Arafat poisoned

RAMALLAH, July 4, 2012 (WAFA) – The report broadcast by al-Jazeera which exposed the possibility of Arafat being killed by poison was the top front page story of the Wednesday issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

“Arafat may have died of poison from radioactive material,” said the headline in Al-Ayyam.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said: “Media investigation raises the possibility that Arafat may have been poisoned by polonium.”

Al-Quds reported on al-Jazeera’s investigation and said that radioactive polonium was found in Arafat’s cloths and personal belongings.

The two other main stories in al-Ayyam had to do with the financial crisis of the Palestinian Authority and the fact that salaries will be late, and on a cabinet decision to go ahead with plans to hold local elections after Hamas has obstructed the work of the Central Elections Commission in Gaza.

The second main story in al-Quds had to do with reports that Israel began to register land in the West Bank in the name of Jewish settlers. What this means is transfer of property deeds from their original landowners, the Palestinians, to Jewish settlers who had established settlements on illegally expropriated Palestinian land in the occupied territory.

The paper did report on the PA’s financial crisis and plans to hold local elections and so did al-Hayat al-Jadida, which was its second main front page story after the report on Arafat.

Al-Quds also printed on its front page a piece by former US President Jimmy Carter that talks about Egypt and democracy.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida printed a picture on their front page that shows hundreds of Palestinians demonstrating in Ramallah against the Oslo agreement. The papers also reported on this demonstration, which was peaceful and came after two previous demonstrations were severely dispersed by Palestinian police causing injury to participants.

President Mahmoud Abbas had spoken against the police attack on freedom of protest and expression and ordered the formation of a committee to investigate into these incidents.

Source: WAFA News