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Arafat's Funeral Scheduled for Friday
"I don't know anyone other than Arafat who has as much civilian Jewish blood on his
hands since the time of the Nazis," Ariel Sharon said of him in 1995. According to a
schedule presented at Wednesday's cabinet meeting, Yasir Arafat's funeral will take place
Friday. His coffin will apparently be flown from Paris to Cairo, where a full ceremony,
attended by world leaders, is to take place. From Egypt, the terrorist leader's body will
be brought to Ramallah, as agreed to by the cabinet, to be placed in the Mukata
headquarters. PA leaders yesterday reportedly decided the site would be a mausoleum, not a
grave, until Arafat can be buried in Jerusalem.
Arafat Expected to Die Momentarily
By Ha'aretz & IsraelNationalNews.com
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat is expected to die within hours and, if he
does, his funeral will be held on Friday in Cairo, his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah said
Wednesday. Speaking on his return from Paris, Abu Rudeinah told reporters at Cairo airport
that it would be a miracle if Arafat were to survive his current medical crisis in a
hospital on the outskirts of the French capital.
"Many organs have stopped working, except for Arafat's heart - it is still beating,"
Abu Rudeinah said. "Should the Palestinian leader die in the coming hours, as his doctors
are expecting, there will be an official funeral in Cairo on Friday with the participation
of kings, princes and heads of Arab and Islamic states," Abu Rudeinah added.
Earlier Wednesday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath said that Arafat's brain
is working only partially because of hemorrhaging, and his organs, except for heart and
lungs, "are not functioning well. His liver is not functioning well, his kidneys are not
functioning well," Shaath told reporters after meeting with former Palestinian prime
minister and PLO Secretary General Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Shaath said Arafat only had partial brain function because of hemorrhage. T
Meanwhile, a top Islamic cleric who arrived in Paris on Wednesday to attend Arafat's
bedside said he had seen the Palestinian leader was alive, while the Palestinian envoy to
France, Leila Shaheed, warned earlier in the day that Arafat was in the "final phase" of
Speaking after his visit at the Paris hospital where Arafat is in critical condition,
Sheikh Taisser Bayoud Tamimi said that he "remains alive." He earlier ruled out
disconnecting the Palestinian leader from life-support machines. "Yes, he is sick and his
condition is very difficult but he remains alive," Tamimi told reporters in Arabic after
his visit at the hospital in Paris where Arafat is being treated.
Asked about turning off life-support systems as he arrived at the hospital, Tamimi
said: "This is forbidden under Islamic law. As long as there is a manifestation of life
present, from movement to temperature in the body, then he is alive," he said before
entering the hospital. "I will stay next to the president calling for his recovery and for
mercy," he added.
Earlier, Shaheed told France-Info radio that Tamimi was not coming "to disconnect"
Arafat from life support. "It is clear, as for a Christian, as for a Jew, that a religious
man needs to be with his patient when he is in the final phase of his life," Shahid said.
"That is why he is here." Shaheed told the radio that Arafat was still "in a deep coma"
Wednesday morning, but added there was a "complication in the state of all of his vital
In Paris, Abbas, PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, Shaath, and Palestinian Legislative
Council Speaker Rouhi Fathi were allowed into the hospital, where Arafat's wife, Suha,
greeted them warmly, said Shaath, only 24 hours after accusing them of conspiring to "bury
alive" her husband. Shaath later explained that she had been under enormous pressure, and
her 4 a.m. outburst on Monday was based on a misunderstanding.
Doctors at the hospital spent two hours with the four Palestinian officials, informing
them that tests had ruled out cancer or poisoning as the reason for Arafat's decline. Then
the four picked Qureia to enter Arafat's room for a first-hand look at the Palestinian
leader, on what they all conceded was his deathbed. Shaath rejected talk of "euthanasia"
saying it was contrary to the Islamic faith, and that in any case Arafat was not in any
pain that needed to be alleviated. He said that Arafat had not been in a coma for years or
even months, which might have required alleviating the family's suffering.
Amid conflicting reports of Arafat's 'impending' death and eventual funeral location,
one thing remains certain: Arafat's legacy as an arch-terrorist will be written in
history. Many news media are reporting in the name of PA sources that arch-terrorist
Arafat died Tuesday in his Paris hospital bed. Reuters also reported that Arafat suffered
a brain hemorrhage Tuesday night, and that "aides said privately that he was dead."
Knesset member Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said in the Knesset, "There are not many
things that have happened of late about which it is as appropriate to bless and rejoice
over as the upcoming death of Yasir Arafat."
Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest ranking intelligence officer ever to have defected from
the former Soviet bloc, wrote (Wall Street Journal, Jan. 12, 2002): "I am not surprised to
see that Yasir Arafat remains the same bloody terrorist I knew so well during my years at
the top of Romania's foreign intelligence service. I became directly involved with Arafat
in the late 1960s, in the days when he was being financed and manipulated by the KGB...
Gen. Sakharovsky asked us in Romanian intelligence to help the KGB bringing Arafat and
some of his fedayeen fighters secretly to the Soviet Union via Romania, in order for them
to be indoctrinated and trained. During that same year, the Soviets maneuvered to have
Arafat named chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, with public help from
Egypt's ruler, Gamal Abdel Nasser.
er to kill Ambassador Noel..."
Iran Furnished Hizbullah with Eight Drones
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
The London-based a-Shark el-Awsat Arabic newspaper reported Iran has recently furnished
Hizbullah with eight drones that are equipped with cameras and radar, and have an ability
to fly at a maximum speed of 75 mph.
Earlier this week, IDF officials confirmed Hizbullah reports that one such pilotless
aircraft did conduct a brief surveillance flight over northern Israel before crashing.
Addressing members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee this week, IDF
Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya'alon explained that the drone is also capable of carrying
an explosive device, making it an aerial bomb capable of striking out at targets in
northern Israel. He said that the Hizbullah drone was capable of carrying an 88-pound
Apparently, the drone carried a camera capable of transmitting images while the plane
was in motion. On Monday, Hizbullah TV aired footage of what it said was the drone it had
sent into Israel. What makes the drone incident unusual is that Iranian military experts
from the Revolutionary Guards sent their people to a third country to act against Israel.
Their support for Palestinian terror groups was usually done with money or weapons. In
this case, Iranians were involved directly in launching the drone and preparing it for its
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