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Press Release: 32 County Sovereignty Movement (International Dept)
For Immediate Release.
Contact - Sean Burns (inter_sol32@hotmail.com)

32csm Extends Sympathy to the Palestinian People upon the Death of Yasser Arafat.

The death this morning of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat comes as a palpable shock to his people and to revolutionaries across the world. For the past many years he has been a continuous presence in the struggle for the recognition of Palestinian Nationhood and his passing has no doubt left a vacuum in the hearts of many of his followers, as well as leaving a question mark over an equivalent successor to the PLO leadership.

There are many radically different opinions on the strategy employed in what was later termed the ‘Middle East Peace Process’, and it would not be right to argue during this moment of mourning over such points. Suffice to say that Arafat was recognized even by his enemies as a person with a phenomenally enigmatic character who could inspire unswerving and unquestionable devotion, to the extent that his image and the Palestinian struggle became almost as one within the minds of millions of people.

The ill-health that he suffered in the months prior to his death was no doubt greatly influenced by the conditions in which he was forced to live by the Israeli forces since the beginning of the second Intifada. Nevertheless Arafat himself would have perhaps found it fitting that he could share the same hardships and indignities as his people in those final weeks.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement sends its deepest condolences to the family of Yasser Arafat, and to the Palestinian people we re-dedicate our fullest support and solidarity.

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