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Story : Israel-Expert/Arafat Death
File ID : 147282
Video ID : 1634959
Dateline : July 7, 2012
Duration : 1'41
Locations : Jerusalem, Israel
Type : Hebrew/Nats
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
Restrictions : Not access Chinese mainland
Pageview : 492
Summary : Israeli anti-terror expert: Arafat not poisoned to death
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Jerusalem, Israel - July 7, 2012
1. Mid of Dr. Eli Karmon reading newspaper
2. Pan up from newspaper to Dr. Eli Karmon
3. Mid of Dr. Eli Karmon reading newspaper
4. SOUNDBITE (Hebrew) Dr. Eli Karmon of Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center's Institute for Counter-Terrorism:
"We suspect that someone had planted the high level of polonium-20 recently into the clothes of Arafat."
5. Various of Dr. Eli Karmon talking with reporter
6. SOUNDBITE (Hebrew) Dr. Eli Karmon of Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center's Institute for Counter-Terrorism (partially overlaid with shot 7):
"The Palestinian side has also made investigation since Arafat died in 2004, finding that people around Arafat, including those who had dined with him, have no signs of intoxication."
++ SHOT OVERLYING SOUNDBITE ++
7 Cutaway of reporter
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8. Mid of shadow of Dr. Eli Karmon
9. Mid of of Dr. Eli Karmon talking with reporter
10. Mid of leaves
11. SOUNDBITE (Hebrew) Dr. Eli Karmon of Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center's Institute for Counter-Terrorism:
"We know that the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would issue nuclear smuggling report saying that the nuclear smuggling activities were quite rampant recently. So the ordinary people can get the radioactive elements from the black market of nuclear smuggling."
12. Various of newspaper on Arafat's death

Storyline

An Israeli counter-terrorism expert on Thursday discarded recent allegations that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of being poisoned and claimed that traces of Polonium 210 found on the rais' personal belonging were planted long after Arafat's death.

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Dr. Eli Karmon of the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center's Institute for Counter-Terrorism said that recent allegations that Arafat was poisoned with highly radioactive Polonium are not based on facts.

According to a recent report on the Qatari based news network Al Jazeera, abnormally high levels of Polonium were found on organic remains on the deceased Arab leader's personal belongings.

The Polonium traces were analyzed by Swiss specialists after Arafat's widow, Suha, agreed to provide Al Jazeera with a few personal items that belonged to the former Palestinian president.

However, Karmon said that it was impossible that after eight years there were still high levels of Polonium, given that Arafat was poisoned with the substance.

"If it had been used for poisoning, minimal levels should be seen now. Yet much higher levels were found. We suspect that someone had planted the high level of polonium-20 recently into the clothes of Arafat," said Karmon in an exclusive interview with CCTV on Saturday.

Karmon also added that if it were true that Arafat's belonging had traces of Polonium, the places where those items were kept would also retain traces of the radioactive substance.

"Did Al-Jazeera check the home of Suha Arafat in Paris and Malta where she kept the items for traces of polonium?" asked Karmon, since Al Jazeera's report did not include those analysis.

"If Suha Arafat safeguarded these contaminated materials, why, after seven years, was she not poisoned too? She touched these things and Arafat in hospital," he added.

"The Palestinian side has also made investigation since Arafat died in 2004, finding that people around Arafat, including those who had dined with him, have no signs of intoxication," he said.

Since the TV network released the report, the mystery and speculations surrounding Arafat's death were revived once again, after suspicions of poisoning during the rais' illness and subsequent death led the Palestinian National Authority to point a finger to Israel.

"We know that the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would issue nuclear smuggling report saying that the nuclear smuggling activities were quite rampant recently. So the ordinary people can get the radioactive elements from the black market of nuclear smuggling," said Karmon.

 

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