Arafat was whisked off to France with an “undisclosed ailment” . Doctors treated him in absolute secrecy, gave almost no medical evidence of his condition apart from the very vague and allowed a controversy to blow up after his death when the cause of his passing was hidden from the public. Perhaps the persistent media reports that Arafat, who like many Middle Easterners found it hard to distinguish between riding a camel and plonking a peachy male rump and thus died of AIDS , were not wholly unfounded.
Compare with the detailed medical briefings, almost to the point of breach of patient confidentiality, with Sharon’s medical team. Surely this can have nothing to do with the fact that Israel is the only democracy in the region, with a full and vibrant free press?
Meanwhile the MSM has been hammering away at the meta-lie that Sharon’s visit to the Al-Aqsa mosque started the Intifada. Typical of these comments are Scotland's The Sunday Herald who state , “he ignited the Intafada of 2000 with his provocative visit….”. My guess is over 70% of Europeans believe this trash, proof indeed that propaganda can work well in democracies.
A better view of the truth can be found in members’ of Araft’s government own words:
“Whoever thinks that the Intifada broke out because of the despised Sharon's visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque is wrong.. . . This Intifada was planned in advance, ever since President Arafat's return from the Camp David negotiations, where he turned the table upside down on President Clinton.”(Palestinian Communications Minister Imad Al-Faluji, 3 March 2001. Translated by MEMRI )