Yasser Arafat Dead
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat is dead, senior Palestinian political sources said on Tuesday.
The information from sources close to Arafat could not immediately be confirmed.
“He is dead,” one of the sources close to Arafat said in Paris, where Arafat has been lying in a coma at a French hospital. Officials in the West Bank said they had not been informed that Arafat was dead.
Update (0925): Of course, reports of Arafat’s death have been trickling out all week.
- Report: Arafat Dead, Palestinians Deny It (Guardian – AP, 4 Nov.)
PA leaders leave for Paris, expected to declare Arafat dead (Haaretz, 8 Nov.)
The most amusing:
- Yasser Arafat: Dead, dying, comatose … and chatting (National Business Review, 7 Nov.)
The most obvious:
- Most Israelis want Arafat dead (News 24 SA , Oct. 29)
Regardless, one thing is for sure: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
Update (0948): Arafat Is Not Dead-French Military Source
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat is not dead, a source close to the health services of the French military said on Tuesday. “Mr. Arafat is not dead,” said the source following reports that Arafat had died at a French military hospital. The source said a statement on Arafat’s health given earlier on Tuesday by the chief doctor at the French military hospital treating Arafat was still valid. The statement said Arafat’s condition had worsened overnight and that he was in a coma.
Now, this is a tough one: Do you believe Reuters or the French military?
Update (1249): Arafat Critical; Vital Organs Functioning (AP)
Yasser Arafat’s condition deteriorated dramatically overnight as his coma deepened, but the Palestinian foreign minister said Tuesday he is “still alive” and his brain, heart and lungs are working. Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath said the 75-year-old Arafat was in critical condition. Shaath spoke after top Palestinian officials went to the hospital outside Paris where Arafat has been for nearly two weeks.
At a news conference in Paris, Shaath said the Palestinian leadership wanted to end rumors and speculation about Arafat’s health. Media reports have speculated that Arafat had either died or was brain dead. Shaath, referring to reports that Arafat might be removed from life support, said the possibility of euthanasia has been “ruled out.”
Pull the plug, already.
Update (11-11): It’s official. Palestinian Terrorist Yasser Arafat Dies at 75