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Evidence does not prove Arafat poisoning: Russian report
Reuters ^ | 11/11/2013 | NOAH BROWNING

Posted on 11/11/2013 8:20:39 AM PST by SeekAndFind

A Russian report quoted by Palestinian investigators on Friday said there was insufficient evidence to support the theory that Yasser Arafat died in 2004 by polonium poisoning.

The findings were far weaker than those of a Swiss laboratory announced with fanfare on Wednesday by Arafat's widow and Qatar-based al-Jazeera television.

Palestinians remained unfazed by the results - which dampen but don't definitely disprove the possibility of death by poisoning - and officials continue to blame arch foe Israel.

Samples were extracted from Arafat's corpse last November by Swiss, French and Russian experts after an al-Jazeera documentary revealed unusually high amounts of the deadly Polonium isotope on his clothes.

"The outcome of the comprehensive report on the levels of Polonium-210 and the development of his illness does not give sufficient evidence to support the decision that Polonium-210 caused acute radiation syndrome leading to death," said Dr. Abdullah Bashir, quoting the conclusions of the Russian report.

But Dr. Bashir said that both the Swiss and Russian reports found "large amounts" of the radioactive isotope in his remains.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: arafat; poisoning; russia

1 posted on 11/11/2013 8:20:39 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

As someone on FR wisely pointed out last week, as Po half life is only 138 days, there wouldn’t be anything left after 8 years.


2 posted on 11/11/2013 8:23:25 AM PST by Zathras
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To: Zathras

As long as he’s still dead, it’s OK.


3 posted on 11/11/2013 8:25:00 AM PST by refermech
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To: refermech

If, in fact, Arafat WAS poisoned, the circumstances would be much more favorable for someone within his own camp, or his very close coterie, to have carried out the deed. There was such a tight ring of security around Arafat, that no agent of Israel would have had the opportunity to get in that close.

However, I do not rule out Suha Arafat, his widow, as she had plenty of incentive, both to create a martyr, and to get rid of a detested spouse.


4 posted on 11/11/2013 8:35:03 AM PST by alloysteel (Men may not always be capable of evil, but they are always capable of incompetence.)
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To: Zathras

Good point, according to some very quick math - that’s 21.17 half-lives. So, the first half-life we are down to 50%, then 25%, then 12.5% and so on. However, please bear in mind that while the Po is gone, the next step down on the periodic table appears. Po goes down, the next isotope goes up. Looking and measuring in the PPM (parts per million) resolution - calculating how much Po was present 8 years ago is again simple math, when you add the two components together.


5 posted on 11/11/2013 8:35:19 AM PST by Hodar (A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.- Burroughs)
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To: alloysteel

A woman scorned and all that...


6 posted on 11/11/2013 8:38:08 AM PST by refermech
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To: refermech

like whose fury Hell hath no


7 posted on 11/11/2013 8:41:03 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought one theory was that he was secretly gay and died of “lethal injection”.


8 posted on 11/11/2013 8:47:07 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Zathras

When an isotope decays, it doesn’t vanish into thin air, though. There would still be byproducts.


9 posted on 11/11/2013 9:05:18 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: Zathras
Or, if any amount was found, the initial amount would have been massive...
10 posted on 11/11/2013 9:53:43 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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11 posted on 11/11/2013 11:10:53 AM PST by SJackson (if you want to test a man’s character, give him power A Lincoln)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Learn something new everyday, I had no idea polonium was in the aids virus.


12 posted on 11/11/2013 11:12:55 AM PST by soupbone1
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To: Zathras
"As someone on FR wisely pointed out last week, as Po half life is only 138 days, there wouldn’t be anything left after 8 years."

The Half-Life of Polonium and its decay products:

1) Synthetic Polonium 208 -- 2.898 years ( --> Pb 204 --> Bi 208 )

2) Synthetic Po 209 -- 103 years (--> Pb 208 --> Bi 208)

3) Trace Po 210 -- 138.376 days ( --> Pb 206 )

** Po = Polonium
** Pb = Lead
** Bi = Bismuth
Courtesy of Wikipedia

13 posted on 11/11/2013 11:24:32 AM PST by StormEye
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, if you consider AIDS to be a poison...maybe


14 posted on 11/11/2013 1:26:37 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: refermech

They would know wouldn’t they?


15 posted on 11/11/2013 1:33:02 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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Arafat polonium — junk science
The Times of Israel | 11/7/2013 | BRIAN THOMAS
Posted on 11/07/2013 7:50:40 AM PST by Former Fetus
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3088591/posts


16 posted on 11/11/2013 5:56:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

In the Arab world, he wasn’t gay as he was a “pitcher” to boys. A willing “catcher” is gay in their minds.


17 posted on 11/11/2013 6:26:30 PM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: SeekAndFind

Israel did it until they can prove that they didn’t. If anyone fails to prove that Israel did it, it’s because of a Jooo! conspiracy, and does not disprove anything./s


18 posted on 11/11/2013 11:05:49 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: alloysteel

I would assume that the number of Mossad agents willing to bend over for Yasser and take it were few, and therefore the possibility of infiltrating his body guards were limited.


19 posted on 11/11/2013 11:07:38 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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