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Arafat DEAD!

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PARIS - Yasser Arafat, who triumphantly forced his people's plight into the world spotlight but failed to achieve his lifelong quest for Palestinian statehood, died Thursday at age 75.

He was to the end a man of many mysteries and paradoxes — terrorist, statesman, autocrat and peacemaker.

Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat confirmed to The Associated Press that Arafat had died. The Palestinian leader spent his final days in a coma at a French military hospital outside Paris.

Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a top Arafat aide, confirmed that Arafat died at 4:30 am Paris time. He spoke to reporters at Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Arafat's last days were as murky and dramatic as his life. Flown to France on Oct. 29 after nearly three years of being penned in his West Bank headquarters by Israeli tanks, he initially improved but then sharply deteriorated as rumors swirled about his illness.

Top Palestinian officials flew in to check on their leader while Arafat's 41-year-old wife, Suha, publicly accused them of trying to usurp his powers. Ordinary Palestinians prayed for his well being, but expressed deep frustration over his failure to improve their lives.

Arafat's failure to groom a successor complicated his passing, raising the danger of factional conflict among Palestinians.

A visual constant in his checkered keffiyeh headdress, Arafat kept the Palestinians' cause at the center of the Arab-Israeli conflict. But he fell short of creating a Palestinian state, and, along with other secular Arab leaders of his generation, he saw his influence weakened by the rise of radical Islam in recent years.

Revered by his own people, Arafat was reviled by others. He was accused of secretly fomenting attacks on Israelis while proclaiming brotherhood and claiming to have put terrorism aside. Many Israelis felt the paunchy 5-foot, 2-inch (1.57 meters) Palestinian's real goal remained the destruction of the Jewish state.

Arafat became one of the world's most familiar faces after addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York in 1974, when he entered the chamber wearing a holster and carrying a sprig. "Today I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun," he said. "Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand."

Two decades later, he shook hand at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on a peace deal that formally recognized Israel's right to exist while granting the Palestinians limited self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (news - web sites). The pact led to the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for Arafat, Rabin and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.

But the accord quickly unraveled amid mutual suspicions and accusations of treaty violations, and a new round of violence that erupted in the fall of 2000 has killed some 4,000 people, three-quarters of them Palestinian.

The Israeli and U.S. governments said Arafat deserved much of the blame for the derailing of the peace process. Even many of his own people began whispering against Arafat, expressing disgruntlement over corruption, lawlessness and a bad economy in the Palestinian areas.

A resilient survivor of war with Israel, assassination attempts and even a plane crash, Arafat was born Rahman Abdel-Raouf Arafat Al-Qudwa on Aug. 4, 1929, the fifth of seven children of a Palestinian merchant killed in the 1948 war over Israel's creation. There is disagreement whether he was born in Gaza or in Cairo, Egypt.

Educated as an engineer in Egypt, Arafat served in the Egyptian army and then started a contracting firm in Kuwait. It was there that he founded the Fatah movement, which became the core of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

After the Arabs' humbling defeat by Israel in the six-day war of 1967, the PLO thrust itself on the world's front pages by sending its gunmen out to hijack airplanes, machine gun airports and seize Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

"As long as the world saw Palestinians as no more than refugees standing in line for U.N. rations, it was not likely to respect them. Now that the Palestinians carry rifles the situation has changed," Arafat explained.

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What I really don’t understand is, while Arafat and wife accumulated a fortune of 1.3 billion dollars; why are the Palestinians, who lived in slums and camps all of their lives weeping over his death?

Anyways, Allah all mighty says: “And you think you can escape death while death shall meet you…” (Be ma ma3natah).

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Since Yasser 'Arafat died during the last 10 Holy Nights of Ramadhan, maybe Allah (SWT) will give him a place in Jannah, since the Doors of Jannah are open for all departed souls.  :!!!:  :lol:

I am glad he's dead... he did more harm for Occupied Palestine than help.

Khoda Hafez va Eltemas-e Dua!

Ali  @)

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I was thinking maybe Allah (swt) is waiting until the end of Shahr Ramadhan to take him away, so he doesn't die in this blessed month and last 10 days. But i guess other plans were made.

May God have Mercy on him and all of us -_-.

Fee ameen illah,

Wasalaam.

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Perhap since he is dead it is best to leave him to Allah who knew him better than what we say. Also before you critize anyone you should look at selve and see what have you done for palestians or any oppressed muslim for that matter.

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Although I have my own reservations about the kind of leader he was, I don't think the death of anyone is a joking matter. As bro jalal said, we should leave him to Allah (swt). Instead, we should be focusing on helping to revive the Palestinian cause!

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Some people(Saudis) told me that Fahd is already dead "technically". Can anyone clarify?

I have herd this as well. I was watching a Show a few nights ago about the Saudi Royals that said this. It was on CNN so it might not be to credible. Even if Fahd is on his way out(which is good), it won't change much, The Crown Prince is just as bad. Theres probably going to always be some new greedy Wahabi scumbag ready to take the crown there, that is until Imam Mahdi(as) returns and destroys them, InshAllah.

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I thought it is against Islamic teachings to talk ill of a dead person?

I dont know ARAFAT except from the media. If its true he amassed billions at the expense of his people, who among the world muslim leaders did not commit the same sin?

At least, among all so called muslim world leaders, ARAFAT was the most visible leader in the struggle against the zionist oppression (outside of the IRI leaders of course!). If he was bad surely his own people would have long overthrown him.

So if we cannot praise him now that he's dead, can we not at least render some respects by not speaking ill of him?

Common brothers, tomorrow or the next day is already EID; lets not lessen the blessings we got from this Holy month of Ramadhan.

Leave ARAFAT's fate to Allah SWT who is the ultimate judge.

Happy EIDL FITRI to all! B)

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Some people(Saudis) told me that Fahd is already dead "technically". Can anyone clarify?

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Yah he was "technically" dead, when I was living in Saudi Arabia...so now he is probably even more "technically" dead....If he dies, I doubt any thing will change..

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Since Yasser 'Arafat died during the last 10 Holy Nights of Ramadhan, maybe Allah (SWT) will give him a place in Jannah, since the Doors of Jannah are open for all departed souls.  

I sure hope you dont die in the last ten days of Ramadhan.

I am glad he's dead... he did more harm for Occupied Palestine than help.

Disgusting coming from somebody who I considered to be such a noble and humble muslim.

May I ask waht you did for the Palestinians? Cause I'm pretty sure you didnt form Fatah, join the PLO, fight with the Palestinians and have your headquarters bombed by Israelis.

I was thinking maybe Allah (swt) is waiting until the end of Shahr Ramadhan to take him away, so he doesn't die in this blessed month and last 10 days. But i guess other plans were made.

I'm thinking you probably wont die in the last 10 days either, but Allah decides.

May Allah guide us all.

Iran Pays Tribute

TEHRAN, Nov. 12--Iran paid tribute Thursday to the late Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat, hailing his prominent role in defending the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and fighting against the Zionist occupiers.

"Doubtless, his eminent role...over near half a century is not concealed to any fair-minded and honest person; his name is now tied to Palestine," the Iranian government said in a statement, receiving the news about Arafat's death with "great sadness".

The statement said Arafat's demise opens "a new chapter in the legitimate struggles of the oppressed Palestinian people", urging the "young Palestinian leaders to uphold this grave responsibility".

Iran's former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, in his Friday prayer sermon, also voiced his sorrow over the death, offering condolences to the veteran Palestinian leader's fellow-combatants and leaders of Muslim nations.

Referring to Arafat's nom de guerre Abu Ammar, Rafsanjani touched on Arafat's "turbulent life which was dedicated to military and political struggles against the occupiers of the holy Palestinian land".

"Although Abu Ammar did not achieve his long-life aspirations, it is hoped that the Palestinian parties...would put aside their differences and create a united front to lead the resistance of Palestinian people on the difficult road to liberating their holy land," he said.

Arafat, 75, was declared dead in a Paris military hospital Thursday morning, almost two weeks after he was flown from his headquarters in Ramallah.

I guess you guys know better than Rafsanjani.

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