Rumors that PLO Chairman Yassir Arafat was gay have been circulating for years. The former head of Romanian intelligence Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa in his book Red Horizons, published in 1987, related a conversation he had with Romanian General Constantin Munteaunu, who was “assigned to teach Arafat and the Palestinian Liberation Organization operations in deception and influence designed to fool the West into granting the organization recognition.” Munteaunu related overhearing Arafat having loud sex with one of his bodyguards. He also provided Pacepa with a report on the subject:
The report was indeed an incredible account of fanaticism, of devotion to his cause, of tangled oriental political maneuvers, of lies, of embezzled PLO funds deposited in Swiss banks, and of homosexual relationships, beginning with his teacher when he was a teen-ager and ending with his current bodyguards. After reading the report, I felt a compulsion to take a shower whenever I had been kissed by Arafat, or even just shaken his hand.
Well, I hope he did a lot more than take a shower. Arafat, given his long list of enemies, was always paranoid about security. While his bodyguards went to great extremes to protect (and uh… entertain) their boss, often moving him from one secret location to another on an almost daily basis, they neglected one simple thing – to put a little 79 cent rubber thingie on his dick.
And what happened as a result of that? Well, according to Ahmad Jibril, founder and leader of the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, Arafat, who survived numerous assassination attempts, was ultimately felled by AIDS. This revelation was made during a recent interview with Hizballah’s Al-Manar TV:
Said Jibril [to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his staff]: â€œWhen [Abbas] came to Damascus with his team, I asked them: ‘What happened to the investigation into the death of [Arafat]? … The response from Abbas’ aides changed in an instant Jibril’s view of his deceased mentor … â€œThey were silent, and then one of them said to me: ‘To be honest, the French gave us the medical report, that stated that the cause of [Arafat’s] death was AIDS.’â€
As my buddy James Kirchick of the New Republic notes, this is hardly surprising news. He stated that
…no amount of evidence will convince the Palestinians that Arafat was a homosexual, or that his death was caused by anything other than Israel’s machinations. I found this out a few weeks ago in the West Bank, where everyone I spoke to told me that Israel killed Arafat. The denials that will inevitably spill forth about the causes of Arafat’s death will mirror the rejection of a two state solution: both are part and parcel of the Palestinians’ self-delusion.
So… no Ramallah Gay Pride parade next summer? Dang. What the hell am I supposed to do with all these Pride Edition Palestine is For Lovers t-shirts???