Akram Rikhawi

Time running out for hunger striking footballer as rights groups demand urgent pressure on Israel

For the first time since their hunger strikes began, an independent doctor has been allowed to visit Mahmoud Sarsak and Akram Rikhawi in Israeli jail, confirming the imminent danger to their lives. Sarsak, once a star athlete, now weighs a little over 100 pounds (51kg) and is close to death. 

Footballer's dad asks sports world to speak out for hunger-striking son as Israel violates prisoner deal

The father of Mahmoud Sarsak, a member of the Palestinian national football team jailed without charge or trial by Israel for almost three years, has called on the sporting world to speak out for his son who remains on hunger strike. Meanwhile Israel already violating deal that ended mass hunger strike.