Reports state that Mahmoud al-Sarsak, the Palestinian national footballer player has ended his prolonged hunger strike.
Mahmoud al-Sarsak, 25, refused food for more than three months. He joined other Palestinians in the mass strike against the policy of administrative detention and for human rights. When the others ended their hunger strike, al-Sarsak continued in protest of being held in Israel – without charge or trial – for three years. He vowed to remain on strike until Israel released or charged and tried him.
As he neared death last week, he had agreed to take milk for a few days to allow Israel time to reconsider.
The Ma’an News Agency report that al-Sarsak agreed to start eating on Monday in a deal that will see him released on July 10, according to his lawyer.
Mohammad Jaberein, al-Sarsak’s lawyer, told Ma’an News that al-Sarsak signed the agreement during his visit to the prisoner on Monday. Ma’an goes on to say:
Under the deal al-Sarsak will visit a civilian hospital for treatment on Tuesday, but the same day will return to Ramle prison clinic until his release on July 10, the lawyer added.
The news service reports that Israeli prison authorities asked Sarsak to eat something in their presence to ratify the deal.
In response, al-Sarsak took and ate a piece of chocolate.
Thanks be! May the deal be honored.
See you along the Trail.