Today’s protest against the apartheid wall was dedicated to Vittorio Arrigoni, the Italian freedom fighter who gave his life for Palestine. He lived in Gaza since 2008 and his mission was to protect the Gazawis from Israeli harrassment and killing, acting as a human shield. Also, he reported to Europe what was really going on during the atrocious war on Gaza in 2008, speaking out against the horror and the lies of Israeli propaganda. Vittorio, you will always be remembered for your dreams of peace, justice and freedom for Palestine.
Our demonstration went on for about 3hours. When we approached the wall with pictures of Vittorio, the soldiers started shooting tear gas at us. A Palestinian journalist got shot in his leg with a tear gas projectile, while taking pictures. He got released from the hospital a few hours after the protests finished. As usually, the soldiers tried to arrest the protesters, shooting also sound bombs. But they didn’t succeed.
We believe that it is Israel’s new strategy to pay traitors to the Palestinian cause, in order to execute brave Internationals who devoted their lives to us, and to peace in homeland Palestine. And we are very well aware that the atrocious murdering of our beloved Italian brother Vittorio, as well as the horrifying assasination of Juliano Mer Khamis of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin 10 days earlier happened in order to crush the International solidarity with us. Who else is it, that actually profits from these killings? But still, we are hopeful, since our friends and supporters abroad know very well that we very much treasure their support and honor them and would do everything to protect them as much as we can from any harm. We miss Vittorio and Juliano so much and their violent death is very very painful for all of us.
I watched many many videos of Vittorio in the past days. In one of them he spoke about Nelson Mandela, who said: “A winner is a dreamer that never gives up.” Vittorio, you are a true winner. Your ideas and dreams and your kind soul will live forever in our hearts.