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Yasser Arafat is seriously ill

let us pray for him and for all Palestinian at this time!
Re: ARAFAT-Seriously ill

Reports Conflict on Arafatīs Health

Saturday, October 23, 2004


Israel has allowed Tunisian doctors to enter Yasser Arafatīs (search) compound in the West Bank to treat him for the flu, officials there told FOX News.

Three Tunisian doctors are on their way to Arafatīs Ramallah (search) headquarters, where the 75-year-old Palestinian leader has been confined since after the second intifada began four years ago.

"The president is in good health. He is suffering from a cold," a Tunisian representative was quoted as saying in Haaretz. "There is nothing to worry about."

But sources told FOX News the Palestinian Liberation Organization (search) leaderīs condition has seriously deteriorated in the last 24 hours, since Israeli TV first reported he had the flu. The Palestinian sources said that if the doctors determine Arafat needs surgery he will be flown to an overseas hospital.

Viewed by Washington as a major obstacle to peace in the Mideast, Arafatīs health has been the subject of much speculation since the bloody uprising began in 2000. He appears to tremble during public appearances, but his representatives have routinely denied he suffers from a nervous disorder like Parkinsonīs disease.

Arafat was treated by a team of Jordanian and Egyptian doctors earlier this month for complaints including fever, severe diarrhea and vomiting, the Jerusalam Post reported. He had been ill for some time, and aides were said to be worried about his condition.

Arafat apparently still has not recovered from that illness. Haaretz reported that he was so ill on Friday that he was unable to complete the first day of prayers for the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.
here is further news from 23.Oct.2004 22:34


Potential Impact of Arafat's Illness

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

October 23, 2004, 9:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

23 October: While both Palestinian and Israeli official sources are playing down Yasser Arafat's state of health - dismissing its deterioration as a bout of flu - DEBKAfile's political and Palestinian sources disclose that his medical advisers want him to undergo surgery to remove gall bladder stones without delay. This would mean flying him to a hospital outside the West Bank after three years of being confined to Ramallah

The nearest hospital is in Amman. So far, Israel has not been asked to grant him traveling permission. Prime minister Sharon would not object to him leaving, but is already under American and European diplomatic pressure to make sure he is allowed his return. A delegation of Tunisian physicians arrived in Ramallah Saturday night, October 23. According to our sources this visit has little to do with Arafat's ailments. Tunisia holds presidential elections Sunday, October 24. The incumbent Zein bin Ali is certain that a show of concern for the Palestinian leader will enhance his electoral prospects. He asked Sharon to allow Tunisian physicians to attend the ailing Palestinian leader and the Israeli prime minister assented.

Earlier this week, on Monday, October 18, a medical team from Egypt and Palestinian doctors from Jerusalem and Nablus gave the 75-year old Palestinian leader a thorough check-up after he complained of severe pains. They decided provisionally that he was suffering from stones on the gall bladder that needed to be surgically removed and an acute intestinal infection, which is the more serious ailment because of its recurrence within a short period despite medication. For a definitive diagnosis, they want him X-rayed under hospital conditions which are lacking in Ramallah.

Even in extreme pain, Arafat keeps his eye on the main chance. He and his close aides have grasped that ill health offers him an opportunity to break out of the siege Israel clamped down on his Ramallah quarters after the failed Karin-A weapons smuggling episode in January 200.

The deterioration in Arafat's health has caught Sharon unawares. He is currently in full tilt of an assault on government and parliament to hammer home his disengagement plan against massive resistance. The distraction of Arafat's sudden departure from Ramallah threatens to slow down his plans in the short term. A long term threat cannot be ruled out. Established in an Arab or European country, the Palestinian leader would pose a different sort of peril, one that could undermine Sharon's disengagement scheme. If and when Arafat recovers, he may decide not to return to Ramallah. He may find he has more freedom of action and broader international support for running the Palestinian political and terror war against Israel from a base in an Arab or European capital, like Paris. Arafat cut loose from his isolation in Ramallah could change the rules and force Israel to review its options afresh. US President George W. Bush could be confronted with uncomfortable dilemmas days before the November 2 election.

For the moment, Arafat has been so weakened by pain and high fever that he has given up the Ramadan fast and cancelled appointments. The official play-down of his condition continues until the various parties concerned fully digest its possible impact.

mercy at hand 24.Oct.2004 00:03


good riddance to bad rubbish....may he rest in peace..may the rest of the world come closer to peace thanks to his passing if it should be imminent.