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Assad's Facebook page attacks Israeli who aids refugees

President's personal page posts photo of Moti Kahana who told Ynet of his Syrian relief plan; Kahana: Assad's hatred is encouraging

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 05.12.13, 08:27 / Israel News

WASHINGTON - Though Assad and his men are fighting a bloody civil war, it appears they still find the time to read Ynet reports and comment on them on President Bashar Assad's personal Facebook page.

 

Following a report on Friday on Moti Kahana, an Israeli businessman who aids Syrian refugees, Assad's page quickly posted the Israeli's photo from the story, showing him hoisting the Free Syria flag.

 

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The Arabic caption for the photo read: "Jewish-Israeli businessman Moti Kahana holding the rebel flag in a Washington conference with rebel representatives."

 


התמונה שפורסמה בעמוד הפייסבוק של אסד (צילום: יצחק בן-חורין)

The photo (Photo: Yitzhak Benhorin)

 

In the original Ynet report, Kahana said he had spent more than $100,000 of his private funds and raised an additional $500,000 from American synagogues to buy and transfer food and medicine for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and in Syria itself.

 

Kahana explained that he started by giving small loans with no interest to refugee Syrian women to help them get back on track, establishing an NGO for that purpose.

 

Commenting underneath Assad's Facebook post, Kahana offered the Syrian president to meet and discuss aid for Syrian women and children, offering to travel to Syria if Assad finds it difficult to travel.

 

Though the Syrian regime may have hoped to smear the opposition by linking it with Israel, the resulting social media debate was far from conclusive, and among the thousands of comments on Twitter, many approved of an Israeli aiding Syrian refugees.

 

Talking to Ynet, Kahana said he was pleased with Assad's regime's attention to his cause: "Look, they notice me. I've been honored on Assad's website," he said.

 

"Personally, I couldn't be more encouraged than by Assad and his supporters' hate."

 

Proving that there is "no such thing as bad publicity," Kahana said that "there are some who swore at me in the Arab world but also in Israel, and most of the comments are positive.

 

"I've also been turned to by Arabs who asked how they could help."

 

 

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