A Multifaith Alliance/JTS event -- The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Realities and Responses

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Realities and Responses The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Henry N. and Selma S. Rapaport Memorial Lecture Speakers: Dr. Georgette F. Bennett, Founder and President, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding; Founder, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees Shadi Martini, Senior Syria Advisor, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees Mark Hetfield, President and CEO, HIAS Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m., at JTS in New York To attend, order tickets at www.jtsa.edu/refugees. Or watch the livestream at no charge at www.jtsa.edu/live (registration not required). What are the realities on the ground in Syria and other affected countries? What are our responsi

Multifaith Alliance Urges Resettlement Reform After Senate Blocks “nasty” Anti-Syrian Refugee Bill

A proposed bill that would have crippled the U.S. resettlement program for Syrian refugees did not muster enough support in the U.S. Senate to move to consideration. The Multifaith Alliance urges political leadership and public action to protect persecuted Syrian refugees seeking safety and freedom in the United States. “We laud the Senate for refusing to take up this xenophobic measure,” said MFA founder Dr. Georgette Bennett, referring to H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. “We must work to ensure effective and efficient responses to the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. We need responses that preserve our national security and assist those mos

Starvation: Another Deadly Weapon of War – Another War Crime

In less than 30 days, the 40,000 people in Madaya, Syria will be facing freezing temperatures with no food. Innocent victims in this border town near Damascus have been under siege since July from another brutal measure of this protracted war – starvation. They and the other nearly 8 million Syrians who have fled their homes and are trapped inside Syria must be helped now. The UN World Food Programme, the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent mounted a convoy that finally was able to enter the city of Madaya last week. They brought enough food for its 40,000 people for one month, but too soon, as the worst of winter descends, nothing will be left. Unless there is a sustained effort to

Video from IsraAid

Every day, thousands of refugees from Syria arrive by boat on the shores of the Greek island of Lesvos, hoping to find a new start in Europe. Waiting for them on the shore is a rescue team of doctors and nurses, both Arab and Jewish, from the Israeli humanitarian organization IsraAid. https://vimeo.com/151279276

Starving Syrians in Madaya Are Denied Aid Amid Political Jockeying

"About 400,000 Syrians are trapped behind front lines, denied access to food and medicine. That United Nations count has risen from 240,000 since 2014, when the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a binding resolution ordering the warring parties to allow aid delivery." Read more here.

Syrian refugee to be Obama’s guest at State of Union

Cancer-stricken scientist Refaii Hamo invited by first lady to attend final annual address by president In this Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, file photo, Syrian refugee Refaai Hamo addresses the media during a news conference, in Romulus, Mich. Hamo, a Syrian refugee who arrived in the United States this past December, has been invited to sit in first lady Michelle Obama’s visitor box to watch the State of the Union address Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — A Syrian scientist stricken with cancer and seeking a new start for his family in Michigan will represent Syrian refugees as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama for the president’s final State of the Uni

Joint Statement on hard-to-reach and besieged communities in Syria

Statement is attributable to Yacoub El Hillo, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria and Kevin Kennedy, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis. Damascus, 7 January 2016, The UN calls for unimpeded humanitarian access to reach those in need in hard-to-reach and besieged areas in Syria. We are particularly concerned about the plight of nearly 400,000 people besieged by parties to the conflict in locations such as Deir EzZor city, Daraya, Foah and Kafraya, as well as besieged areas of East Ghouta. In the last year, only 10 per cent of all requests for UN inter-agency convoys to hard-to-reach and besieged areas were approved and delivered. Almost 42,000 people remainin

Syrian refugees volunteer at churches in metro Detroit

"We want to show how love can be greater than fear," said Jim Pool, lead pastor of Renaissance Vineyard Church, where the refugees volunteered on Tuesday. "Hospitality is very important to us. ... refugees fit in that sense of wanting to be a welcoming community of people, to express love and welcome to those who are new and are trying to find a home. We want to work arm in arm with them, cooperating ... to be loving neighbors." Read more here.

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