Saturday, April 16, 2011
Vittorio was Not a Peace or Human Rights Activist
Vittorio Arrigoni, who was killed yesterday by a Muslim group in Gaza, was not a peace activist. He was not a human rights activist.
And, as Zvi points out in the comments to my last post, he was not even a "pro-Palestinian" activist.
A look at his Facebook page photos show nothing about how much he loves Palestinian Arabs. Barely any pictures of him smiling with his friends the Gazans. Unlike most Facebook pages, stuffed with photos of people smiling with their family and friends, Arrigoni's page is filled with hate.
In fact, one can see how he defined himself: not as pro-anything, but only as anti-Zionist:
He never had anything bad to say about Hamas. He never campaigned for Arab countries to stop their discrimination against Palestinian Arabs. He never spoke a word demanding that "refugee camps" in Gaza be dismantled and real homes built.
Here is how he was described by his Free Gaza friend, Mary Hughes Thompson (via email):
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.
The anti-Israel left might consider themselves "Palestinian," but clearly some Palestinian Arabs don't.
Imagine if Christian Zionists who visit Israel in solidarity were murdered - by Jews. You can bet that their enthusiasm for Israel would cool quite quickly.
But that is because their support is built on love, not hate.
So-called "Pro-Palestinian activists" are not motivated by love. If they were, they would act completely differently. So the murders of Arrigoni and Juliano Mer-Khamis - done by the people they supposedly love - will not make a dent in far leftist "support" for PalArabs, because they don't support them in any real way.
They only have a shared hate for Israel.
One last cartoon on Arrigoni's Facebook page is stunning in its irony, an irony that his fellow activists will never, ever get:
UPDATE: One more lovely photo that Vittorio thought was wonderful: (h/t Kramerica)
His heart was overflowing with love.
To be clear...he didn't deserve to die. But he doesn't deserve to be remembered as a person who cared one bit about peace or human rights, either.
He was a hater.
Elder of Ziyon