Headdress, radio, holy book help tell Arafat story

WBank museum to showcase Arafat's possessions

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Yasser Arafat had a knack for turning ordinary objects into symbols, including the black-and-white checkered headdress that came to represent the Palestinian quest for a homeland.

Six years after his death, the keepers of Arafat's memory are gathering thousands of objects -- photographs, pistols, the trademark sunglasses and military-style suits he favored -- for display in a museum under construction at his former West Bank headquarters, where Arafat spent the last three years of his life encircled by Israeli forces.

The Associated Press was given exclusive access to part of the collection, including the last kaffiyeh Arafat wore before being helicoptered out of his Ramallah compound two weeks before his death on Nov. 11, 2004.