April 17, 2011
of the Italian peace activist, Vittorio Arrigoni, member of the
Palestine Solidarity Movement, in Gaza, just about a week after
murdering another Italian peace activist Juliano Khamis, in Jenin, in
the West Bank, cannot be a coincidence.
The murderers are
apparently targeting pro-Palestinian peace activists to discourage them
from continuing their noble effort in ending the Israeli occupation
government siege of Gaza and ending the Israeli occupation of the West
The Israeli occupation prime minister, Netanyahu, was clear
last week in his government's intention to stop attempts of peace
activists to break the Israeli siege of Gaza Strip, at "any price."
The arrest of a Palestinian, suspected by collaboration with the
Israeli intelligence, in connection to the Arrigoni murder adds more
light on the suspicion that the Israeli government is behind these
murders of international peace activists in the occupied Palestinian
Man arrested in the Arrigoni murder case suspected of
[ 17/04/2011 - 09:08 AM ]
The murder of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni raised the serious
question as to who stands behind such a gruesome act, especially after
the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu declared he has
plans to thwart solidarity with the Gaza Strip ”at any price”.
The Palestinian security awareness website Majd has revealed a few
surprise discoveries as the case unravels and after several men were
taken into custody over suspected involvement in the abduction and
It has come to light that one of the suspects
that has been arrested is also suspected of collaboration (with Israel)
and has a number of violations on his list, while others appeared
naïve. The website said that one of the men got
orders to abduct and kill Arrigoni on the internet.
Analysts have not ruled out that Israeli
intelligence was behind the crime, as the Israeli occupation
government faces a crisis in not being able to stop pro-Palestinian
activists from going to Gaza and the publicity that accompanies such
solidarity activities. That is in addition to growing western popular
awareness regarding the facts about occupation which is effectively
blowing the occupation’s cover of “legitimacy”.
The “group” responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Arrigoni
killed him before the deadline it made for the government to release
some of the “group's” elements, a step which implied premeditation.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ismail Haniya is scheduled to meet with the
foreign press at the Council of Ministers in Gaza on Sunday to talk
about Arrigoni's death and the steps the government has taken to pursue
The crime stirred widespread popular anger amongst Palestinians in
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They have declared that the crime only
serves the Israeli occupation.
Gaza Interior Ministry arrests two suspects in
[ 16/04/2011 - 03:21 PM ]
The Gaza Interior Ministry has arrested two suspects as the probe
continues into the murder of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni.
His body was found in an empty Gaza apartment on Friday morning after
he was kidnapped by men linked to a Salafi group who were using him as a
ransom to ensure the freedom of some of their group's elements.
The Interior Ministry said they are still pursuing more of those
involved in the murder.
Prime Minister of the Palestinian government in Gaza Ismail Haniya
had confirmed that the government had been following Arrigoni's case
from the first moment news leaked about his abduction on Thursday. He
added that he made strict orders to ensure his release as soon as
The culprits had killed him before the deadline they set for the
Haniya said while personally phoning the deceased's mother that the
government continued to pursue the perpetrators and would bring them to
justice as soon as possible.
According to an interview with the British Guardian newspaper, the
victim's mother Egidia Beretta, who is mayor of a small village between
Milano and Lake Como, said that it wasn't the first time her son had
experienced danger during his three years of activism in the Gaza Strip.
He had previously received death threats from a
US far-right website that provided any would-be killers with a
photo and details of his distinguishing traits. And he was injured while
accompanying a Gaza fisherman in 2008.
Arrigoni spent a total of nine years in the Palestinian territories
and had been asked by Israel to leave the West Bank. He also took part
in the Free Gaza mission in 2008.
His mother said that he never had placed his life in danger and lived
safely among the Palestinians.
Haniya Phones Arrigoni’s Mother To Express Condolences
Saturday April 16, 2011 05:59 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Prime Minister of the dissolved Government in the Gaza Strip,
Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyya, phoned on Friday the mother of
slain Italian activist, Palestine Solidarity Movement member, Vittorio
Arrigoni, providing his sincere condolences and the condolences of the
Palestinian people, and vowing to apprehend and prosecute the murderers.
Haniya stated that the first moments after Arrigoni’s
abduction, the government started investigating the issue and demanded
the kidnappers to ensure his safe and fast release, and added that the
kidnappers killed Vittorio even before the deadline they set ended, an
issue that indicates their intention to commit murder and not to
During his phone conversation with Vittorio’s mother,
Haniya said that the government is conducting all what it can to
apprehend the murderers and send them to court as soon as possible.
The phone call was conducted during an urgent government meeting to
discuss the murder of Vittorio. Haniya affirmed the Gaza is safe for
everybody, residents and guests.
Following the government
session, Haniya read a statement in which he said that the crime was
committed while Gaza was facing Israel intentions of further aggression,
yet while the Palestinians were enjoying internal security.
“This crime is meant to harm the Palestinian people and their struggle”,
Haniyya said, “This crime has nothing to do with the Palestinian people,
their morals, and their religion”.
He also stated that the
Palestinian people have always welcomed guests and supporters, hosted
them in their homes and treated them like members of their own families.
Haniya affirmed that the government and the security forces are
conducting thorough investigations in an attempt to apprehend the
The security forces managed to apprehend suspects
believed to be involved in the issue hours after the crime took place,
but is ongoing with further investigation to ensure all related
assailants are apprehended.
The Gaza Prime Minister called on
all media agencies to be accurate and fair in their coverage of the
events and not to jump into unbalanced, nonfactual conclusions.
Haniyya vowed that Gaza will have a street named after Vittorio to honor
his memory his love to Palestine, the Palestinian people and his support
to their legitimate struggle for liberation and independence.
said that the government in Gaza reaffirms its supports and protection
to all international campaigns against the illegal Israeli siege, all
solidarity activists and visitors.
The government will hold an
official funeral ceremony for the slain human rights activist, while an
official delegation along with a civil society delegation will be
heading to Rome to provide their condolences to the family and friends
With Great Shock and Sorrow, PCHR Condemns Murder of Italian
Activist, Vittorio Arrigoni
Saturday April 16, 2011 03:41 by Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
With great shock and sorrow, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
(PCHR) condemns the murder of Italian activist, Vittorio Arrigoni. On
Friday morning, 15 April 2011, Vittorio’s body was found in an abandoned
house in the north of the Gaza Strip, following his murder at the hands
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR),
and its entire staff, gravely condemns this crime, which targets our
inherent human dignity, and the values and traditions of the lawful
struggle for freedom and justice. It is this human struggle which
connects Gazan’s – locked behind the closed door of the Gaza Strip –
with the outside world, and inspires countless individuals to stand as
human rights defenders.
PCHR calls upon the government in Gaza
to prosecute the perpetrators. Furthermore, all necessary measures must
be taken to secure the safety of international activists in the Gaza
According to investigations conducted by PCHR, on Thursday
evening, 14 April 2011, a group named "Group of the Companion Mohammed
Bin Maslamah" announced the kidnapping of the Italian journalist,
Vittorio Arrigoni, 36, a prominent member of the International
Solidarity Movement (ISM) and a human rights defender.
video posted on the Youtube website, the group demanded the release of
detained members of the group, affiliates of the so-called "Salafist
Jihadist Group". The kidnappers threatened to kill Arrigoni if the
government in Gaza did not meet their demands within 30 hours.
In a grave development, contrary to fundamental values shared by all
Palestinians, the group carried out their threat. On Friday morning, 15
April 2011, security services found the body of Arrigoni in a house
located in the 'Amer project area, west of al-Karamah building in the
west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. In his testimony, a PCHR
staff-member reported signs of beating on the victim's face, signs of
handcuffs on his hands, and signs of strangulation around his neck.
The Ministry of Interior in Gaza issued a press release on Friday,
condemning this heinous crime. It declared the arrest of two members of
the group and the continued search for others.
worked in Gaza since 2008, when he arrived on board the "Free Gaza"
flotilla, organized to break the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip.
He devoted himself to the defense of Palestinians' rights, and
participated in a number of activities against the closure, against
violations committed by Israeli Forces against Palestinian civilians,
particularly fishermen, and against the Israeli decision to impose a
‘buffer zone’ in the Gaza Strip.
He was arrested by Israel
forces on18 November 2008, while he was accompanying a number of
fishermen off the shores of Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip. However,
he returned to Gaza a few months later via Rafah International Crossing.
Arrigoni was also in the West Bank for a few years before coming
to Gaza. He has been known for his activity with the International
PCHR reiterates its condemnation of this
heinous crime, and:
1. Calls upon the government in Gaza to
conduct an effective and prompt investigation to identify the
circumstances of the crime, prosecute the perpetrators, and publish the
2. Appreciates the role played by the
International Solidarity Movement and other human rights defenders in
the occupied Palestinian territory;
3. Calls upon the
international community, political powers and Palestinian people to
condemn this crime and organize peaceful activities against it.
Body Of Human Rights Solidarity Activist Found In Gaza
Friday April 15, 2011 05:03 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
The body of an Italian peace and human rights activist, member of the
Free Gaza Movement, was found on Friday at dawn in an abandoned house in
the Gaza Strip, medial sources reported.
The activist was
identified as Vittorio Arrigoni. On Thursday, the Jahidst Salafi group,
an outlawed terrorist group that aligns itself with the Al Qaeda
Terrorist network, released a video of Arrigoni, and threatened to
execute by 5 PM Palestinian time unless Hamas forces release one of the
groups’ prominent leaders.
The group calls itself The Brigade of
the Gallant Companion of the Prophet Mohammad Bin Muslima, a formerly
A security official in the Gaza Strip stated that
two men have been detained for questioning, and that the security forces
are hunting down more suspects.
The Italian peace activist is
also a member of the International Solidarity Movement, and is known for
his solidarity and human rights activities in support of the Palestinian
people and their struggle against the Israeli occupation. Arrigoni was
kidnapped by three gunmen in Gaza City.
The group was demanding
the release of several Salfist prisoners detained by Hamas. It also
demanded the release of Sheikh Al Saidani (known as Abu Walid Al Maqdisi),
the leader of Tawhid and Jihad group, affiliated with the Al Qaida.
Al Saidani, an Egyptian by birth, was arrested by the Egyptian
Security Services more than a month ago for involvement in a number of
attacks. In 2006, the Al Maqdisi group claimed responsibility for
attacks targeting hotels in Sinai, Egypt, killing nineteen people.
Salafist Group Claims No connection With Murder Of Italian
Friday April 15, 2011 11:08 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
The Tawhid and Jihad fundamentalist Salafist group in Gaza, claimed
it has no connection with the murder of Italian peace activist, Vittorio
Arriogoni, whose body was found hanged on Friday at dawn.
The group published a statement on the internet claiming that it had
no connection with the death of Arrigoni, yet stated that what happened
is “a natural outcome of the practices of the Hamas-led government
against Salafist groups in Gaza”.
The body of Arriogoni was
found in an area, north-west of Gaza city.
The group, or an
affiliated group, initially published a video on YouTube of Arrigoni
before he was murdered.
Arriogoni entered Gaza with an aid convoy
in 2008, and showed utmost passion to the Palestinians and their
struggle against the Israeli occupation.
He was one of a few
international reporters and activists who were in Gaza during Israeli
Cast Lead offensive in late December 2009, especially since Israel
prevented foreign reporters from entering the besieged enclave.
The Hamas movement in Gaza strongly denounced that killing of the
Italian activist and described it as a shameful and a dangerous
Hamas spokesperson, Fawzi Barhoum, stated in a
press release on Friday morning that the group behind the murder is
acting on creating chaos and insecurity in the streets of Gaza, and
accused it of attempting to sabotage the strong ties between the
Palestinian people and their supporters around the world.
stated that this outlawed group is acting in accordance with the enemies
of the Palestinian people and their cause.
Solidarity Movement, ISM, expressed shock and deep sadness after hearing
the news of Arrigoni’s murder. The ISM described Arrigoni as an
inspiring activist and a generous soul.
The Tawhid and Jihad
Salafist fundamentalist group has Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, as
one of its main sworn enemies, and went into several gun battles with
Hamas fighters and members of the Hamas-led security forces in Gaza.
The group is responsible for several previous abductions and for
killing Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip.
In its video, the group
demanded Hamas, and Prime Minister of the dissolved government in Gaza
Ismail Haniyya, to release all “mujahedin held in Gaza jails” in
exchange for releasing the activist.
In August 2009, Hamas’
security forces cracked down of Salafist extremist groups in Gaza and
killed 26 members of the group and its leader.
The group also
blasted the car of a Hamas leader outside of his home in Gaza. Its
members are also believed responsible for several bombings of internet
coffee shops in Gaza.
The Salafists believe that Hamas failed to
impose Islamic law in the Gaza Strip and blamed the group for
maintaining a ceasefire with Israel.