Will the Arafat Case be Reopened?

September 7, 2020 by Baruch Yedid - TPS
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Suha Arafat, the widow of arch-terrorist and former Palestinian Authority (PA) Yasser Arafat, revealed in an interview with the Al-Arabiya news site that a court in Europe will soon begin a new investigation into her husband’s death.

Fatah supporters Gazan youth holding the flags of the Fatah movement and pictures of Yasser Arafat, during a rally in Gaza City, marking 15 years since the death of Yasser Arafat, founder and leader of Fatah. Gaza, Nov 9, 2019. Photo by Majdi Fathi/TPS

She hinted that she has embarrassing and dangerous information against senior PA officials who are involved in corruption and espionage cases.

The Palestinian Authority, on the other hand, is trying to turn the alleged Arafat assassination investigation into a means of eliminating the chances of Muhammad Dahlan ever returning to the PA leadership.

PA head Mahmud Abbas hopes to find information implicating Dahlan and tying the Israeli Shin Bet to Arafat’s death, this eliminating him politically.

An investigation conducted in recent years by Tawfiq Tirawi, who was authorized to do so by Abbas, did not yield anything, and according to claims in Ramallah, the case will soon be transferred to Jibril Rajoub with hopes that he will be able to incriminate Dahlan.

TPS has learned that a year and a half ago, PA intelligence personnel broke into the home of a senior PA official and took a file of secret documents about Arafat’s death. The file was deposited at the senior official’s home by Tirawi.

In recent years, Suha Arafat has been accused of claiming that the circles around Abbas are responsible for her husband’s murder.

In 2016, Abbas claimed that he knew who murdered Arafat and that he was likely to surprise the Palestinian people with the information in his possession.

The Palestinian conspiracy, according to which Israel is behind the assassination of Arafat, is based on the fact that during the years when he was under siege in the Muqata’a in Ramallah, Israel transferred the food to his office and poisoned him in that fashion.

In 2013, a Swiss team discovered the remains of polonium at Arafat’s grave in Ramallah, an element that fueled the conspiracy.

Other teams, Russian and French, did not make any findings.

A power struggle in the Palestinian Authority, and an attack by Fatah officials on Suha Arafat who apologized to the United Arab Emirates for the burning of UAE flags on Palestinian streets and insults from PA leaders after it announced the normalization of ties with Israel,  has led to the re-emergence of Arafat’s death case as a means of settling accounts at the top of the Palestinian Authority.

In Ramallah, it is said that Abbas hopes to block the path of Dahlan, who is receiving support from Suha Arafat, who now wants to settle accounts with senior PA officials also because they have harmed her family.

Most recently, Suha Arafat’s brother, who serves as the PLO ambassador to Cyprus, was summoned for disciplinary action in Ramallah because he refused to host a demonstration against the Emirates.

Suha is certain that the head of Abbas’ bureau, the all-powerful Intisar Abu ‘Amara, is behind the attack on her brother, and here began a mutual smear campaign, which in Ramallah is being called the “Women’s War.”

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