He’s being flown by helicopter out of Palestine tomorrow and will be treated in Paris. Apparently the Israelis have promised to let him back in. The conspiracy theories as to what is wrong with him have started acc to the news on French TV tonight.
I’d love to hear Abby’s views on what’s happening. The BBC guy seemed predominantly going for the ‘will it cause violence in gaza?’ question to everyone that came on to talk.. sigh. It’s hard for us here to see and think through the haze. What’s really happening & what do people think? ta.
Hi Kev, There is surprisingly very little talk of Yassar Arafat here since he was flown to Paris. It is assumed that he has leukaemia and it is end-stage which means he may not survive for many more months. Some people are comparing his situation with the late King Hussein of Jordan who went to the US for treatment and then flew home to die.
Although I work with a number of Palestinians, we haven’t seen many of them for the past week or two. This is the month of Ramadan (we’ve just begun week 3) and in the Middle East, the Muslims only have to work a maximum 6 hours a day. In reality, they work for about 2 or 3. It’s the rest of us that do the actual work and keep the place afloat!! So, I haven’t had a chance to ask my Arab colleagues for their opinion. However, we are having a meeting on Monday and I hope to get a chance afterwards to chat with them.
All the Palestinians here have Jordanian nationality and are staunch supporters of Yasser Arafat. They hate the Israelis, as all other ME countries do too. I have to travel through the ME a bit, and I would not get entry in any of these countries if I visited Israel and had it stamped in my passport. I would be black listed in Saudi Arabia for visiting Israel. So, you can see how strong the feelings are in this part of the world.
If I can get some info, I’ll post again in a few days.
He appears to be on life support while the various political agendas get thrashed out between France, US, Israel, Palestinian authority etc as to his burial arrangements, possible successors, repercussions etc.