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Arafat Had AIDS
Here's his personal doctor saying so:

Over the years, there have been rumors from time to time about Arafat and young boys. Here's more on that, and on Arafat's medical condition when he died, from a story on, by Ezra Halevi:

Arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat’s doctor has confirmed the long-circulating rumors that the PLO chairman had AIDS – though the doctor insists Israel poisoned Arafat as well, causing his death.

...Even before Arafat died, US author and intelligence expert John Loftus said on the John Batchelor Show on WABC radio on October 26 that it was widely known in CIA circles that Arafat was dying from AIDS. Loftus further said that was the reason the US kept preventing Israel from killing Arafat – to allow him to be discredited by the ailment.

A 1987 book by Lt.-Gen. Ion Pacepa, the deputy chief of Romania's intelligence service under Communist dictator Nicola Ceausescu, may explain how Arafat contracted the sexually transmitted disease.

In his memoirs "Red Horizons," Pacepa relates a 1978 conversation with the general assigned to teach Arafat and the PLO techniques to deceive the West into granting the organization recognition. The general told him about Arafat’s nightly relations with his young male bodyguards and multiple partners. “Beginning with his teacher when he was a teen-ager and ending with his current bodyguards. After reading the report, I felt a compulsion to take a shower whenever I had been kissed by Arafat, or even just shaken his hand," Pacepa wrote.

Senior US intelligence official James J. Welsh, the National Security Agency's former PA analyst, told WorldNetDaily, "One of the things we looked for when we were intercepting Fatah communications were messages about Ashbal [Lion cub] members who would be called to Beirut from bases outside of Beirut. The Ashbal were often orphaned or abandoned boys who were brought into the organization, ostensibly to train for later entry into Fedayeen fighter units. Arafat always had several of these 13-15 year old boys in his entourage. We figured out that he would often recall several of these boys to Beirut just before he would leave for a trip outside Lebanon. It proved to be a good indicator of Arafat's travel plans. While Arafat did have a regular security detail, many of those thought to be security personnel - the teenage boys - were actually there for other purposes."

How much fun is it to be gay and Muslim? From the Gay And Lesbian Humanist Association...oh, typically about this much fun:

“Kill the one who sodomises and the one who lets it be done to him.” – Tirmidhi.

“Lesbianism by women is adultery between them.” – Tabarani. (Consider that death is the penalty for adultery.)

“If a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death.” – Sunan Abu Dawud, 38:4448.

With statements like these it is little wonder that life can be grim – and short – for homosexuals in Muslim countries. Apologists like to point to the apparent acceptance of homosexual behaviour in some Muslim societies. Paradoxically, there have indeed been times and places where it was tolerated. However, whenever and wherever the religion has been taken seriously by the authorities, and its laws enforced, the results for sexual minorities have been dire.

Homosexuality is illegal in most Muslim countries and punishable by death in several. Amnesty International, Homan (an exiled Iranian group) and other human rights groups regularly report shocking abuses and crimes against homosexuals. For example, in April 2001, nine gay men were given prison terms of 4 to 5 years with 2400 to 2600 lashes in Saudi Arabia. Abdul Sami (18) and Bismillah (22) were killed by the Taliban by having a wall toppled on them in 1998. In 2001, 52 men were arrested following a party on a river boat and charged with “immoral behaviour” and “contempt of religion” in Egypt (a supposedly “moderate” Islamic country). Many were given prison sentences with hard labour.

Iran has been particularly enthusiastic in its persecution of homosexuals. Estimates of the numbers of gay and lesbian people this evil regime has murdered range from hundreds to thousands but, as many executions are not public, and bereaved families may cover up the reasons out of shame, the higher estimates are plausible. Those cases that have been publicised include three gay men and two lesbians beheaded in January 1990, and 70 people executed in the early 1980s for trying to set up a lesbian and gay organisation. The Iranian Chief Justice, Morteza Moghtadai, justified the 1990 beheadings by saying, “The religious punishment for the despicable act of homosexuality is death for both parties.” False, trumped-up charges of homosexuality are also used to suppress political opponents, as happened to Dr Ali Mozaffarian, a Sunni Muslim leader executed in Shiraz in 1992.

Now, there are no pictures of Yasser and his boys, and yes, I know men in the Middle East kiss and hold hands, but here's Arafat going at it like a schoolgirl with some bearded religious whack job:

Just friendly...or something more? You be the judge!

Posted by aalkon at August 18, 2007 1:50 PM


Sorry... You can tell us he stole social security check from Christian widows (like Pat Robertson), but it's just not possible to hate Arafat more that before you made this posts.

Posted by: Crid at August 18, 2007 2:28 AM

But, it's a good thing for other Muslims that this is coming out.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 18, 2007 5:29 AM

They'll probably discount it as evil Western propaganga

Posted by: Chrissy at August 18, 2007 8:41 AM

sorry, propaganDA, (got ganga on the brain)

Posted by: Chrissy at August 18, 2007 8:42 AM


Posted by: jerry at August 18, 2007 8:54 AM

My fantasy: CNN rounds up a bunch of his boytoys and pays them big to go on Larry King and tell all: "I got cornholed by The Chairman!"

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 18, 2007 9:18 AM

From the article

“Lesbianism by women is adultery between them.” – Tabarani. (Consider that death is the penalty for adultery.)

"Lesbianism by women"? If there's anything I can't stand, abide, countenance, suffer or endure, it's the extraneous and superfluous nature of repetitious redundancy!

Posted by: Patrick at August 18, 2007 9:50 AM

I'm with Crid. How does this matter?

Posted by: justin case at August 18, 2007 12:42 PM

Islam stones people for being homosexuals. I think it's good for them to find out that one of their big heroes is gay.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 18, 2007 2:31 PM

If Jerry Falwell had died of AIDS, it would be THE story for CNN, MSNBC & friends. Bet on it.

Posted by: mark-o at August 18, 2007 5:11 PM

The thought of blubbery old Arafat having sex with anyone -- man or woman -- is completely vomitous.

PS: There's supposedly a good bit of pedophilia among the Taliban. Check out "The Bookseller of Kabul." They like 'em young and painted up like girls.

Posted by: Lena at August 18, 2007 6:15 PM

I'm with Lena.

Or, should I say, I wish I was with Lena.

I recall a quote from an Afghan tribesman: "When the Taliban come around, we don't have to hide the women."

Posted by: doombuggy at August 18, 2007 8:40 PM

I nearly hurled watching him smooching the nutbag in the beard.

There was a story a while back in the NYTimes (I think it was in Terry McAuliffe's book) of how Arafat repeatedly pawed McAuliffe's leg under the table at some state dinner.

Ugh...the notion of even sitting next to the guy turns my stomach.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 18, 2007 9:32 PM

I knew Arafat died of AIDS. It was a fairy well discussed rumor and if you looked at him and his decline, it was pretty typical of AIDS death. Islam says to stone gay people, but it is also very common for homosexual activity among the Iraqis, as reported by returning US soldiers. I have heard dozens of stories of the Iraqi underground, but in the rural areas it's an open secret. Houseboys and such. If the Iraqis are doing it, you know the rest of the Arab world is, too. More hypocritical thinking from that part of the planet.

Posted by: Cathleen at August 21, 2007 12:50 PM

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