Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah have commemorated the eighth anniversary of the death of former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Arafat, Press TV reports.
Arafat’s family members, Palestinian Authority caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and several other Palestinian politicians participated in the ceremony held in the Ramallah cultural palace on Sunday.
“Yasser Arafat built the PLO a home for all Palestinians and he represented the Palestinian refugees for all the camps in many countries and raised their issue in an international level to gain their rights,” Fayyad said in a brief speech during the memorial.
Khaleda Jara from the Palestinian Legislative Council told Press TV that the importance of the ceremony was to remember the PLO leader, “who was killed by Israel… so this is the message that all the Palestinians will continue to resist the occupation and punish Israelis who killed Yasser Arafat.”
Arafat died on November 11, 2004, following several weeks of medical treatment in a French military hospital.
At the time, French officials refused to reveal the exact cause of his death on grounds of privacy laws, fueling rumors that the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, had poisoned him with thallium, a radioactive element.
However, the case was reopened in 2012, revealing that Arafat may have been killed by polonium 210, a highly toxic substance that was discovered on Arafat’s clothing.
French and Swiss experts are expected to exhume Arafat’s body in Ramallah later in November to find the cause of his death.