after leaflets were distributed in the refugee camp describing Mer- Khamis as a fifth column and calling for his death.
According to Mer-Khamis, the Freedom Theatre helps “provide opportunities for the children and youth of Jenin Refugee Camp to develop the skills, self-knowledge and confidence which would empower them to challenge present realities and to take control of their future.” Despite all of his work for the Palestinian people, extremists were critical of his drama school and community theatre, believing it to be a threat to their Islamic values.
A peace activist, blogger and occasional freelance journalist, Arrigoni was a well-known figure in Gaza - and well-liked.
He was frequently seen clenching a pipe between his teeth and wearing a beret in a likeness to Che Guevara, as well as bracelets in the red, black, green and white colors of the Palestinian flag.
Arrigoni was an outspoken critic of Israel, but in an interview in 2008 he also also criticised Muslim extremists for trying to impose a hardline version of Islam in Gaza.
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