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Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By

How One Woman Confronted the Greatest Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time

Foreword by F. Murray Abraham

The inspiring story of how one woman forged a series of unprecedented partnerships across national, tribal, and religious boundaries to impact an overwhelming crisis against near impossible odds.

Set against the backdrop of the Syrian civil war and the massive humanitarian crisis it produced, Georgette Bennett tells the largely untold story of how sworn enemies—Syrians and Israelis, Jews and Muslims—came to trust each other with their lives in order to alleviate terrible suffering. The dramatic tale of their unlikely collaboration illustrates what a few determined individuals can do in the face of inertia, inefficiency, and widespread indifference. It also shows how the novel concept of humanitarian diplomacy offers a beacon of hope for all the hate-based clashes occurring around the world today.

Founder of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, Dr. Georgette Bennett, a sociologist, has spent nearly thirty years advancing interreligious relations. She works with top interfaith leaders to delegitimize the misuse of religion to justify violence and served in the U.S. State Department Religion and Foreign Policy’s working group on conflict mitigation for countering religion-based violence. She was a network correspondent for NBC News and host of Walter Cronkite’s PBS current affairs series, Why in the World?, among other outlets. She has been awarded the prestigious AARP Purpose Prize. Earlier, she received awards for her work as a criminologist. She is married, with one son and three stepchildren.