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Apr-20-2011 08:09printcommentsVideo

End of the Road by Agron Belica; Dedicated to Gaza Activist Vittorio Arrigoni

New song and music video celebrate life of Vik Arrigoni of ISM, the International Solidarity Movement.

ittorio Arrigoni's image on the separation wall in Gaza
Vittorio Arrigoni's image on the separation wall in Gaza

(SALEM, Ore.) - While producing the music video for this new Vittorio Arrignoi tribute song by Agron Belica, with my son Sean, it occurred to me how lucky I am to have my children, and how Vittorio or Vik, as he was known to his friends, won't get to become my age, or experience things that I and so many extremely fortunate western people do each day.

Had Vik been allowed to reach his real potential, he would have moved mountains.

As it is, only he and a handful of others have been carrying the load for world humanity in Gaza, and that is tragic like his death, and also the point of this important tribute by our good friend and fellow Salem-News.com writer Agron Belica, who in addition to his role as a singer/songwriter, is author of The Crucifixion: Mistaken Identity? John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ.

A bright light faded with Vik's passing, but his legacy is and will absolutely continue to charge and enlighten this movement of people who refuse to let the intense suffering of the walled in sniper tower-laden Gaza Strip in wallow in silence.

As both Egidia Beretta Arrigoni, Mother of Vittorio Arrigoni, and Ken O'Keefe, our fellow writer and close friend of Vik's in Gaza, said: he is not dead. No such person ever truly goes away; Vik Arrigoni's legacy is here to stay.

Story and pre-production by Tim King, Video post-production by Sean King.

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End of the Road by Agron Belica

Dedicated to Vittorio Arrigoni

(Featuring Marka)

Produced by Kyle Hall

Co-Produced by Patrick Dreier, Tim King, Sean King and Agron Belica

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When it comes down to what I’m doin’, What I’m doin’,
What I’m doin’ at the end of the road:
Pride in my words, and passion in my heart.
And ain’t a place that I’d rather start.
And if it comes down to what I’m doin’, What I’m doin’,
What I’m doin’, at the end of the road.
This path I chose you don’t see it, but believe it!
Just know that I’mma have a place to go, at the end of the road.

(Hook-Marka)

Life is sacred; it came from heaven up above;
A blessing from the Lord to be shared by everyone!
Freedom is God-given, something that we come to love;
It’s in the blood to defend it, yes! Our strongest passion!
The message goin’ out to those who transgress and violate,
When we’re overwhelmed, the Lord shakes the earth awake.
Everyone suffers; count the losses, check the death rate!
The ignorant surprised, as they watch the newsbreak.

The tears shed, man. for the ones that are sufferin’—
For the ones captive or dyin’ in the millions;
This one goes out to all my people in captivity:
Everyday we pray the Lord gives you all security!
Free you from the devil’s hand, those who oppress thee;
So you can enjoy your sacred life in the world free!
No one has the right to dictate your future, see?
The message goes out: mercy extends universally!
When it comes down to what I’m doin’, What I’m doin’,
What I’m doin’ at the end of the road:

Pride in my words, and passion in my heart.
And ain’t a place that I’d rather start.
And if it comes down to what I’m doin’,
What I’m doin’, What I’m doin’, at the end of the road.
This path I chose you don’t see it, but believe it!
Just know that I’mma have a place to go, at the end of the road.

(Hook-Marka)

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Most of us don’t want to take responsibility
Save a few brave hearts, inspired God-consciously
Not afraid to parade the doorsteps of authority;
Demand justice be served for the sake of humanity!
Going out to all the brave men and woman activists,
Who put their lives on the line to expose injustice;
Who exert their energy to see we live with dignity—
Your mission and your efforts are recorded in our history!
For all those who enjoin the good and forbid the evil:
Men, women, and children—everyone that is able;
Give a lending hand to stop all that are sinful;
Only with unity can we achieve and become forceful!

Those who left us never will be forgotten;
In our hearts you all will remain with lots of lovin’;
A place for you is set at the end of the road!
May the Lord give you peace and a heavenly abode!
When it comes down to what I’m doin’, What I’m doin’,
What I’m doin’ at the end of the road:
Pride in my words, and passion in my heart.
And ain’t a place that I’d rather start.
And if it comes down to what I’m doin’,
What I’m doin’, What I’m doin’, at the end of the road.
This path I chose you don’t see it, but believe it!
Just know that I’mma have a place to go, at the end of the road.

(Hook-Marka)

Articles regarding Vittorio's loss

Apr-20-2011: Men Die, Lions Rise - Jonathan Azaziah Special to Salem-News.com

Apr-17-2011: Vittorio Never Was as Much Alive as he is Now - By Egidia Beretta Arrigoni, Mother of Vittorio Arrigoni

Apr-17-2011: I Do Not Believe That A Palestinian Killed Vittorio Arrigoni - Gilad Atzmon Salem-News.com

Apr-17-2011: Vittorio and Israel's Attack on the Intellectual Intifada - Lauren Booth Salem-News.com

Apr-16-2011: Was Israel's Shin Bet Behind Vittorio Arrigoni's Brutal Murder? - Tim King Salem-News.com

Apr-15-2011: AMP expresses deep condolences to ISM and family of Vittorio Arrigoni - Salem-News.com

Apr-15-2011: We Mourn Another Friend... Vittorio Arrigoni - Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Salem-News.com

Apr-14-2011: Hero of Gaza: Vittorio Arrigoni, Kidnapped and Murdered - Tim King and Bonnie King Salem-News.com

Apr-14-2011: Famed Activist Vittorio Arrigoni Kidnapped in Gaza - Feared Dead - Tim King Salem-News.com

Articles regarding the death of Juliano Mer Khamis:

April-05-2011: Losing Juliano - Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Salem-News.com

April-04-2011: Filmmaker Juliano Mer-Khamis was Murdered Today in Jenin - Gilad Atzmon Salem-News.com

Articles by Vittorio on Salem-News.com:

Mar-23-2011: Israel's Attack on Civilians: Two Children Killed - Vittorio Arrigoni Special to Salem-News.com

Mar-18-2011: Gaza's Youth: Hopes Broken at 15 March End Of Division Demonstration - By Vittorio Arrigoni for Salem-News.com

Mar-04-2011: 15 March Palestine: End of Division - Vittorio Arrigoni for Salem-News.com

Nov-10-2010: The First Targeted US Killing in Gaza - Vittorio Arrigoni for Salem-News.com

Also:

Nov-30-2010: Israeli Soldiers Fire at Road to Hope Convoy Members - Tim King Salem-News.com

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Salem-News.com Writer/Author/Musician Agron Belica, faced many challenges growing up as a rootless street youth, situations so intense that they threatened to destroy him- that is until he rediscovered his Muslim roots a few years ago and turned his life around. In 2008, Agron Belica published his research article The Revival of the Prophet Yahya, and has caused quite a stir in scholarly circles. In 2009, a new theory was born, The Crucifixion: Mistaken Identity?> John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ. With no formal advanced education, he offers new interpretations of certain key words in the Quran along with his challenging theories about the role of John the Baptist in the Crucifixion and has attracted the attention of well-known scholars in the field of comparative religion, such as Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar, the first American woman to translate the Quran into English, the noted university professor, Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub, and the author and translator, Dr. Jay R. Crook.

You can write to Agron at this address: agronbelica@gmail.com

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Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon.

You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com

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Salem-News.com has some of the oldest and youngest working journalists in the nation. In 2006, at the age of 14, Sean became the youngest broadcast TV News reporter in the NW when he was selected as a Salem Correspondent by ATTN's NW Teen News, which aired on Salem's KWVT. He has been contributing to Salem-News.com and assisting with technical needs ever since. A graduate of the Media Arts Academy; a special high school that specializes in art, video and Internet production, Sean also has substantial time under his belt in the cable access world, where he has volunteered for years off and on, with Salem Oregon's CCTV group. His show ran for several months in 2005 and was a hit with younger and older audiences. Literally raised in a TV news household, Sean is able to understand and report about many things with a fresh, undiluted perspective. Sean has several videos hosted on Youtube. One of which, entitled "Cradle of Filth- My Humps" with nearly a million views, is very popular among the YouTube community.

You can send an email to Sean at this address: dragonreign_75@hotmail.com

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Fatima Radjaie April 24, 2011 9:09 am (Pacific time)

Shahid Vittorio will always stay alive in our hearts, all our thoughts and actions and inspire us not to rest until Gaza and the entire Palestine will be free. With his tireless struggle and efforts for freedom and his dedication to the rightless people in Palestine he really has deserved, now to be in the best and highest of the heavens, and it remains our duty and legacy, to take on the struggle, where he left and carry on the actions he did for a life in justice and dignity of all people in Palestine. Ciao Vittorio, you wonderful angel, you will always be with us!


AGRON BELICA April 21, 2011 12:57 pm (Pacific time)

@EILEEN FLEMING: THANKS SO MUCH!!!


eileen fleming April 20, 2011 2:16 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you for brother for another inspiring tribute to a man whose life light shines ever bright as he unites more and more people to fight the 'good fight' for TJP. May Vik's DREAM that we all STAY HUMAN and FREE GAZA PALESTINE become reality in 2011!


Jay R. Crook April 20, 2011 11:55 am (Pacific time)

When I first heard the news of Vittorio's Arrigoni's death, I was stunned. None of us are perfect, but how could anyone cut down such a man as he in the prime of his life—an humanitarian, an advocate of peaceful struggle against tyranny and oppression, and a man with the courage to dedicate and risk his life for a just cause? I still have not reconciled myself to the fact of it, but reality conquers all and I must mourn with his friends and supporters, and especially his bereaved family in Italy. We must not forget his sacrifice. The Salem-News team, especially Tim King and his son Sean, are to be congratulated once again for their production of a superb, deeply felt video commemorating this tragic event, this outrage against all decency: "End of the Road." Agron Belica's lyrics and music perfectly solemnize our lament. I pray that Vittorio's brutalized body is being washed by angels. May God rest his soul and may he be avenged by the defeat of those who dared violate the sanctity of a guest. Dr. Jay R. Crook (Md. Nur)


Jules April 20, 2011 9:56 am (Pacific time)

Beautiful tribute song and video, even in these troubled times, your love shines through.


Laleh Bakhtiar April 20, 2011 9:52 am (Pacific time)

Thanks so much Tim, Sean, Agron and all the others who have helped celebrate the life of Vittorio Arrigoni. May he long be remembered as the defender of justice that he was and may his mother's courage keep his good work alive.


AGRON BELICA April 20, 2011 9:07 am (Pacific time)

I would first like to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family of that fallen warrior for justice and peace, Vittorio Arrigoni, whose shocking death has touched and in some way diminished us all, but most of all his loving family. Their sorrow must be incalculable, but I want them to know we, too, who never met him, share the burden of their sorrow. How could this have happened?—a man cut down in his prime for helping those less fortunate than himself. I shall never have the opportunity to meet him and get to know him and share the warmth of his smile because soulless brutes have cut him down, as so many others have been slain when their cause is just: a “murder most foul!” We share your grief, O family of Vittorio! It is as though one of our own has been slain. Let his spirit know that though he now be absent, his martyrdom shall not be forgotten and the cowardly act will beget more warriors for justice and peace. God bless us all. Agron Belica and Dr. Jay R. Crook (Md. Nur) TJP

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