Body of ISM Tool Found

As many of you discovered before me (due to the fact I just woke up), Arrigoni’s body has been found.

Hamas condemned the murder, on the grounds it harms the palestinians goals (not on moral grounds).

Hamas’ Interior Ministry called a special press conference following the recovery of the Italian peace activist’s body in Gaza.

The ministry denounced the act: “This is a heinous murder which does not represent our religion, values and costume,” it said in a statement, adding the act “harms the Palestinian people’s goals.” Hamas police have launched a full inquiry in the case.

Their costume consists of balaclavas, gun belts and bomb belts. I think the murder is completely consistent with this.

The PA’s Mahmoud Abbas also condemned the murder…for not serving the palestinian cause, but harming it.

While he has been murdered by the people he dedicated his life to supporting, I cannot bring myself to celebrate his murder like others have.

I found Rusty’s comments interesting:

When I first wrote this post, I thought everything would turn out fine. A few bruises, some lessons not learned, etc.

But now that he’s dead? My comments on the irony of it all aren’t so funny.

There is nothing funny about jihadis murdering an innocent civilian. Dumb and mislead or not, full responsibility for the man’s murder lie with the committed Islamists who murdered him.


Part of me wants to LOL this. I mean, how can someone be so stupid as to not know what kind of people are walking around in Gaza? The other part of me thinks it’s just tragic and is ashamed that any part of me would blame the victim.

I guess I’ll just have to remain conflicted.

I am not so conflicted, and see it slightly differently. I don’t see Arrigoni as merely stupid. He burned with hatred for Israel, and actively worked to undermine the security of me and my fellow Israeli citizens. He was in bed with the terrorists, as it were. So while I won’t be celebrating his murder, I won’t be mourning him either.

Updates (Israel time; latest from top)

5:02PM: So predictable: Hamas has blamed Israel for engineering Arrigoni’s killing.

Hamas indirectly accused Israel on Friday of engineering the killing of an Italian Palestinian peace activist in Gaza in order to intimidate other foreign activists hoping to sail to Gaza as part of the next flotilla.

“Such an awful crime cannot take place without arrangements between all the parties concerned to keep the blockade imposed on Gaza,” Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said at a rally held by the group to honor executed Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni.

4:05PM: Another damning photo of the “peace activist”, this time posing with Hamas arch terrorist Ismail Haniyeh.

arrigoni hamas


3:55PM: Other pictures from his Facebook page indicate the “peace activist” clearly advocated a peaceful solution to the conflict, with two states living side-by-side in peace and security.

Just joking.

3:48PM: Another one from his Facebook page.

That’s some peaceful looking artwork behind him.

3:45PM: Another picture from his Facebook page.

Peace activist?

3:12PM: More irony: Here’s a cartoon from Arrigoni’s Facebook page, which I was the first to post about yesterday.

Look like the ending of anyone we know? (hat tip: Elder)

3:00PM: Yet another photo of Arrigoni, this time with his buddy Ken “KOK” O’Keefe.

Vittorio Arrigoni Ken Okeefe

KOK is the guy who used extreme violence against IDF navy commandos during the Mavi Marmara raid.

2:46PM: Another photo of Arrigoni, this time smiling happily alongside Hamas “security officers.”

vittorio arrigoni hamas

In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008 file photo, international activist Vittorio Utmpio Arrigoni, from Italy, carries an aid box from the "Free Gaza" boat after its arrival at the Gaza port, in Gaza city.

2:32PM: Here’s a photo taken from the ISM website. Anyone know the meaning of the Arabic of his tattoo?

arrigoni tattoo

2:25PM: I received this from the Free Gaza mailing list:

A message from Mary Hughes Thompson, one of the activists on board the first boat into Gaza,. Vik was on that boat, and we are all devastated with this news. Greta

Throughout the day we prayed this would have the best kind of endings.  The kidnappers had given a deadline several hours away.  So this latest terrible news has devastated all of us who knew Vik.  He and I were on the FREE GAZA when it sailed to Gaza in August 2008.  He stayed behind in Gaza, and two months later he was kidnapped and arrested on a fishing boat near the coast of Gaza.  He was abducted to Israel, jailed in Ramle Prison and deported home to Italy.  Within days he was back in Gaza, where he stayed throughout the massacres of December 08 and January 09, leaving only briefly for Cairo where I last saw him during the Gaza Freedom March.

Words can’t express the shock and sense of bereavement at the loss of this beautiful man, who considered himself Palestinian.  The videos we saw of him bloodied and blindfolded were chilling, nothing like the Vittorio we knew and loved, always smiling, always wearing a skipper’s hat and holding his beloved pipe.  After Juliano Mer-Khamis, this is just too much.  May they both rest in peace

There’s some further irony for you. He considered himself to be palestinian. They considered him to be worm food.

11:45AM: The ISM has posted this video of Arrigoni, which you’ll be glad to know has English subtitles.

11:40AM: Contrary to the previous update, Ha’aretz reports he was found hanging in the home of a palestinian terrorist (although they call him a militant)

11:30AM: The multi-lingual Biodegradable informs us that Spanish state TV reported the body was found “in the street” dead from “asphyxia.”

8:42AM: According to “Il Manifesto” (the paper for which he wrote), he died in a Hamas raid gone wrong (hat tip: Biodegradable)

8:36AM: Words of “sympathy” from the vile Ken “KOK” O’Keefe (hat tip: Walt)

Notice how KOK:

  • Saves most of his anger for Israel, way more than he shows against the murdering terrorists.
  • Compliments Hamas’ work despite some “problems”

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  • Biodegradable

    Spanish state TV reports that the body was found "in the street" dead from "asphyxia".

    It looks like Hamas is trying to cover up something. Maybe he suffocated on tear gas? ;-)

  • Biodegradable

    This from the UK's Sky News, similar to the Spanish report:

    '… a spokesman for the Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, said: "The Italian was killed by suffocation and his body was found in a street of the city of Gaza."'

    'Hamas say two suspected kidnappers had been arrested and that security officials were looking for accomplices.

    It is thought the arrests were made before the Italian was killed.

    The intervention by Hamas may have caused the group to kill their captive ahead of the deadline they had issued.'

    I'm only tri-lingual Dave, unfortunately I don't speak Hebrew ;-)

    • israellycool

      Still impressive :)

      • Biodegradable

        Of course I do understand some Yiddish, thanks to my parents and grandparents :-P

        By the way, the BBC report has plenty of references to Alan Johnston's abduction but not a word about Gilad Shalit.

        Also plenty of propaganda for Hamas:

        Hamas had been credited with eliminating the threat of kidnapping in Gaza until his abduction. This is likely to be seen as a challenge to its authority, our correspondent says.

        I've always believed that part of the deal for Johnston's release was that the BBC would play along with Hamas as a price for guaranteeing the safety of their correspondents.

  • faboutlaws

    I'm hoping that in his last hours he wished he was in IDF custody.

  • Jim from Iowa

    A true blogger of the people never sleeps! I had to get this news from the BBC of all things.

    • israellycool

      The shame of it!

  • Jed

    One of the tweets I seen claim his tattoo means "resistance".

    • israellycool

      "Non-violent" resistance, of course

      • Jed

        "resistance" by teaching Arab children to hate. Just like Corrie.

        • ben cohen

          The jews teach others too hate them just by there actions,njust look tovthehistory, the jews where outcasted over the whole world in recorded history, and thats all the fault of the non jews ? ! HAHAHA dream on

      • Jed

        found it on twitter:
        NalanSarraj Nalan Al Sarraj
        he used to call me the most beautiful Palestinian journalist … thank you Vic .. you are my Hero my dear brother #Vittorio #Gaza #Palestine

  • sally ann

    His tattoo reads, "Hang me please dear terrorists cause I am a little nazi piece of shyt!"

    • Darwin

      I thought it's, "I'm too stupid to live and so I'm removing myself from the human gene pool by making friends with non-violent muslims."

  • Jed

    this one, sorry:
    NalanSarraj Nalan Al Sarraj
    one of his right hand tattoos was "resistance" !! How sarcastic life is !! FUCK ! #Gaza #RIPVittorio #Vittorio #Palestine

  • Vittorio

    you celebrate the death of an italian journalist? hope to find you as soon by night, bloody bastard

    • xaxam

      Besides being a scumbag, a "journalist" should also have some brains for choosing a right place. Look at a really smart guy, spewing the same hatred, venom and lies, but from a safe heaven of Israeli Arab town.

  • Ruth

    Ding dong the shit is dead
    Which old shit, the commie twit,
    Ding dong the ISM shit is dead!!

  • sally ann

    Please please please

    Post 101 things to do with a dead ISM terrorist!

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  • Guest

    Arrigoni was a human shield for terrorists during Operation Cast Lead. He was arrested and deported by Israel more than once. He was probably a Mossad agent.
    The next target should be the Israeli secret agent Huwaida Arraf and her blonde sidekick Greta Berlin. Oh, and don't forget Paul LaRudee…

  • Guest

    I have no doubt Arrigoni was a Mossad agent, caught by the People's Army. The next targets should be the other Mossad agents, Huwaida Arraf, Greta Berlin and Paul LaRudee…Hamas is too smart for these Israeli spies.

  • Yosef inobomastan

    The westerners who support the "Palestinian" cause tend to be suffer from lack of ameaningful real life, being into a cult of devil worship, exhibiting borderline personality disorder, hatred of good, love of fecal mattet, and/or all of above. They can't stand a normal a normal life.

  • Biodegradable

    Aren't tattoos considered Haram, just as they go against Jewish laws on mutilating the body?

  • faboutlaws

    I sure would like to see Ken O'Keefe in a terrorist video like that. Possibly not enough hair to grab though. Might have to use a hook.

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  • Crystal K.

    I've been watching the Youtube video and I'm convinced that Arrigoni was
    already dead when they filmed it. That hand is in fact holding his head just
    like a puppet, and it's the hand that slightly moves it to give the impression
    that he's alive, but this is due to the video editing. Also, the blindfold helped,
    hiding his lifeless eyes. Probably died by mistake, during torture, but they needed
    the video in order to make their demands …

    Crystal K.

  • mjazz

    That "all united for free palestine" poster looks real creepy. Maybe after being up all night working 3rd, I had to look twice, I thought I saw skulls in there.

  • mjazz

    2 palestinian rules when dealing with the media:
    1) No matter what, blame Israel
    2) See rule # 1

  • rainman
  • rainman

    Check out frontpagemag dot com/2011/04/15/90508/

  • Guest

    The tragedy here is that there are so many people who share this guy's distorted view but won't learn anything from his murder. They don't see that the people they support are using them and will eventually turn on them.

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  • Rifleman

    That's mean Ruth. To dogs, that is..

  • Rex


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