The first time I met Zakaria Zubeidi, I was participating in my nephew’s class project by taking a laminated paper doll ("Flat Stanley") with me everywhere I went, photographing him with different people all over.
I told Zubeidi where "Flat Stanley" and I had traveled. He looked at the paper doll incredulously. "He's seen more of the world than I have," Zubeidi said with a grin, and more than a hint of wistfulness.
"Flat Stanley" and I visited Jenin just five months after Zubeidi had been granted amnesty by Israel, whose wanted list he had previously topped, and just over a year after he had co-founded The Freedom Theatre in Jenin's refugee camp. Zubeidi's tongue-in-cheek comment referred to his own lifetime of limited freedom of movement: There were the five years of his youth spent in Israeli prisons (first for throwing stones, then for throwing a Molotov cocktail), followed by the years he lived in hiding after becoming a fighter in the second intifada, and in 2007, according to his amnesty terms, he could not leave Jenin.
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