Comments on: Meeting Mrs. Arafat http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/11/29/meeting-mrs-arafat/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Anonymous http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/11/29/meeting-mrs-arafat/comment-page-1/#comment-353679 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 07:30:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=35051#comment-353679 How much of the Palestinian refugee money is sitting in her bank account?

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By: rgarrig http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/11/29/meeting-mrs-arafat/comment-page-1/#comment-353678 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 06:20:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=35051#comment-353678 For most of the years in which I was aware of the existence of Yasser Arafat I believed what the press (back in those days, newspapers were the primary source of information from outside my personal environment) told me about the murderous monster Arafat.

In the last few, too few, years before his death, the publicized image of him began changing and I began seeing a man who was intent on solving a problem, not worsening it as I had theretofore been taught.

I firmly believe that I and the world had been terribly misled about who and what Arafat was.

There is no blame on anyone or thing for that misinformation. All involved were doing what they thought best for their interests – be it statesmanship, humanity, politics or journalism.

But it was only after the few who enjoyed a position from which they could be heard and who believed Arafat was trying to solve problems began voicing opinions that painted Arafat as other than a terrorist that the press began softening its reports on him with articles recognizing him as a normal human being that the possibilities of solution to the seemingly eternal mid-East crises began to emerge.

Then, he died.

I do so hope that there is some believable conclusion derived from this latest epoch.

Israelis live under the terrifying specter that their existence may cease if they lose on the field of battle (whether that is true or not is beyond my pay-grade – witness the last major conflict with Hezbollah) and Palestinians live under the constant oppression engendered by the Israeli fears.

Who is keeping this awful situation alive? There cannot be any father or mother among either the Israelis or Palestinians who does not want this to stop. Why won’t it stop?

I digress. I pray to the god that all faithful Jews, Muslims and Christians recognize as the one god to let this problem end.

And it doesn’t really matter now whether Arafat was murdered or died a natural death – he’s dead but we’re not — yet, anyway.

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By: JackVigdor http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/11/29/meeting-mrs-arafat/comment-page-1/#comment-353676 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 23:41:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=35051#comment-353676 How does the widow of a “freedm fighter” have so much money?
Because he husband, Arafat, skimmed off the top and made sure that a good amount of what he got I donations from the Europeans and Saudis for the Palestinians was squirreled away in Swiss bank accounts.

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By: carlrobertson http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/11/29/meeting-mrs-arafat/comment-page-1/#comment-353675 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 22:52:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=35051#comment-353675 This one very large room alone is EXTREMLY PRICY! WOW! Two-toned marble flooring, huge HDTV, pricy paintings, treadmill, excercise bike…

And we didn’t see the room 1st room he referred to, with “Sideboards and tables…full of framed photos of Yasser Arafat…” – a tiny part of that room is shown in the linked video.

She was 41-years-old when Arafat died, living in a luxuious apartment in Paris (no wonder she praises the French in the linked video), with millions in bank accounts. She’s been living in luxury for many years, will never have to work for living–yep, Arafat and the other higher-ups in the PLO, now conveniently renamed, got their “take” from the generous UN, U.S. and European handouts, intended to go to the Palestinian people. This is why a lot of Palestinians don’t trust their administrators and leaders. But they can’t do anything about it, so they target Israel. Of course. How convenient.

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