European Sportmen Declare Support For Palestinian Footballer Mahmoud Sarsk

European sportmen declare support for Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsk
14 June 2012

In the name of sporting solidarity, justice and human rights, we declare our support for Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak. As European sportsmen, we believe that every person has the right to a fair and independent trial.

On 22 July 2009, Mahmoud Sarsak, 25 years old, left his home in Rafah in the Gaza strip to join his national team in the West Bank. He never arrived. Mahmoud was arrested at the checkpoint of Erez, interrogated and detained without any charges. Three years later, he is still in an Israeli prison, without any charge or trial. Like hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, Mahmoud is in “administrative detention”, which allows the Israeli authorities to keep people in prison without giving any reason or the need for a trial, and for as long as the Israeli authorities want.

Mahmoud’s family is not allowed to visit him. For these reasons, Mahmoud Sarsak began a hunger strike. Today is the 88th day that he has refused food, and lost more than 30kg in body weight. His health is deteriorating and his life is in danger.

A person’s freedom cannot be taken in an arbitrary way. In the name of civil liberties, justice, and basic human rights, we call for the release of Mahmoud Sarsak.


Nicolas Anelka, football player
Demba Ba, football player
Abdoulaye Balde, football player
Jonathan Bru, football player
Gailord Bwasi, football player
Diomansy Camara, football player
Philippe Christianval, football player
Omar Daf, football player
Issiar Dia, football player
Abou Diaby, football player
Soulaymane Diawara, football player
Mike Digbeu, basketball player
Pape Diop, football player
Ladji Doucouré, athlete
Doudou Jacques Faty, football player
Ricardo Faty, football player
Rémi Gomis, football player
Frédéric Kanouté, football player
Jo Le Guen, sailor
Mamadou Niang, football player
Fabrice Numéric, football player
Momo Sissoko, football player
Moussa Sow, football player

[The original Press Release can be found on Frederic Oumar Kanoute official website: http://www.kanoute.com/Press-Release---Mahmoud-Sarsak_ad-id!32.ks]