Yasser arafat: yasser arafat, first president of the palestinian authority (1996–2004), chairman of the palestinian liberation organization (plo), and leader of fatah in 1993 he led the plo to a historic peace agreement with israeli prime minister yitzhak rabin and the israeli government. During the early 1950s, arafat adopted the name yasser, and in the early years of arafat's guerrilla career, he assumed the nom de guerre of abu ammar both names are related to ammar ibn yasir , one of muhammad 's early companions. Yasser arafat and israeli prime minister yitzhak rabin shake hands on the lawn of the white house 1994- arafat returns in triumph to gaza for the first time in 25 years 1996- in the first palestinian general elections arafat is overwhelmingly elected president of the palestinian authority.
Here's one thing we know for sure: yasser arafat was a grand obfuscator—right down to the small details of his life he sometimes said he was born in jerusalem, sometimes in the gaza strip. The life and times of one of the middle east's most iconic personalities, whose cause of death had l 06 nov 2013 18:53 gmt while the veteran leader long served as a symbol of resistance to many, his role in the palestinian struggle has been much more than merely symbolic.
Khaled abu toameh is the palestinian affairs correspondent for the times of israel palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas addresses a rally commemorating the fifth anniversary of yasser arafat's death in the west bank city of ramallah, 2009. Yasser arafat was pronounced dead on november 11 at the age of 75 the official cause of death, as stated by medical officials at percy hospital, was a massive haemorrhagic stroke, but no autopsy was carried out and senior palestinian leaders withheld his medical records.
Yasser arafat museum focuses on palestinian leader : parallels a new museum in ramallah features the life and times of the late palestine liberation organization leader, from his nobel peace prize to his pistol, glasses and bedroom. He's never had anything like a regular home life he has no interest in comforts, possessions, or normal pleasures he has no interest in social issues, books, or cultural matters aburish says that arafat has been to a restaurant exactly once in the past forty years.
Five days later, arafat makes his first visit to israel, in a secret trip to offer condolences to rabin's widow jan 20, 1996: elected president of the palestinian authority in the first palestinian elections. When arafat's mother died of kidney failure, arafat, then four, and his brother fathi, as the two youngest of her seven children, were sent to live with a maternal uncle in the old city of jerusalem for four years.
Italian senator for life and former premier giulio andreotti makes statements on the health condition of palestinian leader yasser arafat, hospitalized in paris, during a press conference at the association of foreign press in rome, nov 5, 2004. Wearing a holster, yasser arafat implored the world not to let the olive branch fall from his hand but by the early 1980s, the gun was trained on the palestinian leader, and once again, israel delivered another crushing defeat, this time in lebanon against arafat's plo guerrillas.