Today the world has become worse by losing a dreamer, a humanitarian, and a peace activist.
Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian journalist and human rights defender, was kidnapped and killed in Gaza on 15 April 2011.
He was active in the Palestine cause for almost 10 years. For the past two and a half years, he was in Gaza with the International Solidarity Movement, monitoring human rights violations by Israel, supporting the Palestinian popular resistance against the Israeli occupation and disseminating information about the situation in Gaza to his home country of Italy. He was aboard the siege-breaking voyage in 2008 with the Free Gaza Movement and was incarcerated in Israeli prisons several times. He was in Gaza throughout Israel’s brutal assault (Operation Cast Lead), assisting medics and reporting to the world what Israel was doing to the Palestinian people. He has been arrested numerous times by Israeli forces for his participation in Palestinian non-violent resistance in the West Bank and Gaza. His last arrest and deportation from the area was a result of the Israeli confiscation of Palestinian fishing vessels in Gazan territorial waters.
Vittorio used to write on the issue of Palestine for the Italian newspapers, IL Manifesto and Peacereporter. Additionally, he maintains a popular blog and Facebook page.
(copied with slight modifications from the International Solidarity Movement website)
(By the Brazilian Artist Carlos Latuff)
Vittorio Arrigoni talking about himself with English subtitles
the same video with Arabic subtitles
A Facebook Page devoted to his memory
A candlelight vigil for Vittorio Arrigoni will take place in Cairo, in front of the Italian embassy, on Tuesday 19th April from 7:30 Pm to 8:30 pm
The event page on Facebook
In memory of Vittorio Arrigoni