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Lawyer: Al-Sarsak frequently losing consciousness
Published Tuesday 29/05/2012 (updated) 01/06/2012 09:51
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Mahmoud al-Sarsak has been on hunger strike in an Israeli
jail for 72 days. (MaanImages/HO)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- After 72 days on hunger strike, prisoner Mahmoud al-Sarsak is frequently losing consciousness and has difficulty standing, a lawyer said Tuesday.

Fadi Ubeidat, who visited al-Sarsak in Israel's Ramle prison hospital, said the detainee was emaciated with low blood sugar levels, the PA Ministry of Detainee Affairs said in a statement.

Al-Sarsak told the lawyer he had been put in solitary confinement and urged the Palestinian Authority and Egyptian mediators to intervene.

A soccer player in Palestine's national team, al-Sarsak has been detained without charge for almost two years and is on hunger strike to demand his release.

He was detained by Israeli forces while leaving the Gaza Strip in June 2009 on his way to join his team in the West Bank.

He is detained him under the "unlawful combatant law," which allows Israel to imprison suspects without presenting any charges and without a trial. Al-Sarsak has still not been told why he is in jail.

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1 ) carlos / usa
29/05/2012 12:32
israel is criminal!!! Bless this brave man. People like Mahmoud al-Sarsak are the light of the world. He fights tyranny with what ever he has to fight. He is a non violent protester making israel look like idiot. I hope this innocent man does not die from his unfair incarceration.

2 ) Charity Clayton / UK
29/05/2012 15:01
Mahmoud al-Sarsak is a courageous and commited individual who has continued his fight to be released from illegal detention where others have crumbled. IF he survives it will not be without permanent and serious damage to his health. The whole world should be calling upon Israel to discontinue their practise of administrative detention. Instead, we continue to ignore the outrageous military aggression, land theft, near starvation, water deprivation and apartheid policies pursued ...cont

3 ) Charity Clayton / UK
29/05/2012 15:08
By one of the strongest and best funded military powers in the world against one of the weakest and poorest. These long term collective punishments should be stopped now!! Please, please readers, make your voices heard, before the the whole of the Palestinian nation is in refugee camps.

4 ) Julie / USA
29/05/2012 19:26
visions of emaciated jews in concentration camps losing consciousness immediately come to mind.

5 ) Malone / Hfx
29/05/2012 20:48
All he has to do is eat his veggies.

6 ) shirley / australia
30/05/2012 01:33
where is hamas and PA ABBASS and demand Isreal abide by its preisoner deal this man 76 days hunger strike along with some still in isolation shows weak palestinian s who all can talk about is elections stupid and money elections dangerous US will use against getting a state and you allow your prisoners to die where did US respect Pal democracy before fatah and PA are nothing butUS stooge mouth pieces pushing democracy US NATO behind all violence in Libya and Syria GO TO UNGA NOW and get state

7 ) Mel / USA
30/05/2012 17:13
Mahmoud is very brave to do all he can to fight/resist illegal occupation & ideological persecution by US/UK-sponsored Zionism.BUT,Mahmoud,I would say DON'T die! Don't sacrifice your precious life,for scumbag sociopaths like Zionists. Live& resist!Colonial Zionism is failing anyway.It's on the wrong side of humanity,just like Nazism! Come out stronger Mahmoud!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/05/27/international/i090513D48.DTL

8 ) @ Julie-4, shirley-6, & Mel-7 / USA too
02/06/2012 04:34
You are all confused: - "Jews in concentration camps" never starved themselves, into "losing consciousness", like this young man, & in Israeli prisons food is provided ( and even a small food shop, TV news & movies, etc.) - Hamas & Abbas can suggest, rather than "demand, and - It is FOOLISHNESS, rather than "bravery" to risk a young life, for something that will achieve nothing !!!
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