Article taken off the Net,
as it appears to be
no longer found there;
The issue is symbolically
important because Israel considers Jerusalem as its eternal capital, while
Palestinians want to make east Jerusalem, occupied by the Jewish state
since 1967, the capital of their promised state.
FRENCH DEATH CERTIFICATE SAYS ARAFAT BORN IN
Received Monday, 15 November 2004 13:20:00 GMT
Nov 15 (AFP) - The death certificate issued for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
by French authorities last week indicates his place of birth as Jerusalem
and not Cairo, officials said Monday.
Municipal officials at Clamart, the suburb of
Paris where Arafat died last Thursday, said
they issued the document on the basis of a family record book itself
issued by the French foreign ministry in 1996.
The issue is symbolically important because Israel
considers Jerusalem as its eternal capital, while Palestinians want to
make east Jerusalem, occupied by the Jewish state since 1967, the capital
of their promised state. Arafat was born
Mohammed Abdel-Rawf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Hussaini,
on August 4, 1929.
The official version of his life history records
he was born in Jerusalem. However numerous
biographers agree that he was, in fact, born
in Cairo, where his father, from Gaza, owned a business.
And it was Egypt that hosted Arafat's
funeral last Thursday with full military honours.
A spokesman for the Clamart mayor's office had
initially said the place of birth was put down as Jerusalem based on Arafat's
Later, the office said the detail had come from a
family record document, known as a livret de famille, which authorities in
France deliver for largely administrative purposes.
In Arafat's case, it
would have been delivered because his wife Suha gave birth to their
daughter at Neuilly-sur-Seine outside Paris in July 1995, and mother and
daughter spend much of their time in the French capital.
The 75-year-old veteran of the Palestinian drive
for statehood died after nearly two weeks of treatment in a French
military hospital at Clamart.
He was airlifted there from his Ramallah, West
Bank base on October 29 and had been in a coma for over a week.
French officials, citing privacy laws, still
refuse to reveal the precise cause of death or the nature of his
condition, leading to rumours -- strongly denied by Palestinian officials
-- of poisoning.
"Medical secrecy continues to hold, and I
have nothing further to add," a French foreign ministry spokesman
The encyclopedia has August 4 or 24th. It doesn't even know which one! It
appears that the official French death certificate has August 4th on it.
The internet shows a general split between the two dates as well!
"Arafat was the fifth of seven children born to a
Palestinian textile merchant. A birth certificate registered in Cairo,
Egypt gives August 24, 1929 as his date of birth, as confirmed by Arafat's
biographer Alan Hart and Palestinian biographer, Said K. Aburish. Some
sources support Arafat's claim to have been born in Jerusalem on August 4,
1929, and still others have given Gaza, Palestine, as his birthplace."
GAZA, Nov. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Nasser al-Qedwa,
Palestinian delegate to the United Nations and a nephew of late leader
Yasser Arafat,left here for France on Friday to receive Arafat's death
report,the Arabic-language Radio Sawa reported.
A top Palestinian official was
quoted as saying Qedwa would givethe medical file to the Palestinian
leadership who would in turnpass it on to competent doctors for thorough
The details of the file
will remain secret, but
the main diagnosis results will be publicized, said the official.On
Wednesday, the Palestinian leadership set up a special committee to
investigate into the cause of Arafat's death.
The committee, headed by
Health Minister Jawad al-Tibi, wouldmeet with Tunisian, Egyptian and
Jordanian physicians who had examined Arafat before he was flown to the
Percy Military Hospital outside Paris on Oct. 29.
Under French law, only the
family has access to Arafat's medical file and can decide whether to
make it public.
Arafat passed away on Nov. 11
in a French hospital at the age of75. Paris was under mounting pressure
to reveal the cause of Arafat's death amid rumors that he might have