Squick to the Millionth DegreeIn his new book, Terry MacAuliffe reports that Arafat repeatedly rubbed his leg under the table at a dinner in Washington in 2000.
The idea of this has me gagging into my cereal. It's Arafat. Rubbing leg. Enough said.
Oriana Fallaci was the first, I believe, to report that Arafat was gay; she observed the eye-contact and body language between him and his bodyguard during her interview with him.
Here's also a very interesting book review on the current state of Islam and homosexuality; it is a fairly informative review dealing with how fundamentalism has complicated the situation for homosexuals in Islam, a phenomenon that had long been tolerated. See too here.