Thursday, April 14, 2011

Free Vittorio Arrigoni!

Salafi Jihadis, perhaps based in Saudi Arabia, have kidnapped Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza. As far as we know, Vittorio is alive. His kidnappers posted a video of him blindfolded and bleeding in the face with one of his captors holding up his head by his hair. They are demanding that Hamas release one of their members in return for Vittorio.

This is deeply troubling as the Gazan people have few conduits to the outside world. If international activists are chased out of Gaza, this will be a terrible disservice to the people of Gaza.

Tomorrow morning at 10am in Al Manara Square in Ramallah and at 12 in Bethlehem, Nablus and Gaza Palestinian and international associations and NGOs will demonstrate for the immediate liberation of Vittorio Arrigoni, Italian ISM volunteer kidnapped today in Gaza.

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