[Note by Tom Gross]
The Palestinian ambassador to Sri Lanka has invented the latest conspiracy theory about how the late PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat died.
Attallah Quiba told a press conference in Columbo that unnamed Israelis used an advanced "laser device to attack Arafat." "They tried to flee after using the device but were wrestled down by the Palestinian Authority security personnel," he told Asian journalists.
"Samples of Arafat's blood were tested in 16 countries and it was revealed that he had been poisoned by high technology," he added.
I attach an article below from the Malaysian National News Agency, which carries no refutation at all to these allegations.
The sooner Palestinian officials move on from blaming Israel for killing Arafat in weird and wonderful ways, the quicker the Palestinian people will be able to move on too.
-- Tom Gross
(Recipients of this email list probably won't need reminding that Sri Lanka was also one of the places where anti-Israeli conspiracy theories were voiced in January when Moslem clerics from various countries blamed Israel and India for causing the tsunami by conducting a joint underground nuclear test in an effort to kill hundreds of thousands of Moslems.)
Arafat Killed By High Tech Laser Attack – Envoy
By Feizal Samath
March 19, 2005
Attallah Quiba, the Palestinian ambassador in Sri Lanka, believes that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was killed by unnamed Israelis using advanced technology, the Island newspaper said.
Responding to questions at a media conference in Colombo on Friday, Quiba claimed that two Israelis who met Arafat on the day he was taken sick "used a laser device to attack Arafat."
"They tried to flee after using the device but were wrestled down by the Palestinian Authority security personnel. Both men were carrying Canadian passports."
Quiba was quoted as saying the Palestinian Authority immediately informed the Israeli government of the "attempt on Arafat's life." Samples of Arafat's blood were tested in 16 countries and it was revealed that he had been poisoned by high technology, he said.
Asked about reports that Arafat's meals had been poisoned, Quiba said it was not possible since Arafat always shared the food served to him and was the last to partake of it.
"There were four people in all with Arafat at the time he was taken sick. If food poisoning was the cause then the others should also have suffered the same fate,"
Quiba said he had met Arafat a few days before his death and did not see anything wrong with his health. "He was in good health and good spirits".