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The Murder of Yasser Arafat (DeltaFourth Operations Book 1) by [Kalman, Matthew, Rees, Matt]
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  • File Size: 1047 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Publisher: DeltaFourth Books (November 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AYAL8UC
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I have found Matt Rees books, including this one, enlightening, and eminently readable. This particular book is a must read for anyone who wants to know more about this critical area of the world. The conclusion I got from reading the book was one I had not thought of before, that Arafat, who won the Noble Peace Prize, secured his power base by keeping up hostilities with Israel.
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while i appreciate the story behind the story - all based on facts, knowing that both M & M were there, on the scene; i really appreciate their insight and interpretation of the events. i "knew" what had happened, but now, i really know. thanks!
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This book shows in plain light how fundamentally corrupt was (and still is) the Palestinian Authority after Arafat was brought back from Tunisia. This situation is compounded by the power struggles between the different factions and the thugs that made them.
With Arafat, corruption was an art form and an end to itself and, as with all totalitarian and self-serving regimes, it was turned upon him who fostered this way of life. Those who suffered most from it were the people.

Too bad that there were so few who called a shovel a bloody spade.
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A body in a radish field. A loyal bodyguard suddenly suspect. Forget everything you ever read about the death of Yasser Arafat. Matt Rees and Matthew Kalman promise and deliver an in-depth investigation that spans the years leading up to Arafat's death. They dig beneath the surface of the Palestinian social infrastructure and come up with facts that are sure to surprise. Using original reporting that takes you behind the scenes, this account is bold and brassy, wise and witty, a racy read that will leave you wanting more.
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Yasser Arafat died in November 2004, twenty years after returning to the Palestinian territories after his exile in Tunisia. His supporters, among others, suspected him of being poisoned by the Israelis. There were also several other theories, including his dying from HIV/AIDS, liver cirrhosis, cancer, a blood disorder, and leukemia.
His health had been deteriorating for awhile and he went to Paris in an attempt to improve. He was buried, without an autopsy, immediately following his death and all the medication bottles from his home were destroyed before anyone could check them.
In 2012, evidence of high levels of radioactive polonium-210 was found on some of his belongings. His body was exhumed, bone samples were extracted, and four medical teams examined and reported the results: Yasser Arafat was poisoned by polonium-210.
The question of who administered it and how is the plot of this short book. In order to determine it, though DeltaFourth investigates who had a motive and who had an opportunity. There are many people with motives: Corruption was rampant in the Palestinian Authority; in fact, it was a way of life. Arafat ordered the deaths of many people he considered to be in positions to be his rivals. Who had an opportunity was a much smaller list because he was isolated in his compound by the Israelis for a couple of years before his death so access to him was somewhat limited. But DeltaFourth does name names and provide reasons.
Matthew Kalman and Matt Rees are award winning journalists and novelists who have worked in for newspapers and magazines in many countries, usually covering stories from the Middle East, especially Israel and the Palestinian territories. Together, they form DeltaFourth and, as such, interviewed insiders and observers in Ramallah, Gaza, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem to research this book.
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This is an excellent book that sheds light on the ins and outs of Palestinian politics under Arafat. Insightful and shrewdly written, it contains quite a lot of information that even presumably "informed" people will find to be new to them. Buy it!
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This will go down in history as uncovering one of the great conspiracies in history. Paul McCartney isn't dead, Kennedy was probably not assassinated, but Arafat indeed was murdered. Beyond cliches of journalism and praise of people afraid to write the truth, this on-the-ground reporting reAds like fiction, but is sadly not. Hopefully, this investigation will matter to anyone interested in world affairs, the Middle East and justice.
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Despite the authors' claims that they have the inside story on the death of Yasser Arafat (which, btw, is a political pseudonym; he was born Rahman al-Qudwa and took on the names Yasser, and later Arafat to hide his origins), and despite a very compelling account of how Arafat ran his organization (pitting each of his ghoulish deputies against each other), Matthew Kalman and Matt Beynon Rees do not deliver the goods.

All they give us is the suggestion that the cronies closest to him had the most to gain from his demise. No evidence of who did what, how when or why.

If Kalman and Rees actually *do* have the goods, they should have put them in the book and taken on the risk.
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