Friday, 15 April 2011

Vittorio Arrigoni's body found - killing won't weaken Palestine solidarity movement

The death of activist Vittorio Arrigoni is a crime against the Palestinian people and all those who support their struggle in any way they can. Vittorio chose to be with the people of Gaza and was welcomed by them. Far from letting Israel profit from this tragedy, the international movement to boycott Israel and actively support the Palestinian liberation struggle should be galvanised, a living tribute to the memory of Vittorio and the 35 other people in Gaza who have died these past two weeks, of course all at the hands of the Israelis except in the latest death. To kill a person who is actively showing solidarity is so incredibly counterproductive as to be almost beyond comprehension. The 'salafists' that beat and hung Arrigoni are now retracting earlier claims of responsibility - a testament to the bankruptcy of both their theory and practice.

The body of Vittorio Arrigoni, a pro-Palestinian activist from Italy, is found just hours after a small Islamist group, the Tawhid and Jihad, said it was holding him in exchange for the release of its leader. On Friday, the group retracted its claim of responsibility but defended the killing.