Senior French doctor in hospital that treated Arafat: 'Absolutely no way' he was poisoned
A senior doctor at the French hospital where Yasser Arafat was treated during the last two weeks of his life says that there is 'absolutely no way
' Arafat died of poisoning.
Dr. Roland Masse, a member of the prestigious
Académie de Médecine who currently teaches radiopathology at Percy
Military Training Hospital in the Paris suburb of Clamart, where Arafat
was hospitalized two weeks before his death on November 11 eight years
ago, spoke to The Times of Israel to scotch the allegations of polonium
poisoning two weeks before a group of scientists are set to take samples
for testing from Arafat’s body.
Masse said the symptoms of polonium poisoning
would have been “impossible to miss,” noted that Percy had tested Arafat
for radiation poisoning, and revealed that the hospital specializes in
the related field of radiation detection. “A lethal level of polonium
simply cannot go unnoticed,” he said, speaking as workers in Ramallah on
Tuesday began the process of preparing Arafat’s grave for exhumation.
Dr. Thierry Revel, the head of the Hematology
Department at Percy who signed the medical report on November 14, 2004,
has refused to comment on the case. Indeed, medical confidentiality laws
prevent doctors in France from divulging any information on their
current or past patients. It was Arafat’s family that chose to make
public the late Palestinian leader’s medical report; Al Jazeera, a Qatar-based news outlet, said in July that it had received the report from Arafat’s widow Suha.
In a telephone interview with The Times of
Israel, Masse said flatly that “there is absolutely no way the symptoms
described in Yasser Arafat’s medical report match those of poisoning by
Masse elaborated: “When in contact with high
levels of polonium, the body suffers from acute radiation which
translates into a state of anemia and a severe decrease in white blood
cells. And yet Arafat did not present any of those symptoms. What did
decrease was his platelets, not his white blood cells,” said Masse, who
may have been prepared to discuss the case because he does not treat
patients at Percy, only teaching there. (He said the medical team at
Percy would have had no need to consult with him, given their high level
Noting that radiation detection happens to be
one of the areas in which Percy military hospital excels, Masse said
that while Arafat’s medical report contains no specific reference to a
test for polonium, it does specify that a number of tests were conducted
to check if the patient had been subjected to radioactive substances.
This is nonsense. We all know how Arafat died
and we all know how he got it
. But the 'Palestinians' will never admit that Arafat was gay.
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