Even better, he’s part of the far-left International Solidarity Movement.

(BBC) — A radical Islamic group in the Gaza Strip has kidnapped an Italian activist.

Italian consular officials in the Palestinian territory say Vittorio Arrigoni was taken on Thursday morning.

In a video posted on YouTube, Mr Arrigoni appears blindfolded with what looks like thick black tape. He seems to have been beaten.

Mr Arrigoni is the first foreigner kidnapped in Gaza since BBC journalist Alan Johnston was snatched in 2007.

The BBC’s Gaza correspondent Jon Donnison says the group that is thought to have taken Mr Arrigoni is part of a movement sometimes called Salafism.

Salafists have often been in conflict with Hamas, the Islamist movement that governs Gaza, and they consider Hamas too moderate, says our correspondent.

In the video, the kidnappers demand that Hamas release a number of Salafist prisoners.

Mr Arrigoni is a pro-Palestinian activist who has been in Gaza for several years campaigning against Israel’s ongoing blockade of the territory.

Update: Looks like he had the snot beaten out of him.

Update II: Somehow the left will blame this on the Jooos.

(BBC)An Italian pro-Palestinian activist has been found dead in the Gaza Strip hours after being abducted, security sources in the Hamas-governed territory say.

Vittorio Arrigoni was seized by a radical Islamic group on Thursday morning and video of him blindfolded with tape was later posted on YouTube.

Hamas police reportedly found his dead body inside a house.

Mr Arrigoni was the first foreigner kidnapped in Gaza since BBC journalist Alan Johnston was snatched in 2007.

Italian consular officials earlier confirmed that he had been abducted.

It is thought he was kidnapped by Salafist radicals, who have often been in conflict with Hamas, the BBC’s Gaza correspondent Jon Donnison says.

HT: Kev (video) Porky (update)