This is starting to be an interesting angle to the murder. Carl in Jerusalem posted the following:
In a YouTube clip posted earlier by his abductors, Arrigoni was shown blindfolded with blood around his right eye. A hand was seen pulling his head up by his hair to face the camera.
“The Italian hostage entered our land only to spread corruption,” an accompanying Arabic text said, describing Italy as “the infidel state.” It named the captors’ leader as Hesham al-Sa’eedni and demanded he be released from a Hamas prison.
Carl then asks whether Arrigoni had been hitting on the women folk thereby pissing off a number of the fundamuslims. Backchannels tell the Tundra Tabloids that Arrigoni was mentioned very prominently in an Italian gay newspaper, as well as there’s a rumor that Arrigoni was in fact a homosexual living with an Arab lover called Emin.
This is totally unsubstantiated of course and we may never find out for sure, but that’s what is being circulated around at the moment. The way he was executed, the TT hears it was done by hanging, not the way one would expect a captive to be executed if Hamas operatives were supposedly closing in.
Carl in J’lem does make a very interesting point, that the ISM has had a difficult time in maintaining their PR within Gaza, being looked on by many as a force of corruption. According to Carl, Rachel Corrie’s mad dance with a tractor was the product of an act of desperation meant to prove their worth to the Palestinians themselves. There had been a whispering campaign directed against the ISM at the time, so desperate measures were called for to prove their loyalty.
It’s a thought worth keeping tucked away until more concrete proof comes along to verify its validity, but one thing is for sure, the westerners are playing with some mighty dangerous people, and if they don’t watch out, and in spite of their pro-Palestinian activities, they’ll end up like Arrigoni. KGS