Syrian-Israeli Humanitarian Partnership is a Great Glimmer of Hope

Food supplies in the Golan Heights to be delivered to Syrians in need. Menahem Kahana/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images In an article in the New York Times, Dr. Georgette Bennett, founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, described the newly-disclosed cooperation between Syrians and Israelis to provide direct humanitarian aid to Syrians as “a great glimmer of hope coming out of this tragedy.” Two years of meetings, cultivated by MFA, have contributed to a new channel of relief and a path to future stability in the region. Shadi Martini, MFA's Director of Humanitarian Aid and Regional Relations, explained how many Syrians, brought up to fear Israelis, now have a newfound persp

Press Release: MFA Discloses Role in Groundbreaking Syrian/Israeli Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ​ MULTIFAITH ALLIANCE FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES DISCLOSES ROLE IN GROUNDBREAKING SYRIAN/ISRAELI PARTNERSHIP Syrian NGOs Delivering Food, Medical and soon other Humanitarian Aid to Southern Syria Via Israeli Ports Israeli Good Neighborhood Policy New York, NY, July 20, 2017…Yesterday in Israel the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) held a press conference to discuss the scope of Israeli aid to Syrians. In cooperation with the IDF, New York based Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) played a major role in forging a historic partnership between the Israelis and Syrians. For the first time, Syrian NGOs are shipping humanitarian aid from the U.S. to Israeli ports, where the IDF

Update: Hawaii District Court Expands Travel Ban Exemptions

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Update: Litigation Regarding Executive Order

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MFA Webinar | It Takes a Community #RefugeesWelcome

In MFA's latest webinar, Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, Founder & Executive Director of the Syrian Community Network, discusses how various communities have come together to support and welcome Syrian refugees in the Chicagoland area and to inspire people to help in their local communities. Learn how your own community can get involved to help refugees as they transition to their new lives in the United States.

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