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#68740 --- 11/11/04 04:34 AM Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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Palastinian Leader Yasser Arafat has died early Thursday morning in France, at the age of 75
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Palestinian Leader Arafat Dies at 75

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By PAM SAMPSON, Associated Press Writer

PARIS - Yasser Arafat (news - web sites), who triumphantly forced his people's plight into the world spotlight but failed to achieve his lifelong quest for Palestinian statehood, died Thursday at age 75.


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He was to the end a man of many mysteries and paradoxes — terrorist, statesman, autocrat and peacemaker.


Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat confirmed to The Associated Press that Arafat had died. The Palestinian leader spent his final days in a coma at a French military hospital outside Paris.


Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a top Arafat aide, confirmed that Arafat died at 4:30 am Paris time. He spoke to reporters at Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.


Arafat's last days were as murky and dramatic as his life. Flown to France on Oct. 29 after nearly three years of being penned in his West Bank headquarters by Israeli tanks, he initially improved but then sharply deteriorated as rumors swirled about his illness.


Top Palestinian officials flew in to check on their leader while Arafat's 41-year-old wife, Suha, publicly accused them of trying to usurp his powers. Ordinary Palestinians prayed for his well being, but expressed deep frustration over his failure to improve their lives.


Arafat's failure to groom a successor complicated his passing, raising the danger of factional conflict among Palestinians.


A visual constant in his checkered keffiyeh headdress, Arafat kept the Palestinians' cause at the center of the Arab-Israeli conflict. But he fell short of creating a Palestinian state, and, along with other secular Arab leaders of his generation, he saw his influence weakened by the rise of radical Islam in recent years.


Revered by his own people, Arafat was reviled by others. He was accused of secretly fomenting attacks on Israelis while proclaiming brotherhood and claiming to have put terrorism aside. Many Israelis felt the paunchy 5-foot, 2-inch (1.57 meters) Palestinian's real goal remained the destruction of the Jewish state.


Arafat became one of the world's most familiar faces after addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York in 1974, when he entered the chamber wearing a holster and carrying a sprig. "Today I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun," he said. "Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand."


Two decades later, he shook hand at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (news - web sites) on a peace deal that formally recognized Israel's right to exist while granting the Palestinians limited self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (news - web sites). The pact led to the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for Arafat, Rabin and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.


But the accord quickly unraveled amid mutual suspicions and accusations of treaty violations, and a new round of violence that erupted in the fall of 2000 has killed some 4,000 people, three-quarters of them Palestinian.


The Israeli and U.S. governments said Arafat deserved much of the blame for the derailing of the peace process. Even many of his own people began whispering against Arafat, expressing disgruntlement over corruption, lawlessness and a bad economy in the Palestinian areas.


A resilient survivor of war with Israel, assassination attempts and even a plane crash, Arafat was born Rahman Abdel-Raouf Arafat Al-Qudwa on Aug. 4, 1929, the fifth of seven children of a Palestinian merchant killed in the 1948 war over Israel's creation. There is disagreement whether he was born in Gaza or in Cairo, Egypt.


Educated as an engineer in Egypt, Arafat served in the Egyptian army and then started a contracting firm in Kuwait. It was there that he founded the Fatah (news - web sites) movement, which became the core of the Palestine Liberation Organization (news - web sites).


After the Arabs' humbling defeat by Israel in the six-day war of 1967, the PLO thrust itself on the world's front pages by sending its gunmen out to hijack airplanes, machine gun airports and seize Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics (news - web sites).


"As long as the world saw Palestinians as no more than refugees standing in line for U.N. rations, it was not likely to respect them. Now that the Palestinians carry rifles the situation has changed," Arafat explained.
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#68741 --- 11/11/04 04:50 AM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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Rest in peace. You deserve it.

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#68742 --- 11/11/04 05:59 AM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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So long terrorist.

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#68743 --- 11/11/04 12:38 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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Quote:

After the Arabs' humbling defeat by Israel in the six-day war of 1967, the PLO thrust itself on the world's front pages by sending its gunmen out to hijack airplanes, machine gun airports and seize Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics (news - web sites).





Weren't these athletes killed, not seized? And later he gets a nobel peace price?

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#68744 --- 11/11/04 12:55 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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They were killed. It was horrible. Is the age group here too young to remember?

This guy was a problem. His death is not a tragedy.

The problem with his death is that we do not know how the Palistinians will react.

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#68745 --- 11/11/04 01:50 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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I WAS A LITTLE ONE AT THE TIME ALL OF THAT WENT ON, BUT FROM GLOBAL HISTORY CLASSES I BETTER UNDERSTOOD WHAT HE DID.. I AM NOT SORRY AT ALL.. I THOUGHT THAT WAS A BIT IRONIC THAT A TERRORIST COULD GET A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. HMMM COULD BE A QUESTION FOR THE AGES...
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#68746 --- 11/11/04 02:23 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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"AAhhh yes I remember it well"... was in highschool at the time.Remember thinking the world was a cruel and dangerous place.Ironically...he now has to answer to God.
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#68747 --- 11/11/04 04:38 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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Various news and op/ed pieces found at the [url=http://www.cursor.org/]Cursor[/url] website, text theirs:
    [url=http://www.csmonitor.com/earlyed/early_world111004.htm]'Arafat's Legacy'[/url] The Christian Science Monitor quotes Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery as saying, "Who cared about the Palestinians before him?" More at [url=http://electronicintifada.net/new.shtml]Electronic Intifada[/url].

    In an editorial penned before [url=http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news?c=news_photos&p=Arafat]Arafat's death[/url], Ramzy Baroud wrote that while "the absence of Arafat, even as a living symbol, is a matter of great consequence ... we must not indulge in misrepresenting the Palestinian struggle by [url=http://www.palestinechronicle.com/story.php?sid=20041107044228831]reducing it to the legacy of one man[/url].

    A 2003 art exhibit titled "[url=http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q="Guess+Who+Died"+Arafat&btnG=Google+Search]Guess Who Died[/url]" examined Israel's [url=http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0910/p06s01-wome.html]obsession[/url] with Arafat.


BTW haven't read them, this is just a raw-info-link-post.
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#68748 --- 11/11/04 10:17 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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Yasser Arafat was a pawn for all the rich oil countries like the U.A.E. and Bahrain who did not want to get their hands dirty carrying out their avowed mission to destroy Israel. Where did you think Arafat's money came from to wage war against Israel? And then he got "smart" and started pocketing the money. I'll bet the period when he was awarded the Nobel peace prize was the same time that he was building his corrupt little empire.

The world is a safer place without this rodent.

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#68749 --- 11/11/04 10:58 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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Burn in hell Arafat.

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#68750 --- 11/11/04 11:02 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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Please tell me that just one of the people taking such glee in Yasser Arafat's death is a self-professed Christian who voted for bush on "moral values".

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#68751 --- 11/11/04 11:09 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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Although I take no pleasure in the death of anyone I honestly can say I will not shed any tears. It would be nice however if Isreal would back down and allow him to be buried in Jerusalem I think it might help with peace between those two nations.
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#68752 --- 11/12/04 12:13 AM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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That God most of us reading this are Christians, not adherents to that Religion of Hate that Arafat believed in.
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#68753 --- 11/12/04 01:33 AM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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I voted for Kerry. I am a Christian.

Arafat was a terrorist. He chose skyjacking and killing hostages as his methods to further his cause. He could have obtained success through diplomacy and he backed out. He had his chance. He chose killing rather than peace. I can't feel any admiration or warmth towards the man.

I agree with you often Gio but this time I can't. Burying Arafat in Jerusalem would be like letting Bin Laden live to 75 and burying him in Manhatten.

His death doesn't guaranty any improvement to the situation. But his life proved to be very little value to the peace process.

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#68754 --- 11/12/04 02:51 AM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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My feelings exactly!

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#68755 --- 11/12/04 02:57 AM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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I boted for Bush, but not based on his Christianity or moral based right wing conservatism. But, I am glad tha Arafat is gone. I DO remember what a brute he was...he was, for me at least in my memory the first person I defined as a "terrorist". He was a greedy man who in the end, being the "brute" he was lloked meek and weak as the took him from his compound to be transportd to Paris. he blew kisses to the crowd, the people who "loved" him, but he seemed to be a little off...almost like a dementia on his face...he was very ill, yet smiling like a child....he is gone. If Israel DID let him be buried in Jerusalem, it is said that the Palestinians would take it as a sign that Israel is caving and they would seek to take over Jerusalem.I do not think that would do either the Palestinians or the Israeli's any good.

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#68756 --- 11/12/04 12:53 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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Thank you for acknowledging that terrorism existed prior to 9-11. It has been around and we have been living with it.

Regardless of your political beliefs, think about Robert F. Kennedy. He was an American Senator running for President. Sirhan Sirhan, an anti-Israeli pro-Palestinian, kills him. Can you imagine if a similiar action was taken "post 9-11"? We would act like the situation was different when in fact it isn't. Terrorist in America, 1968.

Arafat was a terrorist and now he is dead. Life ends. life goes on.

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#68757 --- 11/12/04 02:40 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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Terrorism existed before 9/11, no one has ever disputed that. But never in our country's history, had so many innocents been killed in such a fashion. They let us know we were NOT as safe as may be some of us assumed we were. We have American terrorist, we knew that, that took out the Fed building in OK. City...but this does NOT mean we say , " Oh well...life goes on." That kind of thinking is dangerous. I am sorry, I disagree with you on that Top Dog, but my acknowledging that there was terrosrism PRIOR to 9/11 has not changed my stance on the war on terrorism. I am not in favor of just sitting with our thumbs up our butts and NOT do anything about the terrorists worldwide.

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#68758 --- 11/12/04 03:08 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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Wasn't Israel "created" in 1948?
Aren't the Palestinians fighting to regain their homeland?
Wasn't Israel guilty of terrorism when it took Palestinian land by force?
Why should US support automatically make the Israelis "right" and the Palestinians "wrong"?

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#68759 --- 11/12/04 03:10 PM Re: Yasser Arafat dies at age 75
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At 4:30AM on September 5, 1972, five Arab terrorists wearing track suits climbed the six and 1/2 foot fence surrounding the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany. Once inside, they were met by three others who had gained entrance with credentials. Within 24 hours, 11 Israelis, five terrorists, and a German policeman were dead.

The Munich operation was ordered by Yasser Arafat and carried out by Fatah, Arafat's faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).


The father of modern terrorism is dead - and hailed as a hero.

No further comment.

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