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Yassir Arafat's Biography

Who is Yassir Arafat? Why is he so secretive about his origins?

  • Mohammed Abder Rauf Arafat al-Kudwa al-Husseini was born in Jerusalem in 1929 of Egyptian parents. He adopted the name Yasser meaning 'easy-going' adding ABU AMAR after a companion of the ProphetMuhammad. He is a practising Muslim, has performed the Haj to Mecca and wears a pendant engraved with a verse from the Qur'an.

  • History.Net
  • Mohammed Abd al-Rahman Abd al-Raouf Arafat, Palestinian political leader born in Cairo on August 24, 1929 into a prominent Jerusalem family, the Husseinis.

  • MEDEA, Belgium, January 1999
  • Yasser Arafat was born in Cairo in 1929. It was there that he met his future aides, Khalil al Wazir (Abu Jihad) and Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad), with whom he founded Fatah (an acronym formed from the initial letters of the Arabic words for national liberation movement) in Kuwait in 1958.

  • Le Monde diplomatique, France
  • Arafat, Yasir (vero nome Mohammed Abdel Rauf al Qudwa al Husseini, detto Abu Ammar) (Il Cairo 24.8.1929 -) presidente dell'Organizzazione per la liberazione della Palestina (OLP), e dal 1996 capo del governo dei territori autonomi palestinesi.

  • IPERMONDO, Italy
  • Arafat, Yasir 1929-, Palestinian commando and political leader; b. Cairo. Head of the guerrilla group Al Fatah, he became (1969) leader of the PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANIZATION (PLO).

  • The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Third Edition, Columbia University Press
  • The PLO chairman once declared Jerusalem his home town: "This is my city ... This is where I was born." But he was not born in Jerusalem, not even - as some of his comrades claimed - in the Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza, but in Cairo in 1929, the fifth of seven children of a Palestinian merchant called Abdul Raouf al-Qudwa al-Husseini who was killed fighting the Israelis 20 years later.
  • ...The PLO leader still maintains an obsessive secrecy about his early life. His followers are supposed to remember the symbol rather than the reality, the image rather than the substance, the words rather than their meaning - which might explain the rhetoric.
    Weekly Mail & Guardian [Angella Johnson, August 14, 1998] 

  • Yasser Arafat, Fatah's leader, has claimed that he was born in Jerusalem. That may or may not be true. What is known is that he was brought up and educated in Egypt after his parents had emigrated from Palestine. It is important to note that they were NOT "refugees" or "exiles." They had simply moved to Egypt in the 1920s ... more than twenty years BEFORE the State of Israel came into existence! So if Yasser wants to fix blame where it belongs, he should be cursing on his parents' graves for making the choice to leave Palestine and stop blaming the Jews of Palestine who chose to stay and create a Jewish State.

  • Zion2000
  • Arafat's actual name was Abd al-Rahman abd al-Bauf Arafat al-Qud al-Husseini. He shortened it to obscure his kinship with the notorious Nazi and ex-Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini."

  • Howard M. Sachar, A HISTORY OF ISRAEL (New York: Knopf, 1976).
  • BIOGRAPHY 1929, August 24 (?): Born in Cairo, Egypt. Place of birth is not certain, other sources state Jerusalem or Gaza. During his childhood Arafat lived in both Cairo and Jerusalem. 1947: In the wars with the Jews, Arafat fought on the side of the grand mufti of Jerusalem.

  • Encyclopaedia of the Orient
  • Let us consider Yassir Arafat, so carefully cleaned up by the West, particularly by the Clintons, from a well-documented terrorist into a diplomat and world statesman. Yassir Arafat also claimed to be born in Jerusalem but was actually born in Cairo, August 29, 1929, named Mohammed Abdel Rahman al Qudwa al-Husseini. Nor as he has claimed, is he related to the late Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (Amin al-Husseini) or Faisel Husseini or any other Husseini clan of Jerusalem. There are 4 Husseini clans in the Land of Israel, none related. The Grand Mufti spent World War II in Berlin, urging Hitler to bring his killing machine to kill the PalestinianJews to cleanse the land of Jews for the Arab people and Islam. Arafat learned with the Mufti about the politics of Arab nationalism in Palestine during that brief period. Clearly, Arafat desperately wanted to emulate the Grand Mufti and so invented his lineage, completing the fabrication.

  • by Emanuel A. Winston, a Middle East analyst & commentator, September 2, 1999
  • Born in Cairo Aug. 24, 1929, he took part in battles between Arabs and Jews in the emerging Israel in 1948. He set up a successful engineering business in Kuwait before devoting himself to the cause of gaining a Palestinian homeland in 1965.

  • 1996 Reuter Information Service and
  • According to CNN, Cairo-born Yasser Arafat devoted his teen years to "a study of Jewish life, associating with Jews and reading the works of Zionists such as Theodor Herzl."
  • One can only wonder where in the Cairo of 1946 Arafat found Arabic translations of Zionist writings (he spoke no other language). Perhaps they were distributed by the Moslem Brotherhood as Samizdat. These writings must have had a positive impact on young Arafat, for in the mid 1950s he and others formed Fatah, "dedicated to reclaiming Palestine for the Palestinians."

    There is an unintended poignancy to this sentence. It was indeed in those years that the Arab leadership realized how much more effective they could make their efforts to "throw the Jewsinto the sea" if they became Palestinians rather than Arabs. By then, the Jews of this country (the only people called Palestinians before the War of Independence) were named Israelis. Even The Palestine Post became The Jerusalem Post. By adopting the name 'Palestinians' the Arabs succeeded in converting the Arab-Israeli conflict from a war of annihilation against the Jewish population to a struggle of dispossessed natives against colonialist invaders. It was a spectacularly effective canard, eventually adopted by Israel's own fiction weavers, the 'new historians.'

    David Bar-Illan, The Jerusalem Post, 'Eye on the Media', November 5, 1999

  • While Mr Sharon can justifiably brag that he has walked every wadi and hilltop of "Judea and Samaria", Mr Arafat, who was born in Cairo, is unfamiliar with the terrain and has surrounded himself with aides who also lack first-hand knowledge of the land.

  • The India Tribune, 23-Oct-1998
  • The unshaven old man is no longer "the arch-terrorist", as he used to be called by Voice of Israel, but he will forever remain an arch-terrorist in retirement. We must therefore not allow his horrific past to be forgotten by using the respectable title "Chairman", but we'll rather call him just "Arafat".

  • Arutz-7
  • MUHAMMAD{ayn}ABD AR-RA`UF AL-QUDWAH AL-HUSAYNI (b. Aug. 24?, 1929, Cairo?, Egypt), president (from 1996) of the Palestinian Authority, chairman (from 1968) of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and leader of Fatah, the largest of the constituent PLO groups. In 1993 he led the PLO in a peace agreement with the Israeli government.{ayn}Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres of Israel were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1994.

  • Encyclopædia Britannica
  • On countless occasions, Yasser Arafat has regaled listeners about his Jerusalem birth and childhood. He fondly recalls his birthplace in a stone house abutting the Western Wall, then how he lived with his Uncle Sa'ud in Jerusalem. Like [another fraud, Edward] Said, Arafat presents himself as a victim of Zionism - someone who lost his wordly belongings and his place in the world due to Israel's coming into existence. But in fact, as two intrepid French biographers, Christophe Boltanski and Jihan El-Tahri revealed a few years, ago (in their 1997 book, Les sept vies de Yasser Arafat), "Mr. Palestine was born on the shores of the Nile."
  • The French researchers tell an amusing story of discovery. They went to the University of Cairo and innocently asked for the registration of one Muhammad Abd ar-Ra'uf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husayni at the School of Civil Engineering in 1956.

    This, Arafat's birth name, means nothing to the Egyptian clerk, who "sits down behind a rickety wooden table, almost completely hidden by the pile of dusty files bound in black leather" and "blows off a layer of grime in a most professional way," then hands over the records. In a blue ink faded by time, the researchers find that their man, living at 24A Baron Empain Street, Heliopolis, "was born on August 4, 1929, in Cairo." With this information in hand, they dashed over to the State Registry and found Arafat's actual birth certificate, which confirms the date and place.

    Arafat then lived in Cairo until the age of 28 and identified as an Egyptian. His first political affiliation was an Egyptian student organization closed to Palestinians. He fought for an Egyptian group against Israel in 1948-49 and subsequently served in the Egyptian military. He first traveled to Moscow, in 1968, on an Egyptian passport.

    Arafat all his life has spoken Arabic like an Egyptian, something that has sometimes impeded his career; on first encountering him in 1967, a biographer recounts, "West Bankers did not like his Egyptian accent and ways and found them alien."

    How is it that [Arafat became a "Palestinian"]? The answer probably lies in the fact that for a politically ambitious activist, Palestinian politics has far more to offer than Egypt's. ...a politician finds the path to power far more open; had Arafat made Egypt his life's work, he might today be a retired deputy from that country's rubber-stamp parliament.

    Being Palestinian, in other words, is a good career move.

    by Daniel Pipes, director of the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum, in an article first published in The Jerusalem Post of September 7, 1999

  • Yasser Arafat was born in 1929 in Jerusalem. His full name is: Mohammed Abad Arouf Arafat. He studied civil engineering at CairoUniversity.
    The Nobel Foundation

How did Arafat deserve the honor of a red carpet treatment in the U.S. and the Nobel prize for peace?

  • "I don't know anyone who has as much civilian Jewish blood on his hands as Arafat since the Nazi times ." 

  • Former IsraeliDefense Minister Ariel Sharon, October 1995
  • According to the Jewish Press (March 14 1997) a tape of Arafat recorded by the Israeli Secret Service, ordering the execution of 2 American diplomats (Cleo Noel and George Moore) was given to the State Department. Sid Zion in the New York Daily News wrote:
  • "To treat Arafat like a statesman when you have him taped ordering the killing of American diplomats makes one wonder what John Gotti is doing in jail, forget about Jonathan Pollard!"
  • On the night of March 2, 1973, PLO gunmen pumped 40 bullets into the bodies of the US ambassador to Sudan and two other diplomats held hostage at the Saudi embassy in Khartoum.
  • Almost exactly 24 years later, the man who ordered the killings was warmly received in Washington DC by the leader of the American people.

    US ambassador Cleo Noel, US charge d'affaires George Curtis Moore, and Belgian charge d'affaires Guy Eid were among a group of diplomats held hostage by eight members of Yasser Arafat's Black September a faction of the PLO during a reception at the Saudi embassy in the Sudanese capital. The terrorists demanded the release of Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, the Palestinian assassin of Robert Kennedy, as well as other Palestinians being held in Israel and European prisons.

    After President Richard Nixon refused to negotiate, Arafat's commander, Abu Iyad, in touch with the terrorists by high-frequency transmitter from PLO headquarters in Beirut, gave the instruction "Remember Nahr al-Bard. The people's blood in the Nahr al-Bard cries out for vengeance. We and the rest of the world are watching you." The radio messages were intercepted by Israeli intelligence, and transcripts later handed to the US State Department and Nixon.

    "Nahr al-Bard", a reference to a terrorist training facility in Lebanon which had been attacked by Israeli troops 11 days earlier, was the code phrase ordering the gunmen to execute their hostages. At 9:06 pm on March 2, Noel, Moore and Eid were taken to the embassy basement, lined up against the wall and shot. "The terrorists fired from the floor upward, to prolong their agony of their victims by striking them first in the feet and legs, before administering the coup de grace," wrote Neil Livingstone and David Halevy in Inside the PLO (New York: Quill/William Morrow, 1990).

    A few minutes later, Beirut PLO headquarters again radioed the terrorists. This time it was Arafat himself at the microphone. The PLO chairman asked whether the "Nahr al-Bard" code word had been understood. He was assured the instruction had already been carried out.

    Arafat then contacted senior Sudanese officials, and asked that they take no precipitous action, such as storming the embassy.

    Soon afterwards, the US embassy in Beirut intercepted another radio transmission from Arafat to the terrorists in Khartoum. "Your mission is ended," he told his men. "Release Saudi and Jordanian diplomats. Submit in courage to Sudanese authorities to explain your just cause to [the] great Sudanese Arab masses and international opinion. "We are with you on the same road ..."

    The other diplomats being held were subsequently released, the gunmen surrendered to the Sudanese, who released two of them for "lack of evidence". In June of that year, the other six were found guilty of murdering the three diplomats. During the trial, the commander, Salim Rizak (Abu Ghassan), told the court: 

    "We carried out this operation on the orders of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and should only be questioned by that organisation."
    After the six were interrogated, Sudanese vice president Mohammed Bakir said of them: "They relied on radio messages from Beirut Fatah headquarters, both for the order to kill the three diplomats and for their own surrender Sunday morning." (In June of that year, the six were sentenced to life imprisonment for the three murders. Twenty-four hours later, they were quietly flown out of Sudan and handed over to the PLO.)

    A 1985 effort by US lawmakers and other interested groups to get the American Justice Department to indict Arafat for the murders failed.

    As they gave Arafat the red carpet treatment in the US capital last month, Clinton and his government representatives including his chief diplomat, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright insulted the memories of Cleo Noel, George Moore and Guy Eid.

    The Founding Fathers must have turned in their graves.

    - from Remember Khartoum, by the Canadian Friends of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem

How has Arafat improved the lives of his people since he became leader of the PA?

  • The Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has salted away billions of pounds for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation in secret foreign bank accounts and investments, including property in London. The disclosure about the hidden wealth of his PLO comes amid deepening economic hardship in his Gaza and West Bank fiefdoms.
  • ...The disclosures are also likely to prompt international donors, including the European Union countries, to ask why Mr Arafat is still demanding aid for his Palestinian authority. Nor will they have been impressed by his decision to invite Slobodan Milosevic, Yugoslavia's president, to Bethlehem.

    - Tom Gross, London Sunday Telegraph, December 5, 1999

  • Five years after Oslo, unemployment has risen, freedom of movement has been restricted, Jerusalem has been practically severed from the West Bank, while corruption and human rights abuses under the P.A. have increased. A number of friends have commented to me that they would rather live under Israeli rule than that of the P.A.
  • - Dan Cork, Bir Zeit University Student (1998-1999), the West Bank,  published in The Oak Tree, AOL Hometown

  • "... because of Yasser Arafat's tyrannical regime they [Palestinians] live without any democratic freedoms at all."

  • - Egyptian writer Edward Said (New York Times, Jan 21, 1997)
  • We have a long struggle ahead of us. I call upon each and every one of you to bring into this world at least twelve children and to give me ten of them in order to continue the struggle [jihad].
  • - Yassir Arafat, October 21, 1996, at a refugee camp in the West Bank, quoted in Arafat and the Uses of Terror, Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan Torop

How did Arafat further peace in Lebanon?

Is peace Arafat's primary goal?

  • They [Palestinianrioters] will fight for Allah, and they will kill and be killed, and this is a solemn oath. . . . Our blood is cheap compared with the cause which has brought us together and which at moments separated us, but shortly we will meet again in heaven. . . . Palestine is our land and Jerusalem is our capital.
  • - Yassir Arafat, quoted in Arafat and the Uses of Terror, Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan Torop, a Soref research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

  • The sheer number of jihad speeches given by Arafat since the signing of Oslo I in September 1993 is nothing short of astonishing. One of the most notorious occurred at a mosque in South Africa in 1994. During an event closed to the media, the chairman proclaimed: 

  • The jihad will continue. . . . You have to understand our main battle is Jerusalem. . . . You have to come and fight a jihad to liberate Jerusalem, your precious shrine. . . . No, it is not their capital. It is our capital.
    Arafat echoed the South Africa speech literally dozens of times in 1995 and 1996. On June 19, 1995, he was filmed at Al-Azhar University in Gaza
    We are all seekers of martyrdom in the path of truth and right toward Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Palestine. The commitment stands and the oath is firm to continue this long and arduous jihad in the path of martyrdom and sacrifices. . . . The commitment still stands and the oath is still firm to continue this difficult jihad, this long jihad, this arduous jihad in the path of martyrs, the path of sacrifices, but this is a path of victory and glory.
    Shortly after the violence committed by PA police in September 1996, Arafat announced again: 
    We will be willing to die as martyrs until our flag flies over Jerusalem. No one should believe they can frighten us with weapons. We have much stronger weapons, the weapon of belief, the weapon of sacrifice, the weapon of jihad. . . . We shall continue the jihad, the long jihad, a complex jihad, a jihad of attrition, of holy death. Warfare is our only way to victory. The path of glory, the path of jihad.
    - quoted as above

Why were people upset when Arafat was invited to the US Holocaust Memorial?

  • SHOULD THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HAVE REJECTED ARAFAT'S VISIT? by Emanuel A. Winston, a Middle East analyst & commentator
  • Under International Law, deliberate failure to arrest and prosecute terrorists is a serious violation. President Clinton's formal invitation of the world's principal terrorist, Yassir Arafat, to visit the White House is illegal under our domestic law. The Allies established the Nuremberg Tribunal in August 8, 1045, reaffirming the ancient principle of Nullum Crimen Sine Poena, "No Crime Without a Punishment" The Nuremberg Principles were later formulated by the UN in 1950 stipulating: "Offenses against the peace and security of mankind...are crimes under international law, for which responsible individuals shall be punished". (1)

    Would President Clinton honor Saddam Hussein at the White House? Remember that units of Arafat's Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) actually served with Saddam's forces in occupied Kuwait, making the PLO Chairman (who physically embraced Saddam in Bagdad) complicit in multiple crimes of extraordinary horror and ferocity. Should our Commander in Chief dis-honor our American Gulf War veterans and dead by hosting Saddam's terrorist ally? You will hear the argument: "Whether we like Arafat or not, the US will have to deal with him for the sake of peace in the Middle East. Therefore, justice will have to yield to peace". However, a realistic peace can never be founded upon injustice Most Palestinian rallies include the burnings of American and Israeli flags. Is this the man we should give honors as a VIP?

    >>Arafat ought to be arrested in America and tried for murder. Would President Clinton honor Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing and other planned bombings and assassinations of American officials? Arafat has killed or ordered the murder of Americans. His voice is on tape ordering the murder of American Amb. Cleo No<8A>l and his American charges d'affaires in Khartoum in 1984. He refuses to extradite the 34 known terrorist murderers of almost 300 Israelis since Oslo, including 9 American citizens. Arafat is videotaped at a recent rally in Gaza, exhorting the Palestinians to follow in the footsteps of Yechya Ayyash, the infamous "engineer" of many recent bus bombings. Arafat praised all "Palestinian Martyrs" including those terrorists who had slain Israeliwomen and children in schools, buses and homes. His most senior advisor, Ahmad Tibi said (7/13/94) stated: "The person responsible on behalf of the Palestinians people for everything that was done in the Israel-Palestinian conflict is Yasser Arafat..." 

    The NEW YORK TIMES (1/20/98) reported that Aaron D. Miller, deputy to Dennis Ross, was the first to recommend to Arafat that he visit the US Holocaust Museum. How poignant to see a LeftistJew recommend to a Jew-killing terrorist that he view the death of six million Jews, including 1 million children. Miller must have thought it would make good propaganda and help President Clinton. 

    Dennis Ross, Aaron Miller, Daniel Kurtzer (formerly served the anti-Semite Sec. of State James Baker) have earned the title of JewishArabists. Having done what they could to advance the cause of Arafat and other hostile Arab nations, they were re-hired after Bush and Baker were voted out of office. Not surprisingly, former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin also requested their return. The purpose was to continue the covert assistance these men provided the secret Rabin/Peres team to evolve Oslo in a way that excluded the wishes of Israeli and world Jewry

    Arafat claims that the infamous Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al Husseini is his uncle. Perhaps you will recall that it was this monster of Islam who went to Hitler in Berlin, requesting that the Nazi killing machine be brought to Jerusalem to kill off all the Jews there. Yes, indeed, Arafat closely resembles his uncle in word and deed. Nevertheless, such Americans as Ross, Miller and Martin Indyk back him, regardless of his atrocities.

    Clearly, the propaganda Photo Op at the Holocaust Museum prepared by our JewishArabists will show Arafat with a serious expression but inside he will be thrilling to the number of dead Jews and the brutality against them. Would Arafat chuckle to himself as walked down the aisles of the Holocaust Museum and saw the piles of women's hair, rooms of eyeglasses and childrens' shoes kept in Hitler's warehouses for use after the war to commemorate his annihilation of an entire people? Arafat would also chuckle to himself as he observed such Jews as Ross, Miller and Indyk abase themselves in licking his shoes in abject submission. I have little doubt that this devil incarnate might pick up a few ideas of improved methods to kill off the Jews of Israel.

    For the US State Department sycophants to use the Holocaust Museum as flattery for a terrorist is simply another vulgar Clinton action. Mayor Rudy Guiliani wouldn't honor Arafat. He had the courage to refuse him any honor. Why should Arafat be given the welcome due a head of State. Even though he has emblazoned ALL of the State of Israel on his flags and stationary as the "State of Palestine" it is not a state - yet. If the Netanyahu government and the world Jewish leaders use their heads (and their hearts), the "New State of Palestine" won't replace the Jewish State of Israel.

    The other part of the story is the way it's being played out in the media. "Everyone"(the NEW YORK TIMES) says the "Holocaust Museum Rebuffs Arafat on Visit, Adding Irritant to Mideast Talks"(2) But the body of the story tells it differently. Miles Lerman, chairman of the Holocaust Memorial Council, told the WASHINGTON POST that "Arafat was free to tour the museum like any other visitor but would receive no special treatment". Hardly a rebuff, although he should not have been invited in the first place by the State Department. But Edward Djerejian, former US Ambassador to Israel and Syria is now director of the Baker (as in Jim) Institute for Public Policy at Rice University says an Arafat visit would represent "a reaching out on the part of the Palestinians".

    What do the Palestinians have to say about the Holocaust? Following are excerpts of Holocaust-Denial Statements by Palestinian Authority Figures as reported by Arutz7.

    *This past week a Palestinian Radio interviews said: "There is no choice but to begin a widespread solidarity campaign with philosopher Roger Giraudy, on trial in France for Holocaust-denial". Dr. Iye Sitar Kassem stated that "part of the Holocaust story is made-up".

    *Abu Mazen, PLO architect of the Oslo accords, is author of a book claiming "the Nazis may have really killed less than one million Jews" On Sep. 3, 1997, the official PA newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, featured an article calling the Holocaust "the forged claims of the Zionists regarding the alleged acts of slaughter perpetrated against the Jews the same period".

    *PA Television, 8/25/97, broadcast: "It is well-known that every year the Jews exaggerate what the Nazis did to them. They claim there were 6 million killed, but precise scientific research (sic) demonstrates that there were no more than 400,00". A featured guest accused the Jews of having "profited materially, spiritually, politically and economically from talk about the Nazi killings. This investment is favorable to them. They view it as a profitable activity so they inflate the number of victims all the time". 

    *"The July 1990 issue of Balsam, published by the Palestinian Red Crescent, printed an article asserting that "the lie concerning the gas chambers enabled the Jews to establish the State of Israel".

    *"In an address to the Palestinian Council in Ramallah on 5/10/97, the eve of Israeli Independence Day, Arafat said that the anniversary of the creation of Israel is "PalestineHolocaust Day" and "the Palestinian people were submitted to the worst holocaust in history" (HA'ARETZ 5/11/97) 

    *As recently as 12/10/97, the PA's Ministry of Information declared that "Israeli practices in many aspects are equal with, if not more brutal than, those practiced by occupying Nazi soldiers" in Europe. *Arafat aide Bassam Abu Sharif has said that Israelitreatment of the PalestinianArabs is "worse than that of the Nazis in Auschwitz". (JERUSALEM POST, 2/15/97) 

    *Comparison of Israel to the Nazis has been made by, among others: Nabil Ramlawi, Arafat's representative to the UN in Geneva (JTA 12/2/94); PA official Affif Safiah (YEDIOT AHRONOT 1/25/96); PA Health Minister Riyad al-Zaanoun (AP, 5/17/97). The PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah charged on 8/17/97 that "Israeli PM Netanyahu is acting in the European style of the German armies so that he will be able to impose greater Israel and establish their superiority of the Hebrewrace".

    Does Arafat and the world forget 6 Arabwars against Israel - of attempted annihilation of all Jews, by years of murders, suicide bombings, kidnappings, and Arafat's orders to attack children, schools, buses, airplanes - and more. How many murders is Arafat directly responsible for? How can a visit to the Holocaust Museum by Arafat, grinning for the press, possibly atone for his past murders. 

    Mahmoud Darwish, the famous Muslim poet, recently said: "Leave our land and take your dead bones with you". Most Jews feel a visit to by Arafat to the Holocaust Museum would be spitting and walking on the graves of the all those who died and all of their loved ones and all their Jewish children who will never be.

    1. "President Clinton's Invitation to Arafat Violates US Law" by Prof. of International Law, Louis Rene' Beres 1/18/98 2. "Holocaust Museum Rebuffs Arafat on Visit, Adding Irritant to Mideast Talks" by David Rosenbaum NEW YORK TIMES 1/20/98

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