The Sec­ond Holo­caust

“Yes­ter­day the Jews, To­day the Chris­tians ( The Chaldo Assyr­i­ans )”

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Anoo Ab­doka

Be­fore more than seven decades from our days, <Hitler' a ma­niac rose to power in Europe , and started to clas­sify peo­ple ac­cord­ing to his ill and twisted men­tal­ity, he tar­geted in fo­cus the Jews of Europe, Hu­mil­i­ated, Killed, and dis­placed them, and Marked them with a yel­low star, as an hu­mil­i­a­tion and un­der­min­ing sign. To­day a new and ad­vanced ver­sion of Hitler is risen and his name is Abu Bakir Al­bag­dadhi, he is car­ry­ing out the sec­ond Holo­caust in our world, by tar­get­ing the Chris­tians in Me­sopotamia, and Hu­mil­i­at­ing, Killing, and dis­plac­ing them, and mark­ing them with a sign ( N ) which refers to Nasara, as a hu­mil­i­a­tion to the Chris­tians.

You have three choices:

1. Con­vert to Is­lam. 2. Re­main as a (Themi: a weak and un­der­mined sta­tus of cit­i­zen) and pay an un­known amount of weakly tax <Jezya'.

3. Leave Mo­sul <Nin­eveh', only with the clothes you are wear­ing.

OR: The Sword is be­tween us.

This is what ISIS (The Is­lamic State in Iraq and Syria) lead­ers told Chris­tian (Chaldean Assyr­ian Syr­iac) peo­ple of Nin­eveh to do.

The Chris­tian her­itage and his­tory in Nin­eveh goes back to more than 5000 years. Their an­ces­tors built this city, made it one of the won­ders of the an­cient world, a beau­ti­ful ex­am­ple of Assyr­ian Chaldean his­tory.

To­day, and for the first time since 3000 BC Chaldean Assyr­ian Syr­iac peo­ple, and since 2000 years as Chris­tians of Mo­sul, Nin­eveh is empty of its in­dige­nous peo­ple.

More than one thou­sand and one hun­dred Chris­tian fam­i­lies have fled Mousil to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. Now the ter­ri­to­ries of Nin­eveh plain are pro­tected by the Pesh­marga and Asayesh (Kur­dis­tan Army and Se­cu­rity forces) for the first time since the fall of Baath regime in 2003.

Those dis­placed fam­i­lies lost their jobs, their homes, and what­ever prop­erty and be­long­ings they had col­lected in decades got lost at a glance by a word of the new ex­trem­ist Khalipha Al­bag­dadi!

This sys­tem­atic and on­go­ing eth­nic cleans­ing and de­mo­graphic chang­ing against the Chris­tians peo­ple started in 2004 when sev­eral churches in the mid­dle and south of Iraq were tar­geted and blown up. As a re­sult, 11 Chris­tians were killed and dozens in­jured. In the same year, more than 196 Chris­tians were kid­napped and 322 were killed ac­cord­ing to the re­port pub­lished Ha­murabi Hu­man Rights Or­ganaza­tion.

The se­ries of at­tacks on Chris­tians con­tin­ued. Sev­eral cler­gy­men, bish­ops and priests were kid­napped and killed. The cam­paign reached its peak when the bishop of Chaldean Catholic Church (Mar Po­lis Faraj Ra­hoo) was kid­napped and killed to­gether with three of his com­pan­ions in Mousil in 2008. In 2010, more than 46 Chris­tians were killed. The ex­trem­ists at­tacked and blew Say­dat Al­na­jat church up in Baghdad. Two Syr­iac Catholic Priests were killed in the same at­tack.

Not only the Chris­tian churches were de­stroyed, the in­di­vid­ual Chris­tians were at­tacked and per­se­cuted too. The Chris­tian stu­dents were forced to wear Is­lamic clothes in uni­ver­si­ties in Mousil and Baghdad. And in 2010, the buses car­ry­ing the Chris­tians stu­dents were at­tacked by Al-Qaida ter­ror­ists, two stu­dents and another person were killed. In ad­di­tion, more than 23 oth­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured.

Ac­cord­ing to "Al­sharq Alawsat", a well-known news­pa­per, 52 Chris­tian churches were at­tacked be­tween 2004-2010 and more than 900 Chris­tians were killed and more than one mil­lion Chris­tians have fled Iraq.

Most of the Chris­tians, who were un­will­ing to leave their homes and their town, had no choice but to move to Kur­dis­tan. Many of them fled also to Ankawa, a town lo­cated in the north of Er­bil. It was a town of 8000 Chris­tians in­hab­i­tants be­fore 2003. Now there are more than 55000 Chris­tians that are liv­ing peace­fully un­der the good care of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment. Oth­ers fled to Duhok , Zakho , and Su­la­ma­nia prov­inces.

His­tor­i­cally, the Chris­tians have been liv­ing in peace and har­mony with the Kur­dish Mus­lim ma­jor­ity. The Pres­i­dent of Kur­dis­tan, Mr. Ma­soud Barzani, last week said to the Chris­tian clergy rep­re­sen­ta­tives: "In Kur­dis­tan ei­ther we all die, or live to­gether in free­dom and dig­nity." And this man­i­fests the true na­ture of the Kur­dish Govern­ment and peo­ple to­wards Chris­tians of this re­gion and to­wards the Chris- tian refugees. The same day, Ne­qade­mos Da­wod Maty Sharaf , the Bishop of Syr­iac Orth­dox Church said on the ra­dio < Rus­sia To­day' "With­out the pro­tec­tion of Kur­dis­tan, the Chris­tians would have been slaugh­tered by the ISIS."

To­day and af­ter 11 years of the Amer­i­can in­ter­ven­tion in Iraq, the Chris­tian ex­is­tence is in se­ri­ous dan­ger. More than 25 Chris­tian fam­i­lies are flee­ing Iraq ev­ery week ac­cord­ing to lo­cal travel agen­cies and the num­ber is in­creas­ing!

So, what is the best so­lu­tion to pro­tect the Chris­tians in Iraq?

There are sev­eral pro­pos­als ar­gued be­tween the dif­fer­ent Chris­tian and Chaldean Assyr­ian par­ties:

Firstly, the au­ton­omy for Chris­tians : this pro­posal was made by the Chris­tian politi­cian Sarges Aga Gan Ma­mando, the for­mer Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter of Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment. The draft of the right of get­ting au­ton­omy within Kur­dis­tan Re­gion was sub­mit­ted to vot­ing in the Par­lia­ment in 2009. This pro­posal is widely sup­ported by the Chris­tian po­lit­i­cal par­ties such as (Chaldean Syr­iac Assyr­ian pop­u­lar coun­cil, Chaldean na­tional congress, Bith Nahrin Demo­cratic Party, Assyr­ian Na­tional party, Chaldean Demo­cratic Plat­form, Bith Nahrin Na­tional Union, and Syr­iac In­de­pen­dent Move­ment).

Se­condly, the self­gov­ern­ing province for Chris­tians: this pro­posal was men­tioned in the Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion in 2005 and was sup­ported by the Chris­tian politi­cian Younadam Yousif Kanna, the Mem­ber of the Iraqi Par­lia­ment and the for­mer Min­is­ter of In­dus­try in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment. This pro­posal was sup­ported by Kan­nas (Assyr­ian Demo­cratic Move­ment) as well.

To­day the Chris­tians peo­ple of Me­sopotamia are at a cross­roads, ei­ther to act fast and de­fend and pre­serve their ex­is­tence in their an­ces­tral his­tor­i­cal land, or to face a sim­i­lar des­tiny as the Jews in Iraq be­tween 1948-1963. As we know, the Jews were tar­geted and killed for their re­li­gious iden­tity. As a re­sult, the whole Jewish pop­u­la­tion fled Iraq to Pales­tine.

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