Spoon becomes new symbol of Palestinian ‘freedom’
Palestinians have always had different symbols to represent their freedom; a spoon is the newest sign that has captured artists’ and social media users’ attentions.
After the six Palestinians tunnelled out of the high-security Gilboa Prison, reportedly using a spoon, a large number of social media users, influencers and artists have been focusing on the simple tool used in the movie-like escape.
The six fugitives included Zakaria Zubeidi, Mahmoud Ardah, Mohammad Ardah, Yacoub Qadri, Ayham Kamamji and Munadel Nfeiat.
In Kuwait, the artist Maitham Abdal sculpted a giant hand firmly clasping a spoon the “spoon of freedom”.
Moreover, a Palestinian-Jordanian virtual artist Beesan Arafat, who describes himself as an artist with “sharp edges”, created a piece of art depicting the spoon the six Palestinians used to extricate themselves from the Israeli prison.
“The men evaded 40 prison guards, three watchtowers, two walls, two barbed-wire fences and a pack of sniffer dogs to get to their freedom,” Arafat wrote on his Instagram post.
“They used a rusty spoon to escape one of the most secure jails in the country,” he added.
The Jordanian illustrator and graphic designer Abeer Anabtawi shared a post of a watermelon and spoon, which are currently symbols of Palestinian resistance that have gone viral on social media platforms.
“The spoon has become an icon. With a spoon, the six Palestinians obtained their freedom,” wrote Palestinian activist and photographer Abdalafo Bassam on his Instagram post.
Earlier, Six Palestinians allegedly belonging to different militant organizations escaped from a high-security prison in Israel.
A massive search operation was launched by Israeli forces including police, army, special forces and sniffer dogs.
The former head of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades Zakaria Zubeidi was also among the prisoners who broke out, the Israel Prison Service confirmed in a statement. They sneaked through a narrow tunnel dug under a sink.
The Israeli army said that troops were deployed for arrest of the suspects in the West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett termed it a serious incident and said he was constantly receiving the updates regarding the incident.