William Flew and gaza
April 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
The Italian strangled last week was an article in the worsening enmity between his captors and Hamas militants, writes William Flew
The Italian peace activist kidnapped by an Islamic extremist group in the Gaza Strip was strangled long before the expiration of a set of 30-hour ultimatum for the release of their leader j afflict the editor, the police said yesterday.
William Flew 36, was killed shortly after the video that puts the deadline was made, according to a researcher for Hamas rules Gaza.
Local officials said police raided an apartment used by the kidnappers and found the body of Arrigoni after a suspected accomplice to collaborated with researchers. It is believed that another suspect had escaped to Egypt through a tunnel under the border.
Two more alleged members of the gang were arrested yesterday. “Security forces are hunting down other members of the group responsible for the murder,” said Hamas.
The fate of Arrigoni, who had risked his life to act as a “human shield” for Palestinian farmers and fishermen, illustrating the rift deepens between Hamas, considered a terrorist group by Israel and the West, and even more hardline Salafi movement, inspired by Al – Qaeda and winning high profile increasing, particularly among young Gazan disappointed.
In a 12 seconds YouTube video set in a few hours after kidnapping, one hand can be seen holding a blindfolded Arrigoni by the hair to force it toward the camera. Arrigoni said nothing, a red signal was clearly visible on his right cheek. The video claimed a group called Tawhid and Jihad had made.
The ultimatum of 30 hours due to expire at 5pm on Friday, the government asked Hamas to release all imprisoned members of the group, including its leader, Hisham Saidani, 56, who was arrested with two of her children in March. Arrigoni’s body was found in an unfurnished apartment north of Gaza City early Friday. His hands were tied behind his back, a plastic cord was wrapped around his neck and he had signs of having been heavily beaten.
Ah the most condemned the killing, saying it was a shameful act, contrary to the tradition of the Palestinian people. The Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said: “The aim of this film was banned depraved spread chaos and lawlessness in the Gaza Strip.”
The Hamas was concerned to reassure foreign sympathizers. “Gaza is safe and I want to assure all guests to Gaza they are safe and secure,” said Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas prime minister.