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Arafat

(äräfät`) or

Arafa

(äräfä`), granite hill, Saudi Arabia, near MeccaMecca
or Makkah
, city (1993 pop. 966,381), capital of the Hejaz, W Saudi Arabia. The birthplace c.A.D. 570 of Muhammad the Prophet, it is the holiest city of Islam, and the goal of the annual Muslim hajj. It is c.
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. The hill was an ancient pagan sanctuary and is shrouded in many legends. It is a site for prayers during the hajjhajj
, the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, one of the five basic requirements (arkan or "pillars") of Islam. Its annual observance corresponds to the major holy day id al-adha, itself a commemoration of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son on Divine orders.
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, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Atop the hill is a minaret, reached by broad stone steps. On the 60th step is a platform with a pulpit from which the khutba (pilgrimage address) is delivered on the Day of Arafa. The hill is also called Jabal ar Rahm [Arab.,=mountain of mercy].

Arafat

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Yasser ('j[+ae]s&). born 1929, Palestinian leader; cofounder of Al Fatah (1956), leader from 1968 of the Palestine Liberation Organization, president of the Palestinian National Authority from 1996: signed a peace agreement with Israel (1993); Nobel peace prize 1994 with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin

Arafat

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a hill in W Saudi Arabia, near Mecca: a sacred site of Islam, visited by pilgrims performing the hajj
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The analysis cannot lead us to affirm that Arafat died of polonium 210 poisoning," sources said, adding that it "goes in the sense of a natural death".
If Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet had a shred of decency about them, they would open an enquiry into the murder of Yasser Arafat.
If Arafat was murdered, then he (the killer) should be sought among the heads of the Palestinian Authority.
Arafat died in Paris a month after unexpectedly falling ill at his compound in Ramallah on the West Bank.
Arafat, 75, died in Paris in November 2004, just a month after falling ill in his compound in Ramallah.
com/absolutely-no-way-arafat-was-poisoned-says-top-doctor-who-teaches-at-paris-hospital-where-palestinian-leader-died/) Times of Israel , French doctor Roland Masse, who works at the hospital where Arafat was treated, said there was "absolutely no way" Arafat was poisoned.
A lawyer for Suha Arafat told Europe 1 radio that the French court was correct in recognising its jurisdiction to investigate the case, since Arafat died in France.
Arafat had fallen gravely ill in Ramallah before being transported in a French plane to the "Percy Hospital" where he died aged 75 after several weeks as military doctors were unable to save his life.
Bashir said that his team, which was set up several years ago, has collected and studied all the medical reports published on Arafat's death, including the French hospital report where Arafat was admitted and died.
Tunisian Justice Ministry spokesman Kadhem Zine al Abidine told the French news agency that a warrant was issued for the 48-year-old Mrs Arafat, a citizen of Tunisia until her citizenship was stripped.
As THE NEW AMERICAN has reported in the past, there is very strong evidence suggesting that Arafat was a voracious, practicing homosexual and pederast for most of his life.
First, as head of the guerrilla organization Fatah, and then the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Arafat dedicated himself to armed struggle against Israel.