[Ppnews] Alive and victorious: Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak home after epic 3 month hunger strike
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Tue Jul 10 10:30:01 EDT 2012
Alive and victorious: Palestinian footballer
Mahmoud Sarsak home after epic 3 month hunger strike
Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 12:43
Sarsak was greeted joyously in Gaza today as he
returned home from the Israeli prison where he
was held for three years without charge or trial
and without visits from his family.
to AP, Sarsak was taken to hospital in Gaza
where, he emerged from an ambulance and kissed his parents and siblings.
Sarsak staged an epic three month hunger strike
that brought him to the edge of death, which he
ended last month after
met his demands and agreed to free him on this date.
Sarsak, a member of the Palestinian national
football team, garnered worldwide support,
including from international players association
boss Sepp Blatter, and
world-renowned football players and athletes.
Alive and victorious but other hunger strikers remain
Seventy-eight days into his hunger strike, Sarsak
published a poignant
distress call along with fellow prisoner
Rikhawi. In an unforgettable sentence that
spurred global action on the prisoners behalf, the men wrote:
there is still enough time and the support that
comes late is better than that which does not
come at all. It is better that you receive us
alive and victorious rather than as lifeless bodies in black bags.
Today, Mahmoud Sarsak returned home alive and
victorious to the joyous embrace of his mother.
But Akram Rikhawi remains in Israeli jail in
increasingly desperate conditions, along with at
least two other hunger strikers.
Mahmoud Sarsaks victory and return is a joyful
and amazing achievement that deserves to be
celebrated. But even as Sarsaks release is
celebrated, Rikhawi remains at risk of death.
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