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Official PA Daily Editor in Chief calls the escape of 6 Palestinian terrorist from Israeli prison a “heroic event”

Headline: “Abu Al-Hija: The Al-Resalah website is not part of the national [media] coverage and it is in a state of confusion”



“Editor in Chief of [the official PA daily] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Mahmoud Abu Al-Hija said that the Hamas Movement’s website Al-Resalah is not part of the national [media] coverage and it is in a state of confusion. It does not read or monitor what is reported in the official [PA] national media, puts out hallucinations, sows despicable internal conflict, and serves the needs of its funders.

Abu Al-Hija told the [official PA] radio station The Voice of Palestine yesterday, Thursday [Sept. 9, 2021], that the Al-Resalah website does not read, watch, or listen to the reports of the [official PA news] agency WAFA, the paper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, [official] PA TV, and the radio station The Voice of Palestine regarding all the events in our land, and particularly on a national matter such as the heroic event of the six prisoners of Gilboa [Prison] (refers to Gilboa Prison escape; see note below -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.

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