Local activists have expressed their anger after the UK immigration service denied visas to Palestinian athletes due to compete in Sunday’s Derry marathon. Gaza-based Nader al Massri and Sami Nateel had been due to arrive in Derry on Friday but their plans have now been halted due to the visa refusal which the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (I.P.S.C.) has branded “inexplicable”. “We are hugely disappointed and angered at this decision. There was a large group of Palestinians who came to the Derry marathon last year and it was a massive success so we find it inexplicable that the immigration service … Continue reading
TAKE ACTION: Fair Play for Palestinian Football – Help ensure FAI & IFA support suspension of Israel from FIFA
As a result of Israel’s repression of Palestinian soccer, the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) is seeking to have Israel suspended from FIFA, the world governing body of the sport. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) fully support this move, and encourages all those concerned with justice in Palestine to take action to ensure that the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Irish Football Association (IFA) support the Palestinian move at the FIFA Congress on May 29th. Sepp Blatter, the President of FIFA visited the Palestine-Israel region this week to discuss the issue of the Palestinian FA’s complaints against Israel in … Continue reading
The IPSC would like send our best wishes to Team Palestine at the 2012 Olympics. Good luck to Bahaa Al Farra (Men’s 400m), Woroud Sawalha (Women’s 800m), Nader Al-Masri (Men’s 5000m) Maher Abu Remeleh (Men’s Judo 73k), Ahmed Jibral (Men’s 400m Freestyle) and Sabine Hazboun (Women’s 50m Freestyle). Follow the Team on Facebook. Read an article about some of the competitors.
It took three months of hunger strike and the near death of a Palestinian footballer, held for three years without charge or trial under the ‘Unlawful Combatants Law’ which is itself illegal under international law, for the Israeli authorities to agree to a release deal. While we cautiously welcome the deal that should see Mahmoud Sarsak released on 10 July 2012, we are alarmed that Olympic squad goalkeeper Omar Abu Rois and Ramallah player Mohammed Nimr are also being held by Israel without charge. We maintain that a state which holds sportsmen as political prisoners is unfit to host an international sporting event. This … Continue reading
The IPSC is pleased to announce that the much sought after Palestinian national football jerseys are now back in stock in our online store and on our stalls. Sizes available are Small, Medium, Large and XL. Click here to order.
Hunger Strike: FIFA, FIFPro, Eric Cantona express grave concern over condition of Palestinian footballer
Over the past number of days, FIFA’s Sepp Blatter, FIFPro (“the voice of all professional footballers in the world”), footballing legend Eric Cantona, Show Racism the Red Card and film director Ken Loach (‘Looking for Eric’) have all made statements expressing concern for the life of Mahmoud Sarsak, a 25-year-old Palestinian national team footballer who has been on hunger strike for 87 days in an Israeli prison protesting against his three year internment without trial. (Note – you can sign a petition calling on UEFA President Michel Platini to help secure release of ahmoud Sarsak held by UEFA member Israel … Continue reading