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Zakariya Zubeidi: Terrorist turned cop? Photo: Reuters
Zakariya Zubeidi: Terrorist turned cop? Photo: Reuters
Zubeidi heads the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist group in Jenin Photo: AP
Zubeidi heads the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist group in Jenin Photo: AP

New cop in town

Pass the donuts? Terrorist commander in West Bank says he's going to be a policeman in Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas's security forces

By Ali Waked
Published: 06.20.05, 11:53 / Israel News

TEL AVIV – Book ‘em, Zubeidi.


A top West Bank leader of a terrorist group within Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction said on Monday that he is about to join the Palestinian police force.


Zakariya Zubeidi, the senior commander of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the town of Jenin who has masterminded dozens of deadly anti-Israeli
attacks, told Ynet that as a policeman, he will still not work to stop terrorists, as demanded by Israel and the United States and dictated by a U.S.-backed peace “road map.”


”I’m not going to stop any Palestinian activist,” he said. “It’s obvious for Palestinians that there are no arrests on political backgrounds. We will deal with maintaining law and order and the security of the Palestinian people.”


Zubeidi has been on Israel’s wanted list of terrorist leaders for years for orchestrating attacks and has been targeted in Israeli missions in the past. Palestinians, he said, were fighting to maintain their rights and interests.


“Even the Palestinian police officer serves the Palestinian people, protects their safety, property and rights. There is no difference whether I’m a field agent fighting for the Palestinian people or if I’m a man of law,” he said.


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