Yasser Arafat may have had HIV
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Reports are surfacing that say former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, present in his blood stream when he died. A number of reports say the virus had been injected to him prior to death and the actual cause of death was a separately administered poison that HIV was intended to mask.
The claims come from Doctor Ashraf al-Kurdi, a former doctor for Arafat and former member of the Health Ministry located in Jordan, who says the virus was injected into Arafat's blood stream just before his death; but al-Kurdi also stated that Arafat's death was not caused by the virus. Doctor Ashraf al-Kurdi also states that Arafat's wife prevented him from attending to Arafat while he was dying.
Ion Mihai Pacepa, an ex-head of Romanian intelligence, and Terry McAuliffe, an aide to Bill Clinton, have unrelated claims that Arafat was homosexual.
It has been alleged that the PLO's leader may have contracted HIV as the result of risky homosexual behavior in the years preceding the AIDS scare of the late 1980s. Arafat's sexual proclivities may have been largely ignored by Arab, and indeed other, state leaders.
Arafat died on November 11, 2004 at Percy hospital in Paris. French officials never fully explained the cause of death, but instead transferred his medical records to his nephew Nasser al-Qudwa, his next of kin.
- "Arafat killed by poison, says doctor" — , August 13, 2007
- "Arafat Had HIV" — , August 13, 2007
- Danny Rubinstein. "Arafat's doctor: There was HIV in his blood, but poison killed him" — , August 11, 2007
- Julie Stahl. "Arafat Died of AIDS, Fellow Terrorist Says" — , July 13, 2007
- Aaron Klein. "Ex-aide: Israeli assassin poisoned Arafat in ear" — , November 17, 2005