Here is Palestinian national football Team player, Mahmoud Sarsak at Old Trafford on 28th May.
He stands below a picture of his hero Eric Cantona, who helped spearhead an international campaign for his release. Mahmoud was detained for 3 years without charge by the Israeli authorities. 18 months of those were in solitary confinement, under 24 hour surveillance provided by G4S. Mahmoud was on hunger strike for over 90 days during which he lost half is body weight before he was eventually released. He is on a tour of the UK talking about his experiences, helping strengthen the BDS campaign, and exposing the role of G4S in the occupation, and specifically its role in the imprisonment of Palestinians. During his time in Manchester he visited the National Football Museum, Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Great song about blacklisting – a real problem in the UK, and one affecting many readers of this site. Click below to listen to “There is a blacklist”
This video was first posted on SU in Janauary 2012. We repost it here as part of our series of articles marking Nakba Day
Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children should be enough to convince its supporters that something is badly wrong. The utterly disgraceful way children are treated – arrested for the smallest of crimes, tried as adults in military courts, often made to sign confessions in Hebrew (often after having been left in solitary confinement with no visits from parents or lawyers), and then given sentences out of all proportion to any of those that would be given to Israeli children – should be an international scandal. The truth can be too much to bear, perhaps. If you support Israel, you are supporting the arbitrary detention and torture of children, full stop.
The truth is, huge numbers of Palestinian children have been arrested and locked away in Israeli dungeons. But most of it happens away from the cameras. The very fact that Palestinian children are subject to a completely different justice system to Israeli children is just one more reason to say: Israel is an apartheid state.
If you want to compare, watch the video below, which shows Zionist settlers attacking a Palestian village under the full gaze of the military. There are no arrests.
I know that many of you will be impatient for my promised tribute to George Jones, following the great man’s recent death; and I am working on it.
But in the meantime, the release of Pistol Annies second album, Annie Up, is worth mentioning. Featuring country royalty, Miranda Lambert, alongside Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, the singing trio build on Miranda’s edgy appeal.
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It is the end of an era, as the last true giant of the golden era of country music passes on. I will write a fitting tribute to this enormous performer later, but just stand in awe of this talent:
Fantastic video on wealth inequality from the USA, first published on 20 Nov 2012, and which has already had more than 5.6 million views