Useful idiot falls prey to warring jihadist factions. “Italian peace activist murdered by Islamist militants in Gaza: Pro-Palestinian activist Vittorio Arrigoni’s death follows shooting of Israeli actor Juliano Mer-Khamis in West Bank,” by Conal Urquhart in the Guardian, April 15:
An Italian peace activist has become the second non-Palestinian to be murdered in just over a week in the occupied territories.
Vittorio Arrigoni was murdered by the Tawheed and Jihad group, one of several extremist Islamic groups that operate in the Gaza Strip in opposition to the Hamas government. The group abducted Arrigoni in an attempt to force Hamas to release its leader, who was arrested last month.
Arrigoni’s death comes just over a week after a gunman shot dead Juliano Mer-Khamis, an Israeli actor who ran a theatre in the West Bank city of Jenin. It is not clear why Mer-Khamis was shot but his views about freedom of expression had generated some opposition in Jenin.
Arrigoni, known as Vik, lived in an apartment that he rented separately from his fellow volunteers for the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). The first anyone knew of his abduction was when video was posted on YouTube in which Arrigoni appeared blindfolded with a bruised face.
The accompanying Arabic text said: “The Italian hostage entered our land only to spread corruption.” It described Italy as “the infidel state”….
To “spread corruption” is a capital offense in Islamic law (cf. Qur’an 5:33).