While we're riveted at the idea of someone possibly poisoning Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat with radioactive polonium and implications this could have on the already strained Israel-Palestine conflict, we have a smaller question: Why is Suha Arafat holding onto her late husband's old underwear?
From a report by Time's Karl Vick:
"Not the whole world has access to nuclear elements," said Arafat’s widow, Suha, who submitted her late husband’s toothbrush, stained underwear and other belongings to a respected Swiss lab for examination. She stopped short of flatly accusing Israel but Mrs. Arafat took the next step to ascertaining the cause of death — authorizing the exhumation of his remains for further testing.
Yeah, your eyes are not deceiving you. Apparently somewhere in Suha's trove of her late husband's belongings was at least one pair of Yasser's "stained underwear" and for some reason, in a thought process beyond ours, she thought keeping the underwear, stains and all, would be a good idea. Yasser Arafat died in 2004, meaning that, at best, the pair of undies is about eight-year-old if not older. That's something straight out of Hoarders, right? The only difference being that most episodes of Hoarders don't have the weight of Middle East diplomacy hanging in the balance.
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