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Jun 4, 2012 by (Dutch translation below)


On June 4, Palestinian national soccer team member Mahmoud Sarsak completed 78 days of a grueling hunger-strike. He had sustained the strike despite the fact that nearly 2,000 Palestinian inmates had called off their own 28-day hunger strike weeks ago.

Although the story of Palestinian prisoners in Israel speaks to a common reality of unlawful detentions and widespread mistreatment, Sarsak’s fate can also be viewed within its own unique context. The soccer player, who once sought to take the name and flag of his nation to international arenas, was arrested by Israeli soldiers in July 2009 while en route to join the national team in the West Bank.Sarsak was branded an ‘illegal combatant’ by Israel’s military judicial system, and was since imprisoned without any charges or trial.
Sarsak is not alone in the continued hunger strike. Akram al-Rekhawi, a diabetic prisoner demanding proper medical care, has refused food for over 50 days.

Dutch

Mahmoud al-Sarsak (25) is voetballer en lid van het Palestijnse nationale team. Hij werd in juni 2009 gearresteerd toen hij vanuit Gaza naar de Westoever wilde om zich bij de andere spelers te voegen. Hij wordt vastgehouden onder een Israelische wet, de ´onwettige strijders wet´, waaronder Palestijnen zonder enige vorm van proces kunnen worden vastgezet. Mahmoud al-Sarsak is voor zover bekend de enige die onder deze wet gevangen wordt gehouden. Hij heeft geen idee wat daarvoor de reden zou kunnen zijn.



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