The Soccer Player


Israel today released hunger-striking palestinian terrorist Mahmoud al-Sarsak, commonly referred to as a “soccer player” because of his membership in the palestinian national soccer team.

Here he is today back in Gaza:

Mahmud Sarsa
Palestinian football player Mahmud Sarsak (C), who staged a hunger strike of nearly three months while in Israeli jail, flashes the sign for victory as he celebrates his release from Israeli prison in Rafah town, in the southern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2012. Sarsak staged a hunger strike of nearly three months to protest his detention without charge under Israel’s “unlawful combatants” law. His detention order was due to expire or be renewed on August 22. SAID KHATIB/AFP/GettyImages

Yep. Just a soccer player with no terrorist connections. As much as fellow hunger striker Khader Adnan can be called a “baker.”

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck but plays soccer, it is still a duck.

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.