“The new leader of the Syrian anti-Assad coalition has a big job ahead of him. But his moderation lends him credibility”. This is how the Guardian and many Western News outlets introduced Moaz Al-Khatib, the new leader of an anti-Assad Coalition, which has won Western and Arab praise and recognition. But is the man really a moderate? His website says otherwise.
- American-Israeli Intelligence behind Facebook. The social networking website, which played an integral logistic role in the Arab revolutions, including Syria, is the work of American and/or Israeli intelligence, according to Moaz Al-Khatib. In this article, he claims that Facebook users mistakenly turn into Israeli or American spies when sharing information on the social networking website.
- “Jews are worshipers of Gold”. This is a quotation from an article he posted on his website. In another piece, he also claims that one of Saddam Hussein’s achievements is “daunting the Jews”. His antisemitic language goes further in many articles on his website, like this Obituary in which Jews are named “Enemies of God”.
- The new Syrian opposition leader uses alQaeda’s jargon when talking of Islamic minorities. He calls Shiites “rejectionists” (Rawafed) in one of his articles.
All of the above facts about Moaz deny the “moderate” tag on his name. The question remains for the Western Press, and above all, to the Syrian Opposition, do you google-check individuals before choosing them as leaders, labeling them as “moderates”?