Testimonies of the scholars of the Syrian Church of
Antioch on the synonymy: Aramean/Syrian
Aramean Physical Genocide
Aramean Genocide and merciful Hammo Sharro of Shingal/ Sinjar, Mohammad
Sheikh of tribe Tayy and Sheikh Fathallah of Aynkaf
After the Turks come Kurds.... Arameans, Gog and
Chemical attack on Ghouta, Damascus in 2013, Arameans, Kurds and Turks....
Turkey, Syria and Iraq: Arameans, the downfall of an indigenous nation, part
Hundred Year Ottoman Genocide: Aram-Naharaim Organization and Aramean
Democratic Organization send a letter to the EPP Group of the European
Hundred year Aramean
Genocide: Old and New genocide.
ISIS/ISIL terrorists attack
Arameo- Assyrian and Arameo- Chaldean villages in Khabour in Syria
Ottoman genocide: 99 years ago, will it be recognized before its 100th
The two Aramean
bishops: used as blackmail and bargaining instrument by odious powers…
kidnapping of the two Aramean bishops, the contradictory reports in some
media, the possible responsible ones …. and the possible dénouement…
conference in Pakistan in 1980, Aramean monastery St. Gabriel, ethnic
cleansing of Arameans and the apostate Arameans who call themselves
Centuries Old Aramean church of St. Jacob of
Nisibin in Tur Abdin in Turkey is plastered with racist, anti-Aramean and
minister of Turkey: A Muslim can never commit genocide
Turkey, Kurds, the Aramean monastery St.
Gabriel and worldwide Aramean protest.
An important Kurdish
Leader in Turkey apologizes for the contribution of the Kurds to the Aramean
Genocide of 1915- Appeal to Ahmet Turk
Aramean – Armenian Massacres of the Ottoman Times: a Kurdish Responsibility
Aramean people (not to be confused with ‘Armenians’) speak Aramaic, the
language spoken by Abraham, Moses and Jesus. They are the indigenous people
of what was called
in ancient times Aram- Nahrin, in our days it is called ‘Mesopotamia’.
Some Arameans today
identify themselves with “Assyrians”,
because of the spiritual colonial hate generating activities of the Western
missionaries and diplomats in the Middle-East in 16th and 19th
centuries. Other Arameans became known as “Chaldeans”. However all of them
In Turkey, the Arameans are called:
Süryani. In Arabic they are called Al-
(Sometimes it is falsely
called,, Assyrian Genocide" (here)
In their original homelands,
the cradle of the forefathers, the peaceful minded Arameans were
trampled, ignored, despised, persecuted and murdered for centuries by
various fanatical rulers and nations of the middle-east.
ethnic cleansing, deportations, slaughtering, pogroms and killings in a
way that even the “wild animals” would be ashamed. The climax of terror
and ethnic cleansing against the Arameans of Mesopotamie was reached in 1915-18, when – although exact numbers are
unknown-, approximately 600.000 of them were brutally slaughtered, whose
innocent blood is still crying for justice!
According to Fr. Dale Johnson, a American who became a
Syrian Orthodox priest, the Arameans of Aram-Naharaim have since their
conversion to Christendom get faced with 38 distinct massacres. We shall
in the framework of this subject discuss the genocide of 1895 and
1915-1918 by means of few quotes.
American Ambassador Henry
Armenian - Greek Genocide
Henry Morgenthau was United States ambassador
to Ottoman Turkey between 1913 and 1916. In his book 'Henry
Morgenthau's story' (here
we read about the Genocide of the
Christians of the Ottoman Empire, including Arameans who are
mentioned by the synonym Syrians.
"And now the Young Turks, who
had adopted so many of Abdul Hamid's ideas, also made his Armenian
policy their own. Their passion for Turkifying the nation seemed to
demand logically the extermination of all
Christians---Greeks, Syrians (= Arameans), and Armenians. .......
They would destroy all Greeks,
Syrians (= Arameasn), Armenians, and other Christians,
move Moslem families into their homes and into their farms, and so make
sure that these territories would not similarly be taken away from
He had been a thorn in the side
of Talaat and Enver for some time, and they were perfectly content that
he should exercise his imperious and stubborn
nature against the Syrians (= Arameans), Armenians, and other non-Moslem
elements in the Mediterranean provinces.
The Armenians are not the only
subject people in Turkey which have suffered from this policy of making
Turkey exclusively the country of the Turks. The story which I have told
about the Armenians I could also tell with
certain modifications about the Greeks and the Syrians (=Arameans).
...... it was probably for the reason that the civilized
world did not protest against these deportations that the Turks
afterward decided to apply the same methods
on a larger scale not only to the Greeks but to the Armenians, Syrians
(= Arameans), Nestorians (= Arameans), and others of its subject
Morgenthau mentions three
nations who were exterminated by the Turks, namely: Armenians, Greeks,
Syrians and Nestorians.
“Syrians” is synonym for
Arameans. The Arameans of the Old Testament are called Syrians in the
New Testament. More about: Syrians/Arameans:
“Nestorians” is unfortunately
heretic name applied to the East- Syrians or East- Arameans.
East- West- Arameans has to do
with the geography at the beginning of the Christianity. Roughly
speaking, river the Euphrates was de border. The Arameans living Eastern
of Euphrates, the Persian Empire, were called “East- Arameans” or “East-
Syrians”; thus Nestorians who later became known as “Chaldeans” (1552)
and again later as “Assyrians” (19th century).
The Arameans living Western of
Euphrates, the Roman Empire, were called “West- Arameans” or “West-
Syrians” or in short just “Syrians”. And sometimes both the East- as
well and the West- Arameans are called “Syrians”; if not specifically
Eyewitness report and scientific analyses
genocide is partly recorded by eyewitnesses Mr. Abdel Messih Numan
Karabasi in a book, who was during the genocide of 1915 a student Syriac (Aramaic) in our
monastery Zahfaran in the city of Mardin in south-east of Turkey.
book recently has been translated into German and
Dutch. In his report, he describes the killings and ethnic cleansing
of the villages in the neighbourhood of the city of Mardin carried out
by the Turkish army in cooperation with the Kurds during the mass
killings of 1915-1918.
The second book concerning the Aramean genocide is
a scientific analyses from the hand of Sebastien de Courtios treating
the Aramean Genocid of 1895-1915-1918, entitled,, The
Forgotten Genocide: Eastern Christians, The Last Aramaeans"
The third book concerning the Aramean genocide is
from the hand of archpriest Sleman Henno published in 1977. The book is
based on the story of survivors of the genocide of 1915-1918. Recently
the book has been translated into German and Dutch. The English
translation is still in process.
Below all three books
Abdel Messih Naaman Karabasi
By: Abdel Messih Naaman Karabasi
The book is available in Aramaic,
Turkish, German and Dutch at the St. Aphrem the Syrian Monastery in the
The Forgotten Genocide: Eastern Christians, The Last Aramaeans, By
Sebastien de Courtois
Archpriest Sleyman Henno
"The persecution and
extermination of the Syro- Arameans in Tur Abdin in 1915"
is from the hand of archpriest Sleman Henno.
The book is available in Aramaic, German, Dutch and
the English translation is in process.
To give you a impression
about these cruelties, carried out by Turks and Kurds against the
defenseless and innocent Aramean people, here below a few quotes will be
presented to you.
Aramean Genocide of 1895-1896-----
Sebastien de Courtois
Abdel Messih Naaman Karabasi
1. Page. 105 of the
(=Muslims) had divided themselves into groups and proceeded
systematically house by house, taking good care not to touch the
Muslims’ homes. They kicked in the doors, looted everything, and if the
people were home, they slit their throats.
They killed everyone they could find, men, women, and children;
the girls were kidnapped. Almost
all city’s Muslims, soldiers, zaptiyes and the Kurds, took part in
the horrible butchery
(Page 105, Report #18, December 18, 1895)
Page. 109 of the book
unbelievable cruelty were committed. “A father had his
five children’s throats slit in his lap,
and then he met same fate “ (Page 109,
#18, December 18, 1895)
3. Page. 113 of the
village of Qarabash, to the east of Diyarbekir, was inhabited
entirely by Syrians (= Arameans) and was destroyed.
A Syrian Orthodox priest watched his
daughters raped before his eyes, and then their throats were slit.
Left alive, he went insane (page 113).
4. Page. 113 of the
villages of Kabia, Jarukia, Kan Akbwar, Arz ogli, Kazam, Olan, Kadia,
Satia, Safia and Masbrakia all met the same fate…..
the Kurds and the Turks
slit the inhabitants throats and erased them from the map
1. Page. 39/40
of the book
Disaster and persecutions where
the Christians of Amid and the surrounding villages in 1985 were exposed
Between the books of priest Paulus- the son of priest Abdul Ahad
of the family Qascho Lahdo-, the priest of the village of Qarabasch, I
found a flyer, on which the persecutions of 1895 were described by the
pen of priest Abdul Ahad, one of those who were persecuted during
the horrible ordeals where the Christians of the
city Amid, Edessa, krotfrot, Sibabrak, Militini, Sasun and other
villages in their surroundings were exposed to.
... ... At the beginning of November 1895 the
bloodthirsty and full of hatred envy Muslim leaders in Amid, started a
persecution against the Christians,
which was led by Gamil Pascha,
Bahram Pascha and other tyrants.
They called for the Kurds, to be ready to
attack the Christians and kill them; they were promised,
that they would get weapons when they would arrive in Amid........
The village Qarabasch
(Page. 42/43 of the
...... On the first Friday in
November, the Kurds entered the village and killed and robed the
inhabitants for two days long. The greater part of them escaped to the Pigeontower eastern of the city. The Kurds
attacked the fortress and destroyed it above on the Syrians who
underneath were buried. Those who tried to escape were
killed by the Kurds in front of the gate of the fortress: not a single
person could escape.... the daughter of priest Hanna, who was married
and was carrying her Child Zacharias on her flee
when a Kurd stabbed her with his sword in her back in such a way that
the sword through her belly hit the child: both of them died......
Alibar (Page. 43/44
of the book)
The leaders of the Muslims
told them nasty: 'Come, we will bring you to Amid and save you from
events which are to us as neighbors outrageous.' And when the Muslims
had gathered them and were brought outside the city,
they killed all of them; subsequently they went
back to the village and possessed their properties.
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Genocide of 1895-1896 from the book of Abdel Messih Numan Karabasi
and Sebastien de Courtios
Genocide of 1915-1918 committed by the Turks and Kurds-----
Sebastien de Courtois
Abdel Messih Numan Karabasi
1. Page. 162/163 of the book
From March to
November 1915, an immense red line the
colour of blood streaked the sky of Turkey.
Monstrous deeds were occurring, nameless,
indefinable, as the young Ottoman land decimated,
or rather annihilated its own sons with its own
hands-most of them serving in its army-evicted them from
their homes, raped their daughters,
kidnapped their wives, scattered their families, torched
their villages, deporting the survivors,
burning the dead.
God permit the present work to reach its goal, which is to report and to
glorify! My ambition (is it too pretentious?) would be for it to become
an account and an epic. As an account, it will speak of
the abominable events that took place in a corner
of Turkey; it will tell of the extremes to which a
country that has not shed its savage
instincts can go, and by what
barbarous finesse that same
country, in the twentieth century, has delighted in covering unspeakable
acts behind an respectable face, or rather behind a grimace of
The shame of
seeing the property of God and of
individuals stolen in the light of day and auctioned off.
The shame of seeing deep wells filled to the
top with corpses, such as the wells of Dara [Oguz], of
Dakikiye, etc. The shame of seeing wide Christian lands emptied of their
inhabitants. The shame of seeing whole
valleys covered with victims, their throats slit, their stomachs
disembowelled, such as the valley of the Lice district to
the northwest of Diyarbakir (Page 161/162, H. Simon).
Page. 167 of the book
accompanied by Memduh Bey, by his aide de-camp, and by a crowd of
Turkish army rabble. On the way, the
soldiers were ordered to kill 70 of them between Encrai and Set Anna
[ villages along the road to Diyarbakir]. The 400 that were left were
divided into two groups in front of the Zirzewan citadel, and some of
the Kurdish soldiers beat them to death. Finally, near Diyarbakir on the
black bridge, the survivors, including Mgr. Malovan,
were in turn executed by firing squad after their
cruel martyrdom (Page 167 RAHMANI report, op. cit..)
Page. 177 of the book
the population has been massacred or has died after their deportation,
which was executed with the greatest
cruelty, not to mention their devastated and looted
properties and belongings. It is to be noted that many have also
embraced Islam, by fear, to save their lives, or by constraint, others
are still held as slaves by their aggressors.’ (Page 177, G. Habra)
1. (C. The Ka‘biye Page.
1st of April 1915 the government ordered strictly that Christians had to
deliver all kind of weapons. Because of that, three captains of the army
left Amid on 10th of April and went to the city of Ka’biye.
They were captain Sidqi, the son of Biringi, Jahja, the son of Jassin
and Tharwat, the son of Othman. They got at their disposal
50 soldiers of the 50th army
Tyranny which lacks mercy. And I cannot speak about the
deprivations and the dishonouring of the
virgin and honourable women by the (Turkish) soldiers.
Deeds which thrashes the face of the Satan. ……………………
20th of April (1915), at 5 o’clock in the evening, Kurds of
different tribes attacked the village of Ka’biye. ………….They brought the
prisoners to the road in the direction of Igil, to the top of a hill,
from where one could see the Euphrates: there
they were undressed, killed and thrown down
into the Euphrates…………And
in the first night watch, they set the bodies of the poor martyrs
(killed Christians) on fire to warm
themselves up till the next morning………..Because in
the village there were only women and children left, the Kurds came back
and took every women they wished to take…. (page 89)……………………. the men
were set apart from the women, and before the eyes of everybody they
aimed the pistols on them and shot them dead, and the dead bodies of the
victims fell down like sheep on the ground. After this, the Kurdish
groups appeared like wild animals, armed with deadly
weapons such as axes, hooks, swords, daggers,
sticks and sickles. Oh, what bitter, sadness it is, which
cannot be solaced, to see how the
babies at the breast of their mothers were snatched
and their blood was mixed with milk,
how the mothers were raped before the
eyes of everybody, and that there was nobody who
could prevent or put a stop to that. (Page 90)…………..
The wildness of the criminals (Page 132))
One of the soldiers of the 50th
army told us: when a group of persecuted Christians were on the way to
be killed, a woman, the mother of a little boy of two years, said to a
soldier’ I know that I am going to be killed, here is my son, take him
with you and adopt him, here have a tree golddinar to take care fore
him’. The soldier took the golddinar and put it in his pocket;
after that he took the child away
and smashed it against a rock before him,
so that he died immediately before the eyes of the mother.
32 of the book
I have explained to you the reasons for the mass killings, and the way
they were carried out. Come with me to visit all the regions where the
mass killings took place, to see what these two peoples,
the Turks and Kurds – who are notorious because
of their horror, maliciousness and lack of compassion-,
the massacres they have caused and innocent blood they have shed. These
areas of Anatolia till the borders of Ottoman Empire, thus till to
Persia and Russia, were inhabited by many Christens.
We will encounter tragedies and bloodshed which
has no equal. From the Creation of the world until know;
no body have seen such a thing: Children,
women’s and elders were stabbed to death and infants were taken from the
womb of their mother and smashed against the walls. What
a horrible unbearable fate. Something like
this even was not managed by the godless
Djengis Khan neither by the Ta- Mongolian Hüläga and Timur Lenk.
Even in the times of heathenism is about such a thing never noticed.
Not a tong, not a pen can describe such a
thing. The tears wells out of our eyes and stream over the
cheeks. Complete cities were robbed of
Christians as if there never any Christian have had lived.
In many villages, there was even nothing left which could be remembered
to the Christians.
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Numan Karabasi, Sebastien de Courtios
and Sleman Henno
previous story shows the cruelty and
mercilessness committed against the defenseless Aramean people of
Mesopotamia which, according these eyewitnesses was carried out by the
Turkish Army in cooperation with the Kurds.
the dishonoring and humiliation which this
defenseless people had to suffer cannot be described by a pen.
repeatedly use the “excuse” that the Armenians rebelled against the
Ottoman Empire in order to destabilize the empire to create own Armenian
state. However this “excuse” is not true in case of the Aramean people. On
the contrary; the Aramean people have treated everybody, including the
Turks, with respect, love and dignity; a way of life which we
unfortunately have missed at the side of the Turks and others in this
this reason; we should never forget these martyrs; since the only reason
they were slaughtered was because they were not Muslims. The innocent blood of these
martyrs cries for justice and recognition of this horrible genocide.
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Aram-Nahrin Organisation sends a letter to the
Turkish minister of Interior Affairs on the plastering of the Aramean St.
Jacob Church of Nisibin
Aramean Organizations sent a letter to the
President and Prime Minister of Turkey on the Aramean Monastery St. Gabriel
and recognition of the Aramean indigenous people as a distinct ethnic
Arameans of Turkey, the Aramean monastery St. Gabriel
Arameans of Syria.
Arameans of Iraq.
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