Arch-terrorist and terrorists’ lawyer indicted for attempting to murder Jews in shooting attacks near Jerusalem
Arch-terrorist former member of the Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Muslim terror group Zakariya Zubeidi and Jerusalem lawyer Tareq Barghut have been indicted for attempting to murder Jews in a series of shooting attacks north of Jerusalem, the Shin Bet cleared for publication.
Muslim terrorist Tareq Barghut, who is frequently hired to represent terrorists, is a resident of East Jerusalem with an Israeli identity card and is certified as an Israeli lawyer.
Barghut, his wife, and Zubeidi were arrested in February in a joint operation of the Shin Bet, the IDF and the Israel Police over a serious, imminent terror attack.
Security forces surrounded a house north of Ramallah and called Zubeidi out. He came out with his hands raised, offering no resistance.
During the investigation, the M16 weapons and the magazines with which the attacks were carried out were confiscated by security forces.
“This is a serious incident involving a senior official in the Palestinian Prisoners’ Ministry and an Israeli lawyer working in the Palestinian Prisoners’ Office who carried out severe terrorist attacks using a Palestinian Authority vehicle used by Zakariya as part of his job in the prisoner’s office,” a senior Shin Bet official said.
“The intelligence and operational activities of the security forces, immediately after the attacks and in the weeks that followed…led to the exposure of the cell and the prevention of serious terrorist attacks in the future. ”
During the Second Intifada, Muslim terrorist Zakariya Zubeidi served as the commander of the Jenin region of Fatah’s armed wing, the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades. He was also one of the chief architects of several terror attacks during the early 2000s.
He managed to evade Israeli law enforcement for years but was offered amnesty in 2007 if he would submit his weapons and forego terrorism. Zubeidi’s amnesty was revoked in December 2011 without elaboration, and he returned to the most-wanted list.
While he was wanted for terrorism, Zubeidi began a relationship with an Israeli left-wing activist converted to Islam, Tali Fahima, in 2004. Fahima moved into Zubeidi’s Jenin home in order to act as a human shield and prevent Israel from conducting an airstrike to kill him. She was later arrested and convicted of assisting an enemy in wartime.
In 2013, Zubeidi turned himself into Palestinian Authority security forces and spent the next four years in prison. He was released in 2017 and returned to Jenin with his amnesty reinstated.