Swiss examiners conclude Yasser Arafat was likely poisoned with polonium. Somebody’s got some splaining to do.
When Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died in 2004, the official cause of death was listed as a stroke due to a blood disorder. But Arafat’s widow has long claimed he was assassinated, and most people were just like “She would say that. Now it looks like there’s proof to back up this claim, as a Swiss autopsy report obtained by Al-Jazeera shows that examiners found unusually high trace amounts of polonium in Arafat’s body. The report says that this isn’t 100%, but it’s about as close as it gets, considering the reason polonium is popular with governments assassinating people is because its short half life means most of the evidence is gone by the time the boys down in forensics get ahold of the body.
In a daring operation, a group of Palestinian women have been quickly smuggling their husband’s sperm out of jail that they then use to get pregnant. Considering that sperm doesn’t have a long shelf life outside of the human body, this operation relied on stealth and most importantly, speed.
For hundreds and hundreds of years, Christians have flocked to the city of Bethlehem in Israel as the site of the birth of Jesus. But new archaeological evidence shows that the Bethlehem that’s being worshipped is probably the wrong one. At the time when Jesus would have been born, it turns out there was a town of Bethlehem in Galilee, much closer to where Mary was living. Oops.
Ever since its modern creation, Israel has always used a heavy hand against the slightest provocation from its neighbors and enemies. But today, as Israel laid the hammer down on Hamas after rocket attacks from Gaza, they did so by liveblogging and tweeting the entire operation.
For decades, the role of Mary Magdalene in the story of Christianity has been hotly debated. What role did she play in Jesus’s life? Some historians consider her both a wife and disciple, while her story is stubbornly kept out of almost all Christian doctrine. A new discovery, a piece of ancient papyrus, refers to her as both— the wife and disciple of Jesus.