Conspiracy Theories Surround Arafat Death

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    A year after Yasser Arafat's death, Palestinians are developing a new myth around their historic leader: Arafat did not die from natural causes but was murdered, most likely by Israel.

    Now an Israeli Arab politician has joined the conspiracy bandwagon.

    "I am confident that Arafat's death was not natural," Knesset Member Mohammed Barakeh said at an Arafat memorial rally held in the Israeli Arab city of Umm el-Fahm.

    Barakeh even claimed to know who was responsible: "Many strings lead to the office of Sharon," he said, referring to the Israeli prime minister.

    The leader of Hadash, Israel's Communist Party, Barakeh is the first Israeli Arab political figure to make such an accusation, in what seemed to be the opening shots in Israel's upcoming election campaign.

    Barakeh's charges echoed similar developments
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