In Syria, Arafat was considered a traitor when he signed peace accords with Israel in 1993, but he gained some sympathy after he became an enemy of Israel again and was besieged by the Israelis in his headquarters in Ramallah almost three years ago. However, the fact that Israel and the US wanted to get rid of him, the extent of Palestinian grief, and the TV biographies that reminded us of his previous image as a young guerilla leader who won the hearts of Arabs during the late 1960s and 1970s, all this made most people here watch his funeral in sorrow. I feel sorry he died before seeing an independent Palestine.
No moon sighted tonight. One more day of fasting.