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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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Falsification and Distortion of History
 

 

Islamic governments of the Abode of Peace imply that remnants of ancient kingdoms and vanquished peoples in the Middle East have long assimilated with existing Arab population of present-day countries. They allege that even though their small number had historical links to their ancestral land, they are no longer qualified to claim it. Islamic states allege that the indigenous nationals were residues of ancient kingdoms, reduced to insignificant minorities by prior conquests. Over time, they lost their genuine identity, and have since been fused into the Arab-Islamic crucible melting pot and assimilated with nationalities of other countries, locally and abroad, and become extinct, like the Assyrians, Jews, Copts and Berber. This is the rhetoric of the Islamic States of the Abode of Peace. They cherish the illusion of deceptive notions to the point that many historians and academics go along with this fallacy.

Many historians and scholars have written numerous books and presented papers, demonising the Assyrians as bellicose, greedy and cruel. Assyria is often described as a warlike machine, void of human feelings and vanquished. Those that have survived are denied their Assyrian nationality. Even their faith as Christian is denied to them. Assyrians are called Nestorian heretic. They overwhelm Assyria’s contribution to humanity, especially in mathematics, trade, and urbanisation, yet they degrade Assyria’s achievements to an insignificant phase of ancient history of ambiguity. The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of ‘THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA’ is just one example of how some enthusiasts write history. Eighty-two academic contributors participated in its publication. Native inhabitants of Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Assyria and Egypt are either cut off from their roots, or limping, on the verge of being overmastered by Islamic invaders with no hope of survival, destined to oblivion, by the zealot Arab, Turk and Kord nomads. Their rich history is undermined; it is nowhere to be seen or appreciated save in museums and locked up libraries and monasteries. Their history is suppressed and their relics systematically destroyed. (POLK, William R., 1991).

Since dismemberment of Assyria and removal of (Mesopotamia) from the physical map of the World’s Atlas by the defunct League of Nations, after World War I, Assyria was declared extinct. Her surviving people are taken to be vanquished. This is a sham in order to erode further the Assyrian identity and claims. No academic study has yet been done on the Assyrian contemporary history, in depth. As a result, Assyria’s history is suppressed. It is associated with Islamic history, touching on it as an insignificant minority subject. The Abode of Peace States allege that the indigenous inhabitants of the Middle East have become subjects of the countries in which they now happen to live whether by choice or not. They claim that the Assyrians were drawn into the mainstream of the domineering rulers during the Roman Empire and subsequent Arab and Ottoman Turk invaders, who forced upon the indigenous ‘remnants’ the Islamic rule of law, and have since succumbed to the inevitable. The remaining indigenes in the Middle East are living at the edge of the Islamic sword and anathema of the Vatican. However, though rival enemies of each other, Papacy and Islam are partners in crime against the Assyrian Nation and The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East. Assyrians are not recognised. Statistically they are not officially recognised as a people on their own. They are no longer known as a nation or ‘a people without a country’ but as subjects of the country in which they reside such as Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria. They were forcibly evicted from their homeland and dispersed. They were banished and scattered among the Arab, Kordish and Turkish populations with a view to their gradual assimilation to phase out existence of their Assyrian national identity.

Not recognizing them as Assyrian nationals and denying their right to their historical homeland, Islamic States of the Abode of Peace suppress all attempts of the Assyrian people by keeping them at bay so as not to expose Islam’s hideous crime. The Assyrian racial identity was officially invalidated. With the dismemberment of Mesopotamia, Assyria as a province of the former Ottoman Empire, with its one and a half million people then, were forcibly evicted from their native land. Those who resisted were eliminated. The rest were scattered all over the Middle East region. They were banished or fused with the neighbouring Islamic states. In the eyes of the world, the Assyrians are extinct. Israel, Assyria and Mesopotamia – the whole of the Middle East was handed over to Islam. Assyria was dismembered and termed Islamic. Most of their towns and villages were pillaged. Their churches, schools and institutions were destroyed. The defunct League of Nations failed to meet its commitment. Over sixty years on, its successor, the United Nations Organization, is still as if in sombre contemplation of the issue.

The Ministry of Education of Iraq has officially removed, from its curriculum, all textbooks, relating to Assyria. Arabs, in Iraq, allegedly relate their ancient history to Mesopotamia earlier than the Assyrian period by connecting their culture to the ancient city of Uruk by changing the name of Assyria to Iraq – a derivation from Uruk. In addition, the Arabs have recently included, in their preamble, the Kords, a nomadic people of non-existent city-state status, connecting their history to Mesopotamia. As for Assyria’s cruelty, compared with some leaders of the twentieth century, the Assyrians were more disciplinarians and humane than the butchers of the past two World Wars, proved to be. Has the UN Agency UNESCO or other humanitarian organizations given a thought to re-classify the Assyrians as internal and external displaced refugees? Considering them locals, the Assyrians are denied the status of refugees. They are not entitled to UN assistance; the Palestinians are. Islam usurps Assyrian and Israeli lands and says this is justice.

Islam denied The Israelis and Assyrians the right to return to their historical homeland. Their racial identity was officially invalidated. With the dismemberment of Mesopotamia, Assyria, then a province of the Ottoman Turkey, was lost in an expanding world of Islam. In the eyes of the world, the Assyrians are extinct. Israel, Assyria, Mesopotamia – the whole of the Middle East was handed over to the Muslims and declared Arab-Islamic. The Assyrians have since been categorised as alien residents.

Connecting ancient Mesopotamia’s culture to the nomadic Kords - an alien race to Assyria proper, is a misfit and a sick joke. It leaves a gap of ambiguity and prejudice against Assyria’s history. Arabs ascribe Mesopotamia’s culture, before Islam, to their culture. Arabs connect their lineal descent to the Sumerians, or to non-Assyrian neighbouring ancient city-states and kingdoms to diminish Assyria’s importance in world history. Such erroneous statements are usually endorsed by many European institutions and archaeologists, which further suppress the truth and falsify Assyria’s rich history, in favour of others.

Destinies change; history does not. It remains as a mirror reflecting a nation’s past. Denying Assyria her rightful place in world society is a crime that will eventually backfire in the culprits’ faces and pay a heavy price for their greed.

Bosnia, backed by the Islamic States of the Abode of Peace, is behaving in the same manner. It is reviving the call to jihad with encouragement from the ever-growing fundamentalist groups in Turkey. Fomentation of this resurgence is taking place in the occupied sector of Eastern Cyprus. It is their safe haven, as is Kosovo to the Albanian rebels and Islamic States of the Abode of Peace to the Arab mujahideen.

Taking other people’s land by force contravenes international conventions. The key issue here is Muslim seizure and usurpation of other people’s land. When or by whom, yesteryear or centuries ago, by Arabs or Turks, is irrelevant. The Israelis and the Assyrians are the indigenous owners of their traditional lands. They have all the legitimate right to retrieve their land through the UN, The International Court of Justice at The Hague and through other legal means.

Since banishment of the Jews from Israel by the Romans in 71 and 130-31 AD, it became traditional, by the succeeding conquerors and foreign occupiers, to debar the Jews from frequenting their holy shrines and institutions. They had to buy their way in, back to their ancestral land (Gilbert, 1998: p30-31). They imposed restriction on their travel to Jerusalem and prevented them from returning to their home, Israel. The Jews were excluded from the Temple Mount, also known as Mount Moriah.

The Temple Mount was out of bounds to the Jews. Since the capture of Jerusalem by the Arabs in 638 AD, Islam has systematically destroyed Jewish and Christian shrines. It incorporated the Temple Mount into its religious assets by first building an Islamic sacred shrine on it, then the Dome of the Rock and in the eighth century Al-Haram Al-Sharif of Al-Aqsa Mosque. With the passage of time, the Temple Mount became the sole property of Islam and under the exclusive control of Arab Muslims. The Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque are both built on the ruins of the outer courtyards of Solomon’s Temple.

In 1881, the Ottoman central government, in a decree, banned the Jews from entering the so-called Palestine. Jewish pilgrims were allowed to enter the country for worship only and for no more than 30 days. In as recently as 1939, a British White Paper restricted Jewish immigration to their occupied home. Palestinians consider the Israeli settlers in their Biblical Land illegal, alien to their home Israel; and yet they consider any Muslim resident in Palestine as legitimate Arab national, (Pryce-Jones: p187). The Assyrians are treated in the same fashion in their occupied region of the Middle East - they are categorized as either aliens or Arabs.

 

 

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