Palestinian national footballer Mahmoud Sarsak, 25, ended a three-month hunger strike two days ago as part of a deal that will see his release after almost three years of imprisonment without charge or trial. Quoting his lawyers, the Associated Press reports that Sarsak will be released to the Gaza Strip on July 11. Until then, he will be spending time in a civilian hospital where he will be treated to reverse the physiological toll the 93-day hunger strike has taken on his body.
In the latest display of global solidarity for Sarsak, a video was released today showing Dutch politicians and other notable figures donning the world-recognizable orange jerseys of the Dutch national team, each emblazoned with Sarsak’s name. The jerseys carry the number 90 to signify the number of days Sarsak had been on strike at the time the video was being filmed.
The video shows members of the Dutch Parliament as well as former Prime Minister Dries van Agt expressing concern over Sarsak’s treatment and his detention without charge, illegal under international and human rights law. [Read more...]