I was not familiar with Vittorio Arrigoni until about 10 hours ago when my twitter timeline exploded with tweets about his death. So I decided to look into the man, see what he’s all about and why there was a genuine sense of sadness among many people who didn’t even know him.
Vittorio Arrigoni is a man who left the comforts of his safe country, Italy, and decided to pursue a cause he believed deeply in: Palestine.
He spent his time in Gaza, supporting the people and the land, defending their rights as human beings and asking for their freedom.
Vittorio, aged 36, was kidnapped in the Gaza strip by an extremist religious group that demanded Hamas to release one of their leaders from prison. He was found dead this morning, his body thrown away like some useless piece of garbage.
I wonder, though, till when can these groups (and the ones that follow their ideology) still believe that they can go on killing innocent people and get away with it and even rationalize it to their brainless selves as holy. Till when does these groups think we can morally support a cause where the people who spend their lives supporting it are killed by the same people they were defending?
Note to Palestinians: if you get to a point and find that no one is supporting you as much anymore, don’t wonder why. Just look among you and eradicate those giving you a bad name. Freeing your country does not start by killing off those that would readily die for you in other circumstances, not as leverage among your ridiculous inter-fights.
Vittorio may have died. But his life, centered around supporting a cause he deeply believed in, is one we should all take as an example. What is the value of time when it’s senseless, when it’s not centered around a theme that gives it meaning? Vittorio may have died. But he is a man who lived.