Palestinian football player to end 3-month hunger strike and be released in deal with Israel
From time to time, the Palestine Center distributes articles it believes will enhance understanding of the Palestinian political reality. The following article was published by The Associated Press on 18 June 2012."Palestinian football player to end 3-month hunger strike and be released in deal with Israel"
A lawyer for an imprisoned Palestinian soccer player who has been on a hunger strike for more than three months says his client has agreed to resume eating and will be released July 10 in a deal with Israel.
The attorney, Mohammed Jabareen, spoke Monday after the deal was struck at an Israeli prison clinic. Israeli prison officials could not be reached for comment.
The soccer player, Mahmoud Sarsak, has been held by Israel for nearly three years without charges or trial. Israel claims he was active in the violent group Islamic Jihad. Sarsak denies the allegations.
As his condition worsened, prominent figures in the sports world came to his support. FIFAís president asked Israelís soccer federation for help and FIFPro, an international organization of footballers, called for his release.
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