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 (ăr′ə-făt′, är′ə-fät′), Yasir also Yasser Originally Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat (As Qudwa al-Hussaeini). 1929-2004.
Leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization who in 1996 was elected the first president of the Palestinian Authority, the newly formed Palestinian self-rule government. He shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.


(Placename) a hill in W Saudi Arabia, near Mecca: a sacred site of Islam, visited by pilgrims performing the hajj. Also called: Jabal ar Rahm


(Biography) Yasser (ˈjæsə). 1929–2004, Palestinian leader; cofounder of Al Fatah (1956), leader from 1968 of the Palestine Liberation Organization, president of the Palestinian National Authority from 1996: signed a peace agreement with Israel (1993); Nobel peace prize 1994 with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin


(ˈær əˌfæt, ˈɑr əˌfɑt)

Yasir, born 1929, Palestinian leader: Nobel peace prize 1994.
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Noun1.Arafat - Palestinian statesman who was chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (1929-2004)
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Summary: Understanding Arafat day and why it is important to Muslims across the globe
PARIS (TAP) - French forensic experts investigating the death of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat have concluded that he died of natural causes, ruling out polonium 210 poisoning, according to reports.
Summary: New scientific findings suggesting Arafat might have been poisoned revive tensions between rival Palestinian factions and with Israel.
West Bank: New findings suggesting Yasser Arafat might have been poisoned have aggravated decades-old tensions between Palestinian rivals and with Israel that had long bedevilled the iconic leader.
This, he told a news conference, is in line with the long-standing Palestinian contention that Arafat was poisoned.
PALESTINIAN officials claim Israel is "the only suspect" for the killing of ex-leader Yasser Arafat.
PALESTINE chiefs yesterday insisted former leader Yasser Arafat was murdered and again pointed the finger at Israel.
utm_content=rssautomatic&utm_campaign=twitter&utm_source=SocialFlow&utm_term=june&utm_medium=tweet) Al-Jazeera documentary raised eyebrows by suggesting Arafat, who was originally diagnosed with the flu but whose healthy steadily declined, suffered from polonium poisoning after tests of his personal belongings by a lab in Switzerland were found to have abnormally high levels of the rare substance.
PNN French prosecutors launched a murder inquiry on Tuesday into the death of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in 2004, to determine whether he was poisoned with the radioactive substance polonium-210.
Ramallah, Shawwal 11, 1433, Aug 29, 2012, SPA -- President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday welcomed the French judicial system's decision to launch an investigation into the death of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, according WAFA.
A French court has opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, prosecutors said on Tuesday, following claims by his wife that he may have been poisoned.
Speaking to reporters after the meetings, Al-Bashir said symptoms appearing on Arafat, who died in Paris in 2004, "might confirm his death with the radioactive polonium substance or other substances.