Al-Jazeera: Tests suggest Arafat died of polonium poisoning
Palestinians eye Arafat autopsy after poison reportRecent tests conducted on Yasser Arafat's personal belongings at the time of his unexpected death in 2004 suggest his body contained abnormal levels of radioactive polonium, the same poisonous substance that killed Russian spy-turned-dissident Alexander Litvinenko, Al-Jazeera TV reports.
Of course the Arab world wants to pin this on Israel but my money is on Russia, largely because former KGB agents were implicated in the murder of Litvinenko. If Arafat was poisoned it was because he knew too much about KGB/FSB operations in Europe and the Middle East and declined an offer he couldn't refuse. What would Israel have gained by killing Arafat?(Reuters) - New suspicions that Yasser Arafat was murdered, perhaps poisoned by radioactive polonium, prompted the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday to agree to exhume the body of the iconic leader.