Wednesday, March 15, 2006
The 6 wanted fugitives who surrendered
For those who are not aware of who these prisoners that Israel went to great length to capture are, here is a good breakdown. These are not just random Palestinian prisoners, but murderers, assistant to murderers and those that planned to murder.
Saadat, was appointed the secretary general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in August 2001, and allegedly gave the orders to murder an Israeli government minister in 2001. Since 1994 he has been declared a fugitive by Israel after he instructed operatives in Ramallah to shoot at an Israeli car, resulting in the murder of an Israeli woman and her son. In charge of the movement's military wing, Sadaat issued instructions to launch a car bomb attack at Meah She'arim in Jerusalem in February 2001, a car bomb attack at Jerusalem's Russian Compound in May the same year and additional attacks in Yehud, Atarot in north Jerusalem and in the Malha Mall the same year which resulted in wounding scores of Israelis.
After he was appointed as secretary general, he pledged to continue attacks against Israel. With the outcome of the recent Palestinian elections in January this year, he ran on behalf of the PFLP and was appointed a member of the Palestinian legislative council. He embarked on intensive discussions with Hamas in order to join the government.
Ahed Gholami, 38.
A veteran member of the PFLP military wing, in 2000 Gholami was considered a senior commander of the movement, and initiated and was responsible for numerous attacks against Israeli targets in Ramallah, Nablus and Jerusalem. When Saadat was appointed secretary general in 2001, Gholami took his place as a senior West Bank commander. According to security officials he gave direct orders to murder Ze'evi and after the attack fled to Nablus where he orchestrated a number of car bomb attacks, including the attack at a Karnei Shomron pizzeria in which an Israeli girl was killed and scores wounded. According to the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Gholami was directly involved in the murders of two young Israeli hikers in October 1993 and the murder of an Israeli civilian in Jerusalem in March 1993.
A veteran member of the PFLP, Rimawi worked side by side with Gholami and dispatched a number of suicide bombers to Jerusalem and Yahud, after providing them with the bombs and cars. He commanded the cell that murdered Ze'evi and dispatched them to Jerusalem to assassinate the minister.
Koran was recruited to the PFLP in October 2000 by Rimawi who taught him how to launch attacks inside Israel. In July 2001 he received bombs from Rimawi which he placed in a car that was used in an attack in Yahud in which 6 Israeli civilians were killed. On October 17, 2001, under Rimawi's instructions, Koran together with Basel al Asmar reached the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jerusalem and pulled the trigger, pumping three bullets into Ze'evi..
Basel al Asmar,30.
Asmar stood guard in the corridor of the hotel while the other cell members murdered Ze'evi.
Fuad Shubaki, 64.
Up until September 2001, Shubaki who was the treasurer of the Palestinian security forces, enjoyed special VIP status granted to him by Israel that allowed him freedom to travel between the West Bank and Gaza. His position did not stop him from directly providing funds to terror groups to purchase weapons and ammunition for attacks against Israel. He also transferred funds to terror groups abroad enabling him to purchase stockpiles of weapons that were smuggled into areas under PA control.Israel accused Shubaki of bankrolling an attempt to ship 50 tons of weapons from Iran to the Gaza Strip that was foiled by Israeli naval commandos.