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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
YASSER ARAFAT - 1929 - 2004....AN ICON'S JOURNEY
Aug. 4, 1929
CHILDHOOD... Yasser Arafat, is born in Cairo. After the death of his mother in 1933, he is sent to live with an Uncle in Jerusalem.

May 15, 1948
EARLY TRAINING... The state of Israel is proclaimed. Arafat runs arms and learns guerilla tactics in he first Arab-Israeli war.

1951-57
EDUCATION AND ACTIVISMArafat studies engineering at Cairo University and becomes involved in the Palestinian cause.

Feb. 4, 1969
RISE TO POWER.He is elected chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)

Sept.17, 1970
DRIVEN OUTJordan cracks down on the PLO. Soon afterward, Arafat moves to Lebanon.

June 6, 1982
EXILEThe PLO evacuate Beirut after Israel invades Lebanon.

Dec. 13, 1988
INTIFADEH. Following a year of riots by Palestinian against Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip, Arafat renounces terrorism and calls for negotiations with Israel.

Sept. 13, 1993
PEACE TALKS.After more than a year of secret negotiations, Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin sign the Oslo accords.

July 1, 1994
STATESMAN. Arafat returns to Gaza after a 25-year absence. In December he is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Jan. 20,1996
TRIUMPH.He is elected president of the Palestinian Authority.

July 11, 2000
STALEMATE.A summit at Camp David with Israeli Prime Minsiter Ehud Barak fails.

September 2000
WAVE OF VIOLENCE. A deadly second Intifadeh begins.

June 2002
ISOLATION.Periodically besieged by Israel, which blames him for suicide attacks, Arafat confines himself to Ramallah, where he remains for more than two years.

Nov. 11, 2004
LAST GOODBYE. Two weeks after leaving Ramallah for medical treatment, Arafat dies near Paris.


(TIMEMAG by/ Nadia Mustafa)
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