Konspirationsteorierna är fantastiska i mellanöstern. Och ibland kan man dessutom använda dem för att skyla över något pinsamt. Nu har Yassir Arafats personliga läkare berättat att Arafat hade HIV i blodet - men att dog för att han blivit förgiftad. Visst, serru.
Late Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat's blood contained the deadly HIV virus, Arafat's personal physician told Jordanian media over the weekend. Dr. Ashraf al-Kurdi stressed, however, that Arafat did not die of AIDS - which is caused by the virus.
Jordanian news site Amman quoted al-Kurdi - a former Jordanian health ministry official - as saying that the virus had been injected into Arafat's bloodstream close to his death, and that the real cause of the chairman's death was poison.
Hours earlier, al-Kurdi was interviewed on television news station Al-Jazeera. However, the network cut short the live interview with al-Kurdi as soon as he mentioned that the former chairman had contracted HIV.