The issue of Yassir Arafat's death is very near, and Ariel Sharon has stated once again that Israel will not allow for Arafat to be buried at the
site of the Al Aqsa Mosque. Several Muslim groups have also protested against the plan to bury Arafat at the holy site. Israeli defense and security
units are at a heightened state of alert, awaiting Arafat's death to be announced. Once it has been announced, they will increase their alert level
to three or four.
Israel is prepared for a variety of scenarios following Yasser Arafat's demise including the possibility that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians
will march their leader's body to the Temple Mount for burial, senior police
officers said Thursday night.
The officers downplayed warnings by Palestinian officials who said that if Israel refuses to allow Arafat to be buried on the compound, Palestinians
will carry his body from Ramallah to Jerusalem to forcibly bury him there.
"This is not a question that is up to the Israelis and Sharon to decide," Wakf director Adnan Husseini, in charge of the holy Muslim sites on the
Temple Mount, told The Jerusalem Post Thursday. "Israel should not be involved in the decision since if they are then Palestinians may decide to do
the opposite and bring his body en mass to Jerusalem for burial."
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The Israelis have proposed several other sites for Arafat's final resting place including Ramallah, Abu Dis, and the Gaza strip. Those closest to
Arafat have ruled out these sites.
The events that may surround Arafat's funeral will possible be worse then the news of his death. If Palestinians push the issue of burying him in
Jerusalem, the resulting clashes with the IDF will no doubt spur a more dangerous escalation in the current Intifada.
PA Officials have decided to bury Arafat at his Ramallah compound, the Mukata. Israeli officials are still not satisfied with this
decision, as they believe it is too close to Jerusalem. It is expected that they will announce the details of his death and funeral once they return
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