(10 Nov 2010)
Ramallah, West Bank, 9 November 2010
1. Palestinian men walking into the memorial and grave of the former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
2. Close-up grave stone
3. Guards near grave
4. Last kaffiyeh (traditional Arab head scarf) Arafat wore
5. Quran which belonged to Arafat
6. Various of radio which belonged to Arafat
7. Kaffiyeh, Quran and radio placed next to each other
8. Kaffiyeh, Quran and radio placed next to each other with poster of Arafat in the background
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tami Rafidi, Programme Director at the Yasser Arafat Foundation:
"This is the last kaffiyeh that Yasser Arafat wore before going to therapy and actually it is not washed yet. So, we decided to keep it this way because it represents everything that Yasser Arafat does, it has his smell, it has everything in it and it represents also the last days before he left and, we as Palestinians, we feel that when Yasser Arafat left he took everyone with him."
10. Pan down of a poster of Arafat's face
Beirut, Lebanon 1982 (Exact Date Unknown)
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Yasser Arafat, former Palestinian leader:
"This is a part of this long march to our independent state, to our capital in Palestine, Jerusalem."
Washington, USA - 13 September 1993
12. Arafat shaking hands with former USA President Bill Clinton and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Rafah, Gaza Strip - 1 July 1994
13. Arafat's helicopter Landing
14. Palestinians cheering
15. Arafat disembarking helicopter
16. Arafat kissing the ground
FILE: Ramallah, West Bank - Exact Date Unknown
17. Arafat in window blowing kisses to crowd
18. Pull out of crowd cheering
The former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had a habit of turning ordinary objects into symbols, including the black-and-white checkered head-dress that came to represent the Palestinian quest for a homeland.
Six years after his death, the keepers of Arafat's memory are gathering thousands of objects - photographs, pistols, the trademark sunglasses and military-style suits he favoured - for display in a museum under construction at his former West Bank headquarters, where Arafat spent the last three years of his life encircled by Israeli forces.
The Associated Press was given exclusive access to part of the collection, including the last kaffiyeh Arafat wore before being helicoptered out of his Ramallah compound, two weeks before his death on November 11, 2004.
There was a transistor radio and a Muslim holy book, both said to have been left at a house where Arafat stayed during a secret foray into the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East war.
In his four decades as Palestinian leader, Arafat was a complex and often divisive figure - branded by some as an "arch-terrorist" and celebrated by others as the father of the Palestinian national movement.
His nomadic lifestyle, penchant for late-night meetings and flair for dramatic gestures fanned a fascination that has outlived him.
The museum pieces, along with the recollections of bodyguard Emad Abu Zaki, affirm Arafat's image as frugal man who didn't spend much on himself, even though he controlled large sums of money, and he and his associates were accused of corruption.
The kaffiyeh Arafat wore during those final days is still streaked with yellow stains and has not been washed, said Tami Rafidi, a curator at the Yasser Arafat Foundation.
"We decided to keep it this way," said Rafidi. "It represents the last days before he left."
Abu Zaki was at Arafat's side from 1988 until his death in a military hospital in France.
He said life was reduced to the bare-bones under the siege Israel imposed in January 2002 after a wave of Palestinian suicide bombings killed dozens of Israelis.
Hamas officials declined to comment.
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