April 14, 2011
Pali Jihadis Kidnap Italian Anti-Israeli Activist [Updated: Murdered, Found DEAD!]
UPDATE: Israeli radio reports that Vittorio Arrigoni has been found dead. 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:
Salafist Muslims in Gaza have kidnapped Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian member of the anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Bethlehem-based Ma'an News reported Thursday.Tawheed wal Jihad (Unification and jihad) is an al Qaeda affiliate. This story would be much funnier had the al Qaeda wannabes taken some members of Hamas hostage, instead of the left wing stooge who's only crime, I imagine, is believing all of the lame anti-Israel rhetoric he learned in college.
The kidnappers belong to A-Tawheed wal Jihad, a terror group of the Salafist Muslim stream. They have released a video showing Arrigoni bruised, tied and blindfolded, and text scrolling across the screen "threatens that he will die unless Hamas releases Salafist prisoners by 5 p.m. Friday."
The organization wants Hamas to release all of the members of their organization who are currently jailed. Topping the list is a senior member of the group, Hisham al-Sa'adi.
It's probably not his fault that he believes that the Israelis are the bad guys. It's kind of the narrative that the antisemitic European media reinforces. And it's an easy narrative to buy into if you're already dumb enough to be a Leftist.
It looks like he got roughed up some, too. Let's hope he gets out of this safe and sound and that he learns a useful lesson from the experience.
Unfortunately, my prediction is that when he's freed he will blame the whole thing on Israel. That's just the way these people roll.
You can watch the hostage video here. The screenshot above is from the hostage video.
UPDATE: Now that the video has gone viral and other people have found it, I'll go ahead and embed it below.
Pay attention to the stuff Aussie Dave has dug up on this useful idiot. For instance, minimizing the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit (oh, the irony).
And of course, the Pali press is already calling this a Zionist conspiracy.
The hostage video is below. If Hamas really wants him free, perhaps they should adopt some of our super-sekrit Zionist methods and start with a search of NaamQatel's YouTube buddies? Just a suggestion.
Update by Howie 10:01 PM cdt: The Youtube user who was hosting the video has been terminated by Youtube.
But don't worry, I saved his list of buds.