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Wales-Israel Football Protests

Stillshooter | 21.06.2012 09:42 | Palestine | Repression | World

Around 50 members of The Palestine Solidarity Campaign organised a protest picket of the Israel – Wales Women's European Championship qualifying match in Wrexham, N. Wales today Wednesday 20 June 2012 – Outside the main entrance of Wrexham Stadium.

Its main aim was to use the protest as an opportunity to raise awareness of the plight of Palestinian Mahmoud Al Sarsak.
Mahmoud is a footballer who plays for the Palestinian national team and is now over 90 days into a hunger strike in protest at being detained by Israel for almost three years without charge or trial. Mahmoud, 25, was seized by Israel whilst travelling from Gaza to the West Bank to train, and is one of a number of Palestinian prisoners who remain on hunger strike. The demonstrators see this as another example of what they claim to be the apartheid nature of the Israeli State and the need for a sporting boycott of teams that act as virtual ambassadors for Israel.

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