MembersANALYSIS: Spectacular Palestinian Jailbreak Could Change Israel’s Prison System

While most fugitives have been recaptured, embarrassing episode sparks calls for reform, and even the death penalty

By Yochanan Visser |
Arabs demonstrate in support of the escaped terrorist prisoners. Photo: Jamal Awad/Flash90

The Gilboa Prison near Kibbutz Ein Harod in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel is one of the most secure detention centers in the country.

Nevertheless, six notorious Palestinian terrorists managed to escape early last Monday morning and initially succeeded in evading renewed arrest by Israeli security forces despite a massive manhunt in Samaria and the Jordan Valley.

Four of the fugitives were finally apprehended by the police on Friday night. The four were found in Nazareth and the village of Umm el-Ghanam in the vicinity of Nazareth.

They surrendered to the Israeli security forces without a fight because the four escaped prisoners were exhausted and, in the end, appeared to be unarmed.

Prior to their spectacular jailbreak the six Palestinian terrorists had been locked up in one cell, which is very common in Israel. There are also prisoners in solitary confinement such as, for example, Yigal Amir, the murderer of ex-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.


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