Pardoned Palestinian Put Back on Wanted List

Zakariya Zubeidi, the former commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin who was pardoned by Israel two years ago, has been added to Israel's wanted list again.

In recent days, Palestinian security services informed Zubeidi that upon Israel's request, he must remain in the Palestinian Authority's detention facilities during all hours of the day and night, otherwise Israel will arrest him.

Zubeidi confirmed the report to Haaretz, yet said he did not know why the pardon was rescinded. Last week, Palestinian security forces arrested one of Zubeidi's brothers, along with one of the workers at Jenin's Freedom Theater, which Zubeidi directs.

In the summer of 2007, Zubeidi was among 200 wanted Fatah militants in the West Bank who turned in their weapons, in an arrangement under which Israel granted them effective amnesty as a gesture to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

In 2009, actor Juliano Mer Khamis founded the Freedom Theater and appointed Zubeidi as its director. Zubeidi also began working as an official in the Palestinian Authority's prisoners division. The theater's founder, Mer-Khamis, was shot and killed last April. The case has not yet been solved.