The Dark Legacy of Arafat

Table Of Contents

Yassir Arafat, 1929-2004 By HonestReporting.com
The King Is Dead By Craige Mcmillan
All The President's Dupes By Beth Goodtree
Burying Arafat By Michael D. Evans
Arafat Is Dead By Israel Today
Sorrow And Joy -- Arafat Is Dead By David Dolan
Arafat: A Dark Legacy Is Over By Jan Markell

Arafat & Friends

Arafat with 1) Hamas founder, Ahmed Yassin, 2) Saddam Hussein, 3) Bill Clinton, 4) before the UN in 1974.
 


 

Yassir Arafat, 1929-2004

By HonestReporting.com

11 November 2004


EARLY LIFE

It's ironic that the man who personified the Palestinian movement was neither born in the region it claims, nor conforms to his own organization's definition of Palestinian identity. Yassir Arafat, whose real name is Abdel-Rahman Abdel-Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini, was born in August 1929 in Cairo, son of an Egyptian textile merchant. He was sent to Jerusalem as a small child after his mother died, then returned to Egypt via Gaza.

Throughout his career, Arafat's Egyptian background was a political impediment and source of personal embarrassment. One biographer notes that upon first meeting him in 1967, 'West Bankers did not like his Egyptian accent and ways and found them alien,' and to the very end Arafat employed an aide to translate his Egyptian dialect into Palestinian Arabic for conversing with his West Bank and Gaza subjects.

As a young man, Arafat took no part in the formative experience of the Palestinian movement - the 1948 Arab-Israeli war - but he would nonetheless claim refugee status throughout his life: 'I am a refugee,' he cried out in a 1969 interview, 'Do you know what it means to be a refugee? I am a poor and helpless man. I have nothing, for I was expelled and dispossessed of my homeland.' (Arafat's congenital lying would continue for decades.)

FATAH AND THE PLO

In the mid-1950s, Arafat joined the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, then rose to the head of the Palestine Student Union at the University of Cairo. In the late 1950s Arafat moved to Kuwait, where he co-founded Fatah ('Palestine National Liberation Movement' - an acronym meaning 'conquest'), the faction that would later gain control over the entire Palestinian movement. Fatah's motley ranks of Islamists, communists and pan-Arabists expanded via brute violence. 'People aren't attracted to speeches, but rather to bullets,' Arafat quipped at this stage.

Fatah began military-style training in Syria and Algeria in 1964, and the following year tried unsuccessfully to blow up a major Israeli water pump. Fatah's stated goal was the obliteration of the State of Israel, and well before the 1967 war would supply a pretext, Arafat's organization repeatedly attacked Israeli buses, homes, villages and rail lines.

This violence against Israeli civilians was a pillar of the Palestinian National Covenant (the foundational charter of the Palestinian Liberation Organization - PLO), which states that 'the liberation of Palestine will destroy the Zionist and imperialist presence' and that 'armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine and is therefore a strategy and not a tactic.' (Despite repeated Palestinian commitments in the late 1990s to annul these sections of the covenant, it was never officially changed.)

Arafat's public profile got a boost in 1968, when the IDF raided a Fatah terrorist stronghold in the Jordanian village of al-Karameh. The uniformed, keffiyah-clad Arafat took this opportunity to project himself as a fearless Arab leader who, despite the post-Six Day War gloom, dared to confront the Israelis. The image stuck, and Fatah's numbers swelled with new recruits.

Arafat and Fatah consolidated power through bribery, extortion and murder, and at the Palestinian National Congress in Cairo in February 1969, Arafat was appointed head of the PLO - a position he would never relinquish.

JORDAN, LEBANON AND TUNISIA

By the late 1960s, heavily-armed, Arafat-led Palestinians had formed a terrorist 'state within a state' in Jordan, not only attacking Israeli civilian targets, but also seizing control of Jordanian infrastructure.

The tension reached a height during late 1970, when Jordan's King Hussein cracked down on the Palestinian factions. During this bloody conflict, known as 'Black September', Palestinians hijacked four Western airliners and blew one up on a Cairo runway, to both embarrass the Egyptians and Jordanians and, in their words, 'teach the Americans a lesson for their long-standing support of Israel.' With the broad publicity this generated, Arafat had hit the world stage.

When King Hussein drove Arafat's faction out of his Jordanian kingdom (causing thousands of civilian deaths), they relocated in Lebanon. As in Jordan, Arafat soon triggered a bloody civil war in his previously stable host country. Simultaneously, the PLO launched intermittent attacks on Israeli towns from southern Lebanese positions.

Yassir Arafat then brought the high-profile terrorist act to western soil. In Sept. 1972, Fatah-backed terrorists kidnapped and murdered 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic games. And in 1973, Arafat ordered his operatives in the Khartoum, Sudan office of Fatah to abduct and murder US Ambassador Cleo Noel and two other diplomats. (In 2004, the FBI finally opened an official investigation against Arafat for the Khartoum murders.)

The wanton violence fueled Arafat's political goals, as his presence on the world stage grew: In 1974, he became the first representative of a nongovernmental organization to address a plenary session of the UN General Assembly (pictured at left) In the speech, with a gun holster strapped to his hip, Arafat compared himself to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Arab heads of states declared the PLO the sole legitimate representative of all Palestinians, the PLO was granted full membership in the Arab League in 1976, and by 1980 was fully recognized by European nations.

In 1978-82, the IDF invaded Lebanon to root out PLO groups that had continually terrorized the northern Israeli populace. The U.S. brokered a cease-fire deal in which Arafat and the PLO were allowed to leave Lebanon; Arafat and the PLO leadership eventually settled in Tunisia, which remained his center of operations until 1993.

During the 1980s, Arafat received financial assistance from Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, which allowed him to rebuild the battered PLO. This was particularly useful during the first Palestinian intifada in 1987 - Arafat took control of the violence from afar, and it was mainly due to Fatah forces in the West Bank that the anti-Israel terror and civil unrest could be maintained. Arafat would then become nearly the only world leader to support Saddam Hussein in the 1991 Gulf War. (Saddam would later repay this loyalty by sending $25,000 checks to families of Palestinian suicide bombers.)

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

In the early 1990s, the U.S. led Israel and the PLO to negotiations that spawned the 1993 Oslo Accords, an agreement that called for the implementation of Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over a five-year period. The following year Arafat was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin.

In 1994, Arafat moved his headquarters to the West Bank and Gaza to run the Palestinian Authority, an entity created by the Oslo Accords. Arafat brought with him from Tunisia an aging PLO leadership that would bolster his ongoing monopoly over all Palestinian funds, power and authority. Elections in 1996 extended Arafat's control over the PA, but under the Oslo agreement, the term of that candidacy ended in 1999. Arafat never allowed new elections to take place.

While Israel went about implementing its side of the Oslo agreements - removing troops from nearly all Palestinian areas, recognizing the PA, and educating for peace - the PA utterly failed to live up to its commitment to renounce and uproot anti-Israel terrorism. Instead, unprecedented incitement from Arafat's official PA media and school textbooks, and active and passive PA support for terrorist groups led to a string of suicide bombings in the mid-1990s that killed scores of Israeli civilians. In October, 1996, at the height of the Oslo years, Arafat cried out to a Bethlehem crowd, 'We know only one word - jihad! Jihad, jihad, jihad! Whoever does not like it can drink from the Dead Sea or from the Sea of Gaza.' (See HonestReporting.com's documentary film, Relentless.)

In July 2000, U.S. president Bill Clinton attempted to keep the Oslo Accords viable by convening a summit at Camp David between Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. There, Barak offered Arafat a Palestinian state in Gaza and 92% of the West Bank, and a capital in East Jerusalem - the most generous offer ever from an Israeli government. Yassir Arafat rejected the offer and ended negotiations without a counteroffer. As American envoy Dennis Ross concluded, 'Arafat could not accept Camp David ... because when the conflict ends, the cause that defines Arafat also ends.'

Immediately following this breakdown, the PA media machine under Arafat's control ramped up the war rhetoric, and preparations were made for riots that were unleashed following Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount. The Arafat-supported 'al Aqsa intifada' [or second intifada] would continue for four years. This unprecedented wave of anti-Israel terrorism, which would result in over 1,000 Israeli deaths, was marked by over 120 Palestinian suicide bombers and the growth of an Islamic martyrdom cult.

This stage of violence revealed that Arafat and the PA had never abandoned their longstanding plans to liquidate the Jewish state. Arafat had told an Arab audience in Stockholm in 1996, 'We plan to eliminate the State of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion ... We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.' Likewise, Arafat explained to a South African crowd in 1994 that the Oslo agreement was merely a tactical ruse in the larger battle to destroy the Jewish state - a modern version of the Muslim prophet Mohammed's trickery against the ancient tribe of Quraysh. Arafat's colleague Faisal al-Husseini was even more explicit, describing the Oslo process as a 'Trojan Horse' designed to promote the strategic goal of 'Palestine from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea' - that is, a Palestine in place of Israel.

TERRORIST TO THE END

The final phase in Arafat's life-long commitment to organized terror was channeled through the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, a Fatah group that was responsible for many of the most deadly attacks against Israeli civilians between 2000-2004. Though many media outlets described a mere 'loose affiliation' between Arafat and this terrorist group, the evidence clearly indicated a direct financial and organizational bond between the two:

* In November, 2003 a BBC investigation found that up to $50,000 a month was funneled by Fatah, with Arafat's approval, directly to the Al Aqsa Brigades, for the purpose of organizing bombings, snipings and ambushes against Israeli civilians.

* Documents captured by the IDF in 2002 indicated Fatah's 'systematic, institutionalized and ongoing financing' of the Al Aqsa Brigades. (See full report from Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.)

* The leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in Tulkarm told USA Today on March 14, 2002: 'The truth is, we are Fatah, but we didn't operate under the name of Fatah...We are the armed wing of the organization. We receive our instructions from Fatah. Our commander is Yasser Arafat himself.'

In addition, Arafat granted free rein to the radical Islamic terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad to perpetrate dozens of horrific acts of civilian murder between 2000-2004. [At left: Arafat with Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin, 2003]

DELEGITIMIZATION

In January 2002, the Israeli Navy seized a Gaza-bound, PA-owned freighter - the Karine A - that was loaded with more than fifty tons of Iranian ammunition and weapons, including dozens of surface-to-surface Katyusha rockets.

In June 2002, upon recognizing Arafat's ongoing financing and abetting of terrorism, U.S. President Bush called for Arafat's removal from power. Progress toward peace required, according to Bush, 'a new and different Palestinian leadership...not compromised by terror.' Release of a U.S.-backed 'road map' for settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was therefore delayed until such a new Palestinian leader emerged. On its part, the Israeli government chose to isolate Arafat in his Ramallah compound, the 'Muqata', where he would remain from early 2002 until his final days, and where his burial is expected to occur.

In April 2003, hours after Mahmoud Abbas assumed the role of Palestinian prime minister, the official road map was released and diplomatic progress began. But Arafat consistently undercut the authority of Abbas, leading to Abbas' resignation and the halting of the road map peace process.

CORRUPTION, AUTOCRACY, JIHAD

Over the course of his 'revolutionary' career, Arafat siphoned off hundreds of millions of dollars of international aid money intended to reach the Palestinian people.

Estimates of the degree of Arafat's wealth differ, but are all staggering: In 2003, Forbes magazine listed Arafat in its annual list of the wealthiest 'Kings, Queens and Despots,' with a fortune of 'at least $300 million.' Israeli and US officials estimate Arafat's personal holdings between $1-3 billion.

And while the average Palestinian barely subsisted, Arafat's wife Suha (at left) in Paris received $100,000 each month from PA sources as reported on CBS' 60 Minutes. That CBS report also noted that Arafat maintained secret investments in a Ramallah-based Coca Cola plant, a Tunisian cellphone company, and venture capital funds in the U.S. and the Cayman Islands.

Arafat also used foreign aid funds to pay off cronies who bolstered his autocracy: An International Monetary Fund report indicated that upwards of 8% ($135 million) of the PA's annual budget was handed out by Arafat 'at his sole discretion.' And Arafat's select PA policemen, far from keeping the peace, were repeatedly among the suicide bombers and snipers.

Money was just one method of strengthening Arafat's power apparatus. Critics of his PA government were routinely imprisoned, tortured or beaten. One example: In 1999, Muawiya Al-Masri, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, described Arafat's corruption to a Jordanian newspaper. For this, he was attacked by a gang of masked men and shot three times. Al-Masri survived the ordeal and described Arafat's grip on PA power: 'There is no institutional process. There is only one institution - the Presidency, which has no law and order and is based on bribing top officials.'

From 2000-2004, Arafat permitted Muslim imams to incite unprecedented anti-Israel and anti-American violence from their mosques and through official PA media. Arafat's Religious Affairs Ministry employed preachers who regularly called for children to 'martyr themselves', and PA television glamorized the act of suicide bombing.

Under Arafat, the Palestinian Authority school textbooks 1) denied Israel's very existence, 2) present jihad as an admirable course of action, 3) represent the Jewish people as a tricky, greedy and barbarous nation, etc., etc.

Freedom of the press was virtually non-existent during Arafat's reign in Gaza, Jericho and Ramallah - if it didn't speak favorably of Arafat, it didn't get printed in the PA-controlled media. Moreover, the PA enacted a systematic policy of intimidation of foreign journalists. One case among many: When an AP cameraman captured footage of Palestinian street celebrations following the 9/11 attacks, he was kidnapped, brought to a PA security office, and Arafat's cabinet secretary threatened that the PA 'cannot guarantee [his] life' if the footage was broadcast.

Yet beyond the terrorism, extortion, embezzlement and intimidation lies Arafat's most unfortunate ongoing impact: The inculcation of murderous values in an entire generation of Palestinians, who have been educated - under Arafat's direction - to continue the fight of jihad against Israel, rather than compromise to end the decades-long conflict.

How many generations will it take to undo Arafat's dark legacy?


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THE KING IS DEAD

By Craige McMillan, WorldNetDaily.com

November 11, 2004


A joke of sorts circulated during the recent U.S. presidential election. It went like this: "The Palestinians have suicide bombers. The Jews have suicide voters." It's a sad commentary on the legacy left by PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat's death in a Paris hospital. The king of terror is dead.

It was Arafat who perfected, if not conceived, the slaughter of innocents as a way to pave the road to peace in the Middle East. His underlying principle seems to have been that the road be built on the foundation of dead Jews, blown up at school, at work and at the market.

Arafat's genius was in identifying Islam as the vehicle for "peace," which he defined as the absence of Israel in the Middle East. He left a legacy of blood and hatred that has now poisoned a major world religion and is seeping outward into the nation states in which Islam resides. Witness the two recent murders in the Netherlands, courtesy of Islam's imam madmen. By 2010, Islam will mount a demographic takeover of much of Europe. It already wields a veto on French foreign policy. And it has its apologists in America, as well.

It is the mark of an immature and foolish generation that Arafat was hailed as a "man of peace" for blowing up Jews. An earlier and wiser generation had the moral stamina to call Hitler on his plans to annihilate the Jews. The Greatest Generation knew there would be a price: They paid it for us. In return, the presstitutes and other enlightened fools of this generation spent themselves on appeasement, imagining that world peace could be purchased from tyrants by the blood of a sufficient number of innocents. Violence and insanity are praised; ultimately the victim is blamed for his plight.

Evil entered God's creation from nearly the beginning – it will be with us until the end. This is so because it lives, intertwined with death, within each one of us. As the warp and weft of time and circumstances weave humanity's history, the evil within us at times joins together, and collectively the world bleeds until it regains its sanity. Yet even then, the evil lives on individually – which is why we must continually resist it, ever mindful that a portion dwells within even the best of us.

The Bible promises that at some point the holy and righteous God, who went so far as to sacrifice His own Son to cleanse the world of evil, will become consumed with wrath directed against the evil that has entered and defaced in His creation. Humanity, in the form of the reconstituted atoms of everyone who has ever existed will stand before the Great White Throne of judgment.

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works ..." – Revelations 20:12

This is an appointment the Bible tells us that inanimate creation itself has passed on: "earth and heaven fled away; there was found no place for them" (Revelations 20:11)

Guess what? You and I have a front-row seat. Only one can stand in the presence of God's wrath and at that moment reach through to His heart: His Son, Jesus Christ. It is at this moment that the God-Man who died in our place on the Cross of Calvary stands and recites the names of those who belong to Him, as written in the Book of Life: "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Revelations 20:15).

It's easy to weigh our own lives in the balance opposite a Yasser Arafat and conclude that we've done a pretty good job, all things considered. Don't bet on it. Humanity and creation itself are going to confront their Creator, overcome with righteous anger and determined to rid His creation of evil forever. Under the circumstances, I don't think blowing up Jews will be much of a resume.

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ALL THE PRESIDENT'S DUPES
 
By Beth Goodtree
 

Imagine reelecting Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the beginning of WWII only to later hear him sing the praises of Hitler, bless him, and offer him Europe. Well, the same thing has just been done to us by Bush. And this isn't even solely a Jewish issue; it's an American one too.

The modern day Hitler I'm referring to is the belatedly late Yasser Arafat. Among his tens of thousands of victims were hundreds of Americans -- many not Jewish -- who were targeted simply because they were American.

Although Arafat was dead and resurrected more times in the past week than Jesus, upon first hearing of Arafat's first death, Mr. Bush blessed his soul! Yup. He said "God bless his soul." Can you imagine? The leader of a country that had been one of the targets and victims of this genocidal monster blessing his soul? It makes me wonder whether the soul of our esteemed President is possessed. We were certainly lied to. I remember Mr. Bush saying "Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists." Now he blesses the soul of the inventor of the weapon of our (US) destruction -- the terrorist plane hijacking.

On top of this, Mr. Bush has gone out of his way to demand that Israel continue to ethnically cleanse herself of her own people and give away a major portion of her miniscule 9-mile wide self to those bent upon her destruction. And he calls himself a good Christian.

One cannot be a good Christian if one only supports certain things in the Bible and actively works against other things. While Mr. Bush purports to 'support' Israel, demanding that a bunch of usurping genocidal monsters with no right to the Holy Land be given a chunk of the Jewish homeland is hardly supporting Israel; it is facilitating her destruction in increments.

Nor can I believe that Mr. Bush is doing this out of ignorance of the facts. It is a fact, stated by one of the Arab leaders himself, that those Arabs now occupying Jewish Palestine have no national rights whatsoever to the land they squat on. Here is what he said, admitting that the entire concept of a 'Palestinian people' other than the Jews is a hoax and they are really Jordanians:

"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism."

"For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan." --Interview with Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein on March 31, 1977 with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.

Giving away chunks of the Holy Land -- Israel -- is destroying it. You cannot disguise this as anything other than destruction, even if you call it a 'peaceful solution.' Hey, Germany would have eventually stopped her war after she had conquered Europe and maybe more, and then there would have been 'peace.' But FDR had at least the moral compass to realize that peace through conquest or takeover, or forced giveaways of another nation's sovereign and legitimate land was unacceptable. Mr. Bush does not.

But maybe that's because Mr. Bush himself is a fraud. He purports to be a good Christian. Good Christians follow all the teachings of the Bible. I know this for I have met them at the Christian Coalition Convention. I have also seen the Machiavellian schemings of some pretenders who say they are 'good Christians' yet are truly anti-Christian and apostate. They follow a little-spoken of doctrine called 'Replacement Theology' which absolutely abhors Israel's existence.

This is because Replacement Theology posits its whole existence on reinterpreting the Bible to suit its political goals. In Replacement Theology, they believe that black is white and that the word 'Israel' really means the Replacement Theology churches. They say that the Jews are cursed by God and all the blessings and prophecies meant for 'Israel' are really referring to the Replacement Theologists. Israel's very existence as a Jewish state, reestablished by Jews, proves that this doctrine is anti-Christian and utterly apostate. Therefore, Replacement Theologists will do anything to destroy Israel --and thus the evidence -- which only proves that they follow a doctrine true Christians might call Satanic in nature.

What? You say Mr. Bush is a Methodist, not a Replacement Theologist? In truth, so-called 'mainstream' Methodists are Replacement Theologists. As are 'mainstream' Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans and Anglicans, among others. Those who follow the whole Bible and don't pick and chose nor rewrite its meanings identify themselves as 'Evangelical.' As in Evangelical Methodist. Mr. Bush is not this, but has kept it hidden. (And by the way, Kofi Annan is a Replacement Theologist Methodist, if any of you are wondering why he is so rabidly anti-Israel.)

On an equally sad note, even the Vatican has sung the praises of that monster from the depths of Hell, Yasser Arafat. In a statement released to the press, the Vatican called Arafat an 'illustrious deceased.'

Have the leaders of the world lost their moral compass? Or even worse, have the leaders of the world all become possessed by the ultimate evil, praising demonic, genocidal monsters and smiling while they assure it's all for the sake of 'peace?'

 
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BURYING ARAFAT
 
By Michael D. Evans

Yasser Arafat, whose real name is Muhammad Abdel-Raouf Qudwa al-Husseini, and was also known as Abu Amar, is dead. He died in Paris of an undisclosed illness. Arafat was born on August 24, 1929 in Cairo, Egypt.

Arafat was always great at rewriting history, and not just his own. When Israel turned Bethlehem over to him as part of the Camp David Accords, he sought to change its history. He referred to it as the Muslim town where the "first Palestinian Christian," Jesus Christ, was born. I debated Palestinian spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi over this myth at the 1991 Middle East Peace Conference in Madrid and even she – a supposedly educated woman – insisted it was a myth that Jesus was born a Jew.

Arafat came on the world scene as a full-fledged terrorist in 1958, when he founded the terrorist organization Fatah. Six years later, the Arab League founded the Palestine Liberation Organization, bringing together a number of Palestinian terrorist organizations. At the fifth meeting of the Palestine National Council in February 1969, Fatah gained control of the majority of seats and has remained in control ever since.

It was after the Arabs' disastrous defeat after attacking Israel once again in 1967 that they drew up a document called the Palestine National Covenant. Despite US insistence, the PLO Covenant still does not recognize Israel's right to exist.

Arafat made a dramatic appearance at the United Nations in 1974, when he addressed the General Assembly wearing his familiar military-style uniform, carrying an olive branch and with a pistol on his hip. In his infamous speech, the arch terrorist proclaimed: "Don't let this olive branch drop to the ground."

He attempted to address the UN again in 1988, but then-president Ronald Reagan would not give him a visa. Never failing to go out of its way to accommodate terrorists bent on destroying Israel, the UN convened a special session in Geneva for him. It was there that Arafat tried to achieve legitimacy by promising to renounce terrorism in exchange for the support of the United States. But he failed to do so in so many words, even during a specially convened press conference when I challenged him to renounce the PLO Covenant's negation of Israel. To this day, Arafat has not permitted the schoolbooks issued by the Palestinian Authority to contain a map of Israel, whose territory is referred to as "Palestine."

Arafat never considered himself a terrorist, but a "freedom fighter," despite the fact that the people his minions attacked and murdered over the past several decades were innocent Jewish civilians, many of them children. Although he liked to portray himself as a kind of "Palestinian George Washington," he was actually the inspiration for Osama bin Laden, who was 12 years old when Arafat took over the PLO.

Without question Arafat is the godfather of world terrorism, from the first airplane hijackings he inspired in the 1960s to the hundreds of suicide bombings his agents have carried out in Israel to this day. Many believe that Osama bin Laden developed his terrorist network, al-Qaida (The Base), by patterning it after Arafat's Fatah cells, which have been murdering people throughout the world for 40 years.

Arafat's PLO at first limited its terrorist attacks to Israel, but soon began attacking Israeli targets throughout the world, most infamously at the Munich Olympics in 1972. The PLO has perfected the art of using terror as a political tool, ultimately opening offices in more than 70 capitals around the world.

Arafat was a life-long anti-Semite who kept an Arabic translation of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion – Hitler's favorite book – on his desk. He was one of the first people to endorse Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, insisting it was not anti-Semitic. Arafat, who watched the film on a small TV set in his Ramallah office, said the movie was "historic and impressive."

After Arafat viewed the film, a top aide compared Jesus's pain during the Crucifixion to the suffering of the Palestinians in the conflict with Israel. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, one of Arafat's closest advisers, watched the film along with Arafat and a group of American and European Christians and Palestinian Muslim clerics.

"The Palestinians are still daily being exposed to the kind of pain Jesus was exposed to during his Crucifixion," Abu Rudeineh said in a statement.

The Palestinian Authority's Mufti of Jerusalem, Ikrema Sabri, said Friday it was Arafat's wish to be buried in Jerusalem, the city he sought as the capital of an independent state. Arafat wished to be laid to rest on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the third holiest site in the world to Muslims, but the holiest site to Jews. This is not likely to happen, as Israeli Justice Minister Yosef Lapid told the Associated Press: "Jerusalem is the city where Jewish kings are buried, not Arab terrorists."

It is not known whether Arafat has a will, but his personal wealth – skimmed over the years from international aid to his suffering people – was estimated by Israeli Military Intelligence in 2002 at $1.3 billion. Arafat, the so-called "George Washington of the Palestinians," became a billionaire by stealing money given for the humanitarian help of his people.

In response to the news about Arafat, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said: "We have a new opportunity before us to move forward on the Road Map and get to the two-state vision that the president outlined. We will remain actively engaged working with the parties to accomplish that goal."

But despite this desire to restart the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Arafat's funeral places the Bush administration in a dilemma. The Arab League and UN will organize a state funeral in Cairo. If President George W. Bush – who never permitted Arafat to meet with him, because he rightly considered him a terrorist – sends a representative, he will be violating his own doctrine on terrorism, showing respect for an enemy of the United States.

There are two very important questions whose answers will speak volumes concerning the Bush doctrine on terrorism. What position will the United States take on Arafat's desire to be buried in Jerusalem? And, will the US send a key diplomat or even a former president, such as Jimmy Carter, to the state funeral in Cairo?

As he begins his second term, Bush will no doubt be pressured by bigots throughout the world to send a diplomatic delegation to Arafat's funeral. He should just say that, even though Arafat succeeded during his lifetime in proving to the world that crime pays, he must not be allowed to do so after his death.
 
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ARAFAT IS DEAD
 
By Israel Today

Thursday, November 11, 2004



Arafat is dead!

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died today at the age of 75. The Israeli Cabinet agreed to a Palestinian request to bury Arafat at his headquarters in the town of Ramallah, where he was confined by Israel for nearly three years. The funeral will take place on Saturday. Israeli security chiefs told the Cabinet that a Ramallah burial is a security risk. They said hundreds of thousands of mourners in a city surrounded by Israeli troops could lead to bloodshed, especially if they try to march on Jerusalem and perhaps bury Arafat here. Despite the risks, Israel decided to make a goodwill gesture to the new Palestinian leadership and allowed the Ramallah burial. The Palestinians plan to turn the gravesite into a shrine. Israel has sealed off Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, in an attempt to prevent an outbreak of violence in the wake of Arafat's death.

Cairo ceremony first

Since Ramallah may not be safe for foreign leaders, a ceremony for Arafat will be held in Cairo before the funeral. "It was decided that the body will be brought to Cairo and there will lie in state," said Palestinian Cabinet Minister Saeb Erekat. "After that, the body will be flown from Cairo to Ramallah." The Cairo ceremony be held at the airport. The Cairo ceremony will take place on Friday and the Ramallah funeral on Saturday.

Palestinians mourn Arafat

A top Islamic cleric was at Arafat's side when he died, reading the Koran. Flags were lowered to half staff at Arafat's Ramallah headquarters and throughout the Palestinian territories. Palestinian TV is broadcasting verses from the Koran, with Arafat's picture in the background. They're mourning the symbol of the Palestinian cause.

Pro-settlement party pulls out of government

The pro-settler National Religious Party (NRP) has quit the government in protest over Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to pull out of the Gaza Strip and dismantle 21 settlements there. The move will not bring the immediate collapse of the government, which is receiving outside support from the dovish opposition Labor Party. Sharon's minority government is left with 55 seats in the 120-member Knesset (parliament) following the departure of the NRP, which has six legislators.

Two terrorists killed

Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinian gunmen who attacked an army post in the Gaza Strip. The army says the terrorists opened fire and threw grenades before they were killed by soldiers.

Arafat flown to Cairo for funeral

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's body was flown to Cairo today, after he died at the age of 75. There will be a funeral ceremony for Arafat on Friday, and then he'll be flown to Ramallah for burial. "He closed his eyes and his big heart stopped," said senior Arafat aide Tayeb Abdel Rahim. "He left for Allah but he is still among this great people." The funeral in Cairo will be for foreign dignitaries because Ramallah is not considered safe. Also, Arab leaders with no diplomatic ties to Israel would not want to pass through Israeli security. Arafat will be buried in soil taken from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where he hoped to be laid to rest.

Palestinian outpouring of grief

Tens of thousands of Palestinians poured into the streets of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip in a spontaneous show of grief. They chanted, clutched pictures of Arafat and wept. Black smoke from burning tires rose across Palestinian cities and gunmen fired into the air. The Palestinian Cabinet declared 40 days of mourning for Arafat.

Israel beefs up security

Israel sealed off Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip fearing that the Palestinian crowds pouring on to the streets could turn violent. In Hebron and Bethlehem, Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. In the Gaza Strip, three Palestinian terrorists were killed when they tried to attack a Jewish settlement. The biggest concern is Arafat's funeral in Ramallah. Israel fears that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians could try to storm into nearby Jerusalem and bury Arafat there.

New Palestinian leadership

Former Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas was elected to succeed Arafat as chairman of the PLO. He'll share power with Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and the little-known parliament speaker, Rawhi Fatouh, who will serve as president and prepare elections in 60 days.

Sharon sees hope for peace

Israeli officials say they hope the death of Arafat will bring a new and moderate Palestinian leadership that will revive the peace process. "The latest events are likely to present a historic turning point in the Middle East," said Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, adding that Israel would "continue its efforts to reach a political settlement with the Palestinians without delay." Sharon said any progress towards peace would "depend first and foremost on a cessation of terrorism and if they wage a war on terror."

The US and Britain are conciliatory

The US, which has shunned Arafat, was conciliatory. "The death of Yasser Arafat is a significant moment in Palestinians' history," President Bush said. He said the world should help Arafat's people achieve "an independent democratic Palestine" at peace with Israel. Secretary of State Colin Powell said that "in the eyes of the Palestinian people, Arafat embodied their hopes and dreams for the achievement of an independent Palestinian state." Secretary of State William Burns will represent the US at the Cairo funeral. British Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "The most important thing is to make sure we reinvigorate the peace process because there is misery for Palestinians, there is misery for Israelis who suffer terrorist activity."

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SORROW AND JOY -- ARAFAT IS DEAD
 
By David Dolan

JERUSALEM, 11/12/2004

The sound of mournful chanting from the Al Aksa mosque minaret on the nearby Temple Mount has filled the air of central Jerusalem all morning, along with the distant roar of Israeli warplanes streaking over the clouds far above the holy city. Dark smoke is rising into the air from most Arab neighborhoods as young Palestinians set rubber tires on fire in order to turn the sky black.

Both Palestinians and Israelis woke up today to the news that Yasser Arafat had finally died overnight in a hospital near Paris. Following the long anticipated announcement, Israeli and Palestinian preparations have swung into high gear for his final burial near Jerusalem, expected either on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, which will follow a "state funeral" in Cairo tomorrow.

Soon after Arafat's death was confirmed, the Israeli government imposed a total closure on all Palestinian cities and towns. Analysts say this is mainly designed to prevent a massive turnout for the burial in Ramallah this weekend—which happens to be the climax of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. Severe restrictions will be placed on Muslims wishing to gather for Friday prayers on the Temple Mount. Palestinian officials, who have declared a forty day period of mourning, are already bitterly complaining about the closure. Their main gripe is that it will prevent hundreds of thousands of mourners from the towns of Nablus, Jenin and Bethlehem, and villages around them, from attending the funeral.

In fact, Israeli officials have long planned to tighten the cordon around Palestinian population centers when Arafat died to prevent a huge turnout for his interment, especially if the funeral was held anywhere near the contested capital city. The assessment was that a massive crowd was more likely to turn violent, and encourage attempts by Arafat's more radical supporters to forcibly carry his corpse through Israeli security checkpoints toward the Old City's Temple Mount, where he wished to be buried in the Husseini family mausoleum (Arafat was part of that Arab clan, which included the Hitler-aligned Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin Husseini).

Israeli leaders are especially concerned over continuing claims that they somehow managed to poison the Palestinian leader. Hamas leader Khaled Mashal—who was himself the subject of a failed Mossad poison attempt in 1997—repeated the incendiary claim this morning on the Arab Al Jazeera satellite television network. This is seen by security officials as a signal for militant Hamas followers to attack Israeli targets during the protracted mourning period.

SORROW AND JOY

While most Palestinians mourn the passing of their longtime leader, I have been receiving some e mail messages of delight today from Orthodox Jewish groups and individuals. One quotes Psalm 15:6: "Let everything which has breath praise the Lord! Hallelujah!" Some have been passing along a joke that appeared in the New York Post newspaper earlier this week, which I believe accurately reflects the private, if publicly-politically-incorrect, feelings of most Israelis: "Arafat goes to a fortune teller and asks: 'On what day will I die?' The fortune teller says: 'It will be on a Jewish Holiday.' Arafat asks: 'Which one? Rosh Ha Shana? Yom Kippur?' The fortune teller replies: 'I do not know, but whatever day you die, it will be a Jewish Holiday.'"

Although such sentiments may sound crude to most international observers, it must be recalled that Arafat was directly responsible for a long line of terror attacks that left scores of Israeli Jews and others dead during the tumultuous decades that he ruled the PLO. Indeed, the notorious Palestinian leader was widely seen as a virtual reincarnation of the biblical Haman, who attempted to wipe out the entire Jewish race. Despite this, he was reluctantly accepted by a majority of Israelis as a legitimate peace partner after shaking hands with the late Yitzhak Rabin on the White house lawn in 1993. However, his subsequent inability—many say refusal—to keep his written Oslo pledge to halt all violence against Israelis placed him squarely back in the onus box.

Arafat's repeated threats in recent years to force all Israelis to "drink the waters of the Dead Sea" if they did not hand him control over Jerusalem (in other words to kill them, since drinking the Dead Sea's heavy mineral water induces death) did not exactly endear him to them. Nor did his many calls for the "liberation" of the holy city by "a million shahid martyrs"—thought by many analysts to be a thinly veiled call for nearby Muslim nations to use non-conventional weapons to annihilate Israel, even if it meant most local Palestinian would die as well.

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ARAFAT: A DARK LEGACY IS OVER
 
By Jan Markell

Olive Tree Ministries, Inc. -
www.olivetreeviews.org

Bi-Weekly Review of the News

Exactly ten years ago Yaser Arafat received the Nobel Peace Prize. Thankfully, today he exited the Middle East and world stage. While God has no pleasure in any man's death, the world is better off without the "godfather of terror." He has shed more blood than any other terrorist, and some Americans are among the victims. He was never held accountable for those Americans.

David Dolan reports that inside Israel dark smoke is rising into the air from Arab sections as Palestinians set fire to tires to turn the sky black. But he was never interested in their welfare. Arafat became one of the world's richest men by robbing his followers and leaving them in poverty. Israeli planes are patrolling the skies should violence break out.

The Internet, Fox, and talk radio are alive with Arafat stories. I direct you to one, however, few will talk about, at least in the mainstream media. It's at my Web site, www.olivetreeviews.org. Check out the story under "Current Headlines" titled "Arafat's Dark Legacy." You will see a one-minute feature that tells the truth. Be sure that much of the media will spin this story and paint Arafat as a "freedom fighter" who gave his life for the cause of a Palestinian state. He died one of the richest men in the world, having passed little of those riches on to the people who so admired him. His reign was not only brutal, it was also one of the most corrupt.

Arafat was a survivor. In fact, he outlived four Israeli Prime Ministers but Ariel Sharon was delighted to say, "He didn't outlast me."

World leaders will hail him as a great leader who pursued peace with stubborn Israel. He was, in fact, a pedophile and likely died of AIDS. A Mossad agent was planted in the Arafat administration and reports a sordid story not worth repeating.

The world is now insisting that this is a "new opportunity for peace." The mantle will be passed on to a leader who wants peace, right? Wrong. That the days are now ripe for peace--or have ever been ripe for peace--is one of the world's strongest delusions. The antichrist will use "peace issues" to take over the world some day.

It would appear that President Bush sees this as a turning point in the "peace process." The Bible buried the "peace process" a long time ago. The Arab world, along with other parts of the world chiming in, follows Psalm 89: "Come, let us wipe out the memory of Israel's existence." This remains in the PLO Charter, though Arafat promised to remove it back in 1993. Credit goes to the president for not speaking to or doing business with Arafat, but will he see this as a new opportunity? It would appear likely that he will. Conservatives and Christians clearly did not re-elect the president to put the squeez on Israel just days after the election.

As White House correspondent Bill Koenig said on my radio show last weekend, November 6, when the president was informed of Arafat's passing, it appeared a great burden descended on him. He knew he was at a new fork in the road. That program is now posted under "Radio Archives" at www.olivetreeviews.org. In the press conference, Bush went from being light-hearted to great heaviness. The president would now have to re-start a process he was hoping he could bow out of.

He may perceive more than we think but the pressure from the world is upon him. The State Department would sell out Israel in a heartbeat. Now more than ever, pray for our leaders.

All the world must come against Israel. People often say to me that it will be all the world except America--but that's not what the Bible says in Zechariah 12. The consequences of going against God's land cannot be calculated. I strongly recommend you get Bill Koenig's latest book: EYE TO EYE: FACING THE CONSEQUENCES OF DIVIDING ISRAEL." It's under "Our Products" on my Web site or on Bill's which is www.watch.org. Bill is updating it as I write this so delivery of the new version will not be available until early December.

God is in control of all geo-politics. Much of it is foretold in the Bible for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. You've been born "for such a time as this" which means you have the responsibility to not just watch events; you can shape them. To be indifferent to the issues of the day is not an option.

Awaiting His return,
Jan Markell




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