The Shin Bet has announced that former terrorist leader Zekaria Zubeidi will soon be tried for several attacks near Ramallah, as well as for the acts of terrorism perpetrated during the second Intifada, for which he was granted amnesty in 2007.
In the early 2000s, Zubeidi had served as head of the military wing of Fatah, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, in the Jenin region. He is believed to have been one of the architects of several terrorist attacks.
In 2007, Zubeidi and several other terrorists signed an agreement with Israel that pardoned their crimes on condition that they “abandon all violent and illegal activities and leave the terrorist networks of which they were a part”.
This so-called repentant terrorist and his friend, Israeli Arab lawyer Tarek Barghout were arrested last February 2019 by the Shabak following several attacks on Israeli buses near Beit El
Zubeidi’s participation in these attacks represents, according to the Shin Bet, a “clear and violent violation of the signed agreements” and calls into question the effectiveness of an amnesty agreement.