WEST BANK (Middle East Eye/MEMO) – Arab rulers boycotted former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in the last months of his life and no one contacted him, according to a leaked document related to investigations into his death.
The document, published by the Palestinian Safa news agency, revealed that then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was the last Arab leader to call him, asking him to step down.
The leaked file reveals details about what leaders of the Palestinian Authority and Fatah movement said to the investigation committee, which was formed in October 2010, six years after Arafat’s death.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, Arafat’s former adviser, said that Mubarak told Arafat: “The call may be recorded... and I advise you to hand over power and I know what I am talking about.”
According to Abu Rudeineh, no Arab president contacted Arafat thereafter, and they “completely abandoned” him.
The adviser said that Arafat requested some Arab leaders to provide the Palestinian Authority with money to pay salaries, but that “their responses were shameful” according to documents.
Arafat died in a hospital in France in November 2004 after developing stomach pains while at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
A 108-page report by the Swiss Institute found unnaturally high levels of polonium in Arafat’s ribs and pelvis, and in soil stained with his decaying organs.
The report also revealed that the president of the Palestinian Authority, PLO and Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas, also refused to help lift the Zionist siege imposed on his predecessor Arafat due to the latter’s support for the Aqsa Intifada (2000-2005).
Safa news agency said that it has obtained secret documents about the investigation into Arafat’s death, which has been ongoing since 2010 led by senior PA security commander Tawfiq Al-Tirawi.
Apparently, Al Tirawi has acknowledged that documents related to the hearing with Arafat’s aide Mohammad Rashid, aka Khalid Islam, have been leaked. The hearing was held at the Palestine Embassy in Cyprus in 2013.