Why Abbas’ UN speech pales in comparison to Arafat’s rifle

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“Disappointing” and “laughable” is how many Palestinians viewedAbbas’ speech at the UN last week. The hype of anticipation that the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) media built before the speech heightened that perception. As I listened to the speech, I could not help but reminisce about Yasser Arafat, despite all of his personal flaws and, sometimes, ill-thought policies. In November 1974, wearing the traditional Palestinian headgear (Kuffiyeh) with his gun-belt strapped around his waist, Arafat delivered the PLO’s first speech at the UN General Assembly. Taking his people’s grief before the inte…

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