A 9 month investigation has revealed that Palestinian President Yasser Arafat was likely poisoned with a radioactive element in 2004, causing his death.
Levels of Polonium found on some of Arafat’s personal effects registered “more than 20 times the dose to kill an average human being,” Al Jazeera reports. The same element killed Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.
Al Jazeera initiated the investigation. The tests were carried out at The Institute de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland.
More importantly, tests reveal that Arafat’s final personal belongings – his clothes, his toothbrush, even his iconic kaffiyeh – contained abnormal levels of polonium, a rare, highly radioactive element. Those personal effects, which were analyzed at the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland, were variously stained with Arafat’s blood, sweat, saliva and urine. The tests carried out on those samples suggested that there was a high level of polonium inside his body when he died.
“I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr. Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids,” said Dr. Francois Bochud, the director of the institute.
[P]olonium’s most famous victim was Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian spy-turned-dissident who died in London in 2006 after a lingering illness…..Litvinenko suffered severe diarrhea, weight loss, and vomiting, all of which were symptoms Arafat exhibited in the days and weeks after he initially fell ill.