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6 terrorist prisoners’ escape has “already entered history,” says PA daily

Excerpt of an editorial by the official PA daily

“For six days all the Palestinians hoped that the six heroic prisoners who dug the freedom tunnel in the occupation’s Gilboa Prison would succeed in completely disappearing from the eyes of the Israeli occupation forces (refers to Gilboa Prison escape; see note below -Ed.)…

The occupation state mobilized all its security resources and teams and came out in its entirety to search for them. But it did not know that the example of the freedom tunnel had already entered history, and that the matter was finished…

The re-arrest of the six prisoners will not erase this magnificent example, which the Palestinians will tell of from generation to generation. Since the occupation state does not want this example to become a story of Palestinian pride, it began to spread fabricated stories regarding the means that led it to re-arrest four of them until now! The goal of these stories is to besmirch the national integrity of the Palestinians behind the Green Line (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel; the Green Line is the ceasefire line between Israel and the neighboring Arab countries, 1949-1967), and especially in the Arab city of Nazareth (refers to Israeli Arabs who reported on the escaped terrorist prisoners -Ed.).”

2021 Gilboa Prison escape – 6 Palestinian terrorist prisoners escaped from Israel's Gilboa Prison on Sept. 6, 2021, by widening the hole of the shower drainpipe in the floor of their cell. One terrorist is from Fatah - Zakariya Zubeidi, and the other five are from Islamic Jihad - Ayham Kamamji, Muhammad Ardah, Mahmoud Ardah, Yaqub Qaderi, and Munadil Nafiyat. Four of the terrorists were recaptured after five days: Zubeidi, Ardah, Ardah, and Qaderi. Kamamji and Nafiyat were arrested in Jenin on Sept. 18, 2021 along with two accomplices. Zubeidi was head of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing) in the Jenin area during the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), when he oversaw numerous lethal attacks, and he also carried out shooting attacks in 2018-2019. Kamamji participated in the murder of 18-year-old Eliyahu Asheri on June 25, 2006, and planned to blow up a bus using an exploding car. Muhammad Ardah participated in initiating and executing a suicide bombing on bus no. 823 on Nov. 29, 2001, in which 3 people were murdered and many others were wounded. Mahmoud Ardah was involved in numerous attacks; the website of Islamic Jihad’s military wing defined him as the "commander" of the prison escape. Qaderi committed a shooting attack on Sept. 18, 2002 with an accomplice in which Israeli Yosef Ajami was murdered and a foreign worker was wounded. Nafiyat was being held in administrative detention.