When Yasser Arafat died, I reported here based on information I trusted that he had died of AIDS. Arafat’s homosexuality was an open secret during his life. In connection with her 1981 interview with Arafat, for example, Oriana Fallaci had observed Arafat’s preference for young boys. Ion Pacepa subsequently disclosed in Red Horizons that Rumanian intelligence had surveillance videos of Arafat engaging in orgies with his male bodyguards.
Yesterday I noted the interview excerpt in which Ahmed Jibril states that he was told of the AIDS-related cause of Arafat’s death by Mahmoud Abbas. Jibril is the founder and leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command. He is a terrorist thug who operates out of Damascus in the sheltering arms of Bashar al-Assad. There is no reason to credit anything Jibril says for public consumption.
Arafat dedicated his life to murder and mayhem on a large scale. He was a vile human being. Jibril of course finds no reason to object to Arafat’s murderous predilections, his massive corruption, or his thoroughgoing duplicity. When Jibril announces that “the Fatah movement now has an opportunity to renew itself,” it is a bit hard to fathom. His comments appear to support Hamas in its struggle with Fatah and to advise members of Fatah that they can rid themselves of the taint of Arafat’s true shame, i.e., Arafat’s homosexuality.
UPDATE: Along the same lines, Mark Steyn adds construes Jibril’s statement as no Fatah, no fems.
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