May 4, 2011

Vittorio and a lecture

Below are tributes to Vittorio and an announcement of a Lecture Tuesday May 10th. [Reminder: if you emailed me at, please resend to since the hotmail account was closed)

The funeral and other moving links for an exceptional and amazing individual, our friend Vittorio Arrigoni.  May we all strive to stay human as he stayed human, a caring wonderful human being who took actions for peace and justice. Let us complete his work.

Vittorio Arrigoni speaks of war and death and how he would like to be remembered should he die! He does this in the setting of the Gaza cemetry of WWI

Restano Umani: What was Vittorio Arrigoni(Vik) doing that cost him his life? Watch this amazing video

New Project: People come to Gaza in memory of Vittorio in May.  For details and to join, visit

Bella ciao for partizan Vik:

Egidia, Vik's mother, speech:
(Translation of her talk by Francesco Stevanato)

Vittorio is neither a hero nor a martyr, but just a guy who wanted to reaffirm with a special life that human rights are universal and how these must be respected and protected anywhere in the world ... that injustice must be told and documented, because none of us in our comfortable life can say 'I was not there, I did not know'. Vittorio was a witness, a great activist for human rights. From him we must learn the power of coherence to the ideals. From his radical and nonviolent choice we must draw the strength for concrete actions, to become everywhere, including us, human rights activists. We didn't imagine, we didn't know how many of you loved him, at all latitudes and longitudes. Believe me, in these days of pain, this was the unexpected relief to our wounded hearts. I embrace you and all the sons of Palestine. With a special and grateful hug to Vittorio gazawi friends. Gaza was his second home. Continue to work for your land standing together, with courage and hope. Recalling that Victor had only one weapon: the word and the testimony.
Stay human. Restiamo umani. Salam aleikum
(Egidia Beretta)
The Carter Center presents Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh

130 Years of History: The Effectiveness of Popular Resistance in Palestine

Tuesday, 10 May, 6:00 pm

Friends Meetinghouse, Ramallah**
Professor Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in occupied Palestine. He serves as chairman of the board of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Sahour.  His book “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment” will be available for sale. For questions, please call 0598 200.631 or send an email to
** The Friends Meetinghouse is located on the Main Street in Ramallah (next to Al Natsheh Building and across from Rukab Ice Cream).
The Event Is Open To The Public

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