Zakaria Zubeidi Was an Intifada Symbol. This Week, He Became Israel's Most Wanted Fugitive

As a child, Zakaria Zubeidi took part in a theater established by an Israeli peace activist. Years later, as Israel planned to put him on trial for several terror attacks, he became one of six prison-breakers on the run

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Escaped Palestinian security prisoner Zakaria Zubeidi, who was apprehended on Saturday morning, has been a source of fascination for Israelis for more than two decades. This can be attributed to his swings between advocating peaceful reconciliation with Israel and working in a Palestinian community theater, and his extensive experience as a militant involved in terror attacks against Israel, particularly during the second intifada two decades ago. His boyish good looks, ability and readiness to speak with journalists, and repeated escapes from death have only added to his enigmatic mystique.

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