From the truth is stranger than fiction file: Arafish's black bag of stolen millions is missing! You don't say! And it seems that because every one of his entourage of hoodlums were serial theives (as well as murderers), the thief could be one of a great manytop level Pali government aids. And to think thats my taxpyer money *spit*. This from todays Jerusalem Post:
On his journeys around the world, Yasser Arafat was in the habit of taking a suitcase full of cash for "emergency" cases.
Once, the suitcase, known among his inner circle as the "black bag," used to contain $170,000 in cash. The sum, used for "miscellaneous" expenses – including gifts, bribes and tips – was later raised to $500,000.
On his last trip to Paris in late October, the ailing Arafat did not forget to take along the suitcase, which this time contained $1.6 million. Arafat even had a special aide whose only job was to carry the "black bag" and distribute money according to his boss's instructions.
But when Arafat's coffin was returned to Ramallah aboard an Egyptian military helicopter two weeks later, many PA officials noticed that the suitcase was missing. Some assumed that Arafat's bag-carrier had returned the suitcase with the money to the PA chairman's office. Others did not bother to ask for fear of alienating Arafat's top cronies.
Hafez Barghouti, editor of the Ramallah-based daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, revealed that the PA had launched an investigation into the circumstances of the disappearance of Arafat's cash-filled suitcase.
"Arafat's secret-keeper who carried the black bag has gone to work in the Palestinian embassy in Moscow and no one knows what happened to the suitcase," he said.
Barghouti accused the unnamed bag-carrier of stealing the suitcase and hinted to the involvement of many of Arafat's longtime aides in the theft.
He recalled a case where a reporter once asked Arafat for financial assistance. Arafat summoned the man with the suitcase and ordered him to pay the journalist a specified sum of money.
But when the journalist counted the money, he found that it was less than the amount Arafat had promised him. He immediately complained to Arafat, who summoned the trusted aide and severely reprimanded him in the presence of all those who were in the room.
The aide apologized for the "mistake" before rushing to a nearby room and returning with an envelope that contained the missing sum.
"I wonder how many 'mistakes' this bag-holder has made over the past decades," Barghouti said. "Most of those who used to receive money from Arafat did not dare count it. They would quickly put the money in their pockets and leave, believing that Arafat, not the bag-carrier, had deducted a certain sum."