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Published on Jul 15, 2012
Scots protesters waved Palestinian flags at a football match that saw Scotland beat Israel 8-0 in Edinburgh. The protesters chant throughout the match on a day that poured constantly with rain. Every time a Scottish player has the ball the pro-Palestinian chants continue and every time an Israeli player has the ball they boo. This is because Israel is an apartheid state and has stolen most of the Palestinian land and continues to appropriate more and more until there will be no more Palestine if they have their way. Murder, brutality and ethnic cleansing is used in this process. They use chemicals in tear gas against protesters to cause miscarriage in Palestinian women. Some Israelis have T-shirts with a picture of a shooting target on a pregnant Palestinian woman's belly and the slogan "one bullet, two kills". Many Palestinian children are shot dead by the military. Many are intimidated, arrested, locked up in jail. Many Palestinians are imprisoned indefinitely without charge or trial.
One such prisoner was Gazan footballer Mahmoud Sarsak who was arrested at the age of 22 on his way to a match in the West Bank. He was interrogated for a month then detained indefinitely. After nearly 3 years he began a hunger strike which lasted 92 days and he was close to death. He was still in jail at the time this video was filmed. Footballers are often targetted partly to ruin their lives and break their spirit as they try to do to other Palestinians but the other reason is that they are afraid that if any Palestinians become famous and popular world-wide, then the wider community in the world may come to learn about the plight of the Palestinians and what Israel is doing. Other prisoners remain on hunger strike: see http://www.addameer.org for more details.
The football protest was called by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Friends of Al Aqsa and the crowd chanted boycott slogans and other chants all afternoon. One Israeli football official was so sick of the day that he gave a one-fingered salute to the crowd at the end of the match!