Suha Arafat denies receiving $50,000 pension from Palestinian Authority
Speaking to the London-based Saudi Arabic language daily 'Sharqalawsat' this week, Suha Arafat categorically denied being paid US$50,000 from the Palestinian Authority.
"They pay me US$12,000, which is Abu Ammar's (Yasser Arafat) pension as the head of the PLO and Fatah movement... the reports that I get US$50,000 a month are mere baseless and bad rumours... I receive this sum at the start of every month, and my house rent is also paid by the Palestinian Authority," the widow said.
Suha Arafat - who has recently been catapulted to world headlines about an alleged Tunisian investigation on her links to former first lady Leila Trabelsi - said that even seven years on, she still has no information about what caused Arafat's death in France back in November 2004.
Arafat's nephew Nasser Al-Qidwa - who spoke last week in Ramallah during a commemoration ceremony marking seven years since the death of the former Palestinian strong-man - expressed his conviction that Arafat was poisoned, and pointed a finger towards Israel for responsibility.
But Arafat's widow refuses to remain silent in the wake of persistent allegations.
In another interview from Malta - this time with Egyptian journalist Wael Al Abrashi - she rebutted allegations that she stole land and donations to the Palestinian Authority.
"I didn't take lands from the state of Palestine," Suha said, revealing some interesting details about her late husband's private life.
According to Suha, Arafat was fond of watching Tom and Jerry cartoons but did not like listening to music.
He was also teaching his daughter how to use a gun when she was three years old, and always took off his famous military fatigues and the traditional Palestinian headgear Koffiya, and wore sport clothes.