Posted 08 April 2005
AZAD-HYE (Dubai, 8 April 2005): Three years ago in 24/4/2002, the Armenians of Aleppo and Northern Syria publicly honoured the heads of Arab tribes of the Syrian Al Jazeera Region (located between the Euphrates river and the Syrian-Iraqi border, in North-Eastern Syria), whose forefathers have rescued many Armenians during the Genocide of 1915.
The celebration took place in the cultural center of the city of
The descendants of the Arab tribes were bestowed with letters of gratitude and symbolic gifts commemorating their heroic efforts during the WWI difficult times, when they defied government orders and sheltered the surviving Armenians.
The Mufti of Der Ezzor expressed his sorrow on the events of 1915 that plagued the city and the surroundings. Some places in the Syrian Al Jazeera Region carry names stemmed from the atrocities that the Armenians faced (see below).
On 29th March 2005, almost three years after the honorary ceremony in
Qatari English daily “The
Al Razzaka laid flowers at the Genocide memorial in
Nawaf Ragheb Al Bashir, from the Al Bagara tribe, said: ?My grandfather used to tell me how in those far away years, thousands of Armenians crossed the desert without food and water. There were so many killed and injured that one village was called Margateh, which means a collection of corpses, and another was called Shatateh which means genocide? he added, expressing hope that the Armenian people who has a long history and is gifted with creative abilities will reconstruct his homeland in a short period of time and achieve well-being and prosperity.
The visit of the Syrian Arab tribesmen was one of a series of seminars, visits and ceremonies that authorities in Armenia planned to mark the 90th anniversary of the start of the killings, leading up to the official genocide remembrance day on April 24.
The tribe leaders met with the Prime Minister, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Agriculture, Health, Labor and Social Security, with representatives of the National Assembly factions, as well as with students of the Oriental Science Department of Yerevan State University.
Before their return to
Jirair Reisian, head of the delegation of the Armenian Church of Aleppo and environs said to Noyan Tapan News Agency that the purpose of this visit organized at the initiative of the Armenian community of Aleppo is to pay homage once again to the leaders of the tribes that provided shelter to the Armenians who had survived the genocide and reached the Syrian land, and to give them an opportunity to become acquainted with Armenia and the Armenian people.
Head of the “Bagara Al Jabal” tribe Sheikh Abdul Suahab Isa Suleiman noted that the Armenian community of
Head of Al Harb tribe Sheikh Hasan Oubeid Al Khalil called on all the states and international organizations to reconsider their approach to the Armenian genocide and to meet the just demands of the Armenian people.
In their 1st April 2005 press conference, the leaders of the Syrian tribes said that “All the Arabs know about the Genocide and they have done many services to the Armenian nation”. Asked why
Upper-Left Photo: Heads of the Syrian Arab tribes in the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Der Ez-zor (2002)