May 2012

Mahmoud Sarsak was arrested on 22 July 2009 while travelling from Gaza to the West Bank for a Palestinian national team match. He was arbitrarily detained and has not faced charge or trial since, yet has been imprisoned by Israel for almost three years. 25 year old Mahmoud is one of over 4,400 Palestinian prisoners who face arbitrary detention in appalling conditions. …

After 72 days on hunger strike, prisoner Mahmoud al-Sarsak is frequently losing consciousness and has difficulty standing, a lawyer said Tuesday. Fadi Ubeidat, who visited al-Sarsak in Israel’s Ramle prison hospital, said the detainee was emaciated with low blood sugar levels, the PA Ministry of Detainee Affairs said in a statement. Al-Sarsak told the lawyer …

The father of a Palestinian soccer player on hunger strike for 67 days in an Israeli jail urged the sporting community to “show solidarity” with his son. Mahmoud al-Sarsak, a forward in Palestine’s national soccer team, has been detained without charge or trial since July 2009 when he was arrested while leaving Gaza for a …

Israel has already violated the terms of the agreement addressing the demands of approximately 2,000 Palestinian political prisoners just over one week since they ended their historic mass hunger strike. Two prisoners remain on hunger strike and are in increasingly critical conditions, without access to independent medical care. Addameer lawyer Mona Neddaf visited five prisoners …

Israel should be excluded from Olympic unions and committees, head of the Palestinian Football Association says. Jibril Rajoub, chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, on Thursday called for Israel to be expelled from all international Olympic unions and committees until it “honors international agreements.” Rajoub said that he was personally prepared to lead the anti-Israel …

Celtic FC supporters raised Palestinian flags on May 13 during a match against Scottish Premiership rivals Heart of Midlothian FC. Members of the Green Brigade, one of Celtic’s most widely recognized fan groups, displayed at least eight Palestinian flags in their section of the stadium in solidarity with the thousands of Palestinian hunger strikers currently …

Amnesty International today issued a call for urgent action from individuals around the world to contact Israeli authorities about Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh, two Palestinian men who are at immediate risk of death on their 67th day of hunger strike. Both are being held without charge or trial by Israel. Amnesty’s call for Urgent Action begins: Two Palestinian hunger strikers’ lives are in danger, as …