Friday, November 12, 2004


Hamas political leader Khaled Mashal yesterday accused Israel of poisoning Yasser Arafat. Although doctors ruled out poisoning this week, the cause of the Palestinian Authority chairman's death yesterday is still unknown.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Sha'ath told reporters Tuesday that the doctors' diagnosis "rules out poisoning totally." Sha'ath and other Palestinian leaders in the West Bank and Gaza have rejected the rumors as not credible.

But leaders of Palestinian groups residing abroad under Syrian protection, such as Mashal and Kaddoumi, who heads the Palestine Liberation Organization's political wing, are trying to recruit adherents to their theory that Israeli security officials killed Arafat.

"Israel poisoned Arafat and killed him by using its collaborators, and has thereby also eliminated the chance for negotiations," Mashal said. "Israel, by killing Arafat, has killed the peace settlement and is sending a clear message to Palestinians and Arabs that this will be the fate of whoever rejects a settlement according to Israeli conditions."

This just just the most ridiculous thing that I have heard this week! But I am sure that some people really believe it! This kind of irrational thinking is dangerous...and the pressures that combine to create a situation where people will believe just about anything are dangerous too!


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