Arrigoni documented Israeli attacks on Palestinian ambulance workers, ‘the most heroic people I ever met’

by Philip Weiss

An amazing video of the late Vik Vittorio Arrigoni from May 2009. At minute 6 he documents the attacks on Palestinian ambulance drivers during Cast Lead; you see two stretcher-bearers being shot at in Gaza City. Remember, this is an essential point of the now-disputed al-Samouni case, in which ambulances were prevented from approaching the bombed family, and at least one person died who surely might have survived their injuries. Doesn’t that constitute a deliberate attack on civilians?

This is from the Goldstone Report on the al-Samouni family:

[A]t around 4 p.m. [January 4, 2009], PRCS ambulance managed to come in the vicinity of the house where Ahmad was lying wounded, but was prevented by the Israeli armed forces from rescuing him. Ahmad died at around 2 a.m. during the night… The ambulance had turned west off Salah ad-Din Street when, at one of the first houses in the area, Israeli soldiers on the ground and on the roof of one of the houses directed their guns at it and ordered it to stop. The driver and the nurse were ordered to get out of the vehicle, raise their hands, take off their clothes and lie on the ground. Israeli soldiers then searched them and the vehicle for 5 to 10 minutes. Having found nothing, the soldiers ordered the ambulance team to return to Gaza City, in spite of their pleas to be allowed to pick up some wounded. In his statement to the Mission, the ambulance driver recalled seeing women and children huddling under the staircase in a house, but not being allowed to take them with him.

Arrigoni speaks of 13 Palestinian paramedics who died. “I will remember those martyrs as the most heroic people I ever met.”

At the end of the video Arrigoni quotes the Italian poet Enzo Biagi. “Enzo Biagi said ‘Truth is like poetry, it doesn’t need any adjectives, it is freedom.’ We will keep making poetry of our lives until freedom will be declared over the broken chains of all oppressed peoples.”

  1. #1 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on 04/18/2011 - 9:34

    Israel is the only entity stands to benefit from murdering this young brave man.
    This message below was sent to ISM and eight Italians newspapers.

  2. #2 by covkid on 04/18/2011 - 9:34

    Vittorio Arrigoni is a legend…a most remarkable man, R.I.P.

  3. #3 by fatima on 04/18/2011 - 9:34

    I am born in America. I do not think that the people that care about human life any where knows about America doing this. I know that I would not agree to such a horrific scenario. I did not like seeing those beautiful children in death; nor do I like seeing them exploited in this way. We, as is all of mankind; are allowing our own selves to destroy what GOD created. When GOD said that mankind would not be destoyed as in Noah’s time; it was because GOD knows we can destroy ourselves with no help from HIM. All the greed, power, and knowledge will not stop mankind from it’s future delimma. Our own self destruction. Can’t all of you see what is truly happening. GOD has done what he said; we, however have yet to satisfy what is expected of us in the WORD of TRUTH to us all. BE and we are. Only for HIM. GOD gave us the word TO BE. We are destroying Our “BE”.

  4. #4 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on 02/12/2012 - 9:34

    Posted by MJ


    Sunday 12 February 2012

    N.B. Remarkable how very ‘few’ people care about human life when it is not theirs or that of their loved ones!

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