VIA| Earlier this week Col. West reported onthe death of violent terrorist Samir Kuntar, who was apparently killed by an Israeli airstrike in Syria. Kuntar had been held in prison in Israel for 30 years. And now he’s dead.

But that’s not what has caused a stir in the Arab world.

A Facebook post by Faisal al-Qassem, an al-Jazeera journalist has gone viral, showing a side-by-side comparison of a wretched, emaciated Syrian prisoner compared to a rather tubby Kuntar being released from prison. The photo has generated rare praise from the Arab world for Israel.


“Samir Kuntar left an Israeli prison with a beer belly and a doctorate. At the other extreme, this is how Syrians leave Assad’s prisons,” read the text accompanying the photo.

The Times of Israel reports, The photo of Kuntar is from his 2008 release from an Israeli prison after 29 years behind bars over the brutal slaying of four Israelis in a 1979 terror raid on the northern Israeli town of Nahariya, an attack in which he smashed the head of a four-year-old with his rifle butt, killing her.

While in prison, Kuntar participated in a program through which Palestinian prisoners were allowed to take online courses from the Open University of Israel, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social and Political Science. Some Hebrew media sources claim he also obtained a masters and PhD as well.

While some reacted with anger to the post, criticizing al-Qassem for the seemingly pro-Israel message, many responded with praise of Israeli prison conditions highlighting the stark difference to many other countries in the Middle East.

“We are taught that Israeli prisons are the worst in the world but in fact we know that the Israelis are more merciful than all of the Arabs,” wrote one Facebook user in Arabic. “Some say that the Zionists are our biggest enemy, dogs and murderers. But Muslims kill more Muslims that the Zionists,” read another.”

How very true. There is clearly a long road ahead to change Arab views of Israel. Heck, it needs to start at the United Nations, which views Israel as a terrible violator of health and human rights. Really? What does THIS picture tell you?

It’s certainly worth a thousand words.