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Yousip Khoshaba

Sep-29-2001 at 01:08 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

This short response is to an article written in Syriac, which appeared on page 32 from Nineveh Magazine, third Qtr., Vol. 23, No. 3, originated by a so-called preparing committee in Diaspora.

The article included much untruthful and deceptive information. First, the article claimed that Yousip Khoshaba (died in 2000 in Baghdad) was elected by heads of church and tribes as archana d Atourayeh and then as the official head of the Assyrians after the death of his father Malik Khoshaba. The question is, who were these claimed heads of church and Maliks who elected Yousip as so? The truth is that it was the Iraqi government which was behind such appointments? Secondly, the article claimed that, in 1964, Assyrians elected Yousip as archana for them (their head or representative)! Again, who were these Assyrians who elected Yousip as such, since I was very involved in Assyrian church matters those days and personally imprisoned for that reason and do not remember Assyrians electing Yousip to such position? And thirdly, the article claimed that Yousip was elected around 1999 as president of a mysterious Assyrian supreme committee by the so-called Assyrian preparing committee in Diaspora to demand national rights for Assyrians in Iraq, since Yousip was a son of one of the good Assyrian heads (referring to Malik Khoshaba)! Who is this preparing committee and who gave it the authority to elect Assyrian representatives? And who is behind it? Is it not the Iraqi government?

Every single Assyrian who lived in Iraq, during the period 1960 to 2000, knows well the unpatriotic role and divisionism that Yousip Khoshaba played. He was a person who worked faithfully for the policies of the Iraqi government. He was behind the persecution of many Assyrians in Iraq during the height of the turbulence when the Church of the East adapted the Gregorian calendar. Yousip was a major player in the very sad events that led to the creation of yet another split in the Church of the East in 1968. Nobody can deny the role Yousips father, Malik Khoshaba played during World War One and beyond. But, and as they say, people change and so did Malik Khoshaba when he began to take part in the Assyrians communications with the Iraqi government regarding the Assyrians settlement in late 1920s. In 1932, all Assyrian Maliks, including Malik Khoshaba himself, many clergymen and notables met in Sar Amadiya and agreed to send His Holiness Mar Eshai Shimun to Geneva to represent the Assyrians in the League of Nations. It was Malik Khoshaba among very few others who supplied the Iraqi government, immediately after that meeting, with the letter, which was used by the Iraqi representative in the League to undermine the representation of the Mar Shimun. It was in that letter where Malik Khoshaba claimed that Assyrians were happy with the treatment of the Iraqi government and that the Mar Shimun was not their representative. That letter and the stand of Malik Khoshaba was one of the main reasons for the failure of the Assyrian mission in the League.

Yousip Khoshaba followed in his fathers footsteps. He was a pro-Iraqi government in every action he took in the last forty years in Iraq. It is unbelievable how today few are trying to glorify him.

By: Aprim Meneshe

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

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Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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