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6577Letter by Neo-Aramaicists regarding Iraq situation

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  • George Kiraz
    Aug 19, 2014
      Dear Hugoyoye,

      A letter, initiated by Eleanor Coghill and Alessandro Mengozzi, was sent to various newspapers (one version is below). Eleanor asked me to convey a message to hugoye-list saying that she is sorry that she did not sent the letter to the wider Syriacist community and limited it only to the 30 or 40 Neo-Aramaicists. It would have been extremely difficult for her to arrange this with a wider scholarly body, especially that she was travelling during this time with intermittent internet.

      Of course this does not stop any body of scholars from organizing a letter or expressing their feelings about what is going on in Iraq.

      George
      __________________________
      George A. Kiraz, M.St. (Oxon), M.Phil., Ph.D. (Cantab)
      Lecturer in Syriac, Rutgers University

      Gorgias Press, Editor-in-Chief
      954 River Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA
      www.gorgiaspress.com


      Dear Sir/Madam,

       

      The following is a joint letter from scholars in the US and many other countries regarding the crisis in Northern Iraq. We would be grateful if you could publish it in your newspaper. We are also preparing versions in other languages to publish in other countries. The organizers are Dr. Eleanor Coghill and Alessandro Mengozzi. I am your US contact if you have any questions.

       

      You can contact me on this email or on my cell phone:

      732-925-5981.

       

      Please could you confirm receipt and also let us know a.s.a.p. whether you will publish the letter, as otherwise we will send it to another US newspaper.

       

      The contact details of all the signatories are in the attached Word document.

       

      Many thanks in advance,

       

      George A. Kiraz
      Rutgers University & The Syriac Institute

      __________________________
      George A. Kiraz, M.St. (Oxon), M.Phil., Ph.D. (Cantab)
      Lecturer in Syriac, Rutgers University

      Gorgias Press, Editor-in-Chief
      954 River Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA
      www.gorgiaspress.com


      TEXT OF THE LETTER
      ===================

      99 years ago this year, a genocide was perpetrated upon the Christians of the Middle East, including the Aramaic-speaking Assyrians, Chaldeans and Aramaeans (Suryoye). Now in the 21st century we see history repeating itself. Christian towns and villages, such as Qaraqosh, Telkepe and Alqosh, which had largely escaped the violence of recent decades, are now emptied of their populations. These towns, with their ancient monasteries, are of huge historical and cultural significance. In this area, furthermore, Aramaic has been spoken uninterrupted for thousands of years.

       

      Wave upon wave of refugees of all communities, amounting to hundreds of thousands of people, are now crowded into the small Kurdish region, itself gravely threatened by ISIS. People are sleeping in parks and in the streets. Meanwhile tens of thousands of Yazidis have been in the mountains without shelter or water. Urgent humanitarian aid is needed, but longer term the refugees cannot stay in Erbil.

       

      As scholars engaged in the study of their language and cultural heritage, we call upon the governments of the European Union, the United States, and the wider international community to do everything in their power to allow the refugees back to their homes in the plain of Mosul and to institute an internationally protected safe haven in northern Iraq of the kind that, twenty years ago, protected the Kurds from genocide and which has enabled this region up till now to enjoy a stability and prosperity that we would wish for all Iraqis.


      LIST OF SIGNATORIES WITH SHORT INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION

      Dr. Eleanor Coghill (University of Konstanz)
      Dr. Alessandro Mengozzi (University of Turin)
      Prof. Geoffrey Khan (University of Cambridge)
      Prof. Dr. Werner Arnold (University of Heidelberg)
      Univ.-Prof. Dr. Shabo Talay (Freie Universit
      ät Berlin)
      Prof. Yona Sabar (UCLA)
      Prof. Dr. Heleen Murre-van den Berg (Leiden University)
      Prof. Fabrizio Pennacchietti (University of Turin)
      Prof. Dr. Otto Jastrow (Tallinn University)
      Prof. Steven Fassberg (Hebrew University)
      Prof. Hezy Mutzafi (Tel Aviv University)
      Dr. Samuel Ethan Fox (independent, Chicago)
      Dr. Sergey Loesov (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow)
      Pablo Kirtchuk, Ph.D. (LACITO, INaLCO, Paris)
      Dr. Maciej Tomal (Jagiellonian University, Krakow)
      Dr. George Anton Kiraz (Rutgers University, New Jersey)
      Mr. Nineb Lamassu (University of Cambridge)
      Mr. Zeki Bilgic, M.A. (University of Konstanz)
      Mr. Georges Toro (University of Konstanz)
      Dr. Charles G. Häberl, PhD (Rutgers University, New Jersey)
      Dr. Roberta Borghero (University of Cambridge)
      Dr. Michael Waltisberg (University of Marburg)
      Dr Alinda Damsma (Leo Baeck College, London)
      Dr. Na’ama Pat-El (University of Texas at Austin)
      Dr. Johanna Rubba (Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo)
      Rev. Kristine Jensen (Aramaic Bible Translation, Peoria, Arizona)
      Dr Lidia Napiorkowska (University of Cambridge)
      Mrs. Kathrin Göransson (University of Cambridge)
      Mr. Ariel Gutman (University of Konstanz)
      Mr. Michael Wingert (UCLA)
      Mr. Timothy Hogue (UCLA)
      Mrs. Kristine Mole (University of Cambridge)
      Dr. Jasmin Sinha (independent, Aubange)
      Mr. Fabio Gasparini (University of Turin)
      Mr. Demsin Lachin, (Aramaic Bible Translation, Turlock, California)
      Dr. Margaretha Folmer (Leiden University)
      Prof. Dr. Estiphan Panoussi (University of Gothenburg)
      Prof. Emeritus Olga Kapeliuk (Hebrew University)
      Dr. Jean Sibille (CNRS/University of Toulouse)

      Mr. Joseph Alichoran (INALCO, Paris)

      Prof. Eran Cohen (Hebrew University)

      Mr. Robin Bet Shmuel (Oriental Cultural Center, Duhok, Iraq)

      Dr. Alexey Lyavdansky (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow)

      Mr. Martin Luther Chan (UCLA)

      Dr. M. David Hanna (Rabi Raba Descendants (Shikwana) Heritage Association, USA)

      Dr. Laura Kalin (University of Connecticut, USA)

      Mr. Illan Gonen (University of Cambridge)

      Dr. Francesco Zanella (University of Bonn)

      Dr. Robert Paulissian (Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies, USA)

      Dr. Emanuela Braida (independent, Italy)

      Prof. Matthew Morgenstern (University of Tel Aviv)

      =51 signatories

       

      LIST OF SIGNATORIES WITH JUST THE CITY NAME

      Dr. Eleanor Coghill (Konstanz)
      Dr. Alessandro Mengozzi (Torino)
      Prof. Geoffrey Khan (Cambridge)
      Prof. Dr. Werner Arnold (Heidelberg)
      Univ.-Prof. Dr. Shabo Talay (Berlin)
      Prof. Yona Sabar (UCLA)
      Prof. Dr. Heleen Murre-van den Berg (Leiden)
      Prof. Fabrizio Pennacchietti (Torino)
      Prof. Dr. Otto Jastrow (Tallinn)
      Prof. Steven Fassberg (Jerusalem)
      Prof. Hezy Mutzafi (Tel Aviv)
      Dr. Samuel Ethan Fox (Chicago)
      Dr. Sergey Loesov (Moscow)
      Pablo Kirtchuk, Ph.D. (Paris)
      Dr. Maciej Tomal (Krakow)
      Dr. George Anton Kiraz (Rutgers, New Jersey)
      Mr. Nineb Lamassu (Cambridge)
      Mr. Zeki Bilgic, M.A. (Konstanz)
      Mr. Georges Toro (Konstanz)
      Dr. Charles G. Häberl, PhD (Rutgers, New Jersey)
      Dr. Roberta Borghero (Cambridge)
      Dr. Michael Waltisberg (Marburg)
      Dr Alinda Damsma (Leo Baeck College, London)
      Dr. Na’ama Pat-El (Austin, Texas)
      Dr. Johanna Rubba (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California)
      Rev. Kristine Jensen (Aramaic Bible Translation, Peoria, Arizona)
      Dr Lidia Napiorkowska (Cambridge)
      Mrs. Kathrin Göransson (Cambridge)
      Mr. Ariel Gutman (Konstanz)
      Mr. Michael Wingert (UCLA)
      Mr. Timothy Hogue (UCLA)
      Mrs. Kristine Mole (Cambridge)
      Dr. Jasmin Sinha (independent, Aubange)
      Mr. Fabio Gasparini (Torino)
      Mr. Demsin Lachin, (Aramaic Bible Translation, Turlock, California)
      Dr. Margaretha Folmer (Leiden)
      Prof. Dr. Estiphan Panoussi (Gothenburg)
      Prof. Emeritus Olga Kapeliuk (Jerusalem)
      Dr. Jean Sibille (Toulouse)

      Mr. Joseph Alichoran (INALCO, Paris)

      Prof. Eran Cohen (Jerusalem)

      Mr. Robin Bet Shmuel (Oriental Cultural Center, Duhok, Iraq)

      Dr. Alexey Lyavdansky (Moscow)

      Mr. Martin Luther Chan (UCLA)

      Dr. M. David Hanna (USA)

      Dr. Laura Kalin (UConn, USA)

      Mr. Illan Gonen (Cambridge)

      Dr. Francesco Zanella (Bonn)

      Dr. Robert Paulissian (Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies, USA)

      Dr. Emanuela Braida (independent, Italy)

      Prof. Matthew Morgenstern (Tel Aviv)

      =51 signatories