"It is first and foremost an eyewitness account of an everyman and a true humanist. He was there during the Operation 'Cast Lead' and so his daily dispatches came directly from the killing fields of Gaza, and are therefore free of any media distortion or manipulation."Ilan Pappé, professor of history, University of Exeter
An authoritative and deeply moving eyewitness account of the terrible twenty-two-day Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip in December 2008 and January 2009. These daily dispatches were written in precarious conditions, between bombing raids and intermittent Internet access. Vittorio Arrigoni ends his dispatches with the plea "stay human," which became the motto of the peace protests in his native Italy. This English translation is updated with new entries reflecting on life in Gaza after the offensive and also features an introduction by famous Israeli historian Ilan Pappé.
Vittorio Arrigoni was an internationally renowned human rights activist who served as a volunteer with the pacifist International Solidarity Movement and worked closely with fishermen and farmers in Gaza. During the Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip in 2008-9, Arrigoni acted as a human shield while working with the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances. Working as a freelance journalist for the Italian daily Il Manifesto, Arrigoni’s daily dispatches, written between bombing raids and patchy internet access, ended with the plea, "stay human," which became the motto of the anti-Israeli peace protests in his native Italy. His authoritative and deeply moving eyewitness account was later published in 2010 in Italian, French, German, and English, which the historian Ilan Pappé described as the "account of an everyman and a true humanist." On April 14, 2011, Arrigoni was kidnapped and brutally murdered by militants in Gaza, which caused an international outcry and was unanimously condemned by Hamas and the Palestinian National Authority.
"'Being Human' has been the ultimate gift of a book that ironically delivers stories of irreparable tragedy and heroism, embedded in words of selflessness and remorse from the unprecedented harsh ground realities of war torn Gaza. " Goodreads
MapPreface: The killing fields of Gaza (2009)1. For the reader: a warning and instruction of use2. Guernica in Gaza3. Dying Slowly while listening out in vain4. The angel factories5. The unnatural catastrophe6. Ghosts demanding justice7. Doctors with wings8. Al-Nakba9. Slingshots vs White phosphorous bombs10. 'I won't leave my country"11. Killing Hippocrates12. Total destruction: work in progress13. Vultures and bounty hunters14. Children of a lesser God15. Jabalia's circles of the inferno16. Turning geography on its head17. Love under the bombs18. The living and the dead19. Traces of death20. What her tears have seen21. The epicentre of catastrophe continues22. War crimes in Gaza23. Let them come to GazaTimelineBackground notes