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Rumors Swirl About the Death of Abbas

Filed under: General — JVW @ 8:08 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Twitter is abuzz with rumors coming allegedly from Middle Eastern sources that Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has died. Abbas checked into a hospital in Ramallah nearly a week ago with what was thought to be pneumonia, and he has spent some time on a respirator. He had been expected to be released by this weekend, but was held over. Hebron Radio reported his death a few hours ago, but then has apparently since walked back the report. Fatah is said to have released a statement denying that Abbas is now consulting directly with Arafat.

More if and when this story develops.


24 Responses to “Rumors Swirl About the Death of Abbas”

  1. Just in case anyone wants to talk about overseas news.

    JVW (42615e)

  2. overseas news tonight for reals is how

    whatever you think about Mr. Drudge

    tonight he’s shining bright like a bright-shining object what radiates pure light, brightly

    he are become a glorious benefactor of all who yearn for freedom

    I love you Matthew you’re the best one

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  3. Well, when you think of that which could be true, we know what is he fundraisers for Munich, and was a kgb agent In the 80s

    narciso (d1f714)

  4. The Times of Israel seems to think he’s alive

    Kishnevi (871225)

  5. But it is possible to drown in the Dead Sea

    Kishnevi (871225)

  6. for the love of rosemary fennel biscuits i don’t give a crap if abbas dies god knows what animal takes his place

    palestinians are nasty end of discussion

    but this is both sublime and absurd

    it genuinely befuddles me

    and not least cause i just found it


    i never seen tracy this happy

    and she’s so beautiful

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  7. I thought it was the Saudi prince who was rumored dead.

    harkin (2fa2ca)

  8. deadest prince ever not counting Prince


    happyfeet (28a91b)

  9. Well, the chances that he’s replaced with someone more radical are probably close to 100%.

    Lyrics Don't Matter (4bae86)

  10. It was Drake in royal Saudi garb, the middle East version of redpilled Kanye.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  11. And yet the Germans got their contracts fancy that, and they are restabilized the oil production quotas

    narciso (d1f714)

  12. Contracts canceled, the Qatari blitz, re Mueller is
    Part of the counterattack

    narciso (d1f714)

  13. So the whole black cube story, that was really about kahk and Co, doing favors for a Taiwanese shipper trying to break sanctions. Back in 2013.

    narciso (d1f714)

  14. They already have a cover story ready to go, re the unmasking, btw nines has raised 2.25 million.

    narciso (d1f714)

  15. How long did it take for the death of Arafat to be confirmed. I will hazard a guess: as long as it took his cronies and family to empty his bank accounts, liquify his assets and obfuscate the source of said funds.

    Estarcatus (10fa1e)

  16. When Yasser Arafat died, the most important task for the PA was to obtain the key/passcode to his Swiss bank account worth an estimated $2 billion. It was in the possession of his wife and finally turned over in exchange a substantial upfront payout for a reported $3 million per annum for life. I hesitate to guess what Abbas has stashed away during his tenure.

    Corky Boyd (8dfada)

  17. Which non-existent aide said it was impossible that Abbas was alive?

    Ed from SFV (b95465)

  18. The First Lady has not been seen for what is now the 20th day, and the news was that she had been hospitalized for a kidney condition. What’s going on?

    nk (dbc370)

  19. Sicknesses of a leader can be hidden, but death has a way of being outed because all the people around that person act differenbtly.

    Stalin’s death became known within a day or so. Howard Hughes’s death became known.

    The only exception appears to be that of Mullah Omar. But it is not an exception because Mullah Omar was never running anything from Pakistan, and thia actually constitutes proof. tghe taliban were being run by Pakistani intelligence.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  20. By the way, I read that Mohammaed bin Salman, amost ruler of Saudi Arabia hasn’t bene seen in weeks.

    Bin Salman hasn’t been seen in the public eye since his meeting with the Spanish royal family in on April 12. On April 21, heavy gunfire was heard near a royal palace in Riyadh, the kingdom’s capital.

    No, he’s not dead, but he might be under arrest, or afraid to appear in public. Since he’s not technically the ruler, maybe things won’t change.

    To dismiss the rumor, the Saudi royal family on Wednesday released a photo of Bin Salman at a cabinet meeting in Jeddah and confirmed that he is alive.

    he might have lost some power.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  21. Someone wrote something like that the PLO morphed from aterrorist group trying to destroy israel, to a terrorist ghroup trying to get a state, to a political group struggling against Hamas (actually still suppporting some terrorrists) to a corrupt dictatorship whose only goal seems to be protecting the privileges of its own ruling elites.

    (And that last is an improvement.)

    Here is where it is:

    Fatah rules in the West Bank and controls both the Palestinian Authority and the PLO. Over the decades, Fatah has morphed from a terrorist group fighting to destroy Israel, into a terrorist group fighting for Palestinian statehood, then after Arafat’s death in 2004 into a political group struggling against Hamas and other terrorist organizations, and more recently into a plain dictatorship whose only goal seems to be protecting the privileges of its own ruling elites.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  22. No, they have always been the first, the fact they can’t be more, is how they were routed in 2006 in Gaza, but its like fatah and pflp gc

    narciso (d1f714)

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