Monthly Archives: June 2012

‘A seriously uncomfortable afternoon’ for Israel’s sporting ambassadors in Scotland

ISRAEL’S state football team had to endure a barrage of pro-Palestinian chanting throughout their 8-0 defeat by Scotland in the Women’s Euro qualifier at Tynecastle on Saturday, June 16th, in a protest aimed at highlighting the injustice of what FIFA president Sepp Blatter termed, Israel’s “alleged illegal detention of Palestine football players.” Continue reading

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Top athletes call for Israel to release Mahmoud Sarsak

“In the name of sporting solidarity”

Sevilla’s Frederic Kanoute (L) celebrates next to Luis Fabiano after scoring against Deportivo Coruna during their Spanish King’s Cup soccer match at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville January 7, 2009. (Marcelo Del Pozo / Newscom)

By ALI ABUNIMAH

“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.” Continue reading

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Cantona, FIFA join pressure on Israel, as hunger striker Mahmoud Sarsak determined to reach freedom or death

By ALI ABUNIMAH*

Palestinians paint a mural depicting Mahmoud al-Sarsak in southern Gaza on June 10. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

PALESTINIAN footballer Mahmoud Sarsak is still on hunger strike and is determined to continue until he dies or Israel agrees to free him, his lawyer Mahmoud Jabarin said today. Continue reading

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Euro 2012 contractors declare bankruptcy

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Construction Work (Photo credit: gullevek)

POLAND’S third largest construction company and one of the Euro 2012 contractors, PBG, and two of its subsidiaries declared bankruptcy this Monday (June 4th) because of liquidity problems stemming from infrastructure contracts and road work done in preparation for the Euro 2012. The tournament opens today in Warsaw. Continue reading

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Head injury lawsuits against N.F.L. consolidated

SCORES of lawsuits involving thousands of former players touched by concussions and brain injuries have been consolidated into one master complaint, setting up a huge case for the U.S. National Football League. Ap reports that “Lawyers for the players filed the complaint in Philadelphia, accusing the N.F.L. of hiding information that linked football-related head trauma to permanent brain injuries. Among the illnesses cited were dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

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The war on Palestinian soccer: Free Mahmoud Sarsak

On June 3, Palestinian national soccer team member Mahmoud Sarsak completed 80 days of a grueling hunger-strike. He had sustained the strike despite the fact that nearly 2,000 Palestinian inmates had called off their own 28-day hunger strike weeks ago. Continue reading

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