Yassirs cash is going to his wife, not the palistine people!
This is going to get very interesting, she want the cash for herself and the PLO wants the cash to run the gov or they say.
As the soap opera continues to play out on what is presumed to be the deathbed of Yassir Arafat, analysts have speculated that there may be financial
motives behind the behavior of Arafat’s wife, Suha. It has been speculated that Madame Suha may be trying to broker some sort of deal over the control
of Arafat’s fortune, conservatively estimated to be between one and five billion US dollars.
Suha was a 27-year-old Christian at the time she married 61-year-old Yassir Arafat in 1990. Although she ostensibly converted to Islam in 1990, that
conversion appears to be somewhat in doubt.
According to a 2001 article by Danny Rubenstein in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, “Suha was quoted in several interviews as saying that she had only
accepted Islam for ‘diplomatic purposes.’ In recent years, she has been seen attending the Christmas mass in Bethlehem, and according to Palestinian
gossip, she was extremely angered at the reception in Bethlehem for Pope John Paul II, where the pontiff's address was interrupted by the sound of
the muezzin summoning the Muslim worshipers to prayer.”
The validity of Suha’s conversion to Islam, and Islamic law regarding inheritance may in fact be at the foundation of the melodrama being acted out in
Reports that Suha attempted to convince Yassir Arafat to sign a will before he lapsed into a coma further lend credence to this theory.
Islamic inheritance law is somewhat complex but basically inheritance is governed according to the following guidelines.
When a Muslim dies, the following sequence of events is mandated by Islamic sharia:
1. payment of funeral expenses
2. payment of his/her debts
3. execution his/her will
4. distribution of remaining estate amongst the heirs according to Sharia
Islamic law mandates distribution of the estate as follows.
There are many restrictions as to who can and who cannot inherit. First, illegitimate and adopted children have no rights of inheritance whatsoever,
and most Islamic scholars agree that Christians do not have the right to inherit from a Muslim
According to the Qu’ran, the following heirs have the right to inherit from a Muslim:
(Three other categories who can inherit have been designated by Islamic jurists, but these do not apply in the case of Arafat because his grandparents
are no longer living, and he has no grandchildren.)
Female heirs inherit one-half of the share to which male heirs are entitled.
In the case of Arafat, both of his parents are dead; he has no son. Arafat’s living heirs are his wife Suha, his daughter, and his brother Dr. Fathi
Arafat. (Fathi Arafat is currently being treated in a Cairo hospital for terminal cancer; if Fathi Arafat dies first, then his heirs will not stand to
inherit from Yassir Arafat. Only if Yassir Arafat predeceases Fathi Arafat will Fathi’s family stand to inherit part of their uncle’s estate through
their father.) Of the original 7 Arafat children, only Fathi and Yassir are still alive; their sister Yusra died last year; another syster, Inam is
buried in Khan Younis refugee camp. Another brother is buried in Gaza.