Vittorio Arrigoni

Vittorio settled in Gaza in 2008, after arriving on the Free Gaza Movement boats that broke the illegal siege for the first time. I still remember him calling it the happiest day of his life, when he came and hugged his brothers in the Strip.
He often put his struggle for human rights on the account of his revolutionary anti facist genes, the same ones that led his grandfathers fight against Nazis in Italy. Joining the ISM, he stayed throughout the whole Cast Lead massacre, helping, reporting and shedding light on the atrocities that the people of the Strip suffered at a moment when no foreign reporter was allowed in. Vittorio loved Gaza and Gaza loved him.
I will remember his pipe and his captain cap that he’d never leave, at each demo, each action, chanting Ounadikom and calling us “yallah ya shabab” to chant with him. Those who killed him killed their own brother, for he was part of us, a Palestinian among Palestinians. Each one of us has a story with Vik and each one of us will remember him as a brother, a son, a father. Those who killed him killed a son of Palestine.
To his family, to his courageous mother and ill father, to his friends here and abroad, we want to say that we share their grief and that this crime won’t go forgotten, so long as there are still Palestinians alive. He is a martyr, just as those who fell fighting for the “Moqawama” and we will fight harder to be worth his martyrdom. I am proud to have shared that bit of time, that bit of land, those couple of matches when we were both standing against all those Madristas. May your soul be blessed Vik and may God help us with your absence.

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  1. #1 by Ashie Hirji on April 24, 2011 - 8:28 pm

    On March 15 2011 Gaza Youth VOICED.On March 15th brave young students, people of palestine together with Vittorio Arrigoni fought for freedom for Gaza for human rights. Although I never met Vittorio, I heard great things about him & his work, he became a friend on FB. He WAS and will always be a humanitarian of the heart & soul. He was a humanitarian all the way to his last moment, he was a great soul and he will be remembered by many and he made history for human rights.
    Yes it is truly sad for all who are now left behind. Prayers for his family and all those who supported him. We should now celebrate HIM & the truth Vittorio spoke from his heart. REMEMBER what he said BE HUMAN, never give up the fight to voice and the fight for human rights – prayers and blessings, don’t give up the freedom to voice it is our birth right. Ashie @mymulticast

    • #2 by GYBO Team on April 25, 2011 - 11:53 pm

      Vittorio was with us on the 15th, 19th and the 30th of March; He was a great supporter of our activities and he used to give us advices. May his soul rest in Peace :S

  2. #3 by orybal on April 24, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    Love to Gaza people… I am thankful to Vittorio also because he let us to know that you, a new young people that bring hope to palestinian future, you exists. Be strong!

    • #4 by GYBO Team on April 25, 2011 - 11:55 pm

      We saw vittorio’s post about us after he died. He never told us that he wrote and article about the GYBO. He’ll always be remembered for what he did! Stay Human!

  3. #5 by pinoilvicino on April 25, 2011 - 7:45 am

    The women and men having the same soul and bravery Vik had, ever will stay on your side.

    • #6 by GYBO Team on April 25, 2011 - 11:56 pm

      A winner is a dreamer who never gives up. Vittorio was a winner but he also gave us a clue of how to win 🙂

  4. #7 by Andrew on April 25, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    I was at the funeral yesterday Easter 2011, as christian it was a deep spiritual journey, 350 km from home. It worthed a lot, it helps a lot to “stay human”.
    I don’t want to fall into a mediatic circus but I think you all may like this short video, it will be the only one publicly posted by me..

    Andrew from Italy

    • #8 by GYBO Team on April 25, 2011 - 11:57 pm

      Thanks for the Video Andrew; It’s Awesome 🙂
      He’s a palestinian or a Ghazawi as he used to say 🙂

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