Refugee Crisis ‘Not A Tough Sell’ For Jews: Community seen at forefront of philanthropy on the Syria

In his native Aleppo, Shadi Martini, a Muslim Arab who worked as general manager of a hospital until the civil war made life too dangerous for him and his family to stay there, grew up hearing “all the bad things” about Jews and Israelis. “For us, Jews were evil.” He learned this in school, in newspapers, in children’s books. “They were something monstrous.”

Martini left his homeland in 2012, settling with his family near Detroit.

He has spent most of the last four years working for the rescue and resettlement of his fellow Syrian refugees.

And the strongest moral and financial supporters of his humanitarian cause, he said, are American Jews.

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