Graffiti commemorates life of Vittorio Arrigoni – in pictures


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Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian reporter who worked with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement in the Gaza Strip from 2008 until his death 2011, is remembered in graffiti seen around the port. Palestinian Territory. 4th February 2012

Vittorio Arrigoni was an Italian reporter, writer and activist. Arrigoni worked with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in the Gaza Strip, from 2008 until his death 2011.
Arrigoni was credited as one of the many activists who revived the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a pro-Palestinian group that works in the Palestinian territories. In August 2008, he participated in the Free Gaza mission that aimed to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, in place since June 2007 when Hamas took power in the territory.

He was on the first boat that arrived in the Port of Gaza, describing that moment as “one of the happiest and most emotional” of his lifetime”
Arrigoni was kidnapped on April 14, 2011, by suspected members of a Salafi militant group espousing Salafist jihadism operating in Gaza known as Tawhid and Jihad.

The captors demanded the release of their leader Walid al-Maqdasi, imprisoned by the de facto government in Gaza a month earlier, as a ransom and threatened Arrigoni’s killing if a 30-hour deadline was not met. For uncertain reasons, before the deadline expired, the captors killed Arrigoni in an empty apartment in the Mareh Amer area in northern Gaza.
An official statement from Hamas described the killing as a “disgraceful act” by a “mentally deviated and outlawed group.”

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