Gaza slept anxiously following the news of the abduction of the Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni, shockingly woke up to find that he was executed by an extremist group of Salafis called “Jaljalt”.
Vittorio Arrigoni was a very recognizable face in Gaza. I didn’t personally know him, but I came to know about his bravery from the documentary “To shoot an elephant”. Vittorio was one of the activists who stayed during operation “Cast Lead”. He was one of the voices which told the world about the brutality of the Israeli invasion.
Sadness and anger prevail over the murder of the Italian activist. Those who claimed responsibility for the abduction and murder of Vittorio call themselves Palestinians and Muslims. But Islam washes its hands from such brutal act. Moreover, International activists who visit Gaza have always felt the warmth of the Palestinian hospitality. This will never change, the only threat the Palestinians and these activists share is the threat of the Israeli occupation.
Just like the murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis, we do not know about the trajectories of the incident. Though, Hamas has vowed to bring the doers to justice, this is too ugly to be planned by a small group of Salifies. It is crystal clear that Israel is the only one benefiting from the murder of voices of peace like Juliano and Vittorio. The Zionist state has been franticly and cowardly propagating and lobbying against the upcoming Freedom Flotilla. Creating an image of Gaza as an internally dangerous place and save haven for extremists would abate the support of the international solidarity movements, as Israel will be promoting.
Palestinians today are not mourning the loss of a friend to the Palestinians, but the loss of a Palestinian. My Deepest condolences go to Vittorio’s friends in Gaza, and all over the world. And his bravery will be
Vittorio- Operation Cast Lead- 2009