Haters and Some in Mainstream Media Glorify Escaped Terrorists

A few days ago, six terrorists escaped from Gilboa Prison, a high-security prison in northern Israel.

All six are highly dangerous. Four of the six were in jail for life in connection with deadly attacks against Israelis; the fifth — a notorious commander in Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade terror group, Zakaria Zubeidi — was in prison while on trial for two dozen crimes, including attempted murder.

Here is more on the escapees:

1. Zakaria Zubeidi, 46, from Jenin
Zakaria Zubeidi is a former top commander in the Fatah-linked Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist wing of the ruling faction in the Palestinian Authority government in Ramallah.

Zubeidi was convicted and incarcerated in 2019 for involvement in several lethal terror attacks on Israelis years after promising in 2007 – when he received amnesty from a prior imprisonment — to lay down his weapons. His previous incarceration came in response to his activities as a leader of the Second Intifada (2000-2005).

The amnesty granted in 2007 was rescinded in 2011; Zubeidi remained a fugitive until his arrest in 2019, and was being held at Gilboa Prison while the trials on his latest activities were taking place.

2. Munadil Yacoub Nafayat, 26, from Ya’abad (near Jenin)
Nafayat, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist group, was arrested in 2019 and several other times in the past for terrorist activities, for which he has served several prior prison terms.

Nafayat was being held at Gilboa Prison pending conviction for his latest terrorist activities with PIJ.

3. Ayham Nayef Kamanji, 35, from Kafr Dan
Kahamji was arrested, detained and convicted by Israeli authorities in 2006 for the abduction and murder of Eliahu Asheri, a Jewish resident of Samaria. He was sentenced to life in prison for that murder and for participation in other armed attacks on Israeli targets.

4. Yakoub Mahmoud Qadri, 49, from Bir al-Basha
Born in Bir al-Basha (near Jenin) Qadri was arrested and detained in 2003, during the Second Intifada, for his participation in a September 18, 2002 attack on two people driving near the Jewish Community of Shaked, in Samaria, and for killing the Israeli driver. He was sentenced to life in prison upon his conviction. Qadri attempted to escape from Shata Prison through a tunnel but failed.

5. Mahmoud Abdullah Arda, 45, from Arraba (near Jenin)
This older of two Arda brothers is being hailed by fellow terrorists as the “Prince of Prisoners” after allegedly masterminding the escape from Gilboa Prison.

A member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group, he was convicted and incarcerated in the early 1990s. Released following the signing of the Oslo Accords, his freedom didn’t last long: Arda was again arrested, convicted, and incarcerated in 1996 for PIJ attacks on the Jewish State, and sentenced to life in prison.

Arda was placed in solitary confinement in Shata Prison after attempting but failing to escape through a secret tunnel.

6. Mohammad Qassem Arda, 39, from Arraba (near Jenin)
The younger Arda brother first came to the public eye as a teen when he published a magazine for young PIJ supporters. He then added to his luster by hurling Molotov cocktails (firebombs) at IDF soldiers.

He was arrested in 2002, during the Second Intifada for involvement in the murder of Israeli soldiers and was sentenced to life in prison.

Not surprisingly, palestinian Arabs are celebrating the escape of these bloodthirsty terrorists:

Furthermore, these bloodthirsty terrorists are being portrayed as “political prisoners” and even heroes by the usual suspects, including

Linda Sarsour and Mohammed El-Kurd:

Ali “Abumination” Abunimah:

CJ Werleman:

Quds News Network:

And of course, there are those spending copious amounts of time on ridiculous propaganda:

Arguably the most disturbing reaction, though, has been from mainstream media outlet AP, who wrote this report glorifying Zubeidi:

Here’s hoping all of the above players have the smiles wiped off their collective faces and the terrorists are recaptured ASAP.

Update: Haaretz’s Gideon Levy, folks:


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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