The Yasser Arafat poisoning report is in, with the results ruling out Polonium 210 as the cause of death in favor of natural causes.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Arafat death report given to Palestine gave cautious support to the idea that the former Palestinian leader was poisoned by radioactive Polonium.
Based upon the conclusions in the initial Arafat poisoning report the widow of Yasser immediately claimed assassination. Although she never named Israel specifically, many others did, and some Israelis claimed this was all “vile slander” intended to make Israel look bad with a lie.
The center of all these allegations is focused on radioactive polonium. The only other known case of polonium poisoning is ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died in November of 2006 after he was poisoned with polonium in London. But medical reports were never released and the scientific literature has little to say about using radioactive polonium as a poison.
Even so, the conclusion of the Arafat poisoning report was that an “unknown origin, totally unrelated to polonium poisoning cannot be ruled out. Results moderately support the proposition that the death was the consequence of poisoning with polonium-210.” Getting a hold of polonium-210 in concentrated commercial amounts would also require backing by a government since it’s produced in nuclear reactors by bombarding bismuth-209 with neutrons. Only about 100 grams of polonium are produced per year, most it from Russia, and it also has a very short half life of 138 days.
Because of radioactive polonium 210′s short half life, it’s claimed the only reason any trace of it was left in Yasser Arafat’s body is because it was supported by equal levels of other radioactive elements, although many experts hadn’t expected to find anything at all eight years after his death. Assuming the allegations of polonium poisoning are true, there should have only been one atom in a million of the original source of radioactive polonium. The amount of radioactivity in an object is measured in millibecquerels (mBq) and Yasser Arafat would have needed to have ingested almost 1,000,000,000,000 mBq in order for any trace to be left. As a comparison, smoking averages about 123 mBq.
Mrs. Arafat had been waiting on the French investigators and now they’ve concluded that the remains had been irradiated post-mortem by the air and soil surrounding the body, meaning they’ve dismissed the Arafat poisoning hypothesis. But the scientists who produced the Swiss report checked the surrounding buildings and could not find any sources of radioactivity that could have contaminated Arafat’s body. The soil in the grave tended to have low concentrations of radiation while the soil underneath where the body lay was noticeably higher at 30.4 mBq. At the same time, the Russians are being reported as not finding “sufficient evidence of polonium poisoning” and not seeing “abnormal levels of radioactive polonium in Yasser Arafat’s remains,” although what exactly this means isn’t defined.
Needless to say, Mrs. Arafat says, “You can imagine how upset I am by these contradictions.” So she remains “convinced that there’s something wrong” and is still considering the evidence in the Arafat poisoning report. What do you think really happened?