- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

AMMAN, JORDAN (AP) - A meeting of Arab doctors in Jordan looking into lingering suspicions that longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned has been postponed.

Jordanian heart surgeon Abdullah al-Bashir said Thursday that due to the short notice, most of the doctors could not attend.

Al-Bashir, who heads the committee launched last week by the Yasser Arafat Foundation, said the meeting will be rescheduled soon, but gave no date.

The 75-year-old Arafat fell violently ill in Oct. 2004 at his West Bank compound. He was transferred to a French hospital where he died Nov. 11, 2004.

Palestinian leaders have never given a definitive cause of death, and many Palestinians accused Israel of poisoning Arafat. Israel denied the allegations.

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