Palestinian football player Mahmoud Sarsak spent three years in an Israeli prison without trial. He speaks to MEMO about his experience.
Mahmoud Sarsak was a keen footballer by the age of seven. His family were also sports players and he lived two minutes from his club in the Gaza Strip so was always surrounded by players. He went on to become a member of the Palestine national football team and played in the Norwegian youth tournament, the Norway Cup, and later against Iraq. When I meet him, Mahmoud is wearing jeans and white trainers which match the Palestinian keffiyeh wrapped around his neck. He recalls an important match in 2007 between his club Rafah Services and Shujaiyya Union where his team won. "In spite of the siege, which had started then, in spite of all of the attacks we still managed to win the tournament" he says proudly. [ read more ]