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Abducted Palestinian Athletes Omar Abu Rouis, Mohammed Nemer

Urgent Action: Abducted Palestinian Athletes Omar Abu Rouis and Mohammed Nemer

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UFree Network has expressed deep concerns over the abduction of Omar Abu Rouis, goalkeeper of the Palestine National team and Olympic hopeful, and Mohammed Nemer, a football player from Al Amari youth club, by Israeli Occupation Forces in the West Bank in February 2012. The silence and lack of response to this case must be condemned and action has to be taken.

They are not the only victims of baseless detention by the Israeli government. Palestinian footballer Zakaria Issa, detained in Al Ramla jail, died soon after his release due to cancer. Mahmoud Sarsak, the football player, was set free only after 98 days on hunger strike, breaking records set by his fellow prisoners.

Please spare a thought for the two Palestinians who have been detained without trial or reason since February 2012. There is currently no information as to their whereabouts.

UFree Network hopes that with the same enthusiasm that the international community invested into the Mahmoud Sarsak campaign and many others last year, we can save Abu Rouis and Nemer from illegal indefinite detention.

We demand the release of, and an end to the suffering of Palestinian athletes. We ask all human rights campaign organisations to stand with us in our demand for justice and equal rights for Palestinians.

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What YOU can do -

Support their case: Send the letter below it to relevant international sports organisations.

Contact the Israeli Embassy: Contact the embassy in your country and demand the immediate release of the two prisoners.

Spread awareness: Please share on Facebook, Twitter, Google etc. Even telling one person about Israel’s illegal actions will help further our cause. Israel should be subjected to criticism where it is needed. It is time to end impunity and insist on the same standards of equality, justice and respect for international law that is demanded of other states.

Sample letter:

For the attention of International Sports Organisations,

Re: Abducted Palestinian Athletes Omar Abu Rouis and Mohammed Nemer

I implore you to turn your attention to the plight of the illegally detained Palestinian athletes Omar Khaled Abu Rouis and Mohammed Sadi Nemer, abducted from the West Bank in February 2012 by Israeli Occupying Forces. Their whereabouts are currently unknown, and there has been no trial.

It is a matter of great shame that in the midst of such sporting fever in the London 2012 Olympics, the plight of these two prisoners should be overlooked by the world.

I urge you to take the following actions so they can be saved from indefinite detention:

I urge you to take the following actions so they can be saved from indefinite detention:

1. Highlight their case by contacting Israeli embassies across the world to subject the Israeli government to international condemnation, for its treatment of Palestinian athletes.

2. Ask the International Olympic Committee, and FIFAto intervene and express concern over the abduction.

Your support is invaluable to us as we call for an end to the impunity afforded to Israel and as we insist on the same standards of equality, justice and respect for international law.

Yours Sincerely,

List of sports organisations that you can reach and make change:

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