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The legacy of Arafat

<p>An undated picture handed out by the Palestinian Authority shows Palestinian President Yasser Arafat during his stay in Lebanon.  REUTERS/Handout</p>

An undated picture handed out by the Palestinian Authority shows Palestinian President Yasser Arafat during his stay in Lebanon. REUTERS/Handout

An undated picture handed out by the Palestinian Authority shows Palestinian President Yasser Arafat during his stay in Lebanon. REUTERS/Handout

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<p>Fidel Castro (L) and PLO leader Yasser Arafat stand together at the airport in Havana during Arafat's first visit to Cuba November 14, 1974.  REUTERS/Prensa Latina </p>

Fidel Castro (L) and PLO leader Yasser Arafat stand together at the airport in Havana during Arafat's first visit to Cuba November 14, 1974. REUTERS/Prensa Latina

Fidel Castro (L) and PLO leader Yasser Arafat stand together at the airport in Havana during Arafat's first visit to Cuba November 14, 1974. REUTERS/Prensa Latina

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<p>Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, meets with Mother Teresa on March 28, 1990 concluding Arafat's visit to India.  REUTERS/Nikhil Bhattacharya</p>

Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, meets with Mother Teresa on March 28, 1990 concluding Arafat's visit to India. REUTERS/Nikhil Bhattacharya

Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, meets with Mother Teresa on March 28, 1990 concluding Arafat's visit to India. REUTERS/Nikhil Bhattacharya

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<p>Nelson Mandela (L) is embraced by PLO leader Yasser Arafat as he arrives at Lusaka airport February 27, 1990.  REUTERS/Howard Burditt</p>

Nelson Mandela (L) is embraced by PLO leader Yasser Arafat as he arrives at Lusaka airport February 27, 1990. REUTERS/Howard Burditt

Nelson Mandela (L) is embraced by PLO leader Yasser Arafat as he arrives at Lusaka airport February 27, 1990. REUTERS/Howard Burditt

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<p>File photo of former President Bill Clinton with former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (L) and PLO leader Yasser Arafat after the signing of the Israeli-PLO peace accord at the White House, on September 13, 1993. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn</p>

File photo of former President Bill Clinton with former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (L) and PLO leader Yasser Arafat after the signing of the Israeli-PLO peace accord at the White House, on September 13, 1993. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

File photo of former President Bill Clinton with former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (L) and PLO leader Yasser Arafat after the signing of the Israeli-PLO peace accord at the White House, on September 13, 1993. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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<p>Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman Yasser Arafat waves July 1, 1994 as he is briefly lifted on the shoulders of Palestinian police, moments after entering the Gaza Strip at Rafiah.  REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah</p>

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman Yasser Arafat waves July 1, 1994 as he is briefly lifted on the shoulders of Palestinian police, moments after entering the Gaza Strip at Rafiah. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman Yasser Arafat waves July 1, 1994 as he is briefly lifted on the shoulders of Palestinian police, moments after entering the Gaza Strip at Rafiah. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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<p>PLO leader Yasser Arafat seen Sunday July 10th, 1994 when he performed the Omra, or minor Muslim pilgrimage, in the holy City of Mecca.  REUTERS/Stringer</p>

PLO leader Yasser Arafat seen Sunday July 10th, 1994 when he performed the Omra, or minor Muslim pilgrimage, in the holy City of Mecca. REUTERS/Stringer

PLO leader Yasser Arafat seen Sunday July 10th, 1994 when he performed the Omra, or minor Muslim pilgrimage, in the holy City of Mecca. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>PLO chairman Yasser Arafat sits at his desk in Gaza City August 28, 1994.  REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah</p>

PLO chairman Yasser Arafat sits at his desk in Gaza City August 28, 1994. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

PLO chairman Yasser Arafat sits at his desk in Gaza City August 28, 1994. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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<p>Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Yasser Arafat stops for a moment in front of a statue of Sweden's murdered Prime Minister Olof Palme during a visit to the Swedish Parliament December 12th, 1994.  REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Yasser Arafat stops for a moment in front of a statue of Sweden's murdered Prime Minister Olof Palme during a visit to the Swedish Parliament December 12th, 1994. REUTERS/Stringer

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Yasser Arafat stops for a moment in front of a statue of Sweden's murdered Prime Minister Olof Palme during a visit to the Swedish Parliament December 12th, 1994. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>PLO chairman Yasser Arafat claps his hands as if in prayer, March 26, 1995 as he meets with the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem , Diodoros I, in a Jericho church.   REUTERS/Stringer</p>

PLO chairman Yasser Arafat claps his hands as if in prayer, March 26, 1995 as he meets with the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem , Diodoros I, in a Jericho church. REUTERS/Stringer

PLO chairman Yasser Arafat claps his hands as if in prayer, March 26, 1995 as he meets with the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem , Diodoros I, in a Jericho church. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>President Bill Clinton (R), Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (L), Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (2nd, L) and Jordan's King Hussein all adjust their ties as PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat (far R) looks on in this September 28,1995 file picture.  REUTERS/Handout</p>

President Bill Clinton (R), Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (L), Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (2nd, L) and Jordan's King Hussein all adjust their ties as PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat (far R) looks on in this September 28,1995 file picture. ...more

President Bill Clinton (R), Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (L), Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (2nd, L) and Jordan's King Hussein all adjust their ties as PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat (far R) looks on in this September 28,1995 file picture. REUTERS/Handout

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<p>Chairman of the Palestine  Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat and a member of the Palestinian delegation (L), listen as Israeli Prime Minister Yitshak-Rabin addresses the United Nations General Assembly October 24, 1995.   REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine</p>

Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat and a member of the Palestinian delegation (L), listen as Israeli Prime Minister Yitshak-Rabin addresses the United Nations General Assembly October 24, 1995. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine more

Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat and a member of the Palestinian delegation (L), listen as Israeli Prime Minister Yitshak-Rabin addresses the United Nations General Assembly October 24, 1995. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

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<p>PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, surrounded by bodyguards and armed security forces, waves as he enters the former Israeli military headquarters building November 19, 1995 during his first trip to Jenin after the Israeli forces withdrew one-week ago.   REUTERS/David Silverman</p>

PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, surrounded by bodyguards and armed security forces, waves as he enters the former Israeli military headquarters building November 19, 1995 during his first trip to Jenin after the Israeli forces withdrew one-week ago. ...more

PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, surrounded by bodyguards and armed security forces, waves as he enters the former Israeli military headquarters building November 19, 1995 during his first trip to Jenin after the Israeli forces withdrew one-week ago. REUTERS/David Silverman

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<p>Palestinian leader Yasser arafat (R) greets Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak prior to the opening session of ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)  November 16, 1995.  REUTERS/John Schults</p>

Palestinian leader Yasser arafat (R) greets Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak prior to the opening session of ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) November 16, 1995. ...more

Palestinian leader Yasser arafat (R) greets Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak prior to the opening session of ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) November 16, 1995. REUTERS/John Schults

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<p>Palestinian school girls cheer PLO chairman Yasser Arafat with flags and posters on arrival at the newest West Bank self-rule enclave December 15, 1995.   REUTERS/Rula Halawani</p>

Palestinian school girls cheer PLO chairman Yasser Arafat with flags and posters on arrival at the newest West Bank self-rule enclave December 15, 1995. REUTERS/Rula Halawani

Palestinian school girls cheer PLO chairman Yasser Arafat with flags and posters on arrival at the newest West Bank self-rule enclave December 15, 1995. REUTERS/Rula Halawani

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<p>Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat peers through the bars of the prison cell once occupied by South African President Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, August 12, 1998.  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings</p>

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat peers through the bars of the prison cell once occupied by South African President Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, August 12, 1998. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat peers through the bars of the prison cell once occupied by South African President Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, August 12, 1998. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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<p>Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat talks to President Bill Clinton on the phone about the new peace deal while U. S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stands by at Arafat's office in Gaza September 3, 1999.  REUTERS/Pool</p>

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat talks to President Bill Clinton on the phone about the new peace deal while U. S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stands by at Arafat's office in Gaza September 3, 1999. REUTERS/Pool

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat talks to President Bill Clinton on the phone about the new peace deal while U. S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stands by at Arafat's office in Gaza September 3, 1999. REUTERS/Pool

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<p>Palestinian President Yasser Arafat flahes a victory sign December 31, 1999 during celebrations of the millennium and the 35th anniversary of Fatah movement.  REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Palestinian President Yasser Arafat flahes a victory sign December 31, 1999 during celebrations of the millennium and the 35th anniversary of Fatah movement. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat flahes a victory sign December 31, 1999 during celebrations of the millennium and the 35th anniversary of Fatah movement. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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<p>Pope John Paul II looks at a gift received by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat representing a nativity scene and the " Last Supper" during their meeting at the Vatican February 15, 2000. REUTERS/Pool</p>

Pope John Paul II looks at a gift received by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat representing a nativity scene and the " Last Supper" during their meeting at the Vatican February 15, 2000. REUTERS/Pool

Pope John Paul II looks at a gift received by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat representing a nativity scene and the " Last Supper" during their meeting at the Vatican February 15, 2000. REUTERS/Pool

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<p>Palestinian President Yasser Arafat (L), Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (C), listen to Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres prior to the start of a charity soccer match where former Israeli and Palestinian soccer players joined together on a team in a match which aims to boost Middle East dialogue May 25, 2000.   REUTERS/Paul Hanna</p>

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat (L), Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (C), listen to Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres prior to the start of a charity soccer match where former Israeli and Palestinian soccer players joined together on...more

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat (L), Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (C), listen to Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres prior to the start of a charity soccer match where former Israeli and Palestinian soccer players joined together on a team in a match which aims to boost Middle East dialogue May 25, 2000. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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<p>A Fatah supporter attends a rally marKing the 36th anniversary of its foundation in Gaza December 31, 2000. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan</p>

A Fatah supporter attends a rally marKing the 36th anniversary of its foundation in Gaza December 31, 2000. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

A Fatah supporter attends a rally marKing the 36th anniversary of its foundation in Gaza December 31, 2000. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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<p>Palestinian President Yasser Arafat inspects the damage to the destroyed Palestinian police position in the West Bank town of Ramallah August 10, 2001.   REUTERS/Suhaib Salem</p>

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat inspects the damage to the destroyed Palestinian police position in the West Bank town of Ramallah August 10, 2001. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat inspects the damage to the destroyed Palestinian police position in the West Bank town of Ramallah August 10, 2001. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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<p>Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is reflected in a car roof after his meeting with Dutch prime-minister Wim Kok in The Hague, Netherlands, October 16, 2001.  REUTERS/Paul Vreeker</p>

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is reflected in a car roof after his meeting with Dutch prime-minister Wim Kok in The Hague, Netherlands, October 16, 2001. REUTERS/Paul Vreeker

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is reflected in a car roof after his meeting with Dutch prime-minister Wim Kok in The Hague, Netherlands, October 16, 2001. REUTERS/Paul Vreeker

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<p>Palestinian President Yasser Arafat speaks during a meeting with his supporters in the West Bank City of Ramallah, February 3, 2002. REUTERS/Ammar Awad</p>

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat speaks during a meeting with his supporters in the West Bank City of Ramallah, February 3, 2002. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat speaks during a meeting with his supporters in the West Bank City of Ramallah, February 3, 2002. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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<p>Palestinian refugee women hold pictures of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat during a pro-Arafat demonstration in Nusairat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, March 27, 2002. . REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah</p>

Palestinian refugee women hold pictures of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat during a pro-Arafat demonstration in Nusairat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, March 27, 2002. . REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Palestinian refugee women hold pictures of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat during a pro-Arafat demonstration in Nusairat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, March 27, 2002. . REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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<p>Palestinian President Yasser Arafat attends Friday prayers in the West Bank city of Ramallah June 7, 2002. REUTERS/Ammar Awad</p>

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat attends Friday prayers in the West Bank city of Ramallah June 7, 2002. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat attends Friday prayers in the West Bank city of Ramallah June 7, 2002. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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<p>A picture handed out by his office shows Palestinian President Yasser Arafat signing papers by torchlight in his besieged office in Ramallah, September 23, 2002.  REUTERS/Hussein Hussein</p>

A picture handed out by his office shows Palestinian President Yasser Arafat signing papers by torchlight in his besieged office in Ramallah, September 23, 2002. REUTERS/Hussein Hussein

A picture handed out by his office shows Palestinian President Yasser Arafat signing papers by torchlight in his besieged office in Ramallah, September 23, 2002. REUTERS/Hussein Hussein

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<p>Supporters of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat shout during a rally in front of his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah September 11, 2003. REUTERS/Ammar Awad</p>

Supporters of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat shout during a rally in front of his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah September 11, 2003. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Supporters of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat shout during a rally in front of his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah September 11, 2003. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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<p>Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat blows a kiss as he is assisted to leave a helicopter after arriving in Amman from the besieged West Bank headquarters where he had been pinned for over 2-1/2 years October 29, 2004 to board a French presidential jet to France for treatment on Friday . REUTERS/Petra</p>

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat blows a kiss as he is assisted to leave a helicopter after arriving in Amman from the besieged West Bank headquarters where he had been pinned for over 2-1/2 years October 29, 2004 to board a French presidential jet...more

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat blows a kiss as he is assisted to leave a helicopter after arriving in Amman from the besieged West Bank headquarters where he had been pinned for over 2-1/2 years October 29, 2004 to board a French presidential jet to France for treatment on Friday . REUTERS/Petra

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<p>Mahmoud Abbas (L) the secretary-general of the PLO executive committee and Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie (R) sits next to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's empty chair at the head of the conference table, during a meeting of the top committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization at Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah, October 30, 2004. REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel  </p>

Mahmoud Abbas (L) the secretary-general of the PLO executive committee and Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie (R) sits next to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's empty chair at the head of the conference table, during a meeting of the top...more

Mahmoud Abbas (L) the secretary-general of the PLO executive committee and Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie (R) sits next to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's empty chair at the head of the conference table, during a meeting of the top committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization at Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah, October 30, 2004. REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel

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<p>The flag-draped coffin of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat is carried by a guard of honour during a ceremony at the Villacoublay air base near Paris, November 11, 2004. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer  </p>

The flag-draped coffin of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat is carried by a guard of honour during a ceremony at the Villacoublay air base near Paris, November 11, 2004. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

The flag-draped coffin of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat is carried by a guard of honour during a ceremony at the Villacoublay air base near Paris, November 11, 2004. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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<p>A member of the Palestinian security forces stands guard beside a banner depicting late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah marking the third anniversary his death, November 11, 2007.  REUTERS/Oleg Popov</p>

A member of the Palestinian security forces stands guard beside a banner depicting late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah marking the third anniversary his death, November 11, 2007. REUTERS/Oleg Popov more

A member of the Palestinian security forces stands guard beside a banner depicting late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah marking the third anniversary his death, November 11, 2007. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

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