Arafat



Yasir [yah-ser,, -sir,, yas-er] /ˈyɑ sər,, -sɪr,, ˈyæs ər/ (Show IPA), 1929–2004, Palestinian leader: head of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
a hill 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia: site of Muslim pilgrimages.
Contemporary Examples

Only a select few had access to Arafat, who at the time was under siege and trapped in his castle by the Israelis.
Radioactive Revelations Raise the Question: Who Killed Arafat? Maysoon Zayid November 7, 2013

The Israeli MKs responded by calling their Arab counterparts savages and Arafat lovers.
The Erekat Came Back Maysoon Zayid November 14, 2013

Morris makes the staggering claim that he “knows” that “Arafat’s pacifist asseverations were insincere.”
A Second Response to Benny Morris Daniel Levy April 23, 2012

Arafat could not bring himself to say this at Camp David, and his successors have similarly failed to do so.
One State, Two States Steven Bayme March 18, 2012

During the Arafat era, George W. Bush regularly declared that Palestinian democracy was the only path to peace with Israel.
The Right’s Democracy Hypocrisy Peter Beinart December 5, 2010

Historical Examples

The pilgrims now pressed forward towards the mountain of Arafat, and covered its sides from top to bottom.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 13, No. 361, Supplementary Issue (1829) Various

The best water in Mekka is brought by a conduit from the vicinity of Arafat, six or seven hours distant.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 358 Various

I walked to Mount Arafat, to enjoy from its summit a more distinct view of the whole.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 13, No. 361, Supplementary Issue (1829) Various

From thence an elevated rocky ground in the plain extends towards Arafat.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 13, No. 361, Supplementary Issue (1829) Various

At the close of the sixteenth century, according to Kotobeddyn, the whole plain of Arafat was cultivated.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 13, No. 361, Supplementary Issue (1829) Various

noun
a hill in W Saudi Arabia, near Mecca: a sacred site of Islam, visited by pilgrims performing the hajj Also called Jabal ar Rahm
noun
Yasser (ˈjæsə). 1929–2004, Palestinian leader; cofounder of Al Fatah (1956), leader from 1968 of the Palestine Liberation Organization, president of the Palestinian National Authority from 1996: signed a peace agreement with Israel (1993); Nobel peace prize 1994 with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin

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