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    Arafat collapses as his health worsens

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) "” An ailing Yasser Arafat collapsed Wednesday night, was unconscious for about 10 minutes and remained in a serious condition. A team of Jordanian doctors was urgently summoned to treat the ailing Palestinian leader, whose wife headed to her husband's side from Paris.

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's health has worsened according to a Palestinian official close to Arafat.
    AFP file photo

    An official in Arafat's office said the Palestinian leader had created a special committee of three senior officials, including Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, to run Palestinian affairs the while 75-year-old Arafat during his continuing illness.

    THE ARAFAT FILE
    Born: Aug. 24, 1929. First name means "easy-going." Gives his birthplace as Jerusalem; birth certificate says Cairo.
    Education: 1956, Civil engineering degree, Cairo University.
    Family: Wife, Suha, 41, lives in Paris with daughter Zahwa.
    Quote: "There is no resignation as a revolutionary. You have either the choice to win, or be killed as a martyr."
    Important dates: Co-founded Al Fatah, 1957; increased guerilla activities following Six-Day War, 1967; named exec. chairman, Palestine Liberation Organization, 1969; backs Iraq in 1990 Gulf War.
    Luck: 1992, walked away from plane crash in the Libyan desert.
    Honors: 1974, spoke before U.N. General Assembly, wearing holster and bearing olive branch; 1994, shares Nobel Peace Prize with Israeli officials.
    Source: USATODAY.com research

    Other Palestinian officials, including his spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh, denied a temporary leadership group was formed. (Related story: Arafat's health crisis prompts questions)

    The Palestinian leader was eating soup during a meeting with Qureia, former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, and another official between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. (2 p.m. or 3 p.m. ET) when he vomited, a bodyguard said.

    Arafat was taken quickly to the clinic inside his Ramallah compound, where he collapsed and was unconscious for about 10 minutes, the guard said.

    Palestinian officials soon descended on the sandbagged, partially demolished compound where Arafat has been confined for 2 1/2 years. The officials milled about the courtyard, waiting for news outside Arafat's three-story headquarters that was bathed in spotlights.

    Israeli security officials said Arafat's wife, Suha, who lives in France with their young daughter, was expected to arrive Thursday, as were the Jordanian doctors who were called to treat Arafat.

    Arafat has been known to be ill for two weeks, but reports about his ailment have varied widely.

    Palestinian officials said he had the flu. Israeli officials speculated he might have stomach cancer, but two of his doctors said Wednesday a blood test and a biopsy of tissue from his digestive tract showed no evidence of cancer.

    On Tuesday, a hospital official said Arafat was suffering from a large gallstone. The gallstone, while extremely painful, is not life-threatening and can be easily treated, the official told AP.

    Arafat has shown symptoms of Parkinson's disease since the late 1990s.

    An official in Arafat's office said the Palestinian leader had deputized Qureia, Abbas and Salim Zaanoun, head of the Palestinian National Council, to run the PLO and the Palestinian Authority during his illness.

    But spokesman Abu Rdeneh said: "Nothing like that," when asked if Arafat had set up a temporary leadership.

    White House spokesman Scott McClellan, traveling in Michigan with President Bush, said U.S. officials were monitoring the situation.

    As Arafat's condition worsened Wednesday, a senior Palestinian official told The Associated Press that a decision to move Arafat from his compound to an outside hospital would be made purely on medical grounds, without considering politics. Israel had said Monday it would allow Arafat to leave the compound for the hospital and return afterward, something the Israelis previously had refused to guarantee during Arafat's confinement.

    A senior official in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office said the Palestinians had asked Israel to allow foreign doctors to come treat Arafat.

    "The prime minister immediately instructed the security officials and others involved to facilitate the transfer and any medical equipment and facilities Arafat might need," the official said, adding that Israel would also allow Arafat to be transferred to any medical facility in the world.

    Dr. Ashraf Kurdi, a Jordanian doctor who heads the team arriving Thursday, told AP that he had received an urgent summons but no details.

    "I tried to get a medical report from them. I couldn't get anything," he said.

    Arafat's health crisis highlights Palestinian unpreparedness for their leader's death, making a chaotic transition all but inevitable. Arafat refuses to groom a successor; rival security chiefs already have battled each other in the streets.

    Qureia and Abbas both have been touted as possible political heirs to Arafat, though the Palestinian leader has bickered with each of them, blocking their attempts to limit his powers.

    "It's only natural to expect that there would be either a power struggle or there would be a loss of cohesion," Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi said.

    Analysts said it could take years for a leader to emerge, hurting prospects for already stagnant attempts at peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians. Nevertheless, Israel and the United States hold out hope a post-Arafat Middle East would be more conducive to peace because of what they see as Arafat's blind eye to terror and opposition to reform.

    Polls show the second most popular Palestinian after Arafat is Marwan Barghouti, a leader of Fatah's young guard. But Barghouti is serving five consecutive life terms in an Israeli prison for involvement in terror attacks.

    On paper, at least, a path of succession has been charted. The parliament speaker would replace Arafat as Palestinian Authority president for 60 days, until elections are held. However, current speaker Rauhi Fattouh is a bland backbencher uncertain to keep power during a turbulent transition period. Timely elections appear unlikely.

    Arafat's other post, chief of the Palestine Liberation Organization, would be filled, at least temporarily, by Abbas.

    During Arafat's long confinement in the compound, doctors have equipped two rooms with medical equipment, including X-ray, ultrasound machines and emergency resuscitation gear.

    In tests this week, Arafat was in his pajamas and wore a blue wool hat, instead of his trademark black-and-white checkered headscarf, an official on the medical team said.

    The medical official said Arafat continues to sleep in a small room, which has only one window and is furnished with a bed and a closet, even though a new, sunnier room has been refurbished for him on another floor.

    From his small window, Arafat looks out on rubble and heaps of cars flattened in previous Israeli raids.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Copyright 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    Find this article at:
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...M_Exclude=Juno
    Formerly Josephine Schmo

  • #2
    Arafat collapses as his health worsens

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) "” An ailing Yasser Arafat collapsed Wednesday night, was unconscious for about 10 minutes and remained in a serious condition. A team of Jordanian doctors was urgently summoned to treat the ailing Palestinian leader, whose wife headed to her husband's side from Paris.

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's health has worsened according to a Palestinian official close to Arafat.
    AFP file photo

    An official in Arafat's office said the Palestinian leader had created a special committee of three senior officials, including Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, to run Palestinian affairs the while 75-year-old Arafat during his continuing illness.

    THE ARAFAT FILE
    Born: Aug. 24, 1929. First name means "easy-going." Gives his birthplace as Jerusalem; birth certificate says Cairo.
    Education: 1956, Civil engineering degree, Cairo University.
    Family: Wife, Suha, 41, lives in Paris with daughter Zahwa.
    Quote: "There is no resignation as a revolutionary. You have either the choice to win, or be killed as a martyr."
    Important dates: Co-founded Al Fatah, 1957; increased guerilla activities following Six-Day War, 1967; named exec. chairman, Palestine Liberation Organization, 1969; backs Iraq in 1990 Gulf War.
    Luck: 1992, walked away from plane crash in the Libyan desert.
    Honors: 1974, spoke before U.N. General Assembly, wearing holster and bearing olive branch; 1994, shares Nobel Peace Prize with Israeli officials.
    Source: USATODAY.com research

    Other Palestinian officials, including his spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh, denied a temporary leadership group was formed. (Related story: Arafat's health crisis prompts questions)

    The Palestinian leader was eating soup during a meeting with Qureia, former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, and another official between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. (2 p.m. or 3 p.m. ET) when he vomited, a bodyguard said.

    Arafat was taken quickly to the clinic inside his Ramallah compound, where he collapsed and was unconscious for about 10 minutes, the guard said.

    Palestinian officials soon descended on the sandbagged, partially demolished compound where Arafat has been confined for 2 1/2 years. The officials milled about the courtyard, waiting for news outside Arafat's three-story headquarters that was bathed in spotlights.

    Israeli security officials said Arafat's wife, Suha, who lives in France with their young daughter, was expected to arrive Thursday, as were the Jordanian doctors who were called to treat Arafat.

    Arafat has been known to be ill for two weeks, but reports about his ailment have varied widely.

    Palestinian officials said he had the flu. Israeli officials speculated he might have stomach cancer, but two of his doctors said Wednesday a blood test and a biopsy of tissue from his digestive tract showed no evidence of cancer.

    On Tuesday, a hospital official said Arafat was suffering from a large gallstone. The gallstone, while extremely painful, is not life-threatening and can be easily treated, the official told AP.

    Arafat has shown symptoms of Parkinson's disease since the late 1990s.

    An official in Arafat's office said the Palestinian leader had deputized Qureia, Abbas and Salim Zaanoun, head of the Palestinian National Council, to run the PLO and the Palestinian Authority during his illness.

    But spokesman Abu Rdeneh said: "Nothing like that," when asked if Arafat had set up a temporary leadership.

    White House spokesman Scott McClellan, traveling in Michigan with President Bush, said U.S. officials were monitoring the situation.

    As Arafat's condition worsened Wednesday, a senior Palestinian official told The Associated Press that a decision to move Arafat from his compound to an outside hospital would be made purely on medical grounds, without considering politics. Israel had said Monday it would allow Arafat to leave the compound for the hospital and return afterward, something the Israelis previously had refused to guarantee during Arafat's confinement.

    A senior official in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office said the Palestinians had asked Israel to allow foreign doctors to come treat Arafat.

    "The prime minister immediately instructed the security officials and others involved to facilitate the transfer and any medical equipment and facilities Arafat might need," the official said, adding that Israel would also allow Arafat to be transferred to any medical facility in the world.

    Dr. Ashraf Kurdi, a Jordanian doctor who heads the team arriving Thursday, told AP that he had received an urgent summons but no details.

    "I tried to get a medical report from them. I couldn't get anything," he said.

    Arafat's health crisis highlights Palestinian unpreparedness for their leader's death, making a chaotic transition all but inevitable. Arafat refuses to groom a successor; rival security chiefs already have battled each other in the streets.

    Qureia and Abbas both have been touted as possible political heirs to Arafat, though the Palestinian leader has bickered with each of them, blocking their attempts to limit his powers.

    "It's only natural to expect that there would be either a power struggle or there would be a loss of cohesion," Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi said.

    Analysts said it could take years for a leader to emerge, hurting prospects for already stagnant attempts at peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians. Nevertheless, Israel and the United States hold out hope a post-Arafat Middle East would be more conducive to peace because of what they see as Arafat's blind eye to terror and opposition to reform.

    Polls show the second most popular Palestinian after Arafat is Marwan Barghouti, a leader of Fatah's young guard. But Barghouti is serving five consecutive life terms in an Israeli prison for involvement in terror attacks.

    On paper, at least, a path of succession has been charted. The parliament speaker would replace Arafat as Palestinian Authority president for 60 days, until elections are held. However, current speaker Rauhi Fattouh is a bland backbencher uncertain to keep power during a turbulent transition period. Timely elections appear unlikely.

    Arafat's other post, chief of the Palestine Liberation Organization, would be filled, at least temporarily, by Abbas.

    During Arafat's long confinement in the compound, doctors have equipped two rooms with medical equipment, including X-ray, ultrasound machines and emergency resuscitation gear.

    In tests this week, Arafat was in his pajamas and wore a blue wool hat, instead of his trademark black-and-white checkered headscarf, an official on the medical team said.

    The medical official said Arafat continues to sleep in a small room, which has only one window and is furnished with a bed and a closet, even though a new, sunnier room has been refurbished for him on another floor.

    From his small window, Arafat looks out on rubble and heaps of cars flattened in previous Israeli raids.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Copyright 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    Find this article at:
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...M_Exclude=Juno
    Formerly Josephine Schmo

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    • #3
      OMG! This guy lived his life stubborn, and he is going to die and still stubborn, they surrounded his compound in Beirut in 1982 and he didn't surrender, they shelled his compound last year and he refused to leave the compound, now he is dying and they allowed him to leave to the hospital and he told them that he would die in his compound and will never leave!

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      • #4
        I know nothing of the man, but he has been around as long as I can remember. I always thought he was cute. Chipmunk cute, not handsome cute.
        Formerly Josephine Schmo

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        • #5
          God Bless Him.

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          • #6
            The first time Arafat gave a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, New York 13 november 1974

            He said:
            ...Why therefore should 1 not dream and hope ? For is not revolution the making real of dreams and hopes ? So let us work together that my dream may be fulfilled, that 1 may return with my people out of exile, there in Palestine to live with this Jewish freedom-fighter and his partners, with this Arab priest and his brothers, in one democratic State where Christian, Jew and Moslem live in justice, equality, fraternity and progress.

            Today I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand. I repeat : do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.

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            • #7
              I think Arafat let the olive branch falls from his own hand when they refute Ehud Barak's offers. Although the same can probably be said on the Israelis (<cough> Netanyahu, Sharon <cough> )

              Personally, I think its time he's replaced by someone else as the Palestinian head. He's old with fragile health. Palestinian need a new leader that's focused in the future.

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              • #8
                I heard that If both Barak and the Palestinian leader went back from Camp David with an agreement, they would have faced what Rabin faced, I also heard that the Israeli settlers are still bitter about leaving the settlements, and the Palestinians are more bitter when it comes to %42 of the West Bank and Gaza (which is less than %40 of their land)they say 2 peoples should be very tired to agree to accept Barak's offer.

                Who said that Arafat didn't agree? I heard that he is actually the only one who always agree.

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                • #9
                  Josie, you are STUPID.

                  This is in no way related to Immigration. Stop posting such things, and go watch your trailer trash Jerry springer show.

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                  • #10
                    Lola,
                    I think it is related in a way or another, as Arafat was an immigrant in the exile (not in the USA though).

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                    • #11
                      LOLA, get out of my thread. No lady boy's allowed.

                      It is of interest to the posters (besides you) and 93 viewers, so bite me.

                      Deport all lady boys!

                      (I'm sorry, but I LOVE those red devil faces)
                      Formerly Josephine Schmo

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                      • #12
                        By the way, I went to h-e-l-l today.

                        It's called Washington D.C.

                        God, I miss New York.
                        Formerly Josephine Schmo

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                        • #13
                          Josie,

                          what if like biting ? so dont tell me to bite you. I like to eat too.

                          will Mian be ok with that ?

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                          • #14
                            The ******* wants to eat Josie!

                            So that's why he's always on her case. Grow some testicles and ask her out instead of antagonizing her.

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                            • #15
                              Fresh Taco, we are already going out. you stay out of this...!

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