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Posted on on November 1st, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz (

Tunisia issues arrest warrant for Suha Arafat


Wife of late Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat known for living an extravagant lifestyle with funds believed to have come out of foreign aid to Palestinians • Suha had her Tunisian citizenship revoked in 2007 after reportedly being at odds with then president and first lady.

Suha Arafat, the widow of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, is well-known for her excessive use of foreign aid funds to the Palestinians. [Archive]


Photo credit: AP

Tunisian authorities over the weekend issued an arrest warrant for Suha Arafat, wife of late Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, on grounds of corruption.

Suha arrived in Tunisia after Yasser’s death in 2004 and was awarded Tunisian citizenship in 2006. She reportedly then founded the International School of Carthage with the former Tunisian first lady. According to reports, the two succeeded in manipulating the competition and closing down the only other private school in the area.

Suha is known for her extravagant lifestyle among the elite in Paris prior to her husband’s death. Media outlets often speculated that the late Palestinian leader’s wife was enjoying the fruits of the Palestinians’ labor, as Arafat was widely accused of pocketing funds and aid money meant for the Palestinian people.

Suha had her Tunisian citizenship revoked by former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2007. Foreign media reported multiple possible motives for the rescindment, among them a secret marriage with the former first lady’s brother gone awry, embarrassing requests for money from late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and bickering over profits from the International School of Carthage.

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