Arameans and Aramean Genocide:
Aramean Organizations met with the Parliamentarian Harry van Bommel of the (Dutch) Socialist Party on the situation in Turkey.
On Monday 26-1-2009, a delegation of Aramean Organizations met with the Dutch Parliamentarian Harry van Bommel of the Socialist Party (SP) on the situation of the Arameans in Turkey.
The Aramnahrin organization had prepared a dossier, consisted of two books and a report, entitled “Arameans & Aramean Genocide”. During the meeting the dossier was presented to Mr. van Bommel on behalf of the following organizations, namely:
· The Arameans of Aram-Nahrin Organisation,
· The Aramean Democratic Organisation, and
· Platform Aram.
The central point of the meeting, also the guideline in the report, was the Aramean genocide. The reasons for not recognizing the genocide, which had led to the Aramean Diaspora, was discussed in detail.
In addition to the Aramean physical genocide, also the Aramean spiritual genocide and responsibility of the West was discussed in length. It also was emphasized that the spiritual genocide had enforced the physical genocide. Amongst others, the current situation of the Arameans in Iraq was mentioned as example of the devastating effect of the spiritual genocide. Also was discussed in detail the horrible consequences of the spiritual genocide, the cause of sorrow and mutual division, which prevents the human rights improvement and development of the Arameans worldwide.
In addition to the Aramean physical and spiritual genocide, also the glorious and rich Aramean heritage was discussed which today is being trampled and persecuted by people who are relatively new comers in the lands of the Aramean forefathers. While the Arameans have left an undeniable mark on the cultural development and civilizations in this part of the world, today they completely are being ignored, persecuted, marginalized, ragged and ethnic cleansed by the invaders who now consider themselves as the legitimate owners of the indigenous Aramean land.
Tur Abdin: Saint Gabriel Monastery.
During the 1 hour and 15 minutes meeting also were discussed in length the present law-suits against the monastery by Turkey and the three surrounding Kurdish villages. The law-suits are the such-and-such incidents and harassments in line against the Arameans of Tur Abdin to make them aware that they should not make any illusion about who the real owners are of this part of the world.
Because of killings, discrimination and exclusion, the Arameans of Tur Abdin were forced to flee to the West. Thirty years ago there were 40-50.000 Arameans in Tur Abdin, while now there are but 2.000 of them left in Tur Abdin.