This is the fifth successive year that official PA TV has chosen to broadcast these statements by children accusing the Jews of poisoning Arafat. Originally, they were part of a larger collection of statements by children broadcast at an official Arafat memorial, several of whom repeated the libel that the Jews murdered Arafat. However, this is the first time this hate speech has been broadcast as part of a program directed at children. Following the boy and the girl's statements, the PA TV host confirmed the libel:
Palestinian Media Watch documented that PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash in a televised sermon also accused Israel of poisoning Arafat, comparing it to the Islamic belief that Jews killed the Prophet Muhammad.
In 2012, the PA decided to take samples from Arafat's remains to test if he had been poisoned. Recently, a Swiss and a Russian team published the results of these tests. The Swiss team concluded that the tests were "coherent with a hypothesis of poisoning." However, a member of the team also stated that "our study did not permit us to demonstrate categorically the hypothesis of poisoning by polonium." The Russian report concluded that "there was insufficient evidence to support the theory that Yasser Arafat died in 2004 by polonium poisoning." [Reuters, Nov. 8, 2013]
In response to reports about Arafat being poisoned, The Independent wrote the following:
The following is the excerpt from the PA TV children's program repeating the libel that the Jews killed Arafat:
Comment: Readers, until this kind of state-sponsored programming ceases to exist, until the same state-sponsored programming undoes decades of anti-Israel, anti-Jew negative stereotyping, there is no possibility of peace; PIP, peaces isn't possible. Signed documents do not alter the reality on the ground-anyone who believes differently is a ....