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Demanding the Recognition of Assyrian’s Genocide

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Demanding the Recognition of Assyrian’s Genocide

Aug-04-2010 at 11:24 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Last edited on 08/04/2010 at 08:46 PM (UTC3 Assyria)
 
Photo: Ashur Mansour

Demanding the Recognition of Assyrian’s Genocide in Hollywood
by: David William Lazar

Assyrian Aid Society, Los Angeles chapter officers and supporters welcomed their guest and main speaker for the organization’s 4th annual Gala event with enthusiasm and open arms. Mr. Atman delivered a moving and fact filled speech about the Assyrian Genocide of WW1 and the years immediately following that committed by the government of “young Turks”

In his speech on July 24th, Mr. Atman dwelled on the policies of hate and murder of the Turkish government at the time and how they were an integral part of the overall strategy to create the “modern Turkish state” where Turkish citizens spoke one language, Turkish and followed one religion, Islam. Mr. Atman also mentioned the recent successful efforts of Seyfo center in getting the parliament of Sweden to recognize the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian massacres of 1915 as Genocide against the Christian of the Ottoman Empire.

The Director of Seyfo center reminded the audience that it’s their national responsibility to work diligently and strive as long as it takes for the governments of the world and Turkey to recognize the genocide against Assyrians and others. He also called upon the Armenian humanitarian and political organizations and Armenian historians to include the Assyrians and Greeks when they refer to the genocide of WW1 since these horrible acts were not directed exclusively against Armenians but rather it was jihad (Holy war) declared by religious and temporal Turkish leaders against all Christians living in what later became the Turkish Republic.

When Mr. Atman’s finished delivering his speech, Assyrian Aid Society presented him with a painting by the Assyrian Artist, Paul Batou as well as a “limited edition” replica of the original Assyrian flag raised by general Agha Petros during WW1.

On July 25th, Mr. Atman and a group of Assyrians of Los Angeles, gathered at the Assyrian American Association of Southern California and from there moved to an area near the iconic “Hollywood” sign and raised the Assyrian flag as well as banners and slogans reminding the world of the “forgotten genocide” and demanding that the government of Turkey recognizes the genocide. They were also there for solidarity of St. Mar Gabriel Monastery in Turkey and demanded hands off this historical monastery. Mr. Atman gave a brief speech and released red and black balloons symbolizing the blood of the victims and the mourning of a nation for its sons and daughters.

Mr. Atman’s efforts have given a voice to the fallen and forgotten and has brought attention to a genocide the world chose to ignore and we’re confident that in the near future and because of his tireless efforts and those of the many volunteers of the Seyfo center, the rest of the world, Turkey included, will follow Sweden’s lead and recognize the Assyrian Genocide.

See the video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTu0-rpF3T4
http://www.assyrianaid.org

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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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