Yasser Arafat’s Death is a Call for Dialogue

It is our sincere hope that the death of Yasser Arafat will serve as an impetus for civil discourse among Muslims, Jews and the broader global community, but especially within our immediate university setting.
In Palestine, Arafat’s death will undoubtedly create an administrative (and, to a lesser extent, ideological) vacuum in the Fatah, the political organization that Arafat himself founded in 1957.
This period of relative ‘leader limbo’ is an ideal time to discuss the pressing issues of conflict in the Middle East and of Palestinian sovereignty, especially with the likelihood of a democratic election for a new Palestinian leader in coming weeks.
There is no question that the coming elections should be democratic and reflect the sentiments of the Palestinian people, but fairness is especially crucial during these coming elections in order to be fair