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Jerusalem, Aug 17: A military uniform of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, which was stolen from his house in Gaza following Hamas' takeover of the territory, has been allegedly sold by the activists of the radical group for about $50.

"We have learnt that one of Arafat's military uniforms has been sold by Hamas activists for 200 NIS (about $50)," an official of President Mahmud Abbas-led Fatah told The Jerusalem Post.

"They sold the uniform on the streets of Gaza City. This is outrageous and degrading," the unnamed official said.

Fatah officials have accused Hamas of looting the homes of several Fatah leaders over the past two months, including that of former foreign minister Nabil Shaath and Fatah strongman Muhammed Dahlan.

Hundreds of Palestinians, including Hamas activists, looted the house of Arafat, taking away his personal belongings, including his Nobel Prize citation, in the chaos following the takeover of the territory by the Islamic group.

Hamas has denied that its men were involved in the looting, saying it was making efforts to restore the stolen items. 


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  • Nelson Lewis, Karkala/Bombay/Kingdom of Bahrain

    Sat, Aug 18 2007

    Well, from what little I know about the late Yasser Arafat, he was not any great military man, but a freedom fighter. So, if at all his uniform was sold for U.S. $50/-, I would not be surprised. He is not at all a military man in the stature of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, Gen. McArthur or Gen. Patton to fetch an astronomical price for his uniform. Moreover, most Palestinians in the Gaza strip may be leading hard lives to shell out astronomical sum for Arafat's uniform.

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