News from Palestine
Yasser Arafat 'poisoned with Polonium'--
Yasser Arafat may have been killed with a lethal dose of the highly radioactive substance Polonium, it has been claimed.
Tests performed by a laboratory in Switzerland found significant traces of Polonium-210 on the late Palestinian leader's clothes, adding a new twist to a case that has obsessed the Arab world for years.
Polonium-210 is the same substance used to poison the Russian dissident Alexader Litvinenko in London.
The Institute de Radiophysique in Lausanne found elevated levels of the element on Arafat's personal effects. A urine stain in his underwear registered a level of 180 millibecquerels of Polonium-210, more than 20 times the dose to kill an average human being.
"I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported Polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids," Dr Francois Bochod, the director of the institute, told Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab television station.
Israeli court dismisses Corrie family's lawsuit, ending effort to put army on trial -- Rachel Corrie, a young American activist, was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003. The Corrie family's lawsuit was aimed at putting the opaque Israeli military investigation system 'in the dock.'
Corrie's story of Palestinian suffering in 2003:
It's only gotten worse since then.
Gaza will not be survivable in 2020 under current conditions and rates of growth.