Was Palestinian Liberation Organization
leader Yasser Arafat
murdered, poisoned with the same radioactive element that Russian agents used to kill Alexander Litvinenko
in 2006? That's being suggested by a series of reports put out by Al Jazeera
this week, igniting calls from his widow to exhume his body for further testing
and a return to the anger over his death eight years ago.
An investigation by Al Jazeera
finds that "tests reveal that Arafat’s final personal belongings – his clothes, his toothbrush, even his iconic kaffiyeh – contained abnormal levels of polonium, a rare, highly radioactive element. Those personal effects, which were analyzed at the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne
, were variously stained with Arafat’s blood, sweat, saliva and urine.