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  CNN.com - Palestinian leader Arafat dies at 75 - Nov 11, 2004
Arafat was first elected head of the PLO in 1969, and by 1974, Arab leaders recognized the group as "the sole legitimate representative" of the Palestinian people.
In 1994, Arafat was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Israeli leaders Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, for their work on the Oslo accords, seen at the time as a breakthrough toward an independent Palestinian state and a permanent peace with Israel.
Arafat is survived by his wife, Suha Tawil, whom he married in 1991, and their daughter, Zahwa, who was born in 1995.
www.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/meast/11/10/arafat.obit/index.html   (984 words)

  Yasser Arafat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat As Qudwa al-Hussaeini was born on 24 August 1929 in Cairo and spoke with an Egyptian accent.
Arafat's statement indicated a shift from one of the PLO's primary aims — the destruction of Israel (as in the Palestinian National Covenant) — towards the establishment of two separate entities, an Israeli state within the 1949 armistice lines and an Arab state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Arafat's long personal and political survival was taken by most Western commentators as a sign of his mastery of asymmetric warfare and his skill as a tactician, given the extremely dangerous nature of politics of the Middle East and the frequency of assassinations.
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 Learn more about Yasser Arafat in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-21)
On April 2, 1989, Arafat was elected by the Central Council of the Palestine National Council (the governing body of the PLO) to be the president of this hypothetical Palestinian state.
Arafat seemed to be adopting a similar structure to that of the Irish Republican Army and its political wing Sinn Fein, wherein the political arm can claim plausible deniability of actions undertaken by the military arm.
Arafat was finally allowed to leave his compound on May 3, 2002 after intensive negotiations led to a settlement; six terrorists wanted by Israel, who had been holed up with Arafat in his compound, would not be turned over to Israel, but neither would they be held in custody by the Palestinian Authority.
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 ei: Yasser Arafat, 1929-2004
Arafat also received stinging rebukes from former friends and supporters in the Arab world as well as in the West for administrative corruption, mismanagement, favoritism, and a politics of patronage that made a mockery of democratic practice in the Palestinian Authority.
Arafat did not return alone, but rather was accompanied by security forces, politicians, wheelers and dealers, and other hangers-on whose political styles and personal values frequently clashed with those of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza who had just waged a momentous and largely non-violent intifada from 1987-1993.
Arafat's death will be a setback to this discredited "peace camp," and to such initiatives as the recent "Geneva Accord" because the Palestinian participants in this unworkable plan drew the little authority they had solely from their association with Arafat.
www.electronicintifada.net /v2/article3288.shtml   (1769 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Yasser Arafat
Arafat was born in Cairo, where his father had settled for business reasons, but after the death of his mother, the four-year-old was packed off to Jerusalem to live with his uncle in a house by the Wailing Wall and al-Aqsa mosque.
Arafat witnessed anguished family debates about the country's future, and saw something of the "great rebellion", the armed uprising of a desperate and dispossessed peasantry which served as an inspiration for the later, equally unavailing "armed struggle" of his own making.
Arafat is said to have made his getaway across the Jordan river disguised as a mother carrying a baby, a story that reinforced his growing reputation for the narrow escape and an uncanny sense of survival.
www.guardian.co.uk /israel/Story/0,2763,1348450,00.html   (3729 words)

 CBC News Indepth: Yasser Arafat
Yasser Arafat was around for so long and changed mantles so often that he defied any neat description.
Arafat was often a hated guest in the countries where he chose to operate.
Arafat was rushed to a hospital in Paris for treatment.
www.cbc.ca /news/obit/arafat   (684 words)

 "Arafat, Yassir", Yasser Arafat - The Peace Encyclopedia
Yasser Arafat was born in Cairo in 1929.
Palestine was born on the shores of the Nile.
Yasser Arafat was born in 1929 in Jerusalem.
peace.heebz.com /arafat.html   (4654 words)

 Yasser Arafat
Yasser Arafat led the Palestinians' ongoing struggle for statehood for half a century, and did more than anyone else to put their cause on the world agenda.
Arafat's vision was one of "an independent nation having a lot of democracy and caring for its children and where laughter is heard of happy, healthy children." But it was not to be realised in his lifetime.
Despite this, Arafat is remembered and revered by the Palestinian people as a figurehead and the leader or their quest for a homeland.
www.ameinfo.com /yasser_arafat   (611 words)

 MidEast Web - Biography - Yasser Arafat - Chairman of the PLO
Arafat was apparently greatly influenced by one of his teachers, Majid Halaby, who gave him the nickname Yasir, because of his supposed resemblance to Yasir al Birah, a Palestinian leader killed by the British in the Arab revolt.
Arafat and the PLO eventually found their way to Beirut, which remained the center of PLO operations against Israel until 1982.In the 70s, the PLO came to be widely recognized as the only legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and Arafat was recognized as the leader of the Palestinians.
Yasser Arafat died November 11, 2004 and was subsequently buried in the Muqata in Ramallah
www.mideastweb.org /bio-arafat.htm   (1922 words)

 Yasser Arafat
According to Arafat and other sources, he was born in Jerusalem; however, French biographers, Christophe Boltanski and Jihan El-Tahri revealed in their 1997 book, Les sept vies de Yasser Arafat, that he was actually born in Cairo, Egypt, and that is where his birth certificate was registered.
Arafat’s statement was supposed to reflect a shift from one of the PLO’s primary aims — the destruction of Israel (as in the Palestinian National Covenant) — toward the establishment of two separate entities, an Israeli state within the 1949 armistice lines and a Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
However, on April 2, 1989, Arafat was elected by the Central Council of the Palestine National Council (the governing body of the PLO) to be the president of the proclaimed State of Palestine, an entity which laid claim to the whole of Palestine as defined by the British Mandate.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/biography/arafat.html   (4778 words)

 Middle East: Obituary - Yasser Arafat (1929-2004)
Arafat remained a virtual prisoner in his compound for three years, a situation which undoubtedly contributed to the illnesses from which he died.
Yasser Arafat is seen by most Palestinians as a symbol of the longstanding Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation.
Arafat's regime represented the capitalist interests of the Palestinian elite and was totally dependent on the Israeli ruling class for its existence.
www.socialistworld.net /eng/2004/11/11arafat.html   (1361 words)

 BBC - BBC Four Profile - Yasser Arafat
Arafat was born and educated in Egypt, but he has always been wedded to his adopted country's cause.
Arafat returned to Gaza the following year, but such fundamental issues as the fate of Palestinian refugees had been left undecided, and the peace process was fraught with difficulty.
Rabin was assassinated in 1995 and, as president of the Palestinian National Authority, Arafat struggled to define his role and keep Israelis and his own countrymen committed to what he termed "the peace of the brave".
www.bbc.co.uk /bbcfour/documentaries/profile/yasser-arafat.shtml   (562 words)

 CNN.com - Arafat prepared to accept Israeli state - May 13, 2002
Arafat said he was doing his best to fight terrorism and has tried to investigate those responsible for a number of suicide bombings blamed on Palestinian militants, but complained that even after repeated requests Israel had provided him no information.
Arafat said he did not give money to fund the Karine-A arms shipment Israel intercepted in the Red Sea in January, saying the Palestinian Authority did not need to acquire weapons from Iran, which Israel accused of sending the arms.
Arafat scoffed when he was asked whether Palestinian Authority finance chief Foaud Shubaki, accused by Israel of being Arafat's link to Iran, could have funded the shipment without Arafat's knowledge.
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 biography of Yasser Arafat
According to the biography by Christophe Boltanski and Jihan El-Tahri (Les sept vies de Yasser Arafat, 1997; get it from Amazon.fr), Yasser Arafat was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1929 as Mohammed Abderrahman al-Qudwa (and not in Jerusalem as Mohammed Abdal Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husaini of the famous Husaini family).
Arafat was also involved in the terrorist attack on the luxury liner "Achille Lauro" which further undermined his credibility.
In October 1993, Arafat was elected by the Central Council of the PLO to be the President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and President of Palestine Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR).
www.cosmopolis.ch /english/cosmo14/yasser_arafat.htm   (598 words)

 Yasser Arafat - Biography
Arafat never mentions his father, who was not close to his children.
Arafat developed the PLO into a state within the state of Jordan with its own military forces.
Arafat sought to build a similar organisation in Lebanon, but this time was driven out by an Israeli military invasion.
www.nobelprize.org /peace/laureates/1994/arafat-bio.html   (1041 words)

 Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Dies Aged 75 | Current Affairs | Deutsche Welle | 11.11.2004
Yasser Arafat, the 75-year-old Palestinian leader, was determined to be clinically dead in a French military hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Arafat was at first said to have been suffering from a severe case of influenza, but was later diagnosed as having blood abnormalities and trouble with digestion.
Arafat and the PLO were allowed to return to the occupied territories and set up an autonomous administration.
www.dw-world.de /dw/article/0,1564,1385027,00.html   (943 words)

 Yasser Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization
Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat As Qudwa al-Hussaeini was born on August 24, 1929 in Cairo, his father a textile merchant who was a Palestinian with some Egyptian ancestry, his mother from an old Palestinian family in Jerusalem.
Arafat shortened his name to obscure his kinship with the notorious ex-Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.
It was there that Yasser Arafat, a Civil Engineering student, and his coterie, including Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad), later to become Arafat’s second in command, began their terrorist careers.
www.palestinefacts.org /pf_1948to1967_plo_arafat.php   (372 words)

 Yasser Arafat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Arafat did not return to Lebanon personally after this second expulsion, though many Fatah fighters did.
Suha Arafat stated "They are trying to bury Abu Ammar alive".
[25][26][27] French officials flatly refused Israel's request to provide proof that Arafat was born in Jerusalem and not Cairo,[28].
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Yasir_Arafat   (5950 words)

 Magnum Search results for: Yasser Arafat, B/W.
Yasser Arafat, B/W. According to insistent rumours the health of Yasser ARAFAT, the Palestinain leader, is declining.
PLO Chairman Yasser ARAFAT, in a rare private moment at the residence of the PLO Ambassador to Tunisia, at La Marsa near Tunis.
PLO Chairman Yasser ARAFAT at the residence of the PLO Ambassador to Tunisia, at La Marsa near Tunis.
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 ei: ARAFAT, Yasser -- President of Palestine
Yasser Arafat is founder of Fatah and chairman of the Palestine Liberation of Organization and was in 1996 elected as President.
On 29 October 2004, the 75-year-old Arafat was flown from his compound in Ramallah to France to a military hospital in order to receive treatment for a grave illness.
Arafat to be recalled for leading Palestinians to accept principle of coexistence with Israel -- Annan, UN News (11 November 2004)
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 Andrew C. McCarthy on Yasser Arafat on National Review Online
Arafat's formative years were thus spent in a milieu of sectarian violence, annealed in a hatred for Jews that, far from ever subsiding, propelled him.
While Arafat's mantel as the "Father of Palestine" is dubious given that he is singularly responsible for the failure of a Palestinian nation to emerge, his credentials as the "Father of Modern Terrorism" are solid.
Arafat also failed to honor, despite incessant pleading by Clinton administration figures, a commitment that the Palestinian National Charter would be amended to remove clauses calling for the destruction of Israel.
www.nationalreview.com /mccarthy/mccarthy200411120827.asp   (3509 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Veteran leader Yasser Arafat dies
Mr Arafat's many powers are being divided among his officials, with Mahmoud Abbas elected head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Rawhi Fattuh sworn in as acting president of the Palestinian Authority (PA).
In Ramallah, officials said Mr Arafat may be interred in a stone coffin so that one day his body can be moved to Jerusalem where Palestinians hope to have the capital of a future independent state.
President Chirac visited the hospital where Mr Arafat died to pay a personal tribute, saying he wished to bow before Mr Arafat and send a message of friendship and solidarity to the Palestinian people and their representatives.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/middle_east/3984841.stm   (789 words)

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