New Lab Tests Suggest Arafat May Have Been Poisoned

Swiss lab discovers “elevated amount” of polonium-210

When Yasser Arafat died I was very skeptical of claims that he’d been poisoned, but now, according to Al Jazeera, a Swiss laboratory has discovered the highly radioactive substance polonium in his personal effects.

Arafat’s widow provided Al Jazeera with his clothing and toothbrush for laboratory testing  at the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland. “I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr. Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids,” Al Jazeera quoted Dr. Francois Bochud, the director of the institute as saying.

According to the report, Russian spy-turned-dissident Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in 2006 under suspicious circumstances, was found to have been poisoned with polonium slipped into his tea.

Arafat suffered similar symptoms to Litvinenko prior to his death - severe diarrhea, weight loss, and vomiting, according to the report.

Of course, Israel is going to be the most likely suspect if these test results are confirmed, but Arafat certainly made other powerful enemies. It will be interesting to see what comes of this.

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