Yasser Arafat[note 1] (24 August 1929 – 11 November 2004) is best known as the first modern leader of the Palestinian people. He was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from 1969 to 2004. In 1993, he also became president of the Palestinian National Authority (PA).
|1st President of the Palestinian National Authority
5 July 1994 – 11 November 2004
|Rawhi Fattouh (interim)
|Third Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization
4 February 1969 – 29 October 2004
Mohammed al-Qudwa al-Husseini
24 August 1929
|11 November 2004 (aged 75)
Clamart, Hauts-de-Seine, France
|Arafat's compound, Ramallah, Palestine
The views of him are somewhat divided. Some people see him as a hero, who fought for the cause of the Palestinian people. Others see him as a terrorist, who promoted the use of violence to reach his goals. Still others think he was a charismatic leader, but he made too many concessions to the Israeli government.
Yasser died in Paris from a cerebral hemorrhage. The next day he was buried at his compound, with a hasty funeral in Ramallah on November 12. He was reburied on November 13, about 3:30 am. He was buried in a special casket, with the hope of being reburied in Jerusalem one day when an independent State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital would be established.
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