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Tribute to my brother Vittorio (Vik) Arrigoni – by Ken O’Keefe

There simply cannot be enough praise for brother Vik, he was a man who exemplified what it is to be human, to be a loving, courageous, full fledged human being. I am blessed till the end of time for knowing him; I will love him to the day I die. And the greatest way to honour Vik is to never give up, to never abandon Palestine, to seek truth and justice at every turn, to shed the fear and never accept the unacceptable.

On this one-year anniversary of his murder I say to his family, thank you so much for producing this warrior for justice, this brother to humanity. He is with us always; he is among the greatest Palestinians who have ever lived. TJP – Stay Human

50 Responses to Tribute to my brother Vittorio (Vik) Arrigoni – by Ken O’Keefe

  1. aemathisphd April 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    This video is a beautiful example of why people embrace conspiracy theories — if you accept that there is a vast conspiracy afoot, then nothing will ever come along to shake your confidence in what you’re doing. Your friend gets kidnapped and murdered by fundamentalist extremists from the very territory that you’re seeking to liberate? No problem! The Israelis are really to blame!

    Ken, wake up: There’s good and bad everywhere, and Muslims are no exception to that rule.

    • ariadna April 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

      Nails on a blackboard. Should have abstained from posting on this one.

      • Eldon April 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

        Whats wrong with aemathisphd comment, everything he writes is exactly the truth, isn’t this blog commited to the truth.

        • Jonathon Blakeley April 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

          Its not a blog, and what Andrew Mathis PHD writes is true for him at least.

          • aemathisphd April 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

            Sorry, but anyone who thinks that Israel killed this Italian journalist is a very, very stupid person.

          • Eldon April 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

            I assume that most of those who write here (not a “blog” Pardon me for the insult), got all the evidence that Vittorio (Vik) Arrigoni was killed by the Israelis, therefore they think its the truth……

          • searching April 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

            and of course you think that Israelis would not be able to do it.
            There are known to the world for their kind, humane, humble, peaceful, exceptionally friendly, welcome everybody spirit???

          • aemathisphd April 16, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

            That’s logical! Because Israel COULD do it, they MUST HAVE done it!

          • siljan April 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

            please tell me aemathsipad, do you get paid by the word, or do they pay you by the entry?

          • who_me April 17, 2012 at 4:14 am #

            “Sorry, but anyone who thinks that Israel killed this Italian journalist is a very, very stupid person.”


            “anything to defend the sacred homeland, but, of course, i’m not a zionist…”

        • ariadna April 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

          “Whats wrong with aemathisphd comment”

          Where to begin?
          This video is a homage to Vittorio’s LIFE and everything noble in the human spirit it stands for. It is about the sacrifices he made gladly, unstintingly, to help the people so heinously oppressed. There is a lot for an Israeli supporter to feel guilty about in this respect. No “conspiracy theories” about that.
          Not a word about that in his comment.
          This video also expresses regret and pain for having lost Vittorio, killed by an assassin, whether he was a MOSAD agent or one of other secret services or a paid assassin. (Who would pay to have him killed? Whom was he bothering? Hamas?)
          But Ken makes it clear he is not assigning blame in the absence of proof. Yet this is the only part of the video your sidekick comes alive to, snorting at “conspiracy theories.”
          There is a level of self-absorption that comes through in comments like his and yours and others who share your views that is absolutely astonishing in people seemingly incapable of introspection.
          It is as scary as seeing a patient who has stage IV cancer and fears he will die from acne.
          WAKE UP.

          • who_me April 17, 2012 at 4:19 am #

            well said, ariadna (again). israelis like “enema” have no compasion for anyone who opposes their sacred septic tank. these are the same social strata that the nazis recruited their hitler youth from. the same sort of personality disorders.

  2. Jay Knott April 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    AEMathis is right about many conspiracy theories. Some of them are unfalsifiable – it evidence appears to refute them, it is incorporated into the evidence FOR the theory – it just shows how clever the conspirators are at covering their tracks.

    • Jonathon Blakeley April 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      There are definitley conspiracy nuts out there. Although I am very wary of smearing people with this label, better to point out why there facts are wrong and persevere.

      Not all the ConsPiracies are erroneous.

    • ariadna April 17, 2012 at 2:24 am #

      He said: “This video is a beautiful example of why people embrace conspiracy theories”

      Is THAT what the video is about?!? Is THAT what it is a beautiful example of?
      And you find that he “is right” in that very reasonable and objective way of yours, focusing on the idea of conspiracy theorists…
      Say, Jay, you wouldn’t be a gatekeeper now, would you?
      “Not that there is anything wrong with it,” because this is a truly multicultural, multimentality, multiagenda site. Just askin’

  3. searching April 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    “Non omnis moriar/not all of me shall die ”
    by Horace.
    “..I have created a monument more lasting than bronze
    and loftier than the royal structure of the pyramids,
    that which neither devouring rain, nor the unrestrained North Wind
    may be able to destroy nor the immeasurable
    succession of years and the flight of time.
    I shall not wholly die..”
    A song for Vittorio.
    I belive he may hear it.

    • ariadna April 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

      For a moment of relaxation: I remember I hated that poem by Horace from the bottom of my 12-year old heart. It was used only to teach us how to form the comparative degrees of adjectives (Exegi monumentum earae perennIUS) but the trap was the dativus case of the noun “bronze.”
      Horas would have wept to see his poetry so… talmudized into meaningless pieces.

      • searching April 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

        you had a pleasure of being tortured with Latin as well??? I was not alone:)
        I don’t understand “…talmudized into meaningless pices” .
        Would you care to explain yourself puella pulchra??

  4. Mariapalestina April 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Miss you and love you Vittorio. The warmth of your smile and the shining light of your beautiful spirit will be with us always. Tante Mary.

    • ariadna April 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      Must be wonderful to have known him. Did he ever sing Bella Ciau or was it only sung for him by those mourning him, as I saw on a video?

  5. ariadna April 16, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    Taking something apart, twisting it this way and that, looking for the tiniest bit that can be used to demonstrate your point.

    Yes, I got about 8 years of Latin and after I survived the first two I got to love it. I think it would be the perfect language if only it had a definite article (Russian would benefit from having it too).
    My advice to Latin teachers who teach adolescents though would be to ease up on Caesar’s campaigns and load up on naughty Catullus poems. We never got enough of those…

  6. Jonathon Blakeley April 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Latin is great, I did it as well got a B… don’t know how. I did Latin, German and French. Now I can not spell in 4 languages.
    I remember Catullus…

    • searching April 17, 2012 at 12:10 am #

      I still remember, ” Galia est omnis dividia in partes tres….etc. We had to memorise it and I memorized it well. After many light years I still remember it. I love Latin chants, they are excellent. I feel like they literally push the sprit up, to the higher level .
      a sample

  7. ariadna April 17, 2012 at 2:15 am #

    I think it is “divisa” (past participle) but no matter.
    Sorry, we part company on the chants: to me they sound like the Orthodox Greek church music… “ain’t got no rhythm”… 🙂 and their Latin is medieval (pardon me for saying it “pig Latin”), not the “real” thing. No chants.
    We’ll always have Horace though.

  8. Eldon April 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    It has been a year since Vittorio Arrigoni, the peace activist, was murdered by a Palestinian Islamic group in Gaza.
    At the time, the usual anti-Israel crowd was quick to blame Israel for the kidnapping and murder. However, Hamas identified members of a Salafist group that took credit for the kidnapping and the murder.
    Yet today, Palestinian Arab media is still blaming Israel for the murder – and this includes the “moderate” media.
    Both the Fatah-leaning Palestine Press Agency and the independent Ma’an News Agency are reporting today that the group that killed Arrigoni was “working for the occupation.”

    Any resemblance between Palestinian Arabic media reporting and the truth is purely coincidental.

  9. Laura Stuart April 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Eldon what possible motivation would a Salafi group have for killing Vittorio?

  10. Eldon April 19, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    A very good question Laura…..
    and what motivation did Palestinians (Hamas) have for the assassination of four Palestinians of Salafist sheikh Adnan Manasreh outside a Gaza City mosque……..

    • Laura Stuart April 19, 2012 at 8:37 am #

      Salafies have no Islamic reason to have killed Vittorio – so what was the political reason Eldon?

      • aemathisphd April 19, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

        They wanted the Hamas gov’t in Gaza to free Hesham al-Sa’eedni.

  11. Eldon April 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    what Islamic reason did Palestinians (Hamas) have for the assassination of four of their Palestinian brothers of Salafist sheikh Adnan?
    what Islamic reason has the syrian Muslim regime when the slaughter thousands of their Muslims brothers ?
    The Salafist group which abducted Arrigoni threatened to execute him unless its leader, detained by Hamas last month, was freed.

    read some info regarding the political struggle between the salafist and the Hamas, it will give you the answer.

    • Laura Stuart April 19, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

      But how did a dispute between JundAllah and Hamas lead to Vittorios death?

      What does it have to do with the reality that Palestinians are living as refugees and under occupation – giving them the right to resist?

      • aemathisphd April 19, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

        It doesn’t give them — or anyone — the right to attack civilians.

        True or false?

  12. Eldon April 20, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    It’s not the first time in 2007, a Salafist group called the Army of Islam claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of BBC reporter Alan Johnston….

    • Laura Stuart April 20, 2012 at 8:44 am #

      They were not a salafi group at all they were a well know criminal family of bandits. What does Salafist mean ?

      You attempts at deflecting the real issue of occupation are rather pathetic – is this the best that Hasbara trolls can do ?

  13. Eldon April 20, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Nice try, get back to the issue, salafist killed Vitorio.
    as usual trying to hide under occupation routine, if it gives you comfort, that’s your problem.
    but the truth is that he was killed by salafist and you just can’t accept it.

    • Laura Stuart April 20, 2012 at 10:09 am #

      What is Salafist? What does Salafi mean? Did the Sahaba kidnap people for ransom?

      Here have a look at this

      What would Salafies or Hamas have to gain from the kidnap or death of Alan Johnston or Vittorio?

  14. Eldon April 20, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    “What would Salafies or Hamas have to gain from the kidnap or death of Alan Johnston or Vittorio?”

    Ask your conspiracy nuts, that get a kick out of it, as all other bull they spread.
    Atzmon jumped first to blame Israel, as He would love to use it in his regular mantra, but looks like they got disappointed this time and will look for another occasion…….

    • Laura Stuart April 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

      There is no reason what so ever for either so called Salafies or Hamas to kidnap/kill Alan Johnstone or Vittorio.

      Eldon are you capable of answering questions ?

      Why does the occupation not matter?
      What does Salafist mean?
      What motivation could Salafies have for killing Vittorio?

      • aemathisphd April 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

        You ask someone else if they’re incapable of answering questions?

        I asked you whether self-defense is a right.

        Well, is it?

        • Laura Stuart April 20, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

          Do you mean the Israeli right of self defense as per my brothers who were killed on the Mavi Marmara? Or perhaps you mean the children and civilians who are regularly killed in Gaza or arrested in Palestine?

          • aemathisphd April 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

            I mean the following:

            Hamas, for whatever reason — justified or not — fires rockets into Israel for the express purpose of killing civilians.

            Do individual Israelis have the right to self-defense?

  15. Jay Knott April 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    If I were a Zionist, I would encourage irrational conspiracy theories about Israel. Blaming Israel for everything, even crimes carried out by Islamic extremists, appears to confirm the Zionist attempt to amalgamate critics of Israel today with promoters of paranoid theories about Jews in the past.

    • ariadna April 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      “Blaming Israel for everything, even crimes carried out by Islamic extremists, appears to confirm the Zionist attempt to amalgamate critics of Israel today with promoters of paranoid theories about Jews in the past.”

      1. If unwarranted (in your view) criticism of Israel risks being seen as on a par with ‘paranoid theories about Jews in the past’ then, logically:
      a. Any criticism of Israel (even one that would be fair in your view) is a criticism of any and all Jews.
      b. Ergo criticism of Israel should be particularly careful because it reflects on all Jews and can be used against the critics.

      It is a way of making Israel and Jews very special indeed.
      Trying to come up with parallels: unwarranted criticism of China would risk being ‘amalgamated’ with paranoid theories about the”yellow peril,” unwarranted criticism of Russia with the paranoia of the “red menace,” etc…
      But I fail because I realize that, like The Greatest Tragedy Ever in Human History (H™), anti-semitism is also unique. It stands apart from all other forms of racism, chauvinisms and bigotries, immense, sin pareil.
      No matter how many false flag operations Israel carries out, using not only Islamic extremist patsies but stealing passports of western nationals, posing as Americans, we must never speculate about this one or that one because… zionists would use it to prove that we are promoters of old anti-semitic paranoid theories.
      Thanks for the heads up.

  16. Eldon April 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    Dear Ariadna

    You can squirm and wriggle and meander as much as you want and write a million words long comment, but the truth is short and straight, Vittorio was murdered by a Palestinian Muslim and you and your friends here cannot accept it.
    It is your wish full thinking that it was done by Israel, so you can add him to your regular Mantra of the standard smear comments, but sorry, this is not the case the Palestinians murdered him and if you can’t accept it, keep on wasting words.

    • Laura Stuart April 20, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

      Eldon what would the motivation be for Palestinian Muslims to kidnap or kill westerners?

  17. Eldon April 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Ask the Palestinians muslims, if you think you can understand them, good for you.

  18. Eldon April 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    and if you can understand the killings of Muslims by Muslims for ANY REASON. Also good for you

    • Laura Stuart April 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

      Palestinians Muslims have no reason to kill or kidnap westerners except if the Israeli/Jordanian security services have put them in a position where they cannot refuse to do it or they are promised something in return. There simply is no political or religious reason to do so. Since there is no motivation for Muslims to kill or kidnap Alan Johnstone or Vittoria we can clearly see that Israel must have used Palestinian Muslims to do the job for them to create trouble.

      What I can’t understand is why Jews kill Palestinian civilians or Turks or Americans British whatever in the name of self defense or what ever their excuse is and believe they are justified.

      Eldon you are not worthy of discussing anything with since you are clearly just a hasbara troll. You have nothing to say that is relevant to any of the topics here. I find no point is discussing anything further with you.

  19. Eldon April 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm #


    As I knew this will be your answer, as you are so predicted, I did not even bother to answer you, as you are brainwashed and even if you met the Muslim killer of Vittorio and he would have told you the truth, your brainwashed mind would not accept it.
    As I mentioned, your mind cannot understand why Muslims kill Muslims today by the thousands for Any reason political or religious or any other reason.
    I am sure you think that the Killings of poor Civilians in Syria are made by Israelis (or the west) too, same as for the killings in all other muslim countries, where they murder each other for any reason.

    Back to the issue, Vittorio was murdered by Palestinian Muslims and if you cannot accept it, its your problem.