Gaza militants kill Italian hostage
This is ugly and awful from every angle. Most here would disagree with the activist who was murdered, as well as ISM and Hamas who are quoted in the article, so I ask as a favor that everyone show respect and remain civil in any comments left.
In Rome, the Italian Foreign Ministry condemned what it called a “barbaric murder” and a “vile and irrational gesture of violence on the part of extremists indifferent to the value of a human life.”
The group, calling itself Monotheism and Holy War, had released a video Thursday showing the kidnapped activist blindfolded and with cuts on his face, held in front of the camera by a fist gripping his hair. The group demanded that Hamas free its leader and two other members jailed by Hamas.
The abduction highlights challenges that Hamas — an Iran-backed group with a militant Islamist ideology that is considered a terror organization in the U.S., the European Union and elsewhere — has faced from smaller Islamic factions in Gaza. Some of these, including the one apparently behind Arrigoni’s abduction, are inspired by al Qaeda and the world jihad movement.