I haven't caught up with Mrs. Yasser in some time, so today I googled for news of her. Write me, Suha baby, I don't want to have to google you!For those of you unlucky enough not to know Suha, here's a little background:
Suha and Yasser met when he hired her to do public relations for the PLO in Tunis, where she nominally converted to Islam before they wed. "I married a myth
," she said. "But the marriage helped him step down from his pedestal and become a human being
Suha Arafat is like "a big mother for the people"
according to the director general for international relations at the Palestinian tourism ministry. "She feels a lot for their miseries
, and she's very popular because of it. At first they wanted to make her out to be frivolous, but really she lives much more modestly than the wife of almost any minister in her husband's government
."Suha lives in Paris on $100,000 a month from Palestinian Authority funds.
According to rumors, Suha Arafat's mother, Raymonda, also lives extravagantly - apparently off international generosity and the Palestinian taxpayers.
"The last I heard, she was living in the Bristol Hotel, which is regarded as one of the premier hotels - if not the premier hotel - in Paris," an Arab source told the New York Daily News last year. "I understand that she has a whole floor to herself and her entourage, and that she has been living there for over a year. Must be quite expensive, especially given the financial situation of the Palestinians
Asked by the French magazine Le Parisien why her daughter Zahwa was born in Paris instead of Palestinian territory, Suha Arafat explained, "Our child was conceived in Gaza, but sanitary conditions there are terrible
Her daughter, Zahwa, looks like the image of the Palestinian leader -- if Arafat could be imagined as a 3-year-old girl with a blue hair ribbon
"She is totally her father," Mrs. Arafat said. "A real authoritarian
."Lucky me, there's a next Arafat generation! And she looks so cute in her kaffiyeh and gun belt!