Yassir Arafat's old military uniforms should be worth quite a lot of money, considering how beloved he was by the Palestinian people (or so we were told), and considering his stature as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Surely those honors translate into great value for the holy relics of the supposed George Washington of the Palestinian people.
We have some market data just in. The Jerusalem Post reports (hat tip: Ummah News Links) that a stolen Arafat military uniform just sold for the equivalent of $47.14 on the open market in Gaza City.
The uniform was stolen from Arafat's residence immediately after Hamas took full control over the Gaza Strip two months ago. Hundreds of Palestinians, including Hamas activists, looted the house in Gaza City and stole most of its contents.
A Fatah spokesman said the looters also stole Arafat's Nobel Peace Prize Award and most of his personal belongings. Hamas denied that its men were involved in the looting, saying it was making efforts to restore the stolen items.
"We have learned that one of Arafat's military uniforms has been sold by Hamas activists for NIS200," said a Fatah official. "They sold the uniform on the streets of Gaza City. This is outrageous and degrading." He accused Hamas of looting the homes of several Fatah leaders over the past two months. They include Nabil Shaath, Muhammed Dahlan and Intisar al-Wazir [Um Jihad].
The JPost adds inofrmtaion on a campaign by Hamas to get ahold of the PLO's archives in Tunisia. Could Hamas be interested in discrediting Arafat and thereby de-legitimize Fatah?