Medical report reveals Yasir Arafat died of AIDS
Anthony Cuesta | July 20, 2007
PARIS — A medical report from the French hospital where Yasir Arafat passed away in 2004 reveals that the late Palestinian leader actually died of AIDS, ending years of speculation that the cause of death was assasination.
According to the Jewish Press, Ahmed Jibril, the Damascus-based chief of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said in an interview with Hizbullah’s Al-Manar television that PA President Mahmoud Abbas and his team told him the French medical report listed AIDS as Arafat’s cause of death.
Israel Today reports that Jibril, like many Palestinians, readily accepted the notion that Israel had assassinated Arafat, but the response from Abbas’ aides changed in an instant Jibril’s view of his deceased mentor.
“They were silent, and then one of them said to me: ‘To be honest, the French gave us the medical report, that stated that the cause of [Arafat’s] death was AIDS,’” Israel Today reports, Jibril saying. Arafat died Nov. 11, 2004, at a military hospital in Paris. The official cause of death was not released because French law prohibits distribution of medical records to anyone other than immediate family. A copy of Arafat’s medical report was obtained in 2005 by the PA as part of an internal investigation into Arafat’s death.
While Arafat was ill, according to the Jewish Press, there was some speculation that he was gay and dying of AIDS. Homosexuality is strictly forbidden by Islam. Arafat’s wife, Suha, lived mostly abroad and rarely saw her husband. In a WorldNetDaily interview, James J. Welsh, the National Security Agency’s former chief analyst of Arafat’s communications, said the U.S. had specific information indicating that the Palestinian leader preyed on teenage boys. “Arafat always had several 13-15 year old orphaned boys in his entourage. We figured out [in the 1970’s while Arafat was based in Tunis] that he would often recall several of these boys to Beirut just before he would leave for a trip outside Lebanon. It proved to be a good indicator of Arafat’s travel plans. While Arafat did have a regular security detail, many of those thought to be security personnel – the teenage boys – were actually there for other purposes,” Welsh said to WorldNetDaily. – Issued by Gay Link Content
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