From the place he loved, in memory of Vittorio.

Vittorio's tattoo on his arm: moqawama (resistance)

Vittorio: (Vik, Victor, Victorio. Full name: Vittorio Utopia Arrigoni) a Palestinian martyr, only a bit braver, who was abducted and gruesomely killed at the hands of an Israeli-salafist gang on 14 April 2011. Later it happened that he was not dead: he was still living in the hearts of all Palestinians.

‎”Ween?” (the Arabic for “where”) was the first thing Vittorio ever asked me. He was looking for my phone number and sent me a FB message titled, “ween”. Today I ask him the same question: “ween?”

I can’t think of one reason that would make a “Palestinian” kill someone like Vittorio. A man who dedicated his life to fight injustice. A man who abandoned the luxury of Rome and came to one of the most turbulent regions in the world in order to expose Israeli atrocities committed against Palestinians. A man on whose right arm, the Arabic word for resistance “Moqawama” was brilliantly tattooed in big words. A hero in whose eyes there was a whole lot of unmistakable meanings of profound love, loyalty, hope, sacrifice, truth and courage. Vittorio has done for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank more than those who killed him. He was more Palestinian than many other Palestinians. Vittorio would have competed with Hamas rockets about who’s done more damage to Israel. He was such a nightmare for them that needed to be eliminated. Vittorio is a great disheartening loss to Palestinians, and Friday, 15 April is such an overwhelmingly melancholic day in the history of Palestine.

Vittorio is a man who loved Gaza, he loved Gaza’s land, its sea, and its sky. Two things Vittorio obviously loved to do: to wave the Palestinian flag, and to sing “Onadikum” (I call upon you!). Wholeheartedly, Vittorio sang, “Onadikum” time and again. He poured his heart out as he sang it. It’s probably the only thing he could say so fluently in Arabic.

Today, we took to the streets to tell the world how grieved we are at the loss of Vittorio, to convey a message to Vittorio’s family in Italy that in Gaza we are all Vittorio’s family. That We condemn in the strongest terms the shameful and outrageous act of abducting and murdering Vittorio by a bunch of criminals whom we disavowed the moment they had that vicious thought in their minds. We will not forgive those who betrayed Vittorio in the place he loved, the place where he felt most secure, where he would be angry to be treated like a foreigner. He warmly embraced our cause, so we will never stab him in the back. We’ll give him a warmer hug.

Today, though ridiculous I only wished Vittorio were alive to live this very day with us and see with his own eyes how much we all love him. We are all Vittorios.

Now that you moved to live in our hearts, we’ll become stronger and fiercer in the battle against occupation, humiliation and injustice. Vittorio. Such an inspiration to all of us. You taught us that life isn’t worth living if one isn’t ready to fight against its injustice, and that’s what gives it a meaning, that’s what makes it all beautiful. Now, empowered by your “memory”, we’ll carry on the fight together.

Vittorio wanted to fight injustice, but life was too unjust for him to fight.

‎”The injustice of it [life] is almost perfect! The wrong people going hungry, the wrong people being loved, the wrong people dying!” John Osborne.

Vittorio is one of the wrong people.

In memory of Vittorio Utopia Arrigoni
15 April 2011

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19 responses to “From the place he loved, in memory of Vittorio.

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  3. RIP Vittorio, what a shame.

  4. Yousef M. Aljamal

    Vitorio’s loss is a loss to every single Palestinian on this planet. His soul will never leave our hears and minds. We should work together to get rid of this gang of extrimists. Anadykom will always remind me of him and his great work for Palestine as a whole. My deep condolonces to his family , friends and Italians.

  5. He will be always in our mined and heart , we will not forget him
    I’m pray to God to bless his soul …
    Vittorio you are in the Paradise now

  6. Oh!

    It’s the first time for me to hear his name, but this brought tears to my eyes.

    They killed him just like that?

    Who are Salafis?
    Are they Muslims?

    It seems like anyone standing up for the Palestinians and their basic HUMAN rights become marytrs just like the Palestinians on a daily basis.

    Every freedom fighter and human rights activist only becomes more famous after their death and I am sure this man is one of them.

    I am so sad to hear about this.

    Today’s world is sicker than SICK!

  7. Israeli activist

    2 weeks ago Juliano Mer, now Vitorrio. I’m starting to get fed up by these ungrateful barbarians. Really.

  8. Very sad…very shameful murder!

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  10. Its hilarious that you people blame Israel for his death…He was killed by your own people….blame yourselves for once!! are you that much of a coward to do so?

    • I would so love to meet you so i could slowly torture you. You jew pig hitler should have gotton rif of each of you evil scum. Lets just hope suicide bombing start. I hope you got kids jew as i hope the suicide bombers start in schools. BURN IN HELL YOU ZIONIST JEW RAT

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  13. isreal muse , i would kill my self before i kill some one who is my guest in my house and fighting for my freedom. and every Palestinian will do the same , so sorry to lose a great man , who was fighting among the freedom fighters with his words may he rest in peace

    • I would so love to meet you so i could slowly torture you. You jew pig hitler should have gotton rif of each of you evil scum. Lets just hope suicide bombing start. I hope you got kids jew as i hope the suicide bombers start in schools. BURN IN HELL YOU ZIONIST JEW RAT

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  15. Such a sad story to read. But it shows how loving the palestinian people are. They arent evil like the people who murdered vittorio. Just a note on what is happening today with the murderes of gazans by the occupiers you things make me sick to think you can just go in and murder men women and children. I wonder how you evil things would feel if you had your child murdered. Zionists are the real terrorists and in my view hitler didnt do right he should have got rid of each jew. You know if jews did not exist there would be no terrorism. i fully support hamas and irans stance i fully support suicide bombers and each jew killed is one less pig in the world. You are evil scum who think the world owes you but it doesnt what you do is pure evil. You steal land you murder and you think that is right your govt really should be tortured and each jew pig from the army tortured slowly. I know this may not be posted but my anger towards jews had to be expressed. im british from england but my hatred towards jews is well justified and if i had no family i would go to a jew school and blow myself up taking as many jew rat kids with me as i could. Neward jews one day you will get what is rightfully due. You will burn in hell for the evil you have done

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