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All terrorist prisoners have the right to escape, says Fatah official

Headline: “Al-Jarrad: The occupation was stunned by the unity of the prisoners’ movement and the response in the streets against the Israeli Prison Service’s measures”


“Fatah Movement Secretary in Tulkarem Iyad Al-Jarrad said that… the participation of all elements of our people in the activities of solidarity [with the prisoners] in all the districts is tantamount to a clear message to the occupation authority that our people is united regarding the prisoners’ cause and will not agree to harm befalling them or the six prisoners who dug the freedom tunnel with their hands in spite of the occupation (refers to Gilboa Prison escape; see note below -Ed.).

He said that the fact that the occupation arrested a number of the families and relatives of the six heroes is an act of revenge that contradicts all the international norms and conventions… He also emphasized that every prisoner has the right to attempt to achieve their freedom in the appropriate manner, as their arrest contradicts the law from its very basis.


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.