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Israel’s Coordinator of Gov’t Activities in West Bank, Gaza to Hold First-Ever Live Facebook Chat in Arabic to Answer Palestinians’ Questions

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Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. Photo: Wikipedia.

Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. Photo: Wikipedia.

The head of Israel’s office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) will hold his first-ever live online chat in Arabic on Tuesday, to personally answer Palestinians’ questions, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

IDF Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai will conduct the live Q+A on COGAT’s Arabic Facebook page – Al-Munassiq (the coordinator) — with residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip

The event, to take place on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Israel-time, was advertised via a video clip, in which Mordechai urged Palestinians to participate.

More than 76,000 Palestinians and Arabs from elsewhere in the Middle East follow the Arabic COGAT page, which was created eight months ago, with the aim of engaging in direct dialogue with the Palestinians and to convey reliable information about Israeli policy.

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As The Algemeiner reported in August, just as news broke of Hamas’s theft of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid sent to Gaza by the American NGO World Vision, Mordechai posted a video message on the Al-Munassiq page, in which he said:

I am addressing you today to talk about the terrorist organization, Hamas, which steals your money in order to promote terrorism…Millions of dollars — which were intended for initiating projects, providing financial assistance for residents, and even for food packages for the needy — were transferred by Hamas to its military wing to build [terror] bases, to pay bonuses and salaries and to dig the death tunnels that will bring about your destruction and Gaza’s – something that cannot be. Hamas is burying you and your hopes of living like everyone else…

The purpose of the live broadcast, according to Channel 2, is for COGAT to make it clear that it takes its mandate to deal with the needs and wants of the population in the Palestinian territories seriously, and to communicate with Arabs in the region as a whole. Mordechai invited followers to write in questions — either in the comments box or in private messages — and assured that he would respond to all on air.

Watch Mordechai’s appeal to Arabic-speakers to submit questions for his online chat below:

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