Spoons are brandished next to traditional flags and banners as a symbol of Palestinian resistance after six prisoners made a dramatic escape into a tunnel they allegedly dug using the utensil.
When the six Palestinian political prisoners escaped on September 6 from the Gilboa high security prison, social media shared footage of a tunnel at the base of a sink and a hole outside. All six were eventually picked up.
According to his lawyer, one of the re-arrested Palestinians, Mahmoud Abdullah al-Ardah, said he used spoons, plates and even the handle of a kettle to dig the tunnel to his cell.
He began to make his way out of the institution in northern Israel in December, lawyer Ruslan Mahajaneh said.
“With determination, vigilance … and cunning – and with a spoon – it was possible to dig a tunnel through which the Palestinians escaped and the enemy was imprisoned,” writer Sari Orabi told the Arabi website 21.
In Tulkarm, a West Bank city occupied by Israel, the escape brought back memories in Ghassan Mahdawi. He and another prisoner escaped an Israeli prison in 1996 through a tunnel dug using not kitchen utensils but nails.
“Getting out of an Israeli prison is something every inmate thinks about,” Mahdawi said. Having it done with a spoon, he added, is something that “will go down in history.”