blood disorder.


  1. lobro
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    polonium did you say?

    blame poland, not israel, otherwise it shows clear antisemitic bias.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Seriously, Lobro: that’s the same stuff Litvinenko was nobbled with.

  3. lobro
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    i am sure there is still some left over for other contingencies of such nature.

    since polonium is a radioactive element and we know that only iranians are in possession of such stuff in middle east, i would say this is a causus belli, according to nyahu and his belli-dancing wife ehud barak.

  4. niqnaq
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    A really cynical reading of the Litvinenko murder would be that it was intended to create a frame within which the Russians would be blamed for polonium poisonings in general. Litvinenko’s murder was practically universally blamed on the Russians, in fact on Putin personally because of his KGB past. The Israelis could blame Arafat’s murder on the Russians, if it was proved to have been a murder.

  5. lobro
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    i remember that, litvinenko was a buddy of berezhinsky.
    there was even a crudely left breadcrumb trail that led to moscow.

    but of course, the idea that russians had something to gain by getting rid of arafat is preposterous as is the notion that someone could smuggle a quantity of polonium in israel.
    you don’t package that stuff along with beer mix.

  6. Mary Contrary
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps there are those who have not considered how many Israelis are of Russian extraction. Not that this reflects poorly on Russia, but here it must be considered. The notion of dual-citizenship or dual-loyalty (as is often played in America because it does exist) could perhaps work the other way in Israel.
    First Israel is seriously dependent upon the constant influx of Russian “Jews” (many are not even so but Israel sweeps that aside in the feverish attempt to maintain its demographic status quo), who are more loyal to Mother Russia than Israel, and of course the opposite. Second, Mossad can certainly use native speakers of Russian, and those more loyal to Israel would be particularly attractive. So I agree with RB here, that it was to frame Russia, indirectly of course.
    I just wonder if Israel is so naive to believe that a significant amount are much more loyal to Russia, having been trained from a very early age…The demographic nightmare for Israel, along with its settlement golem, I think will be its doom.

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