Hamas returns Arafat’s Nobel prize to PA
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Hamas returns Arafat’s Nobel prize to PA

Medal, missing since 2007 following takeover of Gaza Strip, to go on display at new Ramallah museum

(R-L) Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the joint Nobel Peace Prize winners for 1994, in Olso, Norway. (Government Press Office via Getty Images)
(R-L) Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the joint Nobel Peace Prize winners for 1994, in Olso, Norway. (Government Press Office via Getty Images)

A relative of Yasser Arafat says the Hamas terror group has returned the late Palestinian leader’s 1994 Nobel Peace Prize to the Palestinian government in the West Bank.

Nasser al-Kidwa, Arafat’s nephew, said Tuesday that the medal will be among dozens of Arafat’s belongings to be displayed in a new museum opening in Ramallah on November 9. Kidwa is president of the Arafat Institute.

Arafat shared the Nobel prize with then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres for reaching the 1993 Oslo interim peace agreement.

Arafat died in 2004, and three years later many items at his Gaza headquarters were lost when the rival Hamas terror group seized control of the territory.

Al-Kidwa said the only missing piece that Hamas has returned was the medal.

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