November 28, 2012
There Are Many Reasons to Dig Up a Corpse
Leo Hickman, Guardian
Yasser Arafat's exhumation was over in a matter of hours. The Swiss, Russian and French scientists who gathered on Tuesday at the former Palestinian leader's mausoleum in Ramallah were able to, with minimum disturbance to his grave, gather the samples needed to assess whether he had been poisoned with radioactive polonium-210. Only a Palestinian doctor was allowed to touch his body and the exhumation had received the blessing of his family.