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Who killed Yasser Arafat?

Aljazeera: late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat who was killed by polonium

Aljazeera: late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat who was killed by polonium

Motasem A Dalloul, London

After the death of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat seven years ago, many voices called for an official and open investigation into the cause; they were ignored. Palestinian, Arabic and even international parties have been trying to keep the cause hidden or, at least, away from serious discussion.
There are strong suggestions that those behind Arafat’s death were the Israelis, backed by the US, as they used to announce repeatedly and loudly that he was an obstacle to the peace process. That idea was developed after his famous stance at the second Camp David summit in 1999.
The unknown factor is who helped the Israelis and Americans to assassinate the Palestinian President. It seems obvious that he must have been a Palestinian from the leader’s close coterie. Doubts surround Arafat’s successors who divided his heritage among themselves but did not follow the way that he had set out in the way he treated the Israelis; they opted for another, worse way, which is leading the Palestinians to an unknown end.
Not only Fatah members or PLO factions but also all Palestinians used to ask for a public inquiry to know the reasons for Arafat’s death. The issue is still a cause of discontent among the current Palestinian leadership whose members were ready to occupy his position.
Many of Arafat’s successors across the leadership promised to launch a public inquiry, but they have not done so. They did not even publish the report from the French military hospital where Arafat passed away. That created even more suspicions among Palestinian citizens and factions.
Following an investigation by Aljazeera TV, it now seems almost certain that Arafat was killed by a dose of Polonium, the same radioactive substance which was used to kill the ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. It is not known yet who was responsible, or how this substance was administered to Arafat. Some say it was inserted through his ear, some through a poisoned kiss, and others a poisoned meal.
There is a prime suspect, but he will not be named easily until a comprehensive, independent investigation has been carried out. Aljazeera’s report, broadcast on Tuesday, did not name exactly who was involved in Arafat’s death; it did, though, prove that he was killed by Polonium which must have been injected or inserted into his body by one of his close aides.
For now, there are some important facts which should be made public about this issue. The first is that Mahmoud Abbas was the main tool used by Arafat’s foes to diminish his power when he was nominated to be the first Palestinian Prime Minster while the President was still alive. That was clearly against Arafat’s will, and his supporters took to the streets in massive demonstrations all over the Palestinian territories calling Abbas a collaborator with the Israelis and Americans. Those demonstrations continued until Abbas was deposed as PM.
After Arafat’s death, Abbas was in control of all of his positions and somewhat miraculously became the only choice to succeed him as President, supported by all Fatah and PLO leaders. Abbas was also welcomed by the Israelis, Arab, US and other international leaders as Arafat’s logical successor and the real partner for peace in the Middle East.
The fact that Mahmoud Abbas refused any kind of investigation into his predecessor’s death increases doubts about plans to keep the cause a secret. It is known that cultures from Arafat’s body were taken several days after his death to be tested in French, Jordanian and Tunisian laboratories, but they were “lost”.
Even the conditions surrounding Arafat’s burial were suspicious. Sheikh Tayssit al-Tamimi, the Palestinian Mufti who led the funeral prayer, confirmed several times on different occasions that there was suspicion regarding Arafat’s death.
Another important point relates to Mohammed Dahlan, who was one of the planned successors of Arafat. In a meeting in one of Gaza’s mosques in 2006, Yasser Abu-Helal, the founder of Al Ahrar Movement, declared that Dahlan had told Hamas leader Abdul Aziz al-Rantissi that his movement must take part in a campaign of incitement against Arafat in 2004 to protect him from being assassinated by the Israelis.
Rantissi refused and the head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal, told a press conference that Yasser Arafat was the target of a dirty tricks campaign by Palestinian figures; he said that Hamas would not keep silent if any harm came to President Arafat.
Neverthess, Yasser Arafat was killed and no formal investigations have been conducted. It is important now, following Aljazeera’s investigations, for a public inquiry to be opened by the International Criminal Court, which has the legal authority to conduct such an investigation. This is an issue of international importance, given that the peace process is still trundling on to nowhere. Palestinians need to know who has their best interests at heart, and who killed Yasser Arafat.



Is the security dossier really away from Hamas-Fateh dialogue?

Abbas and Meshal

Abbas and Meshal

London, May 15, 2012

It was clear in all previous rounds of talks between the two Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fateh that the security dossier is the main deadlock in the way of their reconciliation. This dossier always consumes the time of their talks and, at the end, it is not resolved. Such a dossier is not difficult to be figured out, but the problem is that each of both rivals has its own view about it which it too far from the other’s.

For Fateh, it sees that it is obligated by Oslo Accord signed with the Israelis in 1993, which dictates that Palestinian Authority must cooperate and coordinate with the Israelis in security issues and both Palestinian and Israeli sides exchange, discuss and agree on the names of security officers and commanders of the Palestinian security apparatuses. There must be joint security patrols. This is called by Dr Ibraheem Habeeb, a Palestinian political researcher, a problematic issue in the role of security apparatuses.

In the opposite side, Hamas sees that the role of security apparatuses is to protect Palestinians’ security and confront Israeli threats against them. There mustn’t be a room for cooperation and coordination between Palestinians and Israelis in this sensitive dossier. It insists that this endangers the life of Palestinians and adds more complications to their lives. Therefore, at the time each side is stick to its view, it appears that there is no compromise regarding this dossier in the horizon.

Of course, each side has its own and logical reasons for sticking to its position. For Fateh and the PA, it would encounter a number of punitive Israeli measures if it carried out any compromise on security issues agreed upon with the Israelis. It will face a ban of movement of senior officials, freeze of tax revenues on Palestinian imports collected by the Israeli customs, attacks against posts of security apparatuses and an international pressure to disown the reconciliation. Fateh cannot resist all these measures and this is clear in its history. The last example was its disownment of the results of the PLC elections in 2006 and the security chaos it created on the ground.

For Hamas, it cannot compromise any of its positions towards the security dossier because it believes that it is the legal representative for Palestinians and it got this legitimacy through resistance. This position was reinforced through the PLC elections. Hamas also believes that when Palestinians elected it, it means that they elected the programme of resistance. Therefore, it highly believes that any compromise about its position towards the programme of resistance will endanger its popularity.

In addition, Hamas which has not let down its weapons against the Israelis suffers from continuous detention of its affiliates by the Fateh security apparatuses which are loyal to the details of the Oslo Agreement. Hamas leaders repeatedly said that there is no reconciliation without the freedom of all its prisoners in the PA jails. However, news about positive developments in the reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fateh, but early this week, Sami abu-Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, declared explicitly that there is no reconciliation without the freedom of all Hamas members in the PA jails.

The problem does not lie in the detention of prisoners in Palestinian jails, but in the details behind that, which will prove for the Israeli side that Fateh is really committed to a Palestinian reconciliation on the basis of halting cooperation and coordination in security issues.

So that, the shade of the security dossier will stay the main reason which undermines intra-Palestinian reconciliation until Fateh gets rid of its security obligations towards the Israelis or Hamas laydowns its weapons. Both assumptions are impossible. This means that Palestinian reconciliation is also impossible.

May be I am a terrorist??!

The remains of my cheese factory in Gaza after the Israeli F16 bombardment 2010

The remains of my cheese factory in Gaza after the Israeli F16 bombardment 2010

Motasem A Dalloul, London, February 17, 2012

The third anniversary of the Israeli bombing of my own diary is approaching, so that, I am rethinking of myself more and more. May be I am another person and I do not know this fact!

It seems that it is my fault to be born for a couple who live in the Gaza Strip, the border line Palestinian city adjacent to Egypt. I have spent years and years when I was young working hard before and after school and during the breaks of my BA study. I had my own business and at the same time I had my BA certificate. That was more than wonderful for me.

Two sources of income for a young man in his early 20s. I was consent of that and started building my own house and enlarging my business. I had a very nice two story house with an area of 240m square. In the first store was my cheese factory and in the second floor were two apartments; one for me and the other for my precious parents.

The repercussions of my fault

During the aggressive Israeli war against the Gaza Strip, an Israeli F16 bombed my house and my cheese factory with two rockets that left everything a pile of useless rubbles. Thanks for God, none of my family or me was even injured.

I did not spend much time think what to do. I directly decided not to surrender to the Israeli oppression, but to go on and resurrect again from under the rubbles.

I started my business again and continued working in the field of journalism and teaching. But a couple of months later, I have just went to bed to have a restful sleep, but 15 minutes later, a sound of a big explosion aroused me. I found dust everywhere in my makeshift house. I thought that my house which was the target and thanked God that my wife and all of my eight kids were at their grandmother’s house that time.

I went out to see that my new diary has been destroyed again by an Israeli ware plane. Nothing remained. The building, the pasteurizer, the homogeniser, the boiler, the compressor, the van, the cheese, etc… Everything has gone.

Next day, my colleagues, journalists, came to visit me and report about what happened. A foreign journalist was a mong them.

The foreign journalist asked me: “Why do you think that the Israelis bombed you diary?” I answered: “You can ask them.” He said: “They say that you make rockets!” I replied from among about five tons of white cheese spread everywhere: “You have your own camera. You can take shoots for everything and show the whole world what you have seen. If you see rockets, you can shoot them and show the world.”  He shook his head and continued his work.

No more business

At that time, I have nearly left the work in media as I was busy in remaking my business. But, my mother who knew that I have lost all my property and I will not be able to go on asked me to stop working and to travel here or there to have a break.

I have decided to go back to the university seats again. I had an offer for a journalism course in from the University of Westminster in London in 2006/2007 and could not attend. I renewed the application and went on in this way.

I am not sure whether I am going back to do business or not, but may be. This is not what I wanted from all of this account, but I want to say that the world must look at the Israeli aggression and put an end to it, not to look at the countries that utilise the modern technology to afford luxurious life for their people. I mean Iran and the nuclear power.

However, I absolutely and completely oppose what is Iran doing, but at the same time, I ask the world to dismantle the Israelis from their WMD which is not a responsible entity. And it was tested during the disproportionate war against Gaza. It used white phosphorous against civilians.


In the third anniversary of war, Israelis prepared for new offensive

As the New Year rolls in, and many are speculating on whether or not Israelis and the west will go to war with Iran, Israelis have confirmed that they are preparing for a large-scale offensive in Gaza.

The timing coincides with the third year anniversary of the aggressive Israeli war against, which resulted in the deaths of over 1400 Palestinians.

Israeli news columnist, Gideon Levy, questions the wisdom of the coming offensive in light of Hamas‘ overtures toward peace with Israelis.

Also, how will the recent ‘Arab Spring’ influence the reaction of Israelis’ neighbours like Egypt, which now has a new and unpredictable leadership?

Homeless since the war

My pickup, two story house and cheese diary after being attacked by the Israeli F16s

My pickup, two story house and cheese diary after being attacked by the Israeli F16s

London, December 30, 2011

In the third anniversary of the Israeli aggressive war against the Gaza Strip, my two story house and cheese factory are still rubbles on the ground.

Both properties were destroyed by the Israeli F16 warplanes in December 30, 2008 during the aggressive war against the Gaza Strip.

I and more than 60 members of my extended family used to live in two adjacent buildings and on that date, the Israelis called us and gave us only ten minutes to leave them in order to destroy them.

We directly took to streets, me, my old parents, brothers and their wives and kids, my small angels, without taking any necessary thing from the houses.

We also informed our neighbours to leave their houses as the F16 attacks destroy a big area, not only the target house. The same they did, all of them rushed to streets with their children without taking any small thing with their hands.

Ten minutes left and nothing happened. We were hesitant to return back or stay away, but the last decision was to stay away. It was the right decision as three minutes later, we saw the F16s flying on the air and two rockets hit one of the houses and the cheese factory.

A huge cloud of fire and ash spread around a large area above the houses. Just minutes later, the fire and the ash have evaded and a hill of rubbles emerged at the place of my house.

The van used for distributing cheese after the attack

The van used for distributing cheese after the attack

The second building and the houses of the neighbours were partially destroyed. Wall had big holes and doors, windows, furniture were all destroyed. They became inappropriate for life.

How did we spent time

Some of us stayed with relatives and neighbours, mainly women and children, and some stayed wandering in the streets.

There were no communications at that time, and so we were apart from each other and we did not know anything about each other.

I myself associated my older brother and spent time walking in the streets, going to Al Shefa Hospital see wounded and martyrs, to cemeteries, to news agencies to report something as I used to report to Al Jazeera English Satellite Channel and The Radio of South Africa. I spoke also with the BBC.

We did not have money, so that, we spent that time either hungry or even hungry. But it was a difficult time as sounds of explosions and scenes of destruction were everywhere and every single minute.

What made it so horrible for me is that I heard that the house of my relatives, with whom my kids were staying, was attacked. But things went well when I knew that it was attacked by an artillery shell, not F16.

One of the neighbours looking at the cheese in site of the attack

One of the neighbours looking at the cheese in site of the attack

At that time, people considered artillery shells as a kind of mercy if compared with the F16 destructive rockets.

After the war, all of us joined together and, thanks to Allah, we found that no one was killed or injured. We really were lucky despite the destruction of our houses and the livelihood factory.

Some families lost one, two, three, … 20, 40, and more. Some families were completely eradicated such as Al Daya and Al Sammouni families in the nearby neighbourhood.

We stayed in the open air for a while and then were could have some makeshift homes. But, of course, we were lucky because we are, to some extent, considered wealthy if compared with other Gaza residents. We have enough area of land and some vegetable and fruit trees.

We managed to do something for ourselves before receiving helps from others. We did not consider receiving helps because others are needier than us and there have been shortage of aids until today.

But the makeshift houses took us 50 years back through time. My kids always complain, but I and my wife always ask them to be patient as later on we will have a new beautiful house.

But, unfortunately, today is the third anniversary of the demolition of our houses and cheese factory, and we are still waiting for the world to petition for the Israelis to left the siege.

One of my cousins walking at the site of the diary wondering why do the Israelis attack the diary

One of my cousins walking at the site of the diary wondering why do the Israelis attack the diary

I think, the world, I mean the West which rants about democracy and human rights, is biased because when they see that the Gazans launch a useless homemade rocket on the Israelis, they turn the whole world upside down and suspect Palestinians of being terrorists.

But, on the other hand, there is a strict siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for 5 years and people are dying of hunger and sickness, children attend school lessons in caravans, no access to clean drinking water, shortage of medicines, and the world does not just have a look.

In the third anniversary of the aggressive Israeli war against the Gaza Strip, experts say that Gazans need 100,000 housing unit urgently.

So that, let me know now, who is the one who produces terrorist?


Israeli militants killed a mother in front of her kids

The Gaza resident, Ismail Awaja, speaks to CBC that the Israelis have killed his wife in front of him and his kids and refused to let them take her to hospital.
She still bleeding until death at the time her kids are around.
The Israelis allowed them to take her out of the house the next day after she died.

A civilian killed, several wounded in an Israeli air-strike

An Israeli airstrike against the Gaza Strip resulted in the death of a civilian and several wounded

An Israeli airstrike against the Gaza Strip resulted in the death of a civilian and several wounded


London, December 27, 2011

A 22-year-old civilian has been killed and 10 others wounded; tow of them suffered serious injuries, by two separate Israeli air-strikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening, medical resources said.

The civilian killed in the strike known as Abdullah al Telbani. He was attacked while driving a motor tricycle towards the north of the Strip.

The two seriously wounded were seating with him. All of them were taken to hospital by paramedics.

Witnesses said that an unmanned Israeli plane attacked the motor tricycle and that was confirmed by a statement of  the spokesman of the Israeli occupation forces.

The indicated that the strike was carried out jointly by two Israeli security apparatuses and that the target had been a squad involved in recent terror activity.

Palestinian officials and activists confirmed that the Strip lives a state of quietness for months and there were no Gaza home-made rocket launches.

The other 7 civilians were wounded by an earlier Israeli F 16 strike which the Israelis said that militants were their target.

Meanwhile, paramedics and other witnesses said that the target apparently was a civilian car and all the wounded were civilians. “That refutes comletely the Israeli claims of targeting militants,” a paramedic said.