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Zakaria Zubeidi

Influential resistance leader, prison escapee, and cultural resistance promoter.

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Date of Birth:

1976

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Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Leadership in Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, co-founder of The Freedom Theatre, and mastermind of the Gilboa Prison break.

Brief bio

Zakaria Zubeidi is a prominent Palestinian figure known for his leadership in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and as a co-founder of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin. His involvement in the 2021 Gilboa Prison break, where he and five other Palestinian prisoners escaped, brought him international attention.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Involvement in Armed Struggle (2001): Joined Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades after the deaths of his mother and brother.

  • Founding The Freedom Theatre (2006): Co-founded the theatre to promote cultural resistance in Palestine.

  • Involvement in Gilboa Prison Break (2021): Escaped from high-security Gilboa Prison with five other prisoners.

  • Recapture Near Nazareth (2021): Arrested by Israeli occupation forces after surviving on the run for days.

  • Incarceration and Cultural Advocacy: Continues advocacy for cultural resistance and Palestinian rights despite incarceration.

  • Leadership in Palestinian Resistance: Key figure in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades during the Second Intifada...See More

  • Promotion of Cultural Resistance: Played a significant role in establishing The Freedom Theatre...See More

  • Community Building: Engaged in community building and youth education in Jenin...See More

  • Planning and Executing Prison Break: Demonstrated resourcefulness and resilience during the Gilboa Prison escape...See More

  • Symbol of Palestinian Struggle: Became a symbol of resilience and resistance for Palestinians...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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