“Stay strong, like Mahmoud,” they conveyed to Alberto and Francisco. “Victory will be yours”
Emad said that Mahmoud, a player in the national football team, is in severe pain in the prison clinic, but despite this and the length of time he has been on hunger strike – the longest in Palestinian history – he is determined to continue until he achieves freedom, or death. “We want freedom for Mahmoud, like we want freedom for our Mexican brothers,” he said. “The family do not want him to die.” He pointed out that like Francisco, Mahmoud is completely innocent. “We have not been permitted to visit him since his detention in July 2009, while on his way to join his football team in the West Bank. He has been held ever since, without even any charge or trial, under Israel’s ‘Unlawful Combatant Law.'”
The supporters of the Palestinian prisoners have taped posters of Alberto Patishtán Gómez and Francisco Sántiz López around the Solidarity Sit-InTent outside the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City, joining their struggle for justice with that of the Palestinian prisoners.
“Soon they will all be free, insha’allah,” they said.