Italian Vittorio Arrigoni was a 36-year-old journalist and human rights defender who had been working toward peace and parity in the Gaza Strip for almost 10 years. On Friday, his body was found in a house in the Gaza Strip.
Let the International Solidarity Movement tell Arrigoni's story:
For the past two and a half years, he has been 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 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.
Arrigoni was kidnapped Thursday by an al-Qaeda-aligned group calling itself Monotheism and Holy War. The group posted a video of Arrigoni beaten and blindfolded and demanded the release of two Monotheism and Holy War leaders held by the Palestinian governing body, Hamas.
Though condemned as terrorists in the west, at home Hamas is seen as too pragmatic by smaller, more militant factions. Arrigoni, like Juliano Mer Khamis before him, was evidently seen by those same militant factions as too threatening to live.