This Week in History: Yasser Arafat dies in Paris

12.11.2011                      15.Cheschwan. 5772                      Wajera

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This Week in History: Yasser Arafat dies in Paris

Late PLO chairman’s dual legacy as terrorist mastermind and father of Palestinian nation remains as cemented as the stone tomb he rests in.

On November 11, 2004, Palestinian Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat passed away in a hospital outside of Paris. Arafat, considered by many to be the father of the Palestinian national movement and perhaps the epitome of the age-old debate between terrorist and freedom fighter, depending on who is asked, had fallen ill in his Ramallah Mukata compound two-and-a-half weeks earlier. His legacy as the timeless leader of the Palestinian struggle for liberation as well as one of the modern era’s most notorious terrorist leaders has been left with a large question mark floating above it, however, as conspiracy theories about the cause of his death remain unanswered.
Yasser Arafat, born Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini and commonly known later as Abu Ammar, fell ill in his West Bank compound less than three weeks before his death, although medical records later showed that he had already been unwell for two weeks….