Former official denies Israel poisoned Arafat
Israel “never touched a hair on his head,” he added.
Weisglass said medical assessments immediately after his death found no traces of poison on his body.
Arafat’s widow, Suha, filed a legal complaint in France —where she is a citizen — after a Swiss institute detected traces of a rare, lethal substance on objects belonging to the Palestinian leader. Arab satellite TV station Al-Jazeera approached the Swiss lab on behalf of Mrs. Arafat, who provided the lab with her husband’s clothing and other belongings.
Arafat’s successor, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has given the green light for the Swiss experts to exhume Arafat’s remains and conduct an autopsy. Officials say they are still waiting for Mrs. Arafat to give the final go-ahead.
“Until now, they did not tell us when they are coming, but we are ready to help them and to insure full cooperation,” said Tawfik Tirawi, the Palestinian official in charge of investigating Arafat’s death. “Our work and theirs will continue until we reach the truth.”
“It sounds to me like Arabian tales from One Thousand and One Nights,” Yaalon said.