Gilboa Prison escapees: The 'sheriff' of Jenin and the 'emir' of Islamic

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PIJ and other Palestinian groups, including Hamas and the ruling Fatah faction, welcomed the escape of the "heroes" from prison.
Zakaria Zubeidi, one of the six Palestinian inmates who escaped from Gilboa Prison in northern Israel, was one of the "symbols" of the Second Intifada, which erupted in September 2000.

The five other escapees, all members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), are less known to the Palestinian and Israeli public. But all six men were involved, directly and indirectly, in a series of terrorist attacks against Israelis.

Zubeidi, who once called himself a peace activist, was known for his close relations with several Israelis, including journalists covering Palestinian affairs. He would regularly call some journalists to brief them on the latest developments in the Jenin area or to invite them to interview him and his friends.

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