More Syrian Horror: Aiming at Doctors and Hospitals

To the Editor: While we applaud your Feb. 21 front-page article about the complex and horrific war of images being fought in Syria on all sides (“Children, Caged for Effect, to Mimic Imagery of ISIS”), we are working with American humanitarian groups to raise awareness of another horror being committed in Syria by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad: the targeted killing of Syrian doctors and the targeted destruction of Syrian hospitals, preventing crucial medical aid to suffering Syrians. We believe that these are war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law, and call on world leaders and the United Nations to use whatever means necessary to bring the immediate cessati

Israeli doctors rebuild Syrian man’s face using 3D printer

He arrived barely alive, after a projectile destroyed the lower part of his face. Three months after surgery, Mohammed is preparing to return home to Syria. By Haaretz | Feb. 18, 2015 | 5:20 AM Doctors at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital have rebuilt the face of a young Syrian man using a ground-breaking technique in which new bones are created using a 3D laser printer, the BBC reports. Mohammed – his last name was withheld by the BBC to protect his identity – is a farmer from Deraa in south-western Syria. He was unconscious and barely alive when he arrived at Rambam in early November, after a projectile destroyed the lower part of his face. He was operated on by maxillofacial surgeon Dr Yoav Leiser,

A Conversation on the Syrian Refugee Crisis with Dr. Georgette F. Bennett and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sa

Noted scholar Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, and MFA Founder Dr. Georgette F. Bennett spoke to an overflowing audience at NYU Abu Dhabi House in New York on February 18. They discussed the Jewish imperative to help suffering human beings, and how that directive is now leading to new hope for understanding and peace between Syrians and Israelis.

Syrian refugees swell ranks of Lebanon street children

February 16, 2015 9:16 AM Beirut (AFP) - Syrian refugees make up the majority of children living and working on the streets of Lebanon, with many of them illiterate and surviving by begging, a study released Monday said. The survey of 18 areas in Lebanon identified more than 1,500 children living and working on the street, although its authors said the real number nationwide could be three times higher. The study comes as Syrian refugees in Lebanon struggle to make ends meet, nearly four years into the bloody conflict in their home country. Lebanon has also been stretched by the influx of Syrians, who are competing with its four million citizens for limited resources. Of the 1,510 children i

Unpaid, Unarmed Lifesavers in Syria

FEB. 14, 2015 Nicholas Kristof A boy was pulled from the rubble after a barrel bomb attack in Aleppo, Syria, last year. Credit Hosam Katan/Reuters WHO would have thought there could be an uplifting story from Syria? Yet side by side with the worst of humanity, you often see the best. In Syria, that’s a group of volunteers called the White Helmets. Its members rush to each bombing and claw survivors from the rubble. There are more than 2,200 volunteers in the White Helmets, mostly men but a growing number of women as well. The White Helmets are unpaid and unarmed, and they risk their lives to save others. More than 80 have been killed in the line of duty, the group says, largely because Syria

The situation in Syria is only going to get worse ... and here's why

There’s no political solution to the conflict in sight, but that’s just one of the many reasons that this crisis will not end By Melissa Fleming Monday 16 February 2015 07.35 EST Young boy in Homs, UNHCR/ Bassam Diab, December 2014. “We encountered this boy as we walked through the rubble of The old city. He pointed to the missile that he said killed his father.” Photograph: Melissa Fleming I vividly recall my conversations with refugees when the Syria conflict was just one year old. There were still fewer than a million people who had fled for safety to neighboring countries, I made my first visit to Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, where thousands were still trying to maintain a semblance of normal

Multi-faith aid to refugees may yield new narrative for Israeli-Syrian relations

Multi-faith aid to refugees may yield new narrative for Israeli-Syrian relations Posted on February 12, 2015 by Jacob Kamaras / and filed under Features, Israel, World. By Jacob Kamaras/ When members of the pro-Israel community think of populations in need of relief, Syrian refugees are probably not one of the first groups coming to mind. After all, the proverbial elephant in the room is that the Syrian civil war is a conflict between two enemies of Israel: Iran-supported President Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah on one side, and jihadists linked with the al-Qaeda and Islamic State terror groups among the Assad regime’s opponents. But as the fourth anniversary of the Syrian civi

Lecture at London School of Economics

MFA Founder Dr. Georgette F. Bennett gave a lecture entitled, "Leadership for the Post-Secular Age" at the Faith Centre of the London School of Economics.

Europe must give Syrian refugees a home

António Guterres, UN high commissioner for refugees EU countries have to recognise this crisis will not go away and offer Syrian asylum seekers legal, humane routes into Europe Syrian refugees at a camp on the Syria-Turkey border. 'Europe is increasingly faced not with a choice over whether Syrian refugees will enter its borders, but under what circumstances.' Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters While the world’s eyes are now firmly fixed on Gaza, the Syrian maelstrom of death, destruction and displacement rages on, and shows no signs of abating. When histories are written about the humanitarian cost of Syria’s civil war, Europe’s response to the crisis of a generation might be summed up in a si

Syrian refugees: With four million people languishing in camps in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, the UN

In the 1970s, many of those who fled Vietnam were welcomed in the West. Not so the Syrians today... Charlotte McDonald-Gibson For a certain generation, images of desperate Syrian refugees crammed into overcrowded boats carrying their children in their arms may seem familiar. In the late 1970s, after the fall of Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), a similar exodus of Vietnamese fleeing the new Communist regime created the first wave of people who were willing to risk death at sea to find safety and sanctuary for their families. Many succumbed to piracy, drowning or dehydration, but those who made it alive filled refugee camps in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Like the ripple effect f

Beyond ISIS Turmoil, Jordan Is Flush With Problems

By Robin Wright A child holds a poster with a picture of First Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh and Arabic that reads “we are all Muath” during a vigil outside the Japanese embassy in Amman, Jordan, on Feb. 2. Associated Press Poor, oil-less, and often overlooked, Jordan is the little kingdom that could. It has been the focus of the world this week after Islamic State’s savage murder of pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh, who was burned alive as he stood trapped in a metal cage. But Jordan faces a growing array of existential challenges that it didn’t create and doesn’t have the resources to resolve—and that make it vulnerable. The issues start with simple geography. For decades, the Hashemite kingdom, a country

Prince Charles meets Syrian refugees in Jordan

ITV Report The Prince of Wales has heard the moving stories of Syrian refugees during a visit to a Jordanian camp where tens of thousands of displaced people live. Charles toured a supermarket in the Al Zaatari refugee camp, 30 minutes from the Syrian border, walked down its main street and even sampled fresh bread and tea from shops along his route. Prince Charles is greeted by a Jordanian Police woman. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire Charles chatted to the shoppers through an interpreter and around them were well stocked shelves and chilled cabinets selling everything from meat and milk to vegetables and frozen goods. Prince Charles tours a supermarket in Zaatari refugee Camp in Jordan. Cre

American Volunteers Refuse to Abandon Syria's Children

By Keir Simmons and Yuka Tachibana Lina Sergie Attar cries as she says goodbye to the Syrian refugee children of Al Salam school in Reyhanli, Turkey. A second-generation Syrian-American from Illinois, she has made deep connections in the short time she has been here. "I try and hide the tears from them but it is very difficult," she said. "We try to tell them 'Stay positive, being a Syrian refugee is not going to limit your possibilities in the world.' But in our hearts we know the truth, and we know the conflict we're in the middle of. "When you leave, you can't help but remember where you're leaving. And we're going back to our lives in America. It's hard to keep a smile when we're saying

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