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They're Victims, Not Terrorists

Appeared on Huffington Post The author and mother in 1948 Paris, 1948: A couple and their toddler arrive in Paris from Budapest. The toddler is me. My parents have survived the horrors of the Holocaust - the camps; the pitiless deaths of their parents, spouses, children, siblings; the loss of their property and livelihoods. The Communist Iron Curtain drops and my mother has again been imprisoned. After she is released, my family takes one suitcase and flees to France. Paris becomes our place for healing. My parents and I wait in France - for years - for the precious papers that allow us to emigrate to the U.S. The passenger manifest on the ship that brings us across the Atlantic lists our na

Press Release: Multifaith Alliance Denounces House vote on Syrian Refugees

CONTACT: Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg mobile 917-447-2007 NEW YORK, November 19, 2015 – Today’s passage by the House of Representatives of the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 – the so-called “SAFE” bill – is a step backwards for our nation. “Rather than enhancing the safety of our citizens, this bill chooses bigotry over compassion, hysteria over sound policy,” noted the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, a project of Tanenbaum. By ratcheting up screening procedures for Syrian and Iraqi refugees, the bill could effectively prevent their resettl

Statement Submitted to U.S. House Hearing on Syrian Refugees in the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigr

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Hearing: The Syrian Refugee Crisis and its Impact on the Security of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Statement by Dr. Georgette F. Bennett Founder The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees November 19, 2015 Chairman Gowdy, Ranking Member Lofgren, and Members of the Subcommittee: Thank you for the opportunity to submit this Statement, condemning in the strongest terms any overt anti-Muslim rhetoric or legislative or administrative actions that would result in negative consequences to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris. The Multifait

As Republicans Reject Syrian Refugees, US Jewish Community Responds With Solidarity, Support

International Business Times Yazidi refugees celebrate news of the liberation of their homeland of Sinjar from Islamic State group extremists while at a refugee camp Nov. 13, 2015 in Derek, Rojava, Syria. John Moore/Getty Images Amid the chaos of liberating concentration camps and recovering political regimes that marked the end of World War II, Georgette Bennett was born in Hungary to Jewish parents who miraculously survived the Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews. Bennett and her family escaped from Hungary to France in 1948, hoping to obtain visas that would allow them to emigrate to the United States. But the U.S. washesitant to accept Jewish refugees due to concerns of overcrowding and

PRESS RELEASE: Multifaith Alliance Reaffirms Support for Security and Resettlement of Syrian Refugee

CONTACT: Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg mobile 917-447-2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2015 - In the aftermath of the tragic Paris attacks – and those in Beirut and Baghdad – and increasing political calls to restrict Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., the Multifaith Alliance has issued the following statement: We are distressed to hear American politicians using the Paris attacks as a rationale for keeping Syrian refugees out of our great country. We must ask: Why would we blame the victims of terror for the evil acts of the terrorists? This runs counter to who we are as a nation, abandoning the great historic principles of the U

Lecture investigates Syrian civil war, refugee crisis

Article in the Observer, a newspaper serving Notre Dame and St. Mary's A refugee of the Syrian civil war, using the pseudonym Amin Ahmed, and president of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding Dr. Georgette Bennett, both representing the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, spoke on the Syrian refugee crisis Thursday morning in Debartolo Hall. Since protests began in March 2011, the Syrian civil war has taken its toll on the nation’s people, Bennett said. According to Bennett — who called the crisis in Syria “the worst humanitarian crisis in since World War II” — between 300,000 and 500,000 people have been killed, 12 million have been internally displaced or are in need

South Bend area interfaith communities respond to Syria

From the South Bend Tribune Georgette Bennett, founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, speaks with Ahmed Amin, whose real name and identity is shielded for his family's safety in Syria. SBT Photo/JOSEPH DITS SOUTH BEND — Bloodshed mounted as Syria's government cracked down on protests. Amin Ahmed, the general manager of a hospital, and some well-off comrades pooled together their finances and secretly provided medical care to the ill and wounded in their native Syria. Then, a year and a half later, the government detected them, which put Ahmed's life at risk. He grabbed a small bag of possessions and fled in 2012, joining what has become a flood of more than 4 million refugee

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