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THE militant Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades urged militants to attack Israel to avenge the "Zionist assassination" of Yasser Arafat, who died hours earlier in a Paris hospital, said a statement received by AFP today.
"Zionist Israel and the government of (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon are responsible for the assassination of our leader by putting him under siege," the armed offshoot of Arafat's mainstream Fatah party said.
Originally posted by phreak_of_nature
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel sealed the West Bank and Gaza Strip and sent troop reinforcements to the areas Thursday, in response to Yasser Arafat's death.
Israeli troops also beefed up security at Jewish settlements, for fear they could be attacked by Palestinians.
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Just breaking... Could very well be an unneccessary security measure. It could also be a spark to set things off.
The constitution calls for elections within 60 days to fill the post permanently.
I know he was a very important political figure in the middle east, and he was in a fight against Isreal for a free Palestine, but thats about all I know unfortuneatly.
In a December 13, 1988 address, Arafat accepted UN Security Council Resolution 242, promised future recognition of Israel, and renounced "terrorism in all its forms, including state terrorism"
Palestinian attack on Israel (in which Arafat's group Fatah was involved), that led to the deaths of more than 135 Israelis. 2002
The Vatican has praised Yasser Arafat as a charismatic leader who struggled to win independence for his people, and repeated its support of a sovereign Palestinian state alongside Israel.
The Pope, who made a historic trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories in 2000, sent a message saying he was particularly close to the Palestinian people "in this hour of sadness".
The 84-year-old Pope's message said he prayed that the "star of harmony" would soon bring peace to the Holy Land and that both Israelis and Palestinians could live "reconciled among themselves as two independent and sovereign states".
"The Holy See joins the pain of the Palestinian people for the passing of President Yasser Arafat. He was a leader of great charisma who loved his people and tried to guide them towards national independence," said the statement by chief spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls.
We can't change the past.
Left's hope we can change the future and create peace there.
Originally posted by Gazrok
The terrorist is dead. No tears here. No matter how you try and spin it, he's a terrorist, not a politician. He was responsible for terrorist acts even AFTER he "renounced" terrorism. He only wanted a Palestinian state at the expense of Isreal's nonexistence. He was the biggest roadblock to the creation of a Palestinian state.
Mr Howard said Arafat's greatest failing was his inability to ensure peace in the Middle East by not taking advantage of a deal with Israel four years ago.
"I think history will judge him very harshly for not having seized the opportunity in the year 2000 to embrace the offer that was very courageously made by the then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, which involved the Israelis agreeing to about 90 per cent of what the Palestinians had wanted," Mr Howard said on Melbourne radio.
Following the death of Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat on Thursday, Palestinian militant group Hamas said it had strengthened its resolve to keep up attacks on Israel.
"The loss of the great leader will increase our determination and steadfastness to continue jihad and resistance against the Zionist enemy until victory and liberation is achieved," Hamas said in a statement.
November 12, 2004
THOUSANDS of Palestinian mourners burst into Yasser Arafat's walled compound on Friday to try to get close to his burial site.
For several hours, hundreds of Palestinian police had tried to keep the growing crowd back, but at one point, mourners managed to break through gates and climb over walls.
It was not clear whether this would prevent the helicopter carrying Arafat's body from landing inside the compound.