On Sunday, Palestinians observed the 14th death anniversary of the leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah.
The late president was born in Jerusalem on August 4, 1929, as Muhammad Yasser Abdul Ra’ouf Daoud Suleiman Arafat al-Kidwa al-Husseini. He was educated in Cairo and had participated as a reservist officer in the Egyptian army, to fight the tripartite aggression against Egypt, in 1956.
In 1969, Arafat led the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and later on, became the first president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) since its establishment in 1994, following the signing of the interim Oslo Accords between the PLO and Israel in 1993. Arafat had miraculously escaped death in 1985 when Israeli forces had raided Hammam al-Shat suburb of Tunis, which led to the death and wounding of dozens of Palestinians and Tunisians. After the break out of Intifada I in December 1987, which is known for stone pelting, Arafat lived outside the country. However, he continued to fight political battles at an international level for the recognition of the Palestinian people.
The Israeli government had attempted to assassinate Arafat many a time. Though all of them were unsuccessful, it has been alleged that Arafat was killed using poison. Investigations on Arafat’s death, however, have stated otherwise.