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NEWS: Sharon Will Not Allow Arafat Burial at Al Aqsa

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posted on Nov, 4 2004 @ 03:59 PM
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."

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

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.

UPDATE: 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 from Paris.

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[edit on 4-11-2004 by John bull 1]

[edit on 11/9/2004 by phreak_of_nature]

posted on Nov, 4 2004 @ 10:46 PM
How terrible! Sharon and his gang are just a bunch of bloodthirsty savages!

Refusing to allow Palestinians to bury a man into THEIR OWN sacred burial site??? Sharon is actually LOOKING for war!

posted on Nov, 5 2004 @ 11:27 AM
This is going to get ugly. With Arafat's condition in question, both the Palestinians, and Israelis are preparing for his eventual burial. Palestinians are planning for a burial at the Al Aqsa Mosque, and Israelis are still insisting that he not be buried there.

Preparations are underway for the funeral of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, Palestinian sources have told The Jerusalem Post.

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Ikrimah Sabri, told reporters Friday that Islam is obliged to follow Arafat's will and Arafat apparently wished to be buried on Harm Al Sharif, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. However the Mufti is not asking for permission from Israel, which would be inferring Israeli ownership over the Temple Mount. If Arafat is buried in Gaza, officials are not planning to move him because that would mean a desecration of his body, the Mufti said.

On Friday evening, CNN quoted US State Department officials as saying that representatives from France, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel were negotiating over where Arafat will be buried, and the logistics surrounding his burial. CNN reported that a likely compromise would be to bury Arafat in Abu Dis, on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

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posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 08:08 AM
I'm afraid this could be the catalyst for the next big clash acutally:

Crisis over Eventual Burial of Arafat

I see both sides...

I see them both pigheaded and not giving a care about anything but not compromising, in absolutely everything.

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 08:11 AM
Neither wants to give an inch...the struggle will never end.

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 08:13 AM
I truly believe its time that both sides get treated as pariah states. Israel is definitely no angel in this conflict, yet they get away with so much. How petty is it to deny a man the right to be buried where he wants to - its not like his ghost is going to come and commit atrocities.

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 08:21 AM
Exactly, and this statement from the Israeli government:

They (the Palestinians) will choose where to bury him, but he will not be buried in Jerusalem because Jerusalem is the city where Jewish kings are buried and not Arab terrorists,

I'm sorry, but it really depends on whose defining a "terrorist". It appears to me the Israeli definition of terrorism on the Palestinian side has always been anything that wasn't an organized military effort by the Palestine other words, because the Palestinians used guerrilla warfare in the 40's versus the Israeli organized military attacks, they were terrorists.

I would think that the Philistines would have looked at King David as a terrorist under this definition bein's Saul was the legitimate king of the Israelites and David was running around the country enlisting guerrilla fighters in a VERY unsanctioned manner (when you consider he was having to hide from Saul as well.)

I'm so very tired of both sides and their hypocrisy and bull-headedness in absolutely everything.

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 08:35 AM
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Israeli Security forces have been put on heightened alert in preparation for his death....well, yeah, especially since the Palestinians are probably going to try to march his coffin to the Temple Mount.

Not good.

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 08:44 AM
"Even in death they war"

Arafat has been a force in the Middle East for over 40 years on the diplomatic scene... And in death deserves the respect given a leader.

I think the tactics that the PLO has used and were endorsed by Arafat have been seen as terrorism.. And yes they are.

The Israelis can celebrate the death of Arafat if they wish, but should not deny his people the way which they wish to honor him.

"in death they seek conflict"

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 11:11 AM
The Israelis accuse the PLO of using terrorist tactics to force Israel to allow for the creation of an independent state of Palestine.

But after WWII while the region known then as Palestine was occupied by the British, sorry, administrated by the British... The Jews used somewhat similar tactics to force the Brits to withdraw, and allow for the creation of the state of Israel. Not only did the Jewish settelers use these tactics against the British forces, they used them against Arab citizens in the region to force them to leave.

Advance the timeline 60 years and change the flags... and you know what... It's still wrong!

posted on Nov, 7 2004 @ 09:54 PM

Originally posted by Echtelion
How terrible! Sharon and his gang are just a bunch of bloodthirsty savages!

Refusing to allow Palestinians to bury a man into THEIR OWN sacred burial site??? Sharon is actually LOOKING for war!
Ude your a scream .
yuo should take that act on the road.

posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 11:44 AM
Palestinian officials have been making arrangements for Arafat's eventual death, and hopeful return to the West Bank for burial. PA members have come to the decision that Arafat will be buried in Ramallah at the Mukata, Arafat's battered compound. Israeli security officials are not happy with this choice either, because of the proximity to Jerusalem.
"Our delegation (of Palestinian Authority heads) came to Paris with a heavy heart," Shaath said. Of the four delegation members, "only Abu Alla (Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei) was allowed to see him. Arafat's coma last night deepened.. But there is no reason to make rumors (of his death)," he said.

He added that the PA delegation in Paris will be returning Wednesday morning to the territories. Several media reports claim that Arafat has already died, and that the announcement of his death will be made only once the delegation members are back in the country.

Two hours earlier, senior Palestinians officials declared that Arafat will be buried in the Mukata, the Ramallah headquarters he had been confined to in the past three year.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

It seems that even with the concessions that the PA has made about Arafat's burial site, Israel is not happy. I don't think they will be happy unless he is buried in the fenced off Gaza strip, or completely out of the region.

Israeli security and defense officials are concerned over a possibly explosive situation developing around Arafat's funeral, and eventual resting place.

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