Prominent Palestinian footballer comes to Frome

Gaza-born footballer Mahmoud Sarsak was arrested and spent three and a half years in an Israeli jail without charge or trial

On his way to take up a new job with a major West Bank team, Gaza-born footballer Mahmoud Sarsak was arrested and spent three and a half years in an Israeli jail without charge or trial

{jcomments on}. He was finally released after a 96-day hunger strike, and an international outcry led by the indignant pleas of FIFA leaders and such famous footballers as Eric Cantona.

Footballer Mahmoud Sarsak on hunger strike

Alas, his experience is far from unique. Palestinian footballers are routinely harassed and humiliated by the Israeli authorities as part of a general policy of repressing Palestinian morale and self-esteem. Israel actively works to suppress sporting activities in Palestine, and tries to prevent Palestinian sporting talent coming to the notice of the international community.

After his release, Mahmoud undertook an arduous tour all around Europe. Granted an extended visa by the British Government in recognition of the injustice he has suffered, he is currently on a speaking tour of the U.K. to support the Red Card Israeli Apartheid campaign.

Mahmoud will be watching Frome City’s match against Bognor Regis in the afternoon: kick-off 3pm. Catch him then, at the AlderSmith stadium in Berkley Road, BA11 2EH, or at the beautifully-restored Bennett Centre, St. John’s Hall, Vicarage Street, Frome BA11 1PU at 7.30.

Combined ticket for the match + talk £10/£6 concessions, talk only £3.

The ever-supportive Jhalmuri Restaurant in Palmer Street is offering 10% discount to people who’ve been to the talk that night.

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