Mahmoud Sarsak on speaking tour of Scotland

Mahmoud Sarsak Scottish leg of tour: 1-16 June

Mahmoud Sarsak was a member of the Palestinian national football team who was seized by Israeli troops, interned without charge and tortured over many weeks in Israel’s notorious prison system.

Mahmoud Sarsak

Mahmoud Sarsak

After three years, i.e. six ‘democratic and lawful’ periods of six months imprisonment without trial or charge, Mahmoud went on hunger strike to demand that he be given prisoner-of-war status since he was being detained under Israel’s Unlawful Combatants Law. He refused to accept exile to Norway as a condition for his release and, near death at half his usual body weight, Israel released him unconditionally.

Mahmoud will be hosted at meetings and participate in football events to raise awareness of Israeli’s war against Palestinian football, the torture and abuse of Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s gulag, and the role of multi-national G4S in running parts of Israel’s illegal programme. He will be raising the cases of two players of the Palestinian national football team, Omar Abu Rouis and Mohammed Nemer who have been imprisoned for over a year now in Israel’s dungeons with out any trial or charges being levelled against them.

Here, Mahmoud Sarsak and Jewish comedian Alexei Sayle explain Israel’s war on Palestinian football and why the apartheid state needs to be kicked out of European football.

Guardian, 6 June 2012, “Palestinian footballer’s hunger strike sparks fears for his life”:  We demonstrated for Mahmoud Sarsak and all political prisoners at Tynecastle in June 2012

Eric Cantona, Show Racism the Red Card, and others signed a statement in support of prisiner Sarsak

The Professional Footballers’ Union, FIFPro issued a press release on Mahmoud

Updates here at on Mahmoud Sarsak’s Scottish tour: what follows is subject to change in next few days

Download the tour leaflet/poster

Sat June 1st Welcome to Scotland at Waverley Station, 12noon
Sun June 2 Reception for Mahmoud at Fatma Restaurant, 6.00pm
Tues June 4 Stop the JNF protest at Cowan’s Law
Thurs June 6 Inverness – Spectrum Centre 7.30
Fri June 7 Aberdeen – Quaker Meeting Hall  7.30pm
Sat June 8 Glasgow
Mon June 10 Dundee – Dundee Community Centre, Guthrie Street 7.30pm
Tues June 11 Edinburgh – Quaker Meeting Hall, Victoria Terr 7.00 for 7.30pm
Wed June 12 Stirling – Raploch Community Centre
Thurs June 13 Falkirk – St Francis Xavier Church Hall  7.00 for 7.30pm
Fri June 14 Fife – Sarsak hosted by Fife Arab Society, 3.30pm
Sat June 15 Glasgow – joint activity with Lajee group
– football match fund-raiser
Sun June 16 Combruith Hostel, Comrie – SPSC residential weekend to participate in discussion on Palestinian prisoners and campaigning

Sarsak at the Palestine Stadium with a message to UEFA about how much they care about racism in football:


International Workers Day – MAY DAY GREETINGS


“Some men, faint-hearted, ever seek
Our programme to retouch,
And will insist, whene’er they speak
That we demand too much.
’Tis passing strange, yet I declare
Such statements give me mirth,
For our demands most moderate are,
We only want the earth.”

James Connolly 1907