Yasser Arafat

Palestine Liberation Organisation chief Yasser Arafat with Egypt’s president Gamal Abdul Nasser

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A poster of later Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is seen on the rubble of a destroyed house in the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

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Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat at the Oslo Accords signing ceremony on 13 September 1993


In this Oct. 20,1995 file photo, PLO Leader Yasser Arafat greets Nobel laureate Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez during the closing ceremonies of the Non-Aligned Summit in Cartagena, Colombia. How did you start writing? The Paris Review asked him in 1981. "By drawing. By drawing cartoons. Before I could read or write I used to draw comics at school and at home. The funny thing is that I now realize that when I was in high school I had the reputation of being a writer, though I never in fact wrote anything. If there was a pamphlet to be written or a letter of petition, I was the one to do it because I was supposedly the writer."

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Palestinians mark the death anniversary of Arafat in Jerusalem

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A Palestinian student walks in front of a mural depicting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, right, and the late Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin in Gaza City.

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Clinton presides over the signing of the Oslo Accords

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Graffiti of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is seen on a section of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank town of Kalandia, between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged members of his aging and rivalry-ridden Fatah movement, meeting for the first time in two decades, to give peace talks with Israel a chance, despite many setbacks and few achievements.

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Palestinians inspect the results of a missile strike as a poster of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is seen on a wall of the damaged building used by the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. Israeli aircraft fired missiles at the building and at a second building housing an Islamic Jihad welfare institution in the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza. The Rafah attack left a 65-year-old woman and a 4-month-old baby injured and lightly wounded three others.

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A man reads signs showing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres with the Hebrew words "Oslo Criminals to Trial" in downtown Jerusalem. Efforts are continuing by German foreign minister Joschka Fischer to convene Mideast truce talks, set to take place in Berlin next week, with the participation of Arafat and Peres.

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Sheik Hamed Bitawi, a spiritual leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas, makes a statement to the media in the West Bank town of Nablus. Bitawi said that those siding with the United States against fellow Muslims are traitors, just as Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat offered his help to the U.S. to help forge an international anti-terror coalition.

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Israeli border police on security duty pass by a painted mural as they patrol Tel Aviv's beach area. Plans to arrange a meeting between Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres continued despite sporadic violence in the region.

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A frightened child is greeted by her father after returning from school and crossing an Israeli checkpoint at Kalandiya. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat announced Tuesday that he is unilaterally enforcing a cease-fire, and Israel responded by ordering a halt to military operations.

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Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, shakes hands with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at the end of their meeting at the Gaza Internationl Airport. Israel and the Palestinians, urged by United States, agreed on a series of confidence-building measures aimed at ending the fighting.

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An elderly Palestinian man walks past an Israeli border police officer in the West Bank town of Hebron. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres left for an economic conference in Spain Friday, where they planned a meeting, but there were differences over both form and content.

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Israeli border police stand in position atop a block of stone at an Israeli army checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said before leaving for a visit to the U.S., that Israel will not undertake any negotiations with the Palestinians in any form until there is quiet and until Yasser Arafat fights terror.

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A Palestinian woman with her child makes her way through the Kalandia checkpoint to enter into Jerusalem. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has dropped plans to travel abroad, fearing Israel would not permit him to return to the West Bank.

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Israeli soldiers walk in front of an army bulldozer destroying the Palestinian Authority's radio station in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Israel severed all contact with Yasser Arafat, launching retaliatory air strikes on his West Bank headquarters and sending troops to surround Palestinian towns after militants killed 10 Israelis in a bus attack.

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A woman peers out of an alley beside a poster of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza City. According to an interview published today, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will advise the United States to boycott Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat when he visits President George Bush next week. The slogan in Arabic say We Reject Israeli conditions and we only kneel for God.

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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat inspects the damage at a VIP reception building at his headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Israeli troops destroyed a local broadcasting station during an incursion in the Sejaieh neighbourhood. Israeli troops entered Gaza City for the first time in nearly 17 months of violence.

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U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hold a joint press conference at Sharon's office in Jerusalem, Israel. Cheney emphasized that adherence to the Tenet plan was a key to furthering negotiations to end the violence and get Palestinians and Israelis back to the negotiating table. Sharon said Israel would allow Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat freedom to move about.

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A Palestinian man gestures to stop shooting and a youth runs across the street as Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen traded fire in the West Bank town of Hebron. Meanwhile Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon planned to convene key Cabinet ministers meeting to decide whether to allow Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to attend this week's crucial Arab summit.

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Protesters burn a photograph of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in front of the United Nations office in Jakarta, Indonesia. The government of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has sharply condemned Israel's attacks on the Ramallah headquarters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and other military incursions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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Hali-Al-Hassan, special envoy of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, meets with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi. Hasan has handed over a set of proposals and a letter from Arafat to Vajpayee, suggesting steps that could be taken by New Delhi to help solve the crisis in the Middle East.

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Arabic youths living in Japan demonstrate in a Tokyo street with placards bearing photos of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon marked with a swastika, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and Palestinians allegedly injured in recent Israeli troops' advancement to Palestinian towns. About 20 demonstrators participated in a protest against the Israeli security clampdown in the Middle East near Israeli Embassy in Tokyo.

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Members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) shout anti-Israel slogans during a demonstration in New Delhi. They demanded immediate freedom of movement for Yasser Arafat and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian areas.

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A television cameraman jumps from the explosion of a stun grenade thrown by an Israeli soldier explodes in front of Yasser Arafat's compound in the besieged West Bank city of Ramallah. Journalists attempting to cover the scheduled meeting between PLO leader Yasser Arafat and U.S. envoy Anthony Zinni were turned back by Israeli soldiers using stun grenades and live fire. Ramallah remains a closed military zone under 24-hour curfew.

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U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell meets with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat inside Arafat's besieged headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah. In a two-hour meeting with Powell, Arafat demanded that the international community and the Bush administration work to break his isolation by the Israelis.

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Tempting fate: Abdullah (8), a Palestinian schoolboy who says his brother was killed by Israeli troops over a year ago, runs back toward a barricade upon hearing the approach of an Israeli armoured troop carrier, after trying to get close to the compound of Yasser Arafat, in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Abdullah says he skipped school so he could "collect bullets to show friends, and to meet Arafat."

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A Palestinian youth throws a teargas cannister back at Israeli soldiers during clashes in Ramallah, West Bank. Israeli soldiers fired teargas and rubber bullets at demonstrators during the clash, a day after the Israeli military pulled out of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's headquarters, freeing him after 34 days of confinement.

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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat flashes the victory sign as he is driven out of the compound of his headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Arafat has been under virtual house arrest for over a month as Israeli Army forces were surrounding the compound.

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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat prays during the weekly Friday prayer in his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Arafat said that there could not be free Palestinian elections until the Israeli military occupation ended in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat inspects his damaged headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Israeli tanks rumbled away from Arafat's headquarters compound early on Thursday ending a six-hour siege during which troops killed one of Arafat's guards and blew up offices of the Palestinian intelligence service, after a Palestinian blew up a huge car bomb next to an Israeli bus, killing himself and 17 Israelis.

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Smoke raises from a building that was hit by a tank shell in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Israeli troops charged into Ramallah before sunrise on Monday, surrounding Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's compound and arresting suspected militants in searches throughout the town.

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Three Palestinian children sit behind a wall as an Israeli tank blocks the road to the Yasser Arafat’s compound at the West Bank town of Ramallah. Israeli forces surrounded Arafat’s shell-shattered compound while the Palestinian leader and aides were inside.

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Activists of the Popularity Resistance, a militia linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, march during a demonstration in Gaza City.

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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat speaks with reporters at his Ramallah headquarters. Arafat said that he would not step down unless he was voted out in January elections and that he had not decided yet whether he would be a candidate.

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File picture of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat with chief of the Palestinian police in Gaza, Brig. Gen Ghazi Jibali in Gaza city. Arafat fired Jibali and the West Bank Preventive Security Chief Jibril Rajoub in a major step toward reforming his security services.

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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat heads to Friday prayers in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Arafat urged the United States to use its influence on Israel to prevent future attacks.

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27 Aug 2002: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat meets with Cabinet members at his office in the West Bank town of Ramallah. The Palestinian Cabinet was briefed on new U.S. demands for changes in the Palestinian electoral system that is widely seen as a means of sidelining Yasser Arafat.


From the West Bank town of Ramallah, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat speaks via videophone to members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Some Palestinian legislators say they were prevented by Israel from traveling to the West Bank for the meeting with the rest of the governing body.

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10 September 2002: A large poster depicting Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat overlooks Palestinians attending a pro-Iraq rally held in a municipal building in Gaza City. Attended by members of various Palestinian groups, the rally was sponsored by the Arab Liberation Front, a pro-Iraq faction.

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Two orthodox Jews pass by closed shutters of Palestinian-owned shops in east Jerusalem's Old City, as most Palestinians observed a commercial strike in protest of the continuing Israeli military siege on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's compound.

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20 September 2002: Huge clouds of dust rise in the air as Israeli forces blow up buildings next to Yasser Arafat's office in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Palestinian officials said the explosions wrecked a building under construction for the national security forces and partially destroyed Palestinian intelligence building. Israeli tanks entered the compound in response to suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat speaks to journalists at his headquarters after he met with Western diplomats in Ramallah. Responding to powerful U.S. pressure, Israel withdrew its forces from Arafat's compound, but said it would continue its 11-day hunt for wanted Palestinians.

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A U.S. flag is set on fire above a crowd during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Gaza City. About 1,500 Palestinians gathered in the city center in support of their leader Yasser Arafat and urged Arab nations to cut diplomatic ties with the United States.

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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat talks to the media outside his office, after his meeting with international peace activists in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Arafat condemned the Israeli incursion in the West Bank town of Jenin saying that it aims to undermine the American peace efforts.

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Avi Ohion collapses a few minutes after he heard that his two sons, Noam, 4, and Matan, 5, along with their mother Revital were shot and killed by a Palestinian gunman in their house at Kibbutz Metzer in central Israel. The rampage left five Israelis dead and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a militant group affiliated with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Palestinian boys pass a mural of Osama Bin-laden at Bureij refugee camp southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat demanded Osama bin Laden stop using the Palestinian cause to justify his attacks.

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Yasser Arafat pauses during a meeting at his headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah Friday, March 14 , 2003 after Israeli forces in the West Bank killed at least 10 people in the battle-scarred Jenin refugee camp.

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Yasser Arafat waves his hand to Irish Foriegn Minister Brain Cowen, not seen, after their meeting at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Arafat said that he expects an official announcement later in the day on an agreement by Palestinian militias to suspend attacks on Israelis.

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Palestinian children hold posters of Yasser Arafat as they wait for the body of Yousra Abdel Raouf Al Kidwah to arrive from Egypt in Rafah, Thursday, August 14, 2003. Al Kidwah, mother of Palestinian UN representative Nasser Al Kidwa and sister of Yasser Arafat, died Wednesday in Cairo aged 77.

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A relative of a palestinian man killed in an Israeli helicopter attack weeps at his home after his body was taken for funeral in the Jebaliya refugee camp north of Gaza City. Hamas today rejected an appeal by Yasser Arafat to renew a truce which was called off after the killing of one of its co-founders last week.

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Palestinian women particiapte in a pro-Yasser Arafat demonstration in front of the Palestinian Legislative Council building, on the day Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas addressed the Palestinian Parliament. In the speech to MPs, who are reviewing his first 100 days in office, Mr Abbas publicly admitted rifts with Arafat - and said they must be corrected. 'Either provide the possibility of strong support for carrying out [the mandate] or you can take it back,' he said, while stopping short of demanding a formal vote of confidence.

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Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Prime Minister, leaves his office in the West Bank town of Ramallah in this Tuesday, April 22 , 2003 file photo. Abbas resigned today, said chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. The resignation dealt a serious blow to US-backed peace efforts. Yasser Arafat has accepted his resignation. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, a senior Israeli official said Abbas remained Israel's sole partner in the peace process.

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An elderly woman holds a picture of Yasser Arafat during a rally supporting the Palestinian leader at the legislative council in Gaza City. Meanwhile, Senior Israeli minister Ehud Olmert has said that the assassination of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat would be considered to put a halt to the killing of innocent civilians.

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A Palestinian actor dressed as Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat addresses a rally in Arafat's support outside Gaza University in Gaza City. The United States has vetoed a U.N. resolution that called on Israel to halt threats to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat from the West Bank, saying it was "lopsided" and didn't condemn terrorist groups attacking Israel.

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Supporters gather on horse-back near the entrance of the compound of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank town of Ramallah. The Israeli decision to 'eleminate' the Palestinian leader drew worldwide, including Indian, condemnation, with the United States saying that his expulsion 'is part of the problem and not the part of the soultion'. Later Israel rebuffed Arafat's latest cease-fire offers, saying it will press ahead with its campaign against terror suspect until Palestinian forces begin dismantling the Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups.

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Yasser Arafat flashes V-signs while delivering a speech to thousands of supporters outside his office in the West Bank town of Ramallah. The international community has warned Israel against expelling Arafat, after Israel vowed to 'remove' him from the area.

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A Hamas militant stands in front of a wooden structure representing the Israeli Knesset as an Israeli flag burns on top at the Jabaliya refugee camp in the Gaza strip during a Hamas rally. The US today reaffirmed its opposition to any bid to kill or expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, following veiled threats against him by Israel.

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Monday 19 June Lt. Gen. Abdel Razek Majaide, the reinstated director of General Security for the West Bank and Gaza Strip, is surrounded by bodyguards as he talks to the media out side the security office in Gaza city. Backing down in the face of widespread protests, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat asked the ousted chief of security to return to his job. Arafat had earlier appointed his cousin Moussa Arafat as the new security chief but the move sparked an immediate revolt in Gaza among militants who saw it as evidence of Arafat's cronyism. Members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades attempted to storm the headquarters of military intelligence in the town of Rafah late Sunday night. Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei has also offered to resign in protest of the appointment and is still reluctant to withdraw his offer.

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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and his Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia kiss each other following their cabinet meeting in Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinian Prime Minister withdrew his resignation ending a two-week deadlock after a dispute over who controls Palestinian security and intelligence forces. Arafat has now agreed to hand over the police forces to Qurei who had tendered his resignation 10 days ago. Gaza saw a wave of Palestinian fighting and kidnaps as factions of Arafat's Fatah movement vied for control.

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Palestinian police officers inspect the bodies of Amr Abu Suta and Zaki Abu Rakha, both militants of the Ahmed Abu Reish Brigade, an extreme offshoot of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, at the morgue of the hospital of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles that hit the car of the militants as it was nearing the entrance of Rafah. The Israeli army confirmed it carried out the attack, blaming Abu Suta for the 1992 slaying of three Israeli soldiers in a Jewish settlement in Gaza.

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Palestinian children shout slogans as they carry a poster of Yasser Arafat and their national flag during a rally in support of Arafat in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip on his 75th birthday.

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Friday 27 August Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat greets Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi during a meeting in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Gandhi, who heads the MK Gandhi Institute for Non-violence at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, was in Jerusalem on for a weeklong visit to the West Bank and Israel and to float non-violent options to end almost four years of bitter fighting between the Israelis and Palestinians. He also observed a one-day fast in support of Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike in Israeli jails and addressed a session of the Palestinian legislature .

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Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Indian Minister for State for External Affairs E. Ahamed attend Friday prayers at a mosque adjacent to Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah. E Ahmed met Arafat starting a three day visit to the Palestinian territories.

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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is seen aboard a French hospital plane enroute from Amman to Paris in this picture released by the Palestinian Authority. Arafat has been addmitted in a military hospital in Clamart, near Paris for urgent medical tests over what doctors say is a low blood platelet count. The Palestinian Authority, the Prime Minister and Legislative Council will take over leadership in his absence.

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Thursday 28 OctoberPalestinian leader Yasser Arafat smiles with his Tunisian, Jordanian and Egyptian doctors at his headquarters in Ramallah in the West Bank in this photograph released by the Palestian Authority. Arab countries rushed their doctors to treat the ailing 75-year-old Arafat who is in "serious" condition and has been unable to keep down any food for 15 days. The Palestinian leader, who was confined to his at his West Bank headquarters by Israeli troops for more than three years, was left for treatment in France after Israel confirmed that he will be allowed to return as they are "treating the matter as a humanitarian issue". Palestinian security forces have been put on high alert across the territories and the Israeli army has made contingency plans, fearing an outbreak of unrest in the event of Arafat's death. Meanwhile Shri Sharon saw it fit to announce that he won't allow Arafat, were he to die, to be buried in Jerusalem, though he would be allowed to return on recovery.

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Mahmoud Abbas, secretary-general of the PLO executive committee sits next to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's empty chair at the head of the conference table during an emergency Fatah Central Committee meeting at Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah. French doctors treating Arafat in Paris have denied Israeli TV reports that Arafat has died. Earlier, Israel's Channel Two television, quoting unnamed sources in Paris, said that Arafat underwent a brain scan and was "no longer alive". The 75-year-old Palestinain has lost consciousness three times in the past 24 hours and is being treated in intensive care, but his top aides have denied reports that Arafat was in a coma. Meanwhile, the Israeli military has been placed on high alert and Palestinian security forces are reviewing their plans to keep Palestinian territories calm in the event of Arafat's death.

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Thursday 4 NovemberA supporter of Yasser Arafat prays at a makeshift shrine with candles, flowers, posters of the Palestinian leader outside the Percy Military Teaching Hospital in Clamart, outside Paris. A spokeswoman for Arafat denied that the 75-year-old leader was brain dead but admitted he was comatose and "between life and death". Earlier an Israeli television channel had said that Arafat underwent a brain scan and was "no longer alive". Israeli government has now permitted Arafat to be buried in the Gaza strip but ruled out any possibility of a burial at the Haram as-Sharif, Islam's third-holiest shrine in the Old City of Jerusalem, as desired by the ailing Palestinain leader. In "an appeal to the Palestinian people", Arafat's Paris based wife Suha Arafat has accused Palestinian officials on their way to Paris for trying "to bury Arafat while he is still alive".

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Two anti-Zionist orthodox Jews wait outside the Percy Military Hospital in Clamart near Paris where the ailing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is being treated. Officials of the hospital today said that Arafat's condition has worsened and his coma had deepened but denied rumours that he has died. Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei visited Arafat's bedside inspite of Arafat's wife recent outburst on the visiting Palestinian delegation and confirmed that he is in coma since last Wednesday.

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Thursday 11 NovemberYasser Arafat, 1929-2004 Finally, the confirmation. After much media speculation whether he was "brain-dead" or "artificially alive", came the confirmation that the Palestinian leader and Noble Peace Prize winner Yasser Arafat died at the age of 75 in a French military hospital on Thursday,11 November at 0230 GMT.


Palestinians hold weapons, during a support demonstration for Yasser Arafat in Gaza City, Thursday, June 5, 2003. Arafat was not invited to the talks between Israel, the Palestinians and the United States.

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A Palestinian artist paints a mural of jailed Palestinian Intifada leader Marwan Barghouti in his studio in Gaza City . Palestinian election officials announced that 10 candidates, including Barghouti, have qualified to run in January 2005 elections to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestinian Authority.

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Palestinian school girls chant anti-Israel slogans as they hold posters of Yasser Arafat during a demonstration calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, at the Rafah refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Thursday, May 15, 2003.

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Protestors wave Palestinian flags in front of a picture of Yasser Arafat during a demonstration calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, at Palestinian Parliament in Gaza city, Monday, May 12, 2003.

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Russian President Vladimir Putin lay a wreath at the grave of Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Russian President has offered a range of assistance to the Palestinians, including an offer to help re-build Gaza's economy, train security services and sale of helicopters It is Putin's first visit to the Palestinian territories - a day after the first visit to Israel by any Russian leader.

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Yasser Arafat casts his eyes downward after Mahmoud Abbas, left, was sworn in as Prime Minister of Palestine in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

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Wednesday 14 SeptemberPalestinians are silhouetted on a large poster of the late Yasser Arafat during a rally celebrating Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, in the evacuated Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim, in the southern Gaza Strip. Thousands of jubilant Palestinians entered the former Jewish enclaves after Israeli troops pulled out of the Gaza Strip more than 38 years after capturing the narrow coastal area.

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Second prize in General News Stories by Italian photograher Paolo Pellegrin, Magnum Photos for Vanity Fair, showing people during Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's funeral .

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One revolution behind. Palestine Authority president and iconic freedom fighter Yasser Arafat gets a tearful farewell from fellow Palestinians and world leaders. Arafat, 75, died in Paris on November 11 of multiple organ failure as family and followers squabbled over his legacy.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat speaks to the press in Gaza City after hearing the news of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in the United States. Arafat sent his condolences to U.S. President Bush and condemned the bombings as "unbelievable".

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