Gaza: Stay Human
is an authoritative and deeply moving eyewitness account of the terrible 22-day Israeli offensive against the people of the Gaza Strip in 2008-9. Vittorio Arrigoni, a volunteer with the pacifist International Solidarity Movement, served as a human shield while working with the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances during the offensive. As a freelance journalist with 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 anti-Israeli peace protests in his native Italy. The English translation is updated to include Arrigoni's new dispatches on the difficult situation in Gaza after Operation 'Cast Lead' and features a preface by the renowned Israeli historian and human rights activist, Ilan Pappe.
''It is first and foremost an eyewitness account of an everyman and a true humanist. ... Vittorio Arrigoni volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement to help the people of Gaza as part of its mission to protect human rights. He was there during and after 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 Pappe, Professor of History, University of Exeter.