BREAKING NEWS ~ Arafat, 75, dies in Paris hospital

BREAKING NEWS ~ Arafat, 75, dies in Paris hospital

[JURIST] Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died early Thursday in a Paris hospital according to an official announcement. He was 75. Admired deeply by supporters but reviled by opponents, Arafat's passing ends a week of speculation over the leader's failing health after premature reports of his death circulated on Nov. 4. The Palestinian Authority leader spent his life working toward the establishment of a Palestinian state, a goal he never realized, but was also a Nobel Peace Prize winner who brought global attention to the Palestinian situation. International leaders expressed condolences to the Palestinian people, thousands of whom spilled into the streets of Gaza in a spontaneous display of grief. AP has the full story. The Jerusalem Post has a multiple stories on Arafat's passing, including an obituary and a report of the interim Palestinian leadership as well as plans for Arafat's funeral. Ha'aretz also has extensive coverage of Arafat's death. See an earlier report by JURIST's Paper Chase regarding Arafat's declining health as well as the debate over his potential successors.