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Today marks the 10th anniversary of the death of President Yasser Arafat, an iconic leader for an iconic cause.Arafat was a charismatic and fearless warrior. Arafat was our swashbuckling hero, promising to bring us back to our home in Palestine.My generation grew up with Arafat always in the background. In a rapidly changing world, Arafat was the only constant.My husband Mohammad al-Abbas, better known by his nom du guerre Abu al-Abbas, worked with Arafat from 1967 until death did them apart – within an interval of eight months – in 2004 . Abu al-Abbas had planned it in advance with Yasser Arafat, and executed it in response to the Israeli raid on the PLO headquarters in Hammam al-Shatt, Tunis, days earlier.Both Arafat and Abu al-Abbas apologized for the operation, and last month, I came out with an autobiography, "Curse of the Achille Lauro" saying that all human life is precious, be it Palestinian or Israeli.I did this for the sake of peace, and for the legacy of Arafat and Abu al-Abbas.
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