Diya Al-Agha is a Palestinian prisoner nicknamed “The Prisoner Brigadier” Gaza Strip The eldest among them faced arrest at the age of 17 for joining the Palestinian national liberation movement (OpenHe killed an Israeli Foreign Intelligence Service officer with a farm shovel (MossadOver the years, he lost his father and sister and was unable to say goodbye to them.
Inmate Diya Al-Agha is believed to be one of 18 prisoners held in Israeli prisons for 30 years or more, and one of 25 previously arrested. Oslo Accords.
He was supposed to be released in late March 2014 within the framework of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations as part of the fourth batch following three batches of releases, but the occupying government evaded its commitments and failed to commit to implementing what was agreed. is its prisoner.
birth and growth
Diya Zakaria Shaker Al-Agha, known among his colleagues as the “Father of Prisoners”, was born on April 19, 1975, in the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. The city is 100 kilometers from Jerusalem. To the south is the city of Rafah and to the north is Deir al-Balah, considered one of the most densely populated Palestinian cities.
Dia grew up in a large, old family. He was preceded in death by his father, the late Hajj Zakaria Shaker Al-Agha and mother Hajja Najat Ismail He joined the struggle as a young man, no more than 13 years old. His movement emerged in high school after he joined a stormtrooper unit affiliated with the Fatah movement at the age of 16.
Scientific and academic training
Agha had not finished college when he was arrested, forcing him to complete his studies in the basement of an Israeli prison. He graduated from the Open University of Al-Quds, where he majored in history. While in captivity, he earned a high degree. School Diploma and repeat 3 times.
Operation “Gush Qatif”
At 17, Zia Al-Agha, the “Father of Prisoners,” carried out a raid on the Gush Katif settlement, which was established in the Gaza Strip before Israel withdrew from the Strip One of the settlements In 2005, an Israeli officer from the “Siret Matkal” unit, an elite unit of the occupation forces, was killed. His name was Mitsa Ben Haim. He was one of the planners and executioners of the assassination of three Israelis. . The most prominent Palestinian leader in Beirut in 1973.
The attack exhausted the occupying forces, who intensified their efforts to hunt Dia Agha until his arrest on 10 October 1992. Two years after his arrest, an Israeli military court issued a ruling calling for Dia Agha’s arrest. Imprison him for life.
Following this ruling, Dia remained in an occupation cell until he was recognized as one of the leaders of the captured national movement, respected and admired by all, regardless of their affiliation.
In 2022, the Agha family published a blog post through their Facebook account on the anniversary of their son’s arrest, proudly and bravely writing:
“On October 10, 1992, a 17-year-old boy surprised occupying army officers and their staff by performing an operation using a farm shovel in the settlement of Gush Katif. Today marks his induction 30th anniversary. Confined to an occupation cell for one consecutive year after sentence. Life sentence.”
It is worth noting that on April 10, 1973, two years before Zia Agha was born, Israel launched a military operation called “Operation Verdun, Operation Hebe or Operation Fountain of Youth”. It was a military operation carried out by Israeli special forces.Palestinian targets and figures in the heart of Beirut and through it were able to assassinate three of the most prominent leaders of the Fatah movement, namely Kamal Nasser, Kamal Adwan and Abu Youssef al-Najja Er, and the bombing of headquarters Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The glimmer of hope has been shattered
After I signed the Oslo Accords Palestine Liberation Organization In 1993, Israel provided for the release of Palestinians imprisoned in Israel in batches. Dia Aga was scheduled to be freed in 2014 and was part of the fourth batch of 26 prisoners.
As a result, Umdia and her family hurriedly decorated the house and the entire community and prepared a grand reception for their hero, but their joy was short-lived after the occupying authorities reneged on their promises and hindered the process of releasing the last shipment. It’s gone soon. this agreement.