Hundreds joined a candlelight vigil for Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni in Cairo on
CAIRO: Hundreds gathered in front of the Italian Embassy in Cairo Tuesday
The candlelight vigil, organized by young Egyptian activist Muhammad Nusair,
Arrigoni was an activist with the International Solidarity Movement, a pro-Palestinian group that often sends activists to prevent the Israeli military from carrying out missions in the West Bank and Gaza. The group said Arrigoni had been working with Palestinian farmers and fishermen.
Nusair gathered letters from many of the attendees who wanted to pay their respects to Egidia Beretta, Arrigoni’s mother who is now in Italy.
“We want to let the world know that Vittorio will always be appreciated,” Nusair
Activists wanted to send out a message from Cairo to the people who murdered
“This is to show that we won’t let one of us die easily. When one dies, we’ll continue in his footsteps; it’s to also show that the people who did this have nothing to do with Islam,” Nusair added.
Arrigoni’s was the first kidnapping of a foreigner in Gaza since Hamas seized
In the video of Arrigoni, a group identifying itself as “Monotheism and Holy War”
Hamas’ police posted pictures of the suspects on its official website on Monday.
Palestinian-American activist Nouri Khouri, however, feels that his death could
“We need a proper investigation, we want to look at the motives of those who
Defense Forces in the Occupied Territories.“It’s not in the interest of any Palestinian resistance group to kill Vittorio; they
Carrying Arrigoni’s worn-out backpack and wearing his necklace, was his best
“The final thing he said to me was, ‘stay human’,” said Qasha.
He stressed that Arrigoni was loved by Gazans and respected by activists all
“Everyone in Gaza knows him, everyone is crying and mourning; they all loved
Qasha said Arrigoni might be gone, but he left a spirit that the world will never
“His body is gone, but he is all of us here today, and he’ll be inside all of those
Arrigoni’s body was taken from Gaza Strip to the Cairo International Airport.
(www.thedailynewsegypt.com / 20.04.2011)