Today, Thursday, the Palestinians commemorate the 17th anniversary of the death of the late President Yasser Arafat.
The National Liberation Movement “Fatah”, which was led by the late president, announced an extensive program to commemorate the anniversary, which includes central festivals, marches, stops and photo exhibitions.
Today, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid a wreath at Arafat’s tomb, and recited Al-Fatihah in the presence of Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh, members of the Executive Committees of the Liberation Organization and the Central Committee of the “Fatah” movement, members of the Revolutionary Council, and a number of ministers.
The various schools of Bethlehem Governorate witnessed speeches being delivered during the morning school queue, she recalled the leader Aba Ammar, and the first session was devoted to talking about his biography, in addition to holding a number of events, as took place in Al Ekhaa Islamic School and Al Arqam Kindergarten organized by the Central Zakat Committee.
Tuqu’a male school students participated in a mass march in memory of Arafat’s death, and a blood donation campaign was organized at Beit Jala Governmental Hospital by the Student Youth Movement and the Student Union Council at Al-Quds Open University, in addition to a voluntary work at Palestine Military Hospital.
Dozens of students from Tuqu` Secondary School, southeast of Bethlehem, suffocated, as Israeli forces suppressed a peaceful march organized to mark the 17th anniversary of Abu Ammar’s departure.
In the city of Hebron, dozens of students from Tariq Bin Ziyad School in the southern area of the city suffocated, after Israeli forces suppressed a student march.
Arafat died on November 11, 2004, at the age of 75, at the Clamart Military Hospital in the French capital, Paris.
The death of the Palestinian leader came after a rapid deterioration in his health, in light of his siege for several months by the Israeli forces at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, in the central West Bank.
The Palestinians accuse Israel of killing Arafat with “poison”, and the leadership formed an official investigation committee into the circumstances of his death, but it has not yet announced official results.