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Islamic judge rules Arafat must stay on life support

[JURIST] A senior Islamic judge ruled on Wednesday that Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat's life support system must not be switched off. Arafat is currently clinging to life in a Paris hospital. Burial preparations have already begun. Sheikh Taysir Tamimi, chief Palestinian religious judge, arrived in Paris to rule on the treatment of Arafat. Sheikh Tamimi said that turning off Arafat's life support system is "forbidden under Islamic law." The Financial Times has more. Paper Chase has more on Arafat's political successor.

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