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Suha Talks

Merry widow Suha Arafat has spoken out for the first time since her husband’s death.

In hour-long interview with Arab television network MBC, widow of Palestinian leader described life with Arafat and his love for his daughter.
  
Suha Arafat, widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, has granted her first interview since the death of her husband to the Arab television network MBC.

 

During the interview, which lasted for over an hour, she recalled her first acquaintance with Arafat back in 1989 in Tunisia and her quick adjustment to Arafat’s intense lifestyle, before his siege in the Mukata.

 

She admitted that her parents had objected to the marriage, but denied the rumors that her mother was the matchmaker who then became alienated to their connection.

 

Suha described her late husband as an able man who never rested. “He had no liking to what life could offer him. He ate little, no more than soup, chicken and some vegetables”, she said.

Don’t forget garlic.

A long part of the interview centered on Arafat’s functioning as a father. “Abu Amar, like any other man, wanted a boy.

Tell us something new.

But when Zawa was born, it quickly passed”, she added.

 

According to Suha, “Arafat loved his daughter, he used to give her many presents, and when she was sick he always came to visit her”.

 

“The decision to leave Arafat and the territories was not easy, but I got used to it. I became accustomed to Paris and so did Zawa”, she noted.

It was a tough decision..but someone had to do it.

Suha also said that she was afraid for her life..

That is understandable. After all, her people living in poverty while she got fat in Paris, did not exactly like her.

.. and the life of Zawa, and hinted that Israel might try and assassinate her.

Ahh..blaming Israel, I see. Don’t fatter flatter yourself, Suha. I am sure Israel have bigger fish to fry (bigger in the sense of more dangerous and involved with terrorism, rather than bigger physically speaking).

“All my life I have lived under occupation.

French occupation.

I know that I, as Suha Arafat, am a target”, she concluded.

Yet I bet she never shopped there.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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