Skip to comments.Arafat's Wife Accuses Deputies of Wanting Him Dead (Hmm... It is not just us)
Posted on 11/07/2004 7:39:41 PM PST by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
By Wafa Amr PARIS (Reuters) - Yasser Arafat's wife accused Palestinian leaders hoping to travel to France on Monday to visit her critically ill husband of plotting to "bury him alive," an apparent reference to taking him off life-support.
Israeli media had reported the death of the 75-year-old president would be announced after Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary General Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie and Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath arrived in Paris.
"I appeal to you to be aware of the scope of the conspiracy," a screaming Suha Arafat said on the Arabic Al Jazeera satellite television station, monitored in the West Bank. "They are trying to bury Abu Ammar (Arafat) alive."
Palestinian officials have accused Mrs. Arafat, who prior to her husband being flown to a Paris military hospital on Oct. 29 had not seen him in three years, of limiting access to and information about the veteran leader.
Arafat, symbol for decades of the Palestinian struggle against Israel for a state, was suffering from liver failure and his health was not improving, one official said.
An Israeli newspaper's Web site said the "working assumption" among Israeli security officials preparing for Arafat's death was that any life support equipment would be shut down on Tuesday.
"Suha does not want the Palestinian leaders to come to visit Arafat," one Palestinian official said before her Al Jazeera interview was broadcast. "Talks are going on and it's not clear when the leaders will come to Paris."
Arafat's close circle has been concerned that fears about his health might increase chaos back home. Others fear a power struggle among Palestinians locked in a 4-year-old uprising against Israel.
French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier described Arafat's condition as "very complex, very serious and stable at the time we are speaking."
Abbas and Qurie, overseeing the Palestinian Authority in Arafat's absence, wanted to go to Paris on Monday to learn the facts about his condition, a Palestinian official said.
Israeli commentators called the visit a symbolic show of steady leadership by two members of Arafat's "old guard" and a necessary precursor to any announcement of his death.
Looking ahead to life without Arafat, his subordinates in the West Bank decided to carry out a plan to restore law and order to the Palestinian territories.
It was the first major decision they had announced since Arafat left.
Officials in Ramallah said the plan, drafted in March, was concerned more with ending local lawlessness than reining in militants waging the 4-year-old uprising -- a long-standing Israeli and international demand.
Calling for more security forces to be deployed, the plan also bans militants from carrying arms except when confronting Israel and from intervening in local disturbances.
Israel has said Palestinian failure to curb anti-Israeli violence was one of the main reasons for its decision to carry out a unilateral withdrawal of settlers and soldiers from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank.
The evacuation, scheduled for 2005, is seen by Palestinians as a ruse aimed at cementing Israel's hold on larger settlement blocs in the West Bank.
Addressing the delicate issue of where Arafat should be buried if he dies, Israel said it had completed preparations for his eventual burial in the Gaza Strip.
Arafat wants to be buried in Jerusalem's Old City, which is holy both to Muslims and Jews. But Israel refuses to let Arafat lie in annexed land it calls part of its indivisible capital. (Additional reporting by Mohammed Assadi in Ramallah)
Is this another poll post? If so, I vote yes. Let the maggots feed on his rotting body.
She shouldn't worry so much. AIDS will get him in its own time and she'll get the money.
Deputies and farm animals?
Sounds like one of our former first ladies back around the time of Coolidge or Harding (one of those 2 guys) who upon his physical deterioration kept his cabinet away from him, so as to limit their understanding of how ill he was...In the case of our President, he did recover, but Arafat is done for and I think she's covering up something....
I will go you one better. In addition to wanting the terrorists Abu Amman dead at the earliest possible time, I would also suggest his terrorist buddies think about ridding the world of Mrs. Abu Amman as she has been an accessory after the fact in all of his crimes.
Nope, not just us. But they want him dead for the power & money. We just want him dead.
I think you're talking about Wilson and his stroke. Right?
You're thinking of the response of Woodrow Wilson's wife following his stroke.
So that means her maniacal protestations must have something to do with finding out where all that money he's extorted during his foul life is, and how to lay hands on it before anyone else.
Hmmm.. Sounds like the woman who married my father and her behavoir right before he died (well, my dad didn't have extorted money, but he did have money!!!)
I think you are talking about Wilson, I'm too lazy to verify.
Well, they're not trying hard enough. Dig a hole, throw him in and cover him with the dirt. Can't these people handle a simple thing like that?
The vile old murderer will be
Money has incredible power over people as a motivator -- root of all evil/end of the world stuff.
That was a tricky and dangerous thing, comparing your dad to Yasser...all sort of pratfalls possible there ;-}
Pathetic, as usual...
It probably wasn't Suha on the phone..it was probably just a really drunk TERR-RAY-ZA who dialed a wrong number...