July 3, 2018
- Jordanian Journalist Compares Arab, Israeli Prisons
Jordanian journalist Yousef Alawnah, who spent 30 months in an Israeli prison for smuggling explosives, compared conditions in Israeli prisons to those in the Arab world in an interview on Saudi 24 TV on June 12. It was like being incarcerated in an “institute of education,” where inmates were given “an opportunity to acquire culture, to read and to study many things,” he said.
“They have all the important books, history books, books against Israel and against Zionism….The prisoners held in the dungeons of the Syrian regime…do you think that they have books?”
Alawnah also criticized the Arab world for the widespread violence in the region. “Consider what the Arabs have done to one another. If the Jews occupied Syria or Iraq, would they do all those things? Have the Jews killed as many Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Lebanese, and others as Iran’s militias killed in Mosul or in Aleppo? No.” (Times of Israel-MEMRI)