Arafat may have been poisoned
- 3 Palestinians Extra-Judicially Killed by Israeli Occupation Forces
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
2 November 2004
On Monday, 1 November 2004, Israeli occupation forces (IOF)
committed an extra-judicial killing in Nablus, which left 3 members
of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (the military wing of Fatah
movement) dead, and injured a fourth one. The killing was carried
out by an undercover unit of IOF, whose members often disguise as
Palestinian civilians. This latest attacks came in the context of
an official policy adopted by the Israeli political and military
According to preliminary investigations conducted by PCHR, at
approximately 21:00 on Monday, 1 November 2004, an undercover unit
of IOF, disguised in Palestinian civilian clothes and traveling in a
civilian car that had a Palestinian registration plate, moved into
Nablus. The car stopped near 'Abdul Mugheeth al-Ansari school, and
6-8 persons who were wearing women's clothes got out of it. Those
persons mounted the stairs of al-Yasamina, which leads to al-Samra
area in the west of the old town. They moved towards 4 Palestinians
who were sitting in the area and fired at them at very close range.
Three of these Palestinians were instantly killed:
1. Majdi Mar'ei, 25;
2. Fadi Sami Nour al-Sarwan, 22; and
3. Jihad 'Omar Abu Salha, 25.
The three were members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the military
wing of Fatah movement. The fourth Palestinian was seriously
wounded. Soon, more Israeli troops arrived on the scene to
transport the undercover unit, while an F-16 fighter jet, a
helicopter and a drone were flying over the city.
Majid Mar'ei had survived an assassination attempt carried out by
IOF on 15 September 2004, which left 6 Palestinians dead, including
an 11-year-old child. Israeli military sources claimed that Mar'ei
had been wanted for a long time and that he was responsible for a
number of attacks against Israeli targets.
PCHR remains gravely concerned about such escalation by the Israeli
government and its occupation. Israeli violations of human rights,
including extra-judicial and indiscriminate killings, further
indicate Israel's disregard for international law and humanitarian
law, which prohibit such acts that constitute grave breaches of the
Fourth Geneva Convention (1949), in particular article 147. PCHR
asserts that the policy of extra-judicial executions officially
adopted by the Israeli government serves to increase tension in the
region and threatens the lives of Palestinian civilians. PCHR
reiterates its calls for the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth
Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations to ensure protection
for Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
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November 4, 2004
Arafat may have been poisoned
Dr. Christian Estripeau of Percy Hospital in Paris
said today that Yasser Arafat, who is being treated at
the hospital, is showing symptoms of arsenic
poisoning. Dr. Estripeau added that more tests are
needed to make a definite diagnosis.
Arsenic poisoning is usually determined by a hair
analysis. If arsenic is found in the hair follicles it
will stay there for years. If it is in the hair
follicles it is usually in the body as well. Arsenic
is also deposited in the fingernails and skin.
Symptoms of arsenic poisoning begin with headaches,
confusion and drowsiness. As the poisoning develops,
convulsions and changes in fingernail pigmentation may
occur. When the poisoning becomes acute, symptoms
may include diarrhea, vomiting, blood in the urine,
cramping muscles, hair loss, stomach pain, and more
convulsions. The organs of the body that are usually
affected by arsenic poisoning are the lungs, skin,
kidneys, and liver. The final result of arsenic
poisoning is coma and then death.
An Arafat principal advisor in Paris said today that
the Palestinian leader is now in "critical condition"
and slipping into coma, a final outcome of arsenic
poisoning right before death. Arsenic poisoning can be
reversed if diagnosed properly and treated diligently.
Other French doctors carrying out tests on the
75-year-old leader since he was airlifted to the
military hospital in Paris last Friday say they still
do not know what is wrong with him, despite ruling out
leukaemia. Arafat's immune system appeared quite weak
as his health, which had at first stabilised after he
arrived at the hospital, suddenly deteriorated on
Wednesday, they said.
Yasser Arafat has for 40 years been the symbol of the
Palestinian struggle against the Zionist occupation
of Palestine. The extraordinary courageous leader
was admitted to the Percy military hospital in the
Paris suburb of Clamart on Friday after being
dramatically evacuated from the West Bank where he
was being held a virtual prisoner by the sinister
Ariel Sharon, head of the vile Zionist Likud Party of
Yasser Arafat has for many years been the target for
assassination by Sharon. Many Middle East observers
and analysts believe that Arafat was poisoned by
Sharon operatives while the Palestinian leader was
held prisoner in Ramallah.
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La Raza with Arafat in the old days
Nablus suffers Israeli onslaught
Tuesday 02 November 2004 Aljazeera + Agencies
Residents of al-Askar refugee camp in Nablus on the West Bank have
endured a night of terror at the hands of Israeli occupation troops
who demolished homes and detained several Palestinians.
The destruction followed the earlier killing of four Palestinians in
Nablus's Old City.
Among the homes demolished was that of the family of a Palestinian
bomber who blew himself up in a Tel Aviv marketplace on Monday
killing three Israelis.
The homes of two other members of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine, believed to be the masterminds behind
Monday's bombing, were also destroyed.
Activists of several resistance groups were detained in the camp in
Nablus city, Aljazeera's correspondent reported.
The correspondent added that all the gates to the city had been
closed by Israeli forces, preventing anyone from entering or
Israeli forces also targeted the neighbourhoods of Ras al-Ain and al-
Yasmina in the Old City of Nablus.
Earlier, Israeli occupation troops killed four Palestinians during a
raid on Nablus.
Witnesses and medics said three Palestinians, including a member of
al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an offshoot of Yasir Arafat's Fatah group,
were killed on Monday by an Israeli special unit in the Old Town of
Israeli military sources said troops opened fire on fighters in the
city, but put the number of Palestinians killed in the incident at
Earlier on Monday, Aljazeera reported that a 12-year-old Palestinian
boy in the Askar refugee camp in Nablus was shot dead by Israeli
Bashar Zabara died from gunshot wounds to the neck after troops
opened fire at stone-throwers.
In a separate development, Israeli occupation forces arrested Fadi
al-Saadi, the field leader of al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of
the Islamic Jihad resistance movement.
His arrest came after troops surrounded his house in Jenin,
Aljazeera's correspondent in the Palestinian territories reported.
Three Palestinian children were injured by Israeli bullets during the
confrontations in Jenin refugee camp which remains under curfew.
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