By Jim Kouri
As a result of the continued accusations against the Israeli government over the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004, on Monday expert medical examiners and forensic scientists from Switzerland examined the late Palestinian terrorist’s grave site, according to an Israeli police source.
The experts examined Arafat’s grave located in the West Bank city of Ramallah before taking samples of his remains, the Israeli source told the Law Enforcement Examiner.
At a press conference, the chief of the group investigating Arafat’s death announced that the Swiss forensic professionals first examined Arafat’s grave site in Ramallah before actually opening it, exhuming the body and then taking specimen’s of the PLO chief’s remains.
The Swiss experts will open the grave and take the samples for examination on Nov. 27, 2012, according to the Israeli source.
The Palestinian committee charged with probing Arafat’s death will work with the Swiss forensic team. The Palestinian committee will at the end receive a full report from Swiss regarding their opinion as to what killed the controversial PLO leader, considered one of the fathers of Islamic terrorist tactics such as suicide bombers.
The samples of Arafat’s bones will be taken to Switzerland for scientific examination since the Palestinian National Authority does not possess the necessary resources for conducting the tests of Arafat’s remains.
The Palestinians have always accused the Israelis, especially its elite secret intelligence service, Mossad, of being behind the death of Arafat. The Nov. 11, 2004, death certificate from the Paris, France, military hospital in which Arafat passed away lists the cause of death as a “mysterious disease,” according to the Law Enforcement Examiner’s confidential source.
Born Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini on August 24, 1929, many biographers believe Arafat wasn’t Palestinian was born in Cairo to Egyptian parents. He was considered well-educated, but short-tempered.
Paradoxically, the man considered one of the first Islamic terrorists was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as was his friend and supporter U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who considered Arafat and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro friends.