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
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.

What you can do:

  • Publicise and help with the meetings already organised
  • Help with Arabic <-> English translation
  • Help Mahmoud learn some English

Contact Mick 0795 800 2591 / Matt 07919 963 764 / Sarah 07964 581 414

Sarsak visits Gaza stadium destroyed by Israel in Dec 2012
Updates here at on Mahmoud Sarsak's Scottish tour: what follows is subject to change in next few days

Download the tour leaflet/poster
Two-minute video on his torture
Fair CNN report



 Sat June 1

12noon - Welcome Sarsak at Waverley Station, Edinburgh 12noon
3pm      - Sarsak presents Edinburgh Rivals charity trophy to Hibs after they beat Hearts at Tynecastle: see media release with photos

Sun June 2 Reception for Mahmoud at Edinburgh's Fatma Restaurant, 6.00pm pre-notification essential to Waseem 07827 289 323
Tues June 4 Stop the JNF protest at Cowan's Law - all day
Thurs June 6 Inverness - Spectrum Centre 7.30 (with Highland Palestine Network)
Fri June 7 Aberdeen - Quaker Meeting Hall  7.30pm
Sat June 8 Glasgow - details from Matt 07919 963 764
Mon June 10 Dundee - Tour and special event at Tannadice Park
Dundee Community Centre, Guthrie Street 7.30pm (with Tayside for Justice for Palestine)
Tues June 11 Edinburgh - morning: school visit
                - evening: Quaker Meeting Hall, Victoria Terr 7.00 for 7.30pm
                   with Tony Higgins of Fifpro, International Footballers Union
                   & Jacky MacNamara Sr., ex-Hibs and Celtic player
Wed June 12

Stirling - Raploch Community Centre, 7.30pm (with Forth Valley Palestine Group)

Thurs June 13        Falkirk - programme t.b.a.
           - St Francis Xavier Church Hall  7.00 for 7.30pm
Fri June 14 Glasgow - UNISON Office 14 W Campbell St G2 6RX  12.30pm
Fife - Kirkcaldy Islamic Centre 3.30pm (with Fife Arab Society)
         Kirkcaldy High School for football game  6.00
         Informal reception in Kirkcaldy Old Kirk  8.00pm  RSVP t0 07760353 918
Sat June 15 Glasgow - Football match fund-raiser Petershill Sports Complex 1.00pm
Mahmoud will play 45 minutes for each side. Preceded at 12noon by a film on Palestine by Football Beyond Borders (FBB)
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: {videobox}66776199||width=300,height=225{/videobox}

Brazilian cartoonist Latuff


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