On Saturday, a group will gather at the port of Gaza City to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the kidnapping and murder of Vittorio (Vik) Arrigoni. Fishermen, farmers, friends, acquaintances, and the kids who attend the Italian cultural exchange center that bears his name. It will be a simple ceremony to say that his memory remains intact.
This young man, who came from Italy, was able to tell Gaza’s story so well, both in the tragedy of war and in its daily life. Vittorio with his social posts and his articles, many of which were written for il manifesto, gave dignity and beauty to the population of the Gaza Strip, in contrast to the dehumanization of the Palestinians by the media and certain political organizations. A few foreigners will attend the commemorations.
The tension that reigns in the streets of Gaza after the recent murder of a Hamas military commander, Abbas Fuqha — attributed by the Palestinians to Israel — the resulting security measures taken by the Islamic movement and the fear of a new war, have led several foreigners to stay away from Gaza. Among these, there are the 30 Italian educators of the “Freestyle festival” who were forced to postpone their arrival until next Aug. 20.