In this undated handout photo, part of the new Arafat museum is seen in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (The Arafat Foundation via AP)
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The Yasser Arafat Museum opened Wednesday in Ramallah, shedding light on the long-time Palestinian leader's life and offering a glimpse of history – along with a number of his trademark black-and-white keffiyehs.Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who succeeded Arafat after his death in 2004, cut the inaugural ribbon at the $7-million museum Wednesday evening in the occupied West Bank.Nabeel Kassis, head of the museum committee, said visitors would learn about the history of the Palestinians "from the beginning of the 20th century until the death of Arafat in 2004 ".He added that the life of Arafat was intertwined with Palestinian history.Decades later he disavowed violence and famously shook hands with Rabin on the White House lawn, though the peace the Oslo accords were supposed to bring never materialized.More than a decade after his death, Arafat remains a towering figure in Palestinian culture, politics and society.
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