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Treasures of ancient civilization in North Iraq are threatened – Modification of historical landscape must stop

Jul-10-2012 at 06:24 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Bet-Nahren, Assyria: Khenis archaeological site: An image of the Assyrian Lamassu, a winged bull lies dynamited and left in a state of deterioration from years of neglect on the riverbank. The winged Lamassu bull, bullet holes from Kurdish militia target practice can be seen.
Treasures of ancient civilization in North Iraq are threatened – Modification of historical landscape must stop
by Assyria Council of Europe. June 07, 2012.

The site was built around 700 BC by the Assyrian King Sanharib. Wall reliefs with carvings and cuneiform inscriptions are decorating the cliff side. The carvings show images of King Sanharib, the winged bulls Lamassu and other figures that tell the story of the canal system. The reliefs and the gorge water diversion projects were part of the massive system of water works needed to feed the Khosr River running through Nineveh.There are many examples for changing the cultural nature of North Iraq into a Kurdish dominated one: The ruined site at Khenis (also known as the Gomel Gorge) is one example. It clearly demonstrates the neglect of the Assyrian and Iraqi cultural heritage by the Kurdish Regional Government.

The photographs below illustrate the destruction and neglect of the Khenis site. A few years ago the ancient cliff side was detonated reportedly on behalf of the KRG. As if this was not bad enough, observers told that Kurdish militia regularly practise their shooting exercises on ancient sites like these.

Figures of the ancient wall relief are now lying in the river bank; bullet holes have desecrated the figures and the remains of the cuneiform inscriptions.

A ‘Kurdification’ of North Iraq aimed at changing the cultural and historical landscape has been running for many years now. This is also evident in the attempt to change the historical name of Arbil (Akkadian: ‘four Gods’) into the Kurdish ‘Hewlar’. Even among Kurdish inhabitants ancient cultural sites don’t seem to be accepted as seen in the rejection of the Lamassu figures in Khenis by local inhabitants.

It is in the interest of all Iraqi citizens to preserve these testimonials of civilization in Iraq. The Kurdification of North Iraq must stop. Therefore the Assyria Council of Europe calls upon

the KRG and Kurdish authorities

  • to stop destroying the cultural heritage in North Iraq,
  • to organize and fund the restoration of the Khenis site;

the Iraqi Government, the EU, the UNESCO and the international community

  • to strictly condemn these acts of vandalism,
  • to call for the restoration of the ancient site.

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Jul-10-2012 at 06:25 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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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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