Hamas: Kidnapped Italian activist found dead in Gaza

Jerusalem Post:

By JPOST.COM STAFF AND REUTERS
04/15/2011 03:15

Body of Vittorio Arigoni found in abandoned house, official says; 2 men arrested, others being sought; group had threatened to execute man.

GAZA – Security officials found the body of an Italian man who had been abducted in the Gaza Strip in an abandoned house overnight Thursday, a Hamas security official said.

Two men were arrested and others were being sought.

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In a You Tube clip the group posted online earlier Thursday, a Jihadist Salafi group in Gaza aligned with al Qaida had threatened to execute Italian rights activist Vittorio Arigoni by 17:00 local time (1400 GMT) unless their leader Hesham al-Sa’eedni, whom it detained last month, was freed.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the kidnapping and called for Arigoni’s “immediate release without conditions,” in a statement overnight Thursday.

“The move does not serve the justification of the Palestinian nation, but harms it,” Abbas added.

“If our demands are not met within 30 hours the captive will be executed when the period is over,” a text on the video clip said.

Arrigoni, an Italian pacifist and blogger, has lived in the Gaza Strip for some time. He was shown blindfolded with blood around his right eye and a hand can be seen pulling his head up by his hair to face the camera.

A spokesman for the Hamas interior ministry in Gaza City said it was investigating the abduction.

It was unclear when Arrigoni was kidnapped or where he was being held, but an Italian diplomat who serves in the region confirmed to Reuters he had been abducted.

The Arabic text that accompanied the footage of Arrigoni also said “the Italian hostage entered our land only to spread corruption” and it described Italy as “the infidel state”.

Arrigoni, an Italian pacifist and blogger, has lived in the Gaza Strip for some time. He was shown blindfolded with blood around his right eye and a hand can be seen pulling his head up by his hair to face the camera.

A spokesman for the Hamas interior ministry in Gaza City said it was investigating the abduction.

It was unclear when Arrigoni was kidnapped or where he was being held, but an Italian diplomat who serves in the region confirmed to Reuters he had been abducted.

The Arabic text that accompanied the footage of Arrigoni also said “the Italian hostage entered our land only to spread corruption” and it described Italy as “the infidel state”.

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7 Replies to “Hamas: Kidnapped Italian activist found dead in Gaza”

  1. A quick Google-Image search for “Vittorio Arrigoni” reveals that he tried to style himself as a mixture of Che Guevara, the Zapatista rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos and Yasser Arafascist. How ironic that his Guevara-like end would come about through the hands of his own fellow black-cube-worshipping brown shirts.

    Will this be a warning to those trying to follow in his footsteps? I doubt it. They’d much rather believe that Mr. Arrigoni was a victim of a Zionist conspiracy to taint the “immaculate”, “innocent”, “starving”, “peace-loving” nazistinian Arabs than to actually see hard facts shatter the paradigms that have always guided their ignorant political views; much like Obama’s buddy Jeremiah Wrong would never be willing to see for himself how the Arabs that he loves and worships so much regard black people like him as scum, preferring instead to believe that blacks and Arabs are both “brothers in suffering” at the hands of the “evil” and “racist” Judeo-Christian white man.

  2. Leftists sucker continue defending these monsters, they have much more to you!

    Multiculturalism is mental retardation. Europe STUPID!!!

  3. Old Guy, probably the same clarity as one might see in the following situation in Opensewerabia…

    Everyone knows that those Saudi “princes” don’t really have much to do besides watching porn, banging their heads on the ground five times a day, and raping and torturing their Filipino maids. Well, I once read that one of the favorite pastimes of the bored and lazy Saudi youths is to race their fancy cars at breakneck speeds in the desert. If one of those idiots loses control of their car and gets in a deadly accident, by looking at how Ayaan Hirsi Ali describes everything that Jews are said to be responsible for in that country according to the (shamelessly lying) locals, the last thought to ever cross one such moron’s head must be “damn Jews”, as if they were responsible for the crash.

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