After Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat’s tombstone photographed in 2008 by Tristam Sparks (© Wikimedia Commons)

When the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who had made such a deep impact on developments in the Middle East for a generation, died in November 2004, Palestinians and many others were left wondering at the time whether the leader who had been declared politically dead so many times might instead now turn into a ghost that would not lie down. Hans Jaap Melissen travelled to Gaza, Nablus and Ramallah to assess the mood just after the funeral.

Report by Hans Jaap Melissen

Broadcast in Wide-Angle and in Euroquest November 28, 2004