The obligatory “Did Arafat die of polonium poisoning?” post

posted at 7:01 pm on July 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

I’m confident that the coming testing on his exhumed remains will be carried out with all the rigor, honesty, and transparency for which Palestinian governance is known the world round.

Serious question: Is there any type of death that Arafat could have suffered that wouldn’t have inspired conspiracy theories? He could have been struck by lightning and Mossad would have been accused of building a lightning machine.

[T]ests 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, Switzerland, were variously stained with Arafat’s blood, sweat, saliva and urine. The tests carried out on those samples suggested that there was a high level of polonium inside his body when he died.

“I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr. Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids,” said Dr. Francois Bochud, the director of the institute…

There is little scientific consensus about the symptoms of polonium poisoning, mostly because there are so few recorded cases. Litvinenko suffered severe diarrhea, weight loss, and vomiting, all of which were symptoms Arafat exhibited in the days and weeks after he initially fell ill.

One teensy problem: Polonium has a half-life of 138 days, which means half the radioactivity of the sample disappears every four and a half months or so. Eight years later, only a tiny, tiny amount should be left from the original dose, on the order of just one atom per million. According to an Israeli scientist, the amount the Swiss lab found recently in Arafat’s possessions is simply too high to believe that it started decaying in 2004:

[E]ight years after Arafat’s death, the Swiss scientists reported finding polonium levels of 54mBq and 180mBq on his belonging, considered to be high levels.

“If it had been used to for poisoning, minimal levels should be seen now. Yet much higher levels were found. Someone planted the polonium much later,” [Dr. Ely] Karmon said…

Karmon added that the Al-Jazeera report raised additional unanswered questions. Referring to the fact that Arafat’s widow, Suha, provided the researchers with Arafat’s belongings, Karmon asked, “If Suha Arafat safeguarded these contaminated materials, why, after seven years, was she not poisoned too? She touched these things and Arafat in hospital,” he added…

“Did Al-Jazeera check the home of Suha Arafat in Paris and Malta where she kept the items for traces of polonium, as the British did in their investigation [of Alexander Litvinenko's polonium poisoning]?” Karmon asked.

Good question. Remember, in the Litvinenko case, trace amounts of polonium were found in multiple locations where he’d been. This stuff does cross-contaminate, even though he apparently received a small (but obviously still lethal) dose. For Arafat’s belongings to show such surprisingly high levels of radioactivity even now means he must have received a massive dose at the time — and yet, somehow, no one around him fell ill via cross-contamination. Amazing.

Three possibilities then. One: Israel could have zapped him with some sort of magical Zionist version of polonium that has a much longer half-life and somehow creates no risk to the people around the target. Rest assured, this will become the new conventional conspiracy-theory wisdom if further tests don’t bear out Al Jazeera’s findings. And it still won’t explain why, after tolerating a cretin like Arafat for 30+ years, Israel would have finally decided to take him out in 2004 when he was already boxed in at the Muqata. Two: The polonium on his belongings was transferred accidentally because of how those belongings were stored. The New Scientist explains:

“They have to establish that the polonium is not associated with a natural occurring radioactive source,” says Regan – perhaps by looking for other accompanying natural sources, such as lead-210, lead-214 or bismuth-214. Suha Arafat has now called for her late husband’s body to be exhumed for further tests, a move which the Palestinian Authority has agreed to in principle, report Reuters.

If you believe Arafat’s wife, she’s been storing his belongings at her lawyer’s office. Not sure why they’d be kept there in any container that might generate trace amounts of polonium as a byproduct, but there you go. Three: Arafat’s wife, or someone else with her permission, planted the polonium more recently to make it look like he’d been assassinated. The problem with that theory is that polonium’s not easy to come by. One of the reasons Israel’s a prime suspect is that it’s a nuclear state and has access to this element. The Palestinians could have gotten it on the black market, I guess, or maybe from their friends in Iran. But even then, why now and why Arafat? There are a million ways Israel’s enemies can frame it for bad behavior and none of them involve an extremely rare radioactive element and a guy who’s been dead since Bush’s first term. This seems like a long way to go to create bad PR for “the Zionist entity.”

Exit question via CSM: “Why are the clothes only being tested eight years after the fact?”


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I’m trying to figure out how the wife gets bucks out of this because it’s the only possibility that makes sense to me.

Cindy Munford on July 6, 2012 at 2:16 AM

I’m trying to figure out how the wife gets bucks out of this because it’s the only possibility that makes sense to me. – Cindy Munford on July 6, 2012 at 2:16 AM

It is not about money. It is about the insanity of the hatred that she and others have against Israel ……. and, the gullibility of those who believe that the Israelis are capable of doing the impossible, defying the laws of physics – the half-life of polonium.

SC.Charlie on July 6, 2012 at 5:48 AM

I’m confident that the coming testing on his exhumed remains will be carried out with all the rigor, honesty, and transparency for which Palestinian governance is known the world round. – Allahpundit

I needed a good laugh. Thanks Allahpundit, I needed a good laugh. Now when are they going to allow the Paris Hospital to release his medical records.

SC.Charlie on July 6, 2012 at 6:06 AM

Aids from buggering children.

MNHawk on July 6, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Yepp, Allah, you’re right. It was special Mossad Polonium. Mossad is omnipotent. Laws of Physics mean nothing to them.

Quartermaster on July 6, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Aids from buggering children. – MNHawk on July 6, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Arafat had to be the receiver, not the giver in order to be infected by AIDS.

SC.Charlie on July 6, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Aids from buggering children.

MNHawk on July 6, 2012 at 7:23 AM

And/or raping women.

I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case, honestly. Diseases are the only things that spawn and spread faster than Islamic savages. Anything that combines the two of those will spread so fast it’ll look like something from a cheap apocalypse novel.

MelonCollie on July 6, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I find the possibility that someone killed that old buzzard rather than him dying of old age comforting.

cartooner on July 6, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Remember who you’re talking about… These people riot over cartoons.

Imagine how easily this could become pretext for another intifada on the way to an Iranian strike on Israel once it is “proven” that Israel killed Arafat.

Sgt_H on July 6, 2012 at 9:23 AM

A slow, painful death from radiation poisoning was too good for a nasty bastard like Arafat, but that’s what you get from handling suitcases full of nuclear material and Saddam Hussein’s cash.

RobertE on July 6, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Arafat died of complications of AIDS, the reason for this elaborate charade is that someone, presumably his wife, is trying to gin up support for his old faction and remake his image. it’s a non-story I wouldn’t waste the time speculating on it more.

Zekecorlain on July 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Arafat had to be the receiver, not the giver in order to be infected by AIDS.

SC.Charlie

SC this is blatantly false and just another false canard of men who think it’s safe to have sex as long as they are on “top”.

Zekecorlain on July 6, 2012 at 9:49 AM

SC this is blatantly false and just another false canard of men who think it’s safe to have sex as long as they are on “top”. – Zekecorlain on July 6, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I should have said <strong>more likely. I still want those darn medical records released from the French Hospital, now that his harlot of wife has started all this new controversy.

SC.Charlie on July 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

oh pleeaase…

Polonium doesn’t exist ANYwhere naturally, it’s only source is man made. Litvinenko didn’t make ANYbody else sick even though it took nearly a week for them to figure it out, and even then he was kept in the hospital, not a lead room.

So how did you say she got polonium (to plant)? Oh that’s right, you didn’t. If the Palestinian terrorists had access to polonium do you think they’d put it on the scarf of a dead guy? or use it (instead of suicide bombers) at coffee shops and bars?

You’ll have plenty of time to come up with plenty of conspiracy theories once the forensics are done on his body Allah. Keep your ammo dry kid.

RedManBlueState on July 6, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Survey says: “Who gives a crap?”

mojo on July 6, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Arafat was an unrepentant terrorist. I would be very happy if the Israelis killed the rest of Arafat’s family, most especially his wife and daughter.

woodNfish on July 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

One teensy problem: Polonium has a half-life of 138 days, which means half the radioactivity of the sample disappears every four and a half months or so. Eight years later, only a tiny, tiny amount should be left from the original dose, on the order of just one atom per million.

Actually, only about 0.4 atom per million. So would it really be possible for Arafat’s body to have 2.5 million times the currently detected polonium levels on the day he died?

Or did someone plant the polonium on his body much later?

Steve Z on July 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Who gives a damn how this Moose Limb faggot died? I’m just overjoyed that he’s taking the BIG DIRT NAP!

The world is a better place without this MAGGOT!

Deacon on July 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

If he did, Putin did it.

J.E. Dyer on July 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Now when are they going to allow the Paris Hospital to release his medical records.

SC.Charlie on July 6, 2012 at 6:06 AM

Some time after they release the doctor that they’re holding prisoner for helping get Bin Ladin, but before our government releases pictures of Bin Ladin’s dead body.

DrAllecon on July 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

What we need here is the scientific method:
(1) “Mince” the Nobel Prize Winner’s remains.
(2) Process the remains through a swine.
(3) Encapsulate the residuals into hollow point (caliber optional). (4) Exterminate terrorists with above hollow points.

Then examine terrorist remains. If they died of lead poisoning, who cares. If they died of polonium poisoning, who cares. If they died of AIDS, who cares. If pig poo polluted their everlasting souls (x2!), who cares.

trl on July 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Arafat was an unrepentant terrorist. I would be very happy if the Israelis killed the rest of Arafat’s family, most especially his wife and daughter. – woodNfish on July 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Do the Palestinian people have a clue as to how well Arafat’s disgusting wife is living in Paris from stolen funds while live in mud huts in Gaza? I’m sure his child has been adequately indoctrinated to hate Jews and Israel.

SC.Charlie on July 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead

heh…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESyTVnxxrPc

Back in the day when SNL was still funny……

RealMc on July 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Given the specific activity of Po-210 and the elapsed time, if the samples were tested for lead (Pb-206), there should be at least a fifth of a microgram of lead resulting from the decay of the amount of polonium that would have to have been present eight years ago.

While a mass spectrometer might be able to turn up that amount of lead, I’m not sure if it’s possible to rule out contamination from other sources.

karl_lembke on July 7, 2012 at 12:49 AM

There are only three possibilities here 1. Zionist 2. George W. Bush 3. A Combination of both. It is that simple.

georgeofthedesert on July 8, 2012 at 12:43 PM

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