The escape of the 6 terrorists yesterday from Gilboa Prison, which is considered the “safe” of the prison service, has already entered the top of the list of daring escapes on the one hand and the most embarrassing on the other in the country’s history. Preliminary investigation shows that the prisoners led by Fatah official in Jenin Zakaria Zabeidi managed to escape due to a failure of road structures created between the prison floor and the ground. The issue includes senior officials in the prison service who will pay for their position.
Over the years, there have been quite a few embarrassments for the IPS centered on the escape of prisoners who usually did so when they were brought to court hearings or from less secure detention centers than a prison. Managed to make such daring escapes from Israeli prisons, here are the ones that did:
1958 – The Great Escape from Shata Prison
One hundred Palestinian prisoners stormed the prison’s weapons depot on July 31 and took several rifles, iron rods, planks and makeshift torches that had been set on fire. It started with a prisoner opening the inner iron door of the prison and signaling his friends to run inside. The guards were surprised. The prisoners penetrated the wings, opened the prison cells, fired the heavy locks and released their friends who had been imprisoned. The guards tried to take over the prisoners who began to climb ladders on the walls and began to flee outside. Other prisoners demolished the barbed wire fences and fled towards Jordan. Wardens opened fire and confronted armed prisoners. Two guards were killed in the largest escape in the history of the State of Israel and 12 prisoners were killed. 66 prisoners fled under cover of darkness to Jordan. This escape is still considered a stain on the IPS.
1961 – The king escapes from Ramla prison
Nachman Farkash, Israeli boxing champion and king of Israeli escapes (four escapes from prisons), was sentenced to life in prison for murder in 1957 and served his sentence in Ramla prison. In 1961, in the midst of the screening of the film for hundreds of “Babett Goes to War” prisoners starring Bridget Bardot, Farkash and his friend Rafael Blitz, who was also sentenced to life in prison for murder, managed to escape over the prison walls taking advantage of the fact that the guards were staring The hall. The two stole a motorcycle in Holon and began fleeing. Police and large security forces set up many checkpoints across the country and a few hours later Farkash was caught in Tel Aviv with wounded in the legs. Blitz managed to cross the border into Syria. A week later, the Syrians returned Blitz to Israeli territory and civilians who spotted him captured him during a dramatic chase. An investigative committee set up noted that the guards were negligent while watching the film and that the prison was not suitable for holding dangerous prisoners.
In 1963, Farkash escaped from Jaffa prison again and this time arrived in Egypt. After a year and a half in Egypt, he was deported to Gaza, from where he crossed the border into Israel.
In 1973, the tireless Farkash, who was detained in a detention cell at the Safed police station, sawed the bars of the cell and fled. About a month later, he was caught in one of the kibbutzim in the north of the country disguised as a Border Police officer. Two years later he escaped again from a detention center in the center.
1981 The celeb escapes from Be’er Sheva prison
Herzl Avitan, the most famous and dangerous prisoner in the State of Israel in those days, was taken to a meeting with his ailing father in an apartment in the center of the country, surrounded by police and security guards who were supposed to prevent him from escaping. Avitan took advantage of the fact that the guards allowed the meeting to take place without handcuffs and he escaped through the bathroom window. During the escape, he murdered Ramla Prison Director Roni Nitzan. He was sentenced to two life sentences and began serving them in the Be’er Sheva prison. In 1988 Avitan took a loaf of bread from which he made the shape of a dummy gun. He went to the clinic and attached the dummy gun to the body of the prisoner who was there and threatened to kill him if he did not help him escape from prison. The jailer who feared for his life put Avitan in a commercial vehicle and they drove out of jail. Avitan ordered the jailer to get out of the car and continued driving. On the outskirts of the city of Be’er Sheva, he took a taxi and entered the Almkeys family home in the city where he spent the Sabbath. He dressed up when he wore a wig on his head and fled to Hod Hasharon. A week later, the police learned that Avitan was hiding in an apartment in the city and he was caught.
1985 – The murder of the child killer Oron Yarden from Ayalon Prison
Zvi Gur, a prisoner who was convicted of murdering the boy Oron Yarden and kidnapping him, went outside Ayalon Prison to paint the walls. When he noticed that he had no supervision, he took full advantage of it and ran away. The IPS and the police conducted a manhunt for the dangerous killer and there was a fear that he would hold hostages, harm other children or try to escape to Sinai. Directly to the Holon police station, Gore was shocked by his arrest and admitted that he intended to turn himself in anyway.
1987 – Terrorists escape from Gaza prison
On the night of May 18, 1987, at 02:00, a routine count of prisoners was held in Gaza Prison. In those days, 18 years before Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, the IDF was present in large numbers, and the prison in the heart of Gaza, built by the British and inherited by the army In the Six Day War From Egypt, served for the arrest and imprisonment of the most dangerous terrorists. After the Israeli prisoner disappeared in the dark, Musbah Hassan Asuri, the dangerous prisoner in the prison, got up from his bed in cell number 7 and woke up five of his friends – Imad Saftawi, Salah Shatwi, Muhammad Jamal, Sami Khalil and Khaled Saleh – all terrorist operatives.
They quickly dressed in the dark shirts they made, wore dark sneakers and waited for orders from Asuri, the mastermind behind the escape. He first climbed from the cell towards the toilet window – a narrow window that was open after the prisoners sawed his bars under the guards’ noses in recent days. One by one they came out of the bathroom window, on their way to freedom when the soldiers in the guard posts were asleep.
Three hours later, in the morning after the escape, Gaza prison guards woke up to a great drama that until yesterday was considered the biggest forgery of the prison service and the news of the escape was hidden from the public for 10 days. The escape was first revealed in the Knesset, nine days after the escape, in a question submitted by MK David Magen from the Likud faction to Police Minister Bar-Lev: he wanted to find out how it happened that six terrorists escaped from Gaza prison. , Who ordered the establishment of a commission of inquiry into the matter, which placed the responsibility for the default on the prison administration – the director of the prison, Deputy Gondar Marshall Lebel, was removed from his post as well as other guards and officers.
The fugitives became local heroes when residents of Gaza and Khan Yunis helped them hide. It did not help a prisoner who was killed by an IDF force, along with two other terrorists, shortly after the escape, when the three tried to flee Gaza to Egypt. Two others, Sami Sheikh Khalil and Muhammad Jamal, were killed in the Sajaiya neighborhood of Gaza A few days after the escape attempt by IDF soldiers while trying to shoot at them. Shatwi was arrested a few weeks after the escape by the GSS and the IDF, imprisoned and released after two years. Khaled Saleh lives in Algeria, and served for several years as a deputy at the PLO embassy in the country.
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