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Tests performed by a laboratory in Switzerland found significant traces of Polonium-210 on the late Palestinian leader's clothes, adding a new twist to a case that has obsessed the Arab world for years.
Polonium-210 is the same substance used to poison the Russian dissident Alexader Litvinenko in London.
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.
Originally posted by Peruvianmonk
Poisoning, as a cause of death, was strongly suspected at the time. If true the main suspects have to be Mossad/Shin Bet or rival factions within the Palestinian body politic such as Hamas. It does seem quite an advanced form of assassination though for an organisation (Hamas) whose sole deterrent to Israel is unguided garage built rockets.
According to the book The Bomb in the Basement, several death cases in Israel during 1957–1969 were caused by 210Po. A leak was discovered at a Weizmann Institute laboratory in 1957.
Traces of 210Po were found on the hands of professor Dror Sadeh, a physicist who researched radioactive materials. Medical tests indicated no harm, but the tests did not include bone marrow. Sadeh died from cancer.
One of his students died of leukemia, and two colleagues died after a few years, both from cancer. The issue was investigated secretly, and there was never any formal admission that a connection between the leak and the deaths had existed.
Originally posted by 11235813213455
Really? I thought that AIDS was determined as his death.
Scientists at the institute in Switzerland say they did more sophisticated testing for less conventional toxins including radioactive elements.
Another spokesman for the institute, Darcy Christen, told Reuters that clinical symptoms described in Mr Arafat's medical reports were not consistent with polonium-210.
He stressed that conclusions could not be drawn as to whether the Palestinian leader was poisoned or not.
Polonium was used to kill Russian former spy turned Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, who died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with the radioactive substance at a London hotel.
In October 2011, Sharon's son Gilad said that he was responsive, though still incapable of significant movement. “When he is awake, he looks at me and moves fingers when I ask him to.” “He lies in bed, looking like the lord of the manor, sleeping tranquilly. Large, strong, self assured. His cheeks are a healthy shade of red. When he’s awake, he looks out with a penetrating stare.