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Flotilla renames voyage in honor of slain activist

April 16, 2011 12:30 P.M. (Updated: April 17, 2011 9:43 A.M.)
LONDON (Ma'an) -- The next voyage to break the siege on Gaza will be named Freedom Flotilla - Stay Human in honor of slain Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni.

Arrigoni's body was found in a home northwest of Gaza City on Friday, hours after he was kidnapped by radical Islamists in the coastal enclave.

Arrigoni was the author of a book titled "Gaza: Stay Human."

The Freedom Flotilla steering committee condemned the killing, "a tragedy for his family, for those of us who knew him, and for the Palestinians who loved and admired him."

Arrigoni had traveled to Gaza on the first flotilla to break Israel's illegal blockade on Gaza in 2008, and stayed on and off since then.

In a statement, the committee said the next flotilla would return to Gaza in the activist's honor.

"His laughter and his last comments every time we saw him will ring in all of our ears as we board the boats to return to Gaza at the end of May.

"'Stay Human,' he would say, then grin and clench his pipe in his teeth."

Vittorio Arrigoni talks about his arrival in Gaza:

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