Players’ union joins Gaza football debate

Mahmoud Sarsak at the bombed Gaza Stadium
Mahmoud Sarsak at the bombed Gaza Stadium

Palestinian International footballer Mahmoud Arsak spoke about life in Gaza at a public meeting in Falkirk on Thursday.

The event was held as European football’s governing bodies came under fire for allowing Israel to host the Under-21 European Championships

Sharing the platform with Mahmoud was Jack Ross, former Falkirk player and club official, and now communications officer with the Scottish Professional Footballers Association.

Mahmoud spent three years in an Israeli jail, without charge or trial, only being released after an international outcry and at the end of a three-month hunger strike.

By that time, he was near death, had lost half his body-weight and had contracted a virus that has ended his playing 

The event was sponsored by Falkirk Trades Union Council, which is hosting another meeting connected with efforts to help the people of Palestine.

Author and photographer Rich Wiles will be speaking to launch his new book, ‘Generation Palestine - Voices from the BDS Movement’.

The book is a collection of contributions from people, including Desmond Tutu, Ken Loach and the late Iain Banks, who succumbed to cancer last week.

That event, on Tuesday, June 25, takes place in St Francis Xavier Church hall at 7.30 p.m.