Not the first time this particular rumor has been floated but it is the first time to my knowledge that someone who might be in a position to know has claimed to know. As interesting as the information itself is the platform being used to disseminate it: Al-Manar, a.k.a. Hezbollah TV. Why would Hezbollah air gossip about a Palestinian icon that’ll inevitably lead its viewers to believe he was gay, with all the vicious animus that entails in Islamic cultures? Because Arafat was the founder of Fatah, the newest mortal enemy of Hamas, and Hamas and Hezbollah are related both by their commitment to governance by the Islamic sword and their Iranian patronage. This is just the Lebanese version, I suspect, of what happened here.

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