Palestinian investigators named Israel the "only suspect" in the death of Yasser Arafat, after laboratory tests suggested the Palestinian leader died of poisoning, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (November 8, 2013).
"We say that Israel is the prime and only suspect in the case of Yasser Arafat's assassination, and we will continue to carry out a thorough investigation to find out and confirm all the details and all elements of the case," Tawfiq Tirawi told a news conference today in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Tirawi -- who is leading the Palestinian inquiry -- said the investigation had studied the findings of Swiss scientists, released on November 6, which "moderately" supported the notion that Arafat had been poisoned with polonium, a radioactive substance.
Palestinian officials on November 7 demanded an international inquiry into Arafat's "killing." Wasel Abu Yusef -- a senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official -- said polonium "is owned by states, not people, meaning that the crime was committed by a state."