After the intifada, Mr. Zubeidi renounced violence, turned to political theater and helped to run the Freedom Theater in his hometown, Jenin, in the northern West Bank. But he was arrested again in 2019, accused of help orchestrate attacks on Israeli settlers.
The six cellmates escaped from Gilboa prison at about 1:30 a.m. Monday, after removing a part of the shower cubicle floor and himself in to drop a cavity die… runs Below the prison. They then crawled almost 32 yards under two walls, two barbed wire fences and a suit of sniffer dogs, evade detection of 40 prison guards.
The fugitives emerged through a hole in the ground, just a few meters further than the prisonis eastern wall, before departure on on foot through the fields in the neighbourhood. Their absence was confirmed at about 3:30 a.m., after burgers in the area suspicious figures reported moving in near the prison, ask for a prison roll call.
Attempt to prevent second jailbreak, Israeli officials transferred 80 other detainees from Gilboa to other prisons move Which set off riot in some of die prisons.
The escape also sparked several protests in the West Bank as Palestinians showed their solidarity with die on the run. About 5,000 Palestinians are imprisoned in Israeli prisons, mostly on allegations of terrorism. Many Palestinians see them as heroes of the struggle for Palestinian sovereignty.
After the arrests, two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, where Islamic Jihad has a stronghold. No injuries were reported, and it wasn’t immediately clear if the missiles were related met the arrests.
In a separate episode earlier in the day a Palestinian doctor, Hazem al-Julani, tried to stab an Israeli police officer in the old town of Jerusalem, prompting officers to fire and kill it. He was the latest of at least 60 Palestinians killed since the start of the year, mostly by Israeli security agents, according to one count die is composed by the rights group, B’Tselem.
Jonathan Rosen contributed to the report.
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