A disastrous decision of SUA- where are standards and values?
A disastrous decision of SUA- where are standards and values?
Mondays 10-10-2005, we get surprised by a message put on amongst others Suryoyo Online Forum informing us that a agreement has been achieved between SUA and ESU to work to gather on the basis of the name,, Syriac”. This is to our opening not only a evidence of ignorance, blindness and thoughtlessness from the side of SUA but is also a declaration of disdain to the Aramean people worldwide as well as to the great historians of the Syrian Church of Antioch who all testify of their Aramean origin. In addition, with this action SUA has stained itself and does certainly not beam in defending the values and standard as they propagate. The decision of SUA to work together with ESU, will definitely not result in defending the interests of the Aramean people; on the contrary; it shall result in confusion, chaos and finally in damaging the interests of out people. Here below, we shall explain this to you.
Syriac: a term which causes needless confusion
The English word,, Syriac” means strictly speaking nothing but the Aramean dialect ,,Syriac”; a designation for our language. Yet this term, with or without awareness of the consequences, is used by many organisations as designation for the Aramean (Syrian) people; which is simply wrong. For example,, Syriac Universal Alliance” means literal nothing but a ,,alliance” for the Syriac language and certainly cannot considered as alliance for the Syrian or the Aramean Nation. Also, the doubtful organistion,, Syriac European Union” is nothing but a organisation for ,, Syriac language within Europe”.
Nevertheless, the founders of ESU are not stupid. No; of course not; the founders of ESU have (well-)considered chosen for this term – by doing so, they have a goal in their mind to achieve. On the other hand; it is doubtful whether the founders of SUA knew what they were doing and which consequences would arise to choose,, Syriac” for the Aramean people.
Indeed, the designation ,,Syriac” might be the source of chaos and confusion. This was experienced by the chairman of Aram-Naharaim when he visited the UN meetings (in 2002; 2003) in Geneva on behalf of SUA. On many occasions the representative of SUA was asked by numerous delegates from all over the world to give explanation about,, the Syriac Univeral Alliance”. The discussion concentred on the use of the word ,,Syriac”. Those who were familiar with the Aramean (Syriac) language; asked questions like,, is the goal of this organisation to promote the Syriac language”?. Others asked questions like,, do you have any connections with the present-day Syria”. Again others asked questions like,, has this also to do with the Syrian orthodox Church? “ etc.. etc.. This problem was many time brought under the attention of the ,,High Council” of SUA; however as usual – the Lord may help us; they did nothing with the remarks. Every time I had to tell the delegates long stories in order to explain the meaning of SUA. However; in this way you cut in your own fingers; for the organisation which represents a people should be very clear.
If we compare this for example with the ,,Arameans of Aram-Naharaim”; the majority of the people understands immediately what is all about without any reservations. And that is the way it should be!
During the statements made by Aram-Naharaim in 2004, 2005 in Geneva; ,,Arameans of Aram-Naharaim” appeared with great letters on a screen of 3 by 3 meters. This (name of the organisation) provided the delegates clearness and it is not necessary to explain who you are; it is obvious; they understand immediately. Thanks to the efforts of Aram-Naharaim; the Arameans are well-known in Geneva. This was more promoted by providing a worldwide bureau on indigenous peoples in Geneva with a copy of the Hidden Pearl. This people and many other don’t ask you who you are; they just know you!
Who are the people behind ESU?
ESU was established, according the announcement on various forums, on 14th and 15th of May 2004 in Belgium. The board consisted of the following persons:
Mr. Iskender ALPTEKIN (Switzerland)
According to our information and what generally became know within our community regarding reliability of some of the founders of ESU, we consider ESU as a bunch of people who in that time were side by side with the PKK, at least sympathised with the PKK. As became known to many, a few members of ESU were involved with a very obscure and vague kidnapping of Mr. Numan Ogur in Germany. Mr. Ogur, (alias Nesro), from the village of Mezizah, was involved with the PKK since 1985 whereby he various times seems to have had a meeting with the big man of the PKK, Mr. Ocalan in Syria. He was very deeply involved with the PKK. In 1993 he came to Germany and proposed to send a delegation on behalf of ,,Assyrian Democratic Organisation” (ADO) to Mr. Ocalan to examine the possibilities of cooperation. In 1993 a delegation, on behalf of ADO, was led by Mr. Numan Ogur and went to Syria to talk with Mr. Ocalan about cooperation with each other.
About this visit, led by Ogur, there is a detailed report published in the Kurdish Newspaper Berxwedan of 22-4-1993.
Roughly speaking, two major agreements have been made between the delegation of Mr. Ogur and Ocalan. These two agreements can be presented as follows:
1. The ,,Assyrians” would as soon as possible establish a PKK – alike organisation to fight side by side with the PKK. In addition, they would also intensively try to recruit youngster in the Western countries to fight in northern Iraq. This organisation became later known as,, Bethnarin Freedom Party (BFP) or Gabo d’Hirtutho d’Bethnarin (GHB).
2. In return for agreement 1, the ,,Assyrians” asked to glorify the name ,,Assyrian” in the Kurdish Media and henceforth on every occasion to speak of ,,Assyrians” and nothing else in the Kurdish Media.
Indeed, from 1994 onwards there was in the Kurdish media a enormous ,,advertisement” campaign for the ,, Assyrians” cause whereby the Aramean people were ,,Assyrianized” (amongst others.: Ozgur Politika, Kurdishobserver etc.. etc..)
Foundation of GHB
After their visit to Mr. Abullah Ocalan, the ADO split into two groups. A part refused to work together with the PKK while other part, under the leadership of Numan Ogur, established ,, Bethnarin Freedom Party (BFP)” Or ,, GHB”
As usual in such situation, the board of BFP was quite obscure and non- transparent. At the same time, with the foundation of GHB, a various organisations were established in different countries under diverse (mostly doubtful) names to achieve the goals of GHB. These doubtful organisations, which mostly,, Human Rights” as their goals had constituted in their charter, acted as a source for GHB to recruit youngsters for their guerrilla activities. In this way, they organised so-called ,,hunger strikes” in Holland, Germany and other countries with the aim to motivate as much as possible young people for the BFP.
In fact also Al- Qaeda uses such methods. There are for example various charity organisations worldwide which serves as a cover for Al-Qaeda. Factually, this was also the case with BFP.
In 2003, Mr. Ogur saw no good anymore to continue the guerrilla activities and wanted to withdraw from the BFP and came to Germany. March 16th, 2003 Mr. Ogur was kidnapped for the reason of disciplinary measures, as we understood. From the various information, spread on various different forums and an article published in Kolo Suryoyo III 2003, the following persons were involved in this obscure kidnapping:
1. Mr. Fikri Aygur from Holland ( chairman Assyrian- Chaldean- Syriac Union).
2. Mr. Iskender Alptekin (Switzerland)
3. Mr. Midyat Demircioglu (Switzerland).
During the treatment of their case for the court in Germany, many lugubrious things became visible. For example, these ,,freedom fighters” accused each other of abusing girls who were recruited in Europe. Also in the articles we were informed about the killing of two young people who planned to withdraw from the organisation. One of these youngsters would later on become known as Michael Judi, a policeman from Amsterdam.
More about this abduction: http://www.assyrer.com/ghb-geiselnahmeprozess.htm
In 2003/2004, the GHB started to fragment. One group separated themselves and established ESU and SUROYO TV.
The founders of ESU have done everything to involve our people in their struggle to liberate ,,Bethnahrin”. When these zealous attempts failed, the GHB started to fragment and were looking for ways to make themselves ,,sweat” with the Aramean people.
Dear reader, do they have the right to do this? Do our people have no standards and values? Do our people have no ethics? How about the involvement of Mr. Alptekin and Aygur with the kidnapping of Mr. Ogur? Is this something normal we just have to accept it as a nation and say nothing about it??
Yes, they will immediately come up with their answer and will say: that it was not their fault and that they were misguided and against their will involved in this whole matter. However, is this behavior okay to you without that our nations should take an attitude against it? Or does this nation have not self-respect and dignity? How about the view of outsiders when they hear about this behavior within our community? Wouldn’t that damage our people as whole? So much worse and dubious was that a few years ago a drugs – dealer became the president of federation!
But of course the members ESU will defend themselves and say that it is not true what is been told about them! However, if this stories are not true, why was it for example mr. Fikri Aygur (alias Fikri Aho) one of the signers of the PKK parliament declaration in 1999 on behalf of Assyrian – Chaldean – Syriac Union?.
Wasn’t Mr. Fikri Aygur who got several times in contact with Mr. Osman Ocalan? Wasn’t him and his friends who made several journeys to the middle-east in the frame work f the GHB activities? Are all this stories invented by the people? How is this possible? If this entire are invented stories, what was the aim of Mr. Aygur to sign the declaration of the PKK parliament. And why was Mr. Aygur so much eager to work together with madam Attia Tunc (Alias Attia Gamri, Attia Xamri) to present falsely our nation as,, Assyrians – Suryoye, Suryoye- Assyrians, Assyrians etc.. etc.. to create chaos and confusion? Are this all just normal and we have to accept it? Nothing to be worry about? Didn’t he also become member of the PKK parliament?
If you are up to such unholy things than it is obvious that you are besmirching yourself and sell your people to others, isn’t that true? Should our nation accept all this unholy behaviour as something being normal and not be worry about?
What should SUA have had to demand in advance from ESU?
Our experience with SUA is that it lacks leadership, vision for the future and the ability to defend the interest of the Aramean people worldwide. Before having meeting with an organisation like ESU, first you should clearly put the following demands on table, namely:
1. That ESU unconditionally and unambiguous recognizes and states that the establishment of GHB, cooperation with the PKK and the presentation of our people as,, Assyrians – Syriacs”; “Syriacs- Assyrians” , “Assyrians- Suryoye”; “Suryoye- Assyrians” etc.. etc.,. was a blatant, tasteless and discreditable crime against the Aramean (Syrian) people worldwide. And that they ask forgiveness for this outrage.
2. That ESU circulates this declaration and makes direct excuses to all the Aramean organisations worldwide and the Syrian Church of Antioch.
3. That ESU unconditionally and unambiguous do recognise the Aramean origin of our people – like has been recorded in Hidden Pearl and by the brilliant historians of the Syrian Church of Antioch- and will defend and spread it (as they have done in their ,,previous” life with the glorification of ,,Assyrianism”).
If ESU would have met the aforementioned demands, only then you may consider to sit down with ESU at the table. This is not something negligible, of course not, you should not sell your people and act as nothing happened; no, you have to demonstrate that you really want to defend the interests of your people.
As far as we know, ESU didn’t meet at all to the aforementioned demands. For this reason we are of the opinion that SUA has besmirched itself and has bargained the interests of our people by accepting a meeting with ESU. This is very serious matter. In their sparse ,,press release” the say that they will establish a ,, committee” to examine this cooperation. It is just a joke and ridiculous!