Category: World / November 27, 2012 10:54 AM EST
Forensic experts took samples from Yasser Arafat's buried corpse in the West Bank on Tuesday (November 27), trying to determine if he was murdered by Israeli agents using the hard-to-trace radioactive poison, Polonium.
Palestinians witnessed the funeral of their hero and longtime leader eight years ago, but conspiracy theories surrounding his death have never been laid to rest.
French magistrates opened a murder inquiry into Arafat's death in August 2004 after a Swiss institute said it had discovered high levels of polonium on his clothing, which was supplied by his widow, Suha, for a television documentary.
Arafat was always a freedom fighter to Palestinians but a terrorist to Israelis first, and a partner for peace only later.
He led the bid for a Palestinian state through years of war and peacemaking, then died in a French hospital aged 75 after a short, mysterious illness.
No autopsy was carried out at the time, at the request of his wife, and French doctors who treated him said they were unable to determine the cause of death.