by Amer Jubran
April 16, 2011
On Friday April 15, 2011 a criminal group with ties to the Israeli
Mossad and Saudi intelligence abducted and executed 36 year old
pro-Palestinian Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni.
One does not need to know much about Vittorio Arrigoni to express
admiration. This Italian traveled far from home, subjected himself to
serious Israeli military threats, and went through the quandaries of the
deposed Egyptian regime of Mubarak to come to help the Palestinians in
Gaza Strip. He resided in impoverished Gaza for over three years, rather
than indulge in life in much more prosperous cities in Italy.
However, his biggest battle was to accept defending Palestinians who
believe in and practice armed resistance. This acceptance is hard to
obtain in the face of defamation carried out by European official policy
and media in support of Israel and Israel's massive crimes against the
Palestinians. In one picture, Vittorio wrote in Arabic on his arm "Long
Live the Resistance." Many western activists defend Palestinians on the
basis of "human rights" and say they are for "peace between Palestinians
and Israelis." Very few of them support the Palestinians' right to armed
resistance. But Vittorio supported the Palestinian resistance by going
to its headquarters -- Gaza.
This cowardly execution comes at a time of Israeli military escalation
against Gaza. Such escalation is intended to let Israelis practice their
favorite habit of killing Palestinians, re-establish awareness about its
might, intimidate the resistance, and send a bloody message to
international activists that Israel will repeat itself if any new
vessels sail to Gaza.
The direct result of this attack on our Italian brother is to declare:
-- Gaza is not a safe place
-- Palestinians are not faithful to those who support them
-- Islamic values and Islamic humanity are questionable
Palestinians do not have to feel defensive, as our loss is Vittorio
himself. His blood has fallen on the soil of Gaza, which makes him a
true Palestinian martyr. In the long history of this struggle, thousands
of Palestinians have been killed at the hands of collaborating Arabs and
Palestinians to benefit Israel.
Rest in peace brother, as the resistance will avenge your killing.