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Aramean people: 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 are Arameans.
In Turkey, the Arameans are called: Süryani. In Arabic they are called Al- Suryan.
Hundred Year Ottoman Genocide: Aram-Naharaim Organization and Aramean Democratic Organization send a letter to the EPP Group of the European Parliament
Netherlands, 2nd of April 2015
Subject: Resolution adopted by the EPP Political Assembly (3rd March 2015) on “The Armenian Genocide and European Values”
The EPP Political Assembly
Rue du Commerce 10,
1000 Brussels, Belgium
We, the undersigned, the Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Organization and the Aramean Democratic Organization write you to express our gratefulness on the resolution of the genocide of Ottoman Empire adopted on 3rd of March 2015 by the EPP Political Assembly entitled “The Armenian Genocide and European values.” 
The American Ambassador to Ottoman Turkey (1913-1916), Henry Morgenthau, writes that not only Armenians, but also other Christian minorities of Ottoman Empire have suffered under the horrors of this genocide. 
Therefore, we appreciate the resolution of EPP Political Assembly very much because for the first time the testimonies of Mr. Morgentau and many others are confirmed concerning the Ottoman Genocide.
In Chapter XXII and CHAPTER XXIV of his book  Mr. Morgantau says:
"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, and Armenians. ....... They would destroy all Greeks, Syrians, 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 Turkey…”
“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 ...... 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, Nestorians, and others of its subject peoples….”
Mr. Morgantau mentions three nations that had became victim of Ottoman Genocide, namely: Armenians, Greeks and Arameans (Syrians and Nestorians).
“Syrians” is synonym for Arameans. The Arameans of the Old Testament are called Syrians in the New Testament. 
“Nestorians” is unfortunately heretic name applied to the East- Syrians or East- Arameans.  Another Aramean denomination that is not mentioned by Mr. Morgentau are Chaldeans who have suffered under this genocide as well.
Under Point 2 of the EPP resolution we read: “We commemorate one-and-a-half million innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 and bow in gratitude to those martyred and surviving heroes who struggled for their lives and human dignity. Moreover, we recognize, that the Genocide resulted in the death and dispossession not only of Armenian people but also extended to the Pontic Greeks and Assyrians peoples, and we commemorate them as well”
The Aramean indigenous nation of the Middle-East is unfortunately excluded and represented by an undesired term “Assyrians.” We are very much disappointed and wish to express this in the following points:
1. The term “Assyrians” is political and colonial identification that has been amongst others besmirched with terrorism.  Therefore we do not want to have anything to do with this term. In addition, this undesired identification not only contradicts the truth of history but is also refuted by the ancient scholars of the various Aramean denominations who unanimously testify of the Aramean origin of our nation. 
2. The Aramean nation is denied and is represented by a name which is not ours. In addition we are being represented, against our will and without our consent, by something which is invented and promoted by colonial powers. We are not happy with this.
3. Representing a nation, against their will by a different name, is to our view grave violation of international legislation, including legislation on minorities and indigenous peoples.
By denying the real identity of a people and representing it by strange identity that has been invented and promoted by outsiders is to our view nothing but cultural extermination. We did not create it, we did not ask for it and we did not promote it. This is done by outsider.
4. In the resolution of EPP the physical genocide committed by Ottoman Empire against the Armenians, Greeks and Arameans (including Assyrians and Chaldeans)  is condemned according to the “European Values….” At the same time however is the Aramean cultural extermination promoted by denying our nation and representing it by a strange identity. We believe this is not in agreement with the international values, standards and dignity, including the European values and standards.
5. From time to time we receive comments from some people saying “Well Sir, we are aware of this discussion, but we do not want to get involved..…” You are aware of this matter and do want to get involved? But why then do you continue with excluding and denying our nation and consequently exterminating them culturally?
Nothing is so humiliating when you are being excluded, denied and indentified with a strange identity under the pretext of “We are aware of this discussion…..” We feel this as colonialism and clear violation of fundamental human rights.
History clearly testifies that we have a very rich heritage which has been developed and preserved for thousands of years, which is we believe not only our heritage but the heritage of mankind as well, and that our nation has contributed to world civilizations.  Unfortunately this is not recognized today for they are excluded and denied their basic rights. The resolution adopted by the EPP Political Assembly is a vivid example of this exclusion and denial.
Therefore we hope that you have noticed our sincere concerns, regarding the Aramean indigenous nation, and will do justice to the historical facts as well as to the testimonies of the revered scholars of the Syrian church of Antioch, who all testify of the Aramean origin  of our people, and will include the Aramean nation in the resolution of the EPP political Assembly of 3rd of March 2015.
 The contribution of the Aramean nation to world civilizations is well-summarized by a world- renowned Eminent Oxford University Scholar Professor Sebastian Brock, a specialist on Aramaic (Syriac) and Hebrew, who said “Almost all societies are dependent upon the use of writing, but very few peoples realise that the great majority of the world’s scripts can be traced back to a common ancestor, an alphabet invented in the Middle East four thousands years ago, which was subsequently refined by the Phoenicians and the Aramaeans who spread it throughout the known world. It is thus without doubt one of the greatest gifts of the Aramean peoples to world culture.” (Hidden Pearl volume I: Page 27)
“…Nevertheless it is undeniable that the simple Aramaic alphabet of 22 letters has had the most extraordinary impact on the development of alphabetic writing systems throughout the world. Indeed, it is very hard to imagine how human culture and scientific learning could have progressed without (the Aramaic language).” (Hidden Pearl volume I: Page 58)
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