It is a disgrace and stain Scotland’s reputation that whilst a Palestinian footballer, held for years without charges or recourse to any trail, let alone a fair one, is dying on hunger strike, (72 days today) the SFA is gearing-up to host the Israeli women’s national team.
Mahmoud Sarsak is reportedly now losing his sight, there will be no football for him on June 16th and no justice for his people. His father from the Israeli created prison that is Gaza has appealed to us to act to save his sons life and we must heed the call.
Students in Scotland turned-out in their hundreds in support of Hana Shalabi, from whom we now take our name, we intensified our action when Bilal Diab & Thaer Halalheh led the prisoners movement which saw thousands join the Karamah (dignity) strike, we occupied the BBC Scotland HQ and marched to Scottish parliament.
Well four men still remain on hunger strike and we must not leave them behind to die in silence.
Friends of Al Aqsa (Scotland) and Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign have called on people to attend this football game and protest outside, inside, with noise and with the colours of Palestine against the Israeli apartheid regime and all institutions which represent it, normalise it and falsely promote it as some normal state.
This is a horrible charade, the world knows Israel is no normal state, from the useless UN bureaucrats, unable to sanction Israel due to the US veto, to the woman and man on the street Israel is a rogue, violent colonialist and racist state and should be treated as such.
We have seen in the last few weeks the effect that public displays of solidarity can have on the Palestinian people when over 100 Palestinian youth activists signed a statement of thanks to the group who organised a solidarity action at the Celtic v Hearts game.
Just like South African apartheid was not welcome on sports grounds in Scotland, neither is Israeli apartheid.
Israelis, be they footballers or tourists, are welcome in Scotland but when they come funded by and representing their racist, murderous and apartheid state we must take a stand against injustice and take a stand for basic Palestinian rights and say No Pasaran!
Join the protest at Tynecastle stadium in Edinburgh on June 16th !
Students in England & Wales are also involved in organising a similar protest at the Wales V Israel game next week and we salute their efforts and urge everyone who can get there to make the journey to Wrexham.
Read first hand accounts from students on day #2 of the Student delegation from Scotland to Palestine on exactly why this football game must be protested:
Or from Palestinian refugee youth visiting Scotland in June from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem.
On situation and latest news from the Israeli prisons on the plight of Palestinian prisoners visit Addameer’s website: http://www.addameer.org/
We Are All Hana Shalabi
We Are All Mahmoud Sarsak