A potentially explosive story has surfaced which suggests that the death of Yasser Arafat may have been due to poisoning. The Palestinian News Network reported on Oct. 15, 2013, "Evidence Suggests Arafat Poisoned with Radioactive Polonium." The British medical journal The Lancet has published a report
which supports the possibility that Yasser Arafat, the longtime Palestinian leader, was poisoned with the radioactive element polonium 210.
Last year Swiss scientists investigated Arafat's personal effects. They found high levels of the highly radioactive element polonium 210 in blood, urine, and saliva stains on the Palestinian leader's clothes and toothbrush. Arafat's body was exhumed in November 2012 for further testing. He had become ill in October 2004, and suffered from a number of symptoms, including nausea and abdominal pain. His condition worsened and he died on Nov. 4, 2004 of a cerebral haemorrhage, at the age of 75. The cause of his illness was unidentified at that time.
NBCNews.com has reported,"Yasser Arafat's belongings 'support the possibility' of polonium poisoning." The discovery of traces of the deadly radioactive material polonium-210 on the belongings of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, support the possibility that he died of poisoning. The report has not addressed whether Arafat was deliberately poisoned or whether other factors may have led to his belongings being contaminated with polonium. Many Palestinians believe Arafat was poisoned at the behest of Israel, however, Israel denies this.