ERIC CANTONA JOINS CAMPAIGN TO FREE PALESTINIAN FOOTBALLER ON HUNGER STRIKE

A modest boycott campaign set up a year ago to challenge the awarding of UEFA’s under 21 football championship in 2013 to Israel, has successfully mobilised high profile support for Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak, close to death after a long hunger strike in an Israeli jail.

Sarsak, 25, has been refusing food for almost three months in protest at his detention, without charge or trial, since July 2009.

Over just a few days, the Red Card Israeli Apartheid campaign, working together with award-winning filmmaker Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty, mobilised support for a letter berating European government and football bodies for ignoring Sarsak’s plight and allowing Israel to get away with persistent human rights abuses and violations of international law. By Tuesday the legendary Eric Cantona had come on board, along with the UK’s Show Racism the Red Card campaign and several respected patrons of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.

A comprehensive news release sent to the media on Tuesday is reproduced below.

From the Red Card Israeli Apartheid CAMPAIGN

Source: JBIG

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