Hamas condemns murder of Italian ISM activist

[ 15/04/2011 - 10:55 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC) The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has denounced in the strongest terms the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Italian peace activist Vittori Arrigoni, stressing that what has happened is “serious and shameful” and that “what this group has perpetrated does not reflect the culture or customs of the Palestinian people who are open to [friendship] with all [people]”

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement on Friday morning that the aim of the responsible group is to bring back security chaos to the Gaza Strip, to spoil the atmosphere of internal security that has prevailed in the Gaza Strip and to damage popular solidarity with the Palestinian people, especially the international solidarity with the besieged Gaza Strip.

Barhoum added that the aims of this outlawed group are harmonious with the aims of the enemies of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause.

He praised the efforts of Arrigoni to help the Palestinian people through his solidarity work in the Gaza Strip and called on the Interior Ministry to spare no effort to pursue the perpetrators of the crime to bring to justice and to find out who is behind them.

Barhoum further stressed that the Palestinian people reject the group suspected of the crime and reject its ideology.

Arrigoni who is a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and has been in the Gaza Strip for the past three years.

He is the third ISM activist to be killed in the Gaza Strip; in 2003 Rachel Corrie, an activist from the US was crushed by an Israeli occupation military bulldozer and in 2004 Tom Hundall, a British activist was shot dead by an Israeli occupation soldier.

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