Israeli Arab Reportedly Arrested in Saudi Arabia After Praising Israel

“Israel is the greatest country in the world,” says Arab man in response to shoddy Saudi service

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Israeli Arabs, Apartheid
Israel's critics claim the country practices apartheid, but Israeli Arabs living here know they have the same rights as every Jewish citizen, including access to Israel's first-class healthcare. 
Israel's critics claim the country practices apartheid, but Arabs living here know they have the same rights as every Jewish citizen, including access to Israel's first-class healthcare.  Photo: Yossi Aloni/Flash90

Arabs have it bad in Israel. At least that’s what the likes of Amnesty International want you to think. The reality is that Arabs have it better in the Jewish state than they do in most Arab countries, and some aren’t afraid to say so.

An Israeli Arab man was reportedly arrested in Saudi Arabia late last month because he insisted on loudly proclaiming how wonderful the Jewish state is for the Arabs who live there.

The man’s family told the Ynet news portal that he was in Saudi Arabia to visit the Muslim holy city of Mecca when he suddenly required medical assistance. He requested to see a doctor, but was sent instead to a pharmacy.

After receiving inadequate service, the man began recording himself criticizing the Saudi medical establishment and praising Israel.

“I gave my name, my father’s name, everything. I said I wanted to see a doctor, they sent me to a pharmacy. I swear to God that our lives are a blessing in this country [Israel], in God’s name. Israel is the greatest country in the world,” the man is heard saying in Arabic.

The family said that the man, who is a Bedouin from the southern city of Rahat, suffers from diabetes. They have reportedly not been able to contact him since his arrest.

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