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Museum Dedicated to Yassir Arafat Set to Open in Ramallah

A new museum dedicated to the life of the late Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat is set to open in Ramallah on November 9. With much of Arafat’s personal belongings the subject of looting each time a residence or headquarters fell, the premier artifact on display will be the Nobel Peace Prize medal Arafat was awarded in 1993 along with Israel’s late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres following the signing of the Oslo Accords. The medal, which had been taken when Arafat’s Gaza headquarters was ransacked by Hamas in 2007 after wresting control of the Gaza Strip from Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah, was recently returned. Part of Arafat’s final home – the headquarters building in Ramallah to which he was confined by the Israelis at the end of his life – will also be on display.