Vittorio Arrigoni

Italian activist

Vittorio Arrigoni (4 February 1975 in Besana in Brianza, Lombardy - 15 April 2011 in Gaza) was an Italian journalist and peace activist who had gone to live in the Gaza Strip. He was very critical of Israel, but also Islamist groups that wanted an extreme Islamic state.[1]

Vittorio Arrigoni

An Islamic terrorist group kidnapped Arrigoni and said they would kill him unless the Hamas government released their leader from prison. They showed Arrigoni with his eyes covered, on a YouTube video, with the text "The Italian hostage entered our land only to spread corruption."[2] The police went to a building in Gaza where they found Arrigoni's body. He had been beaten and strangled.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Barzak, Ibrahim (15 April 2011). "Vittorio Arrigoni, Kidnapped Italian Activist, Found Dead In Gaza". Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  2. "Body of kidnapped Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni found in Gaza". The Guardian. London: GMG. 15 April 2011. ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 'The Italian hostage entered our land only to spread corruption.