• Israeli Troops Capture Last Two of Six Escaped Palestinian Political Prisoners
    Sep 19, 2021 – – IMEMC News

    The last two of the six Palestinian political prisoners who escaped last week from Gilboa Prison were captured Saturday in Eastern Neighborhood in Jenin city, in the northern part of the West Bank.

    Ayham Kamamji and Munadel Enfei’at turned themselves in when Israeli forces invaded Jenin and surrounded the building they were staying in.

    Ayham’s father, Fuad Kamanji, stated that his son phoned him from the home where he was seeking shelter, and told him that the soldiers are surrounding the property and that he intends to peacefully surrender to avoid giving the soldiers the change to harm the family.

    The father stated that the soldiers frequently invaded his homes and the homes of many relatives since his son was able to escape from Gilboa’ prison, and added that he was also repeatedly interrogated at the nearby Salem military base.

    The two detainees had remained at large for nearly two weeks after escaping with four other prisoners from Gilboa Prison in northern Israel.

    The other four: Zakaria Zubeidi, Mahmoud Ardah, Mohammed Qadri and Mohammed Ardah, were captured last Saturday before dawn near Nazareth in central Israel.




    • Israeli security forces capture last two Palestinian inmates in Jenin
      Josh Breiner, Jack Khoury, Yaniv Kubovich | Sep. 19, 2021 | 2:35 AM | Haaretz.com

      Chase for six Gilboa Prison escapees draws to a close, amid reports of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jenin

      Israeli security forces apprehended the last two of the six Palestinian high-security prisoners who escaped from Gilboa Prison about two weeks ago overnight Saturday in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

      The other four escapees were apprehended last week. All six hail from the Jenin area. During and after the arrests, Palestinians clashsed with Israeli forces.

      According to the Israel Police, Kamamji and Infiat hid together in a house in Jenin over the past several days. After the Shin Bet security service received intelligence on their location a few hours earlier, Israeli special police forces and soldiers surrounded the building where the two were said to be hiding. Kamamji and Infiat emerged from the building unarmed and surrendered without resisting arrest, the Israeli military said in a statement. They have since been taken in for questioning. Two Palestinians suspected of aiding and abetting the fugitives’ escape were arrested along with them.

      The news of Iham Kamamji and Monadel Infiat’s capture came amid clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the city. The Israeli military said that riots broke out throughout the area as forces left the city, in which rocks and improvised explosives were hurled and Palestinians fired at troops. The Israeli military was concerned that gunmen would emerge from Jenin’s refugee camp when forces arrived; troops were sent to the area in order to prevent upheaval.

      Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai said that as time went on, the police knew that the two were in Jenin, and had been preparing for a complex operation for several days. He noted that after the intelligence they were waiting on came in overnight Saturday, commanders gave the green light, and forces moved in.

      Police believe that the two did not split up after their escape, and crossed into the West Bank together on Friday. This contradicts previous assessments that Infiat was believed to be in the Jenin area for a week, via a breach in the separation barrier used by Palestinians who enter Israel illegally, and that Kamamji entered the city over the past two days.

      Prime Minister Naftali Bennett praised security forces for the operation, which he called “impressive, sophisticated and speedy.”

      “I want to thank the security forces who worked night and day, including on Shabbat and holidays, in order to bring this incident to a close,” he said. Regarding the jailbreak, he added, “What went wrong can be fixed.”

      Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev said that while all the fugitives have been apprehended, he will be requesting a government commission of inquiry into the jailbreak. “I want to thank the Israel Police, IDF troops and the Shin Bet who helped complete the chase, from beginning to end,” he said. He added, “The hunt ended successfully, but the mission is not yet over; we must ensure that an event like this does not repeat itself in the future.”

      He will propose the commission of inquiry to the cabinet for its approval in the coming days, he said, “in order to examine the circumstances that brought this escape to pass.”

      Confusion in Jenin

      A local medical source said that three Palestinians were wounded by live fire in the clashes during and after the arrest, and that they were taken to the city’s hospital in moderate and stable condition.

      Immediately after news of the arrests broke, groups of Palestinians held solidarity rallies outside prisons. Hamas released a statement saying that “the capture of the two prisoners does not affect the morale and determination of the Palestinians to free the prisoners, and to turn the issue of prisoners into a strategic one that is a main priority.”

      The Gaza Prisoner’s Association released an initial statement saying that the capture of the six escapees does not negate the importance of their jailbreak. Islamic Jihad in Jenin has yet to comment on the reports.

      Jenin residents said that the arrests took them by surprise, even though there were signs that military activity was escalating in the area. Most of it was concentrated in the city’s refugee camp, residents said, and they did not expect the fugitives to be hiding in a neighborhood in the city’s east.

      “One of the many nagging questions was, if the two already got to Jenin, why didn’t they come to the refugee camp, which just a few minutes’ drive away and is considered much safer for them,” said a family member of one of the prisoners.

      Kamamji’s father Fuad told the Arabic-language Israeli radio station Al-Shams that he received an unexpected, seconds-long phone call from Iham shortly before 2 A.M. “He said that he decided to turn himself in in order to protect the building’s residents – I was completely surprised that he was in Jenin, and I thought that he already got to Gaza or Lebanon two weeks ago. But it’s his decision and I respect it.”

      Earlier on Saturday, Israeli forces searched for the two prisoners in the nearby towns of Kafr Dan, Javed and Burqin.

      The escape plan

      Zakaria Zubeidi, the only prisoner not affiliated with Islamic Jihad to take part in the escape, had his detention extended by another 10 days on Sunday. Mahmoud Aradeh’s detention was also extended.

      Zubeidi’s lawyer, Avigdor Feldman, said that the Fatah prisoner had been aware of the tunnel about a month before the jailbreak, and that he himself had joined in the plan two days earlier, and requested to change cells.

      He was surprised to find that the other prisoners did not have an escape plan, and expected that they would be helped by locals. Arab residents of the north did not aid the prisoners, who found themselves eating from trees and drinking from spigots.

      Zubeidi wanted to escape to Jenin, but the other prisoners said they were too tired to climb to the other side of Mount Gilboa. They wanted to wait until nightfall, and one of them said that they would have access to a car if they could get their hands on a telephone. This is why they went to a mosque in the village of Na’ura, where the people did not let them make a call. This is why they decided to split up into groups.

      According to Zubeidi, the Shin Bet claim that the six were planning on carrying out a terror attack is false. Feldman said that Zubeidi was beaten by IDF soldiers during his arrest.

      The apprehended inmates told their lawyers that Infiat carried out most of the digging from the Gilboa Prison cell, due to his physical size. The prisoners had outside help. Mahmoud Aradeh planned the jailbreak, and his cousin Mohammed was the first through the escape tunnel, the prisoners said. Digging began on December 14, and the prisoners broke free on September 5. They had planned to escape two days later, but feared that guards would notice the sand from digging the tunnel, and decided to bring the date forward.

      Four more prisoners were found on Sunday to have helped the escapees dig the tunnel. All of them are affiliated with Islamic Jihad, and were kept in that cell last year. They admitted to helping them dig, and one said during questioning that he served as a lookout to make sure there were no guards coming to check on them. According to those prisoners, guards came to check the cell a number of times while one of them was digging, but they made excuses to cover for the absence of the missing inmate.

      Last week, Haaretz reported that Israeli investigators had discovered that a prisoner who was due to join the prison break backed out at the last moment, and was apparently replaced by Kamamji.

      The reluctant prisoner is said to have made the decision just hours before prison cells at the facility were locked for the night. The group plotting the escape then approached other inmates to take his place. It appears that Kamamji, who until the eve of the breakout had been living in another cell and, like a prominent member of the group, Zakaria Zubeidi, had joined the others in their cell just prior to the breakout.

  • Two of the Captured Detainees Report Torture, one Hospitalized
    Sep 16, 2021 – – IMEMC News

    (...) Israeli human rights lawyer, Avigdor Feldman, told AP that his client, Zakariyya Zobeidi, said that security forces handcuffed him, asked him his name, and when he stated “Zakariyya”, they proceeded to brutally assault him, causing him two rib fractures and a fractured jaw.

    Feldman added;

    “They didn’t have any intention to commit any kind of terrorist attack.”

    On September 12, one day after his capture, the health condition of Zobeidi, 46, deteriorated, so he was transferred to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa for medical treatment, according to Hasan Abed Rabbo, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Detainees Affairs Commission.


  • L’avocat Mahajna rencontre Mahmoud Al-’Arda et confirme les tortures subies par les résistants évadés depuis leur capture
    Par IMEMC

    15.09.2021. L’avocat Raslan Mahajna de la Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) a réussi à rencontrer le détenu Mahmoud al-’Arda, l’un des prisonniers politiques palestiniens qui a réussi à s’échapper de la prison israélienne de Gilboa’, avant d’être capturé par l’armée israélienne ; il lui a donné les détails horribles de la torture et des abus, y compris les interrogatoires continus et la privation de sommeil et de nourriture. (...)

    Attorney Mahajna Meets Mahmoud Al-‘Arda, Listens To Horrific Details Of Torture
    Sep 15, 2021 – – IMEMC News

    Attorney Raslan Mahajna of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) managed to meet with detainee Mahmoud al-‘Arda, one of the Palestinian political prisoners who managed to escape from Gilboa’ Israeli prison, before he was captured by the Israeli army, who informed him of horrific details of torture and abuse, including continuous interrogation and deprivation of sleep and food.

    The lawyer stated that Mahmoud has been under continuous interrogation, torture, and abuse, including denying him the right to sleep or eat.

    Mahmoud told the lawyer that, since the day of his capture more than five days ago, he remained deprived of even seeing the sunshine, and could barely sleep for a couple of hours at the time, due to continuous interrogation, torture, and bad conditions in the cell.

    Al-‘Arda stated that he was the one responsible for the escape, including the planning which started in December 2020, and added that they did not receive any help from anyone in the prison or on the outside.

    “We all walked together until we reached an-Na’ura village, and entered a mosque to rest before we decided to leave in various directions, each group only containing two of us, he said, “We tried to enter the West Bank but could not do so due to extensive Israeli military presence. Our capture was merely accidental, nobody informed on us, and after our capture, we were interrogated for more than seven hours, each day.”

    Mahajna stated that, during his five days on the run, Mahmoud was unable to even get some water to drink, and that he, for the first time since he was first taken prisoner 22 years ago, was able to eat cactus from a field, and how much this meant to him. (...)


    • Après avoir rendu visite au prisonnier capturé Mohammad Arda, son avocat dit qu’il a été sévèrement battu, privé de nourriture et d’eau
      Source : Wafa - Agence Media PalestineTraduction : CG pour l’Agence Média Palestine


      Les prisonniers capturés de nouveau, Mahmoud et Mohammad Arda.

      Après avoir rendu visite au prisonnier recapturé Mohammad Arda, son avocat dit qu’il a été sévèrement frappé et qu’on lui a refusé nourriture et eau.

      RAMALLAH, mercredi, 15 septembre 2021 (WAFA) – Maître Khaled Mahajna, un avocat de la Commission des affaires relatives aux prisonniers et ex-prisonniers, a révélé, après avoir rencontré Mohammad Arda, un des quatre prisonniers palestiniens re-capturés, que depuis sa ré-arrestation vendredi, Arda a été soumis à des mauvais traitements, a été empêché de dormir, s’est vu refuser nourriture et eau, a subi des humiliations, avec pour résultat des blessures à la tête et sur le visage.

      Mahajna a raconté les détails de sa visite à Arda à l’aube aujourd’hui après qu’un tribunal israélien a levé l’interdiction imposée par les services de sécurité israéliens aux visites des avocats aux quatre prisonniers. Les services de sécurité ont autorisé seulement la visite d’un seul avocat à un seul prisonnier à chaque fois. (...)

  • Évadés de Jénine. Zakaria Zubeidi, « J’ai cru à la paix »
    Gwenaëlle Lenoir > 12 septembre 2021

    Camp de réfugiés de Jénine, 17 janvier 2008. Zakaria Zubeidi — 31 ans à l’époque — dans le Théâtre de la liberté nouvellement créé.
    Saif Dahlah/AFP

    Pendant quelques jours, les six évadés d’une prison israélienne ont fait vibrer les Palestiniens. Leur défi lancé aux autorités d’occupation a provoqué émotion et fierté, même si quatre d’entre eux ont été repris. Parmi eux, le plus connu : Zakaria Zubeidi.


    • Zakaria Zubeidi was an intifada symbol. This week, he became Israel’s most wanted fugitive
      David B. Green | Sep. 10, 2021 | Haaretz.com

      Zakaria Zubeidi was an intifada symbol. This week, he became Israel’s most wanted fugitive
      As a child, Zakaria Zubeidi took part in a theater established by an Israeli peace activist. Years later, as Israel planned to put him on trial for several terror attacks, he became one of six prison-breakers on the run

      Escaped Palestinian security prisoner Zakaria Zubeidi, who was apprehended on Saturday morning, has been a source of fascination for Israelis for more than two decades. This can be attributed to his swings between advocating peaceful reconciliation with Israel and working in a Palestinian community theater, and his extensive experience as a militant involved in terror attacks against Israel, particularly during the second intifada two decades ago. His boyish good looks, ability and readiness to speak with journalists, and repeated escapes from death have only added to his enigmatic mystique.

      Zakaria Mohammed Abdelrahman Zubeidi was born in 1976, and for his entire life, when not in prison or on the run, his home has been in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank. He is one of the eight children of Mohammed and Samira Zubeidi. The father was a teacher turned foundry worker who was arrested by the Israelis for membership in Fatah, the Palestinian liberation movement led by Yasser Arafat. Mohammed died when Zakaria was 17.

      Zakaria attended an UNRWA school in the camp, and had his first run-in with Israeli forces at age 13, when he was shot in the leg by soldiers while throwing stones during the first intifada (1987-1991), leaving him with a permanent limp. Before that, however, he became involved in the theater program that Arna Mer-Khamis established in the Jenin camp.

      Arna Mer was an Israeli Jew – a communist and human-rights activist – married to Saliba Khamis, an Arab Israeli and a leader of Israel’s Communist Party. She took part in a variety of educational and human-rights projects in the West Bank, and during the first intifada organized a theater workshop in the refugee camp intended to bring together Israeli and Palestinian youth. Zakaria and his older brother Daoud were among the group’s core members, and their mother offered part of the family home to serve as a rehearsal space.

      Zakaria’s first arrest came when he was 14, again for stone throwing, and this time it led to a six-month sentence in an Israeli prison. Upon his release, he did not return to school. Within less than a year came his next arrest, this time for trying to throw a Molotov cocktail. He later told an interviewer that he learned to assemble the weapon in prison, although in this case, he set his sleeve on fire when he reached back to toss the bottle.

      He began a cycle of arrests and increasingly longer imprisonments – his next one was for four and a half years – and with each incarceration his identity as a militant and leader seems to have grown. He also learned Hebrew during his time inside, allowing him to serve as a prisoner representative.

      Stealing cars and driving trucks

      Zubeidi’s release coincided with the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, after which he volunteered for the Palestinian police force. But he quit after a year, later complaining that he was put off by the corruption and nepotism in the service.

      Zubeidi spent the remainder of the 1990s working, both in Israel and Jenin, sometimes legally and other times without a permit. When he didn’t have a job, he stole cars, which led to his arrest by Palestinian authorities. In September 2000, with the start of the second intifada, Zubeidi lost his legitimate job as a truck driver and was drawn into militant activities, including learning how to build bombs.

      In March 2002, Zubeidi’s mother was killed when an Israeli army sniper shot her while she was standing inside a friend’s home during an operation in the Jenin camp. A short time later, one of his brothers, Taha, was also shot and killed by soldiers. The following month, after a Hamas suicide bombing at a Netanya hotel during a Passover seder killed 29 Israelis, the army launched Operation Defensive Shield in the West Bank. One of the main targets was the Jenin camp, which Israel had identified as the origin of a number of terror attacks.

      Among the hundreds of homes in the camp demolished by Israeli bulldozers was that of the Zubeidi family. It was in the wake of these dramatic losses that Zubeidi joined and then emerged as a leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, in the Jenin camp.

      Some years later, Zubeidi complained to a journalist about how hurt he was not to have heard from any of his Israeli friends after the deaths of his mother and brother. “We opened our home and [Israel] demolished it,” he said. “Every week, 20-30 Israelis would come there to do theater. We fed them. And afterward, not one of them picked up the phone. That is when we saw the real face of the left in Israel.”

      By the end of the intifada, Zubeidi was on the short list of Israel’s most-wanted terrorists. Israeli authorities consider him directly responsible for an attack on a Likud party office in Beit She’an in 2002 in which six Israelis were killed, as well as one suicide bombing in Tel Aviv in 2004. In 2003, a bomb he was preparing exploded prematurely, scarring his face, but despite that and an apparent four attempts by Israel to assassinate him, Zubeidi continually outwitted death. He also became the effective political boss of the Jenin camp.

      During the period when he was in Israel’s crosshairs, Zubeidi gained an unlikely ally in Tali Fahima, an Israeli Jew in her late 20s, a legal secretary who offered him translation assistance but also came to Jenin to serve as a “human shield” to prevent the Israeli army from attacking Zubeidi. Fahima was eventually arrested and tried on charges related to contact with an enemy, and served time in prison. The Israeli media speculated that she and Zubeidi had a romantic relationship, something they both denied. (Zubeidi is married and the father of two children.)

      Reaching out

      By the end of the intifada, Zubeidi acknowledged to a number of interviewers his belief that the armed struggle had been a failure and only worsened the Palestinians’ situation. He also expressed an interest in working with Israeli peace activists.

      This led to a meeting in 2007 between him and Juliano Mer-Khamis, the son of Arna, and their reestablishing of a theater company in Jenin, which they called the Freedom Theater. Juliano made a documentary about the group in which Zubeidi features. Around the same time, amid renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (after the split between Fatah and Hamas, which took control of Gaza), Zubeidi was one of thousands of Palestinian militants who received amnesty from prosecution by Israel.

      In the Hollywood version of this story, maybe Zubeidi would have developed into one of the founders of a Palestinian state, following a peace accord with Israel, or perhaps a theater director. Instead, he has spent a decade and a half in and out of Israeli and Palestinian prisons, his fate affected as much by political conditions in both Israel and the West Bank as by his own swings between peaceful activity and militancy, optimism and despondency. He also managed to work on a master’s degree in cultural studies at Birzeit University, writing a thesis based on his own life that he called “The Dragon and the Hunter.”

      In 2019, Zubeidi was arrested by the Shin Bet security service and indicted on suspicions of carrying out shooting attacks on two Israeli buses filled with civilians in the West Bank. To those charges were added several more serious ones dating back to the second intifada, as the amnesty he received in 2007 was rescinded. His trial began in 2019, but at the time of his prison break Monday – together with five Palestinian prisoners from Islamic Jihad – it was still ongoing. He was captured by Israeli forces on Saturday morning.

    • Vivent les évadés - [Les amis du théâtre de la liberté de Jénine]

      Parmi les six prisonniers évadés se trouve Zakaria Zubeidi, le plus connu et que nous connaissons bien comme cofondateur du Freedom Theatre (Théâtre de la Liberté) du camp de réfugiés de Jénine.
      Zakaria est présenté partout comme le leader des Brigades des Martyrs d’Al-Aqsa, ce qu’il a effectivement été pendant toute une période de résistance armée à l’occupation militaire illégale de la Cisjordanie par Israël. Ce qui se dit moins, c’est qu’à un moment, il a déposé les armes et décidé de passer à une autre forme de résistance, la résistance culturelle.

    • La Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine nous propose les informations qu’elle a recueillies sur les conditions de détention des palestiniens détenus par Israël sous régime militaire.

      Ils sont incarcérés dans les #prisons_israéliennes situées pour la plupart hors des territoires occupés, en contradiction avec le droit international. Les mineurs sont les principales cibles des arrestations. Arrêtés pour des motifs politiques, ils sont particulièrement exposés à la détention arbitraire, à la torture et aux mauvais traitements.

      L’organisation palestinienne SHAMS nous met également à disposition son rapport de janvier 2017 sur la peine de mort appliquée par la Palestine. Quatre palestiniens sont exécutés, en 2016, par le Hamas sans l’accord du président de l’Autorité palestinienne, Mahmoud Abbas.


  • Israel captures four out of six Palestinian fugitives
    Josh BreinerAdi HashmonaiJack Khoury - Haaretz.com

    Two more Palestinian fugitives, including former Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade leader Zakaria Zubeidi , were captured by security forces in northern Israel on Saturday, bringing the number of apprehended prisoners from Monday’s jailbreak to four out of six.

    Zubeidi and the second prisoner, Mohammed Aradeh , were arrested hours after the first two fugitives were caught. Police and Shin Bet forces found them in Umm al-Ghanam, between an olive grove and a truck lot.

    Police and military forces sweeping the area spotted two suspicious people, and a police counter-terror unit were called to the scene to identify them. According to a police source, Zubeidi resisted arrest, but was quickly restrained.

    A defense official told Haaretz that Zubeidi and Aradeh looked exhausted and dusty when they were apprehended, and that they had been hiding outdoors for a long period of time. He estimated that as in the case of the fugitives arrested Friday, the two had not received any help once they escaped and did not plan their route, counter to preliminary assessments.

    Umm al-Ghanam residents said that security forces had been searching the village since the middle of the night, and that locals remained in their homes during that time. One resident, identified as Mohammed, said: “I don’t believe that the escapees were helped, and I also don’t believe that people tried to shelter them. Our village is very quiet.”
    Defense officials believe that of the two high-security inmates who escaped Gilboa Prison on Monday and remain at large, one crossed into the West Bank, while the other is still in Israeli territory.

    Since they were caught, the four have been in Shin Bet custody, and they are expected to have their detention extended on Saturday night. The investigators will likely request that they be barred from meeting with their lawyers, as in past security investigations. Zubeidi’s lawyer, Avigdor Feldman, said he asked the police and public security minister to meet with his client soon.

    Police and security forces consider the capture of the four escaped prisoners to be a significant achievement. They believe that capturing the four inmates will lead to new intelligence on the two inmates who remain at large, and will deal a blow to Palestinian morale, which has been high in the wake of the prison break.

    Hamas Spokesman Fazi Barhoum said in response that “The arrest of the heroic prisoners is another round in the open and ongoing battle with the occupation. What happened strengthens the Palestinian people to continue the struggle against the occupation and support of prisoners.”

    Six Palestinian prisoners escaped from Gilboa Prison early Monday morning through a tunnel they dug from within their cell, apparently over the last six months. All the escaped convicts – five members of Islamic Jihad and one Fatah member – are convicted or charged with planning or carrying out terror attacks against Israelis, including shootings, bombings and kidnappings. Four have been captured thus far, and Israeli forces are continuing to search for the remaining two.

    Even though the prison break was well planned, defense officials said, the inmates broke out into groups of two afterwards, and improvised their next steps in an attempt to evade the security forces. Of the last two, one is believed to be hiding in the Galilee region of northern Israel, while the other is believed to have successfully crossed into the West Bank.

    Zubeidi is the most infamous inmate of the six. A former commander of Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, he was behind the 2002 attack at a Likud party branch in Beit She’an in which six people were killed, among other attacks. He has long been considered one of the most wanted men in the West Bank. He was arrested in 2019 and charged with carrying out two shootings in Beit El in 2018 and 2019, as well as a number of terror attacks that were planned during the Second Intifada. His trial is ongoing.

    The second inmate captured is Mohammed Aradeh, who was serving three life sentences plus 20 years for his activities as part of the Islamic Jihad’s military wing, of which he is considered a senior member. He was arrested in 2002 and convicted of membership in a terrorist organization, planning and carrying out terror attacks against Israelis and providing safe haven for terrorists.

    Aradeh’s cousin, Mahmoud, is believed to be the one who planned the escape from Gilboa Prison. He was captured several hours earlier in Nazareth.

    On Friday the first Two Palestinian fugitives were captured in Nazareth. Islamic Jihad members Mahmoud Aradeh and Yakub Kadari were caught after civilians spotted two suspicious figures and reported them to the police. The two were taken for questioning by the Shin Bet security services. They did not resist arrest.

    Shortly after Friday’s arrests, Gaza militants launched a rocket into Israel. The missile was intercepted. Following the launch Israeli fighter jets attacked several Hamas targets in the strip. No injuries were reported. In the West Bank, Palestinians who gathered to rally in support of the escaped prisoners clashed with Israeli forces, and in some areas shot at and hurled improvised explosives at the soldiers.


  • Oui, les évadés des prisons palestiniennes sont des combattants de la liberté
    Par Gideon Levy, le 9 septembre 2021 - Source : Haaretz – Traduction TT pour l’Agence média Palestine

    (...) Je connais très bien Zakaria Zubeidi ; je pourrais même me dire son ami. Comme une poignée d’autres journalistes israéliens, je l’ai souvent rencontré au fil des ans, notamment lorsqu’il était recherché. Jusqu’à il y a environ trois ans, je lui envoyais encore des articles d’opinion tirés des archives du Haaretz qu’il voulait pour sa thèse de maîtrise. Néanmoins, il est resté un peu une énigme pour moi, et l’imbroglio qui a conduit à sa réarrestation il y a environ deux ans reste un mystère ; Zakaria n’est pas un garçon, il est père maintenant, alors pourquoi ?

    Mais son histoire est l’histoire classique d’une victime et d’un héros. « Je n’ai jamais vécu comme un être humain », m’a-t-il dit un jour. Jeune garçon, il portait déjà des sacs de sable sur un chantier de la rue Abbas à Haïfa, alors que les Juifs de son âge étaient à la maison avec leurs parents. Son père est mort quand il était jeune ; il était adolescent quand sa mère a été abattue par les forces de défense israéliennes à la fenêtre de sa maison, et quelques semaines plus tard, son frère a été tué et sa maison a été démolie par l’armée. De tous ses amis du camp de réfugiés de Jénine qui ont été immortalisés dans le merveilleux documentaire de 2004 « Les enfants d’Arna », seul lui est encore en vie. En 2004, il m’a dit : « Je suis mort. Je sais que je suis mort », mais la chance, ou quelque chose d’autre, était de son côté.

    Comme Marwan Barghouti et d’autres héros palestiniens, il voulait la paix avec Israël, mais dans des conditions de justice et d’honneur pour son peuple, et lui aussi sentait que la seule option qui lui restait était celle de la résistance violente. Je ne l’ai jamais vu sans arme.

    Je pense à Zakaria maintenant et j’espère qu’il s’échappera vers la liberté, tout comme j’espère que Barghouti sera un jour libéré. Ces personnes méritent d’être punies pour leurs actions, mais elles méritent aussi d’être comprises et appréciées pour leur courage et surtout pour leur droiture. Israël a décidé de les garder en prison pour toujours, et ils essaient, chacun à sa manière, d’annuler ce décret injuste et maléfique. Ils sont exactement ce que j’appellerais des combattants de la liberté. Des combattants pour la liberté de la Palestine. Comment pourrait-on les appeler autrement ?


  • Tweet de Paul Khalifé
    @Khalifehpaul | 10:15 AM · 9 sept. 2021

    Après la spectaculaire évasion d’une #prison #israélienne par un tunnel creusé à l’aide d’une cuillère, l’un des 6 ex-détenus palestiniens se livre à un excellent numéro de guerre psychologique. Dommage pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas l’arabe. #Palestine #Israel



  • Who are Gilbou’s six breakers? - Quds News Network

    The six prisoners were identified as:

    Mahmoud Arda, 46 years old, from Arraba town in Jenin, imprisoned since 1996, sentenced to a life and 15 years and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

    Mohammad Arda, 39 years old, from Arraba town in Jenin, imprisoned since 2002, sentenced to a life and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

    Yaaqob Qadri, 49 years old, from Beir al-Basha town in Jenin, imprisoned since 2003, sentenced to a life and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

    Ayham Kamanji, 35 years old, from Kufr Dan town in Jenin, imprisoned since 2006, sentenced to a life and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

    Zakaria Zubaidi, 46 years old, from Jenin refugee camp, imprisoned since 2019, was not sentenced, and is a former commander of Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

    Munadel Infeiat, 26 years old, from Yabad town in Jenin and imprisoned since 2019, was not sentenced and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

    Six Palestinian Detainees Escape From Israeli Prison – – IMEMC News

    Israeli sources have reported that six Palestinian detainees managed to escape from the Gilboa Israeli high-security prison, in the northern part of the country, after digging a tunnel.

    The sources stated that one of the detainees is Zakariyya Zobeidi, the former leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin, in northern West Bank. The other five escaped political prisoners are all members of the Islami Jihad movement.

    Israel alleges that Zobeidi was responsible for an attack on the Likud Party headquarters in Bisan, in the year 2002, leading to the death of six Israelis.

    Israeli also alleges that when he was taken prisoner in the year 2019, he was planning what was described as a serious attack against Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank, and for reportedly carrying out two shooting attacks against Israeli buses for colonialist settlers near Beit El and Psagot colonies in the West Bank.

    Israeli sources said the six detainees were all in the same cell, and that their escape was uncovered approximately at 4:00 on Monday at dawn during a headcount.

    The Israeli police, Internal Security, and various other agencies have initiated a search campaign, in addition to a probe into how the detainees were able to escape without being noticed until a few hours later. Gilboa’ prison is well fortified and has extremely high-security measures.

    A massive search campaign was initiated, including in all surrounding Palestinian villages and towns, close to the northern border with the West Bank, and Jordan. (...)