The six escaped Palestinian prisoners are the boldest freedom fighters imaginable. The Israelis who find this hard to admit would do well to recall many of the movies and television series they have seen: Escaping from prison is the perfect “happy ending.”
The Acre Prison Break of 1947 – in which members of the Irgun, the pre-state underground militia led by Menachem Begin, broke in to the city’s prison to free militia members held by the British Mandate government – has been etched forever into the collective memory as part of the ethos of heroism. But what’s good for movies and for Jews is never applicable to Palestinians. The six escapees are only terrorists, and the national sentiment wants to see them dead. Meanwhile, social media is buzzing with witty cracks about the escape, perhaps in order to avoid dealing with its significance or to flee from the embarrassment.