'mass cleansing' of Mosul by 'a bed of criminals'

Patriarch decries 'mass cleansing' of Mosul by 'a bed of criminals'

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, in Washington to meet with federal government representatives and members of Congress, decried the “mass cleansing” of Christians from Mosul, Iraq, by what he called “a bed of criminals.”

“We wonder how could those criminals, this bed of criminals, cross the border from Syria into Mosul and occupy the whole city of Mosul … imposing on the population their Shariah (law) without any knowledge of the international community,” Patriarch Younan said July 25, referring to Islamic State fighters, formerly known by the acronyms ISIS or ISIL.

Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan (CNS photo)

“What happened is really kind of a cleansing based on religion. You have heard about what they did: proclaim – they announced publicly with street microphones, the ISIS – there’s no more room for Christians in Mosul, that they either have to convert, pay tax, or just leave. And they have been leaving now since then with absolutely nothing,” he added.

“It is a shame that in the 21st century, you have such kind of behavior,” the patriarch lamented. “It’s mass cleansing based on religion, not only for Christians, the Christian minority, but for other minorities,” among them the Yezidi, an ethnic group of 700,000 based in Iraq’s Mesopotamia region.

In Mosul itself, “there is no more Christian presence,” Patriarch Younan said. “It’s tragic because it’s the largest Christian city in Iraq; it was what you call the nucleus of Christian presence for many centuries. And we have at least 25 churches in that city. All are abandoned. No more prayers, no services, no more Masses on Sundays in Mosul because no clergy, no people there that are Christian.” The Islamic State, he said, "took advantage of the Christians who are defenseless in that country, and they have no other means to stay in that country. They have nowhere else to go. They have been taken out with force and injustice.

“Christians used to make at the time of Saddam (Hussein), especially before 1980, about 2.5 percent. That means almost 1.4 million. Now they account for less than 300,000. This is a kind of tragic dwindling of their number,” Patriarch Younan said. “It’s just because of Christian belief and that they are different from the majority,” he added.

Mosul’s Christians have fled to neighboring Kurd-controlled areas.

“The Kurdistan government took care of them, trying to help them,” Patriarch Younan said. “Of course they are still in dire need for assistance for those refugees being forced to leave without any means.”

The patriarch visited them June 27. He said he “urged them to take refuge and go back to their home city” because of Kurd assurances of protection.

Among Patriarch Younan’s appointments in Washington was one with Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, who is crafting a bill calling for internationally protected zones for threatened religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East.

On a separate front, the patriarch said he has suggested a joint meeting of Eastern Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs to advocate for the region’s vulnerable populations, most of whom are adherents to their respective faiths.


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"We have to take our responsibility very seriously together," Patriarch Younan said. "We are on very good terms, the patriarchs. We are aware of the biggest challenges we are facing or our communities are facing, and we have to go throughout the world and bring the voice of our people to those who have a word to say on the international scene, whether the United Nations, United States, European Union, Russia, China, the Vatican" -- and even top Sunni leaders in Egypt and Shiite leaders in Iran.

“We have to tell them that we have been here for millennia. We don’t have any ambition to fight any people, any community, or have ambition to govern or to make coup d’etat, but we have the right to live peacefully in the land of our forefathers as we did for the past 2,000 years,” Patriarch Younan said.

Patriarch Younan, who was born in Syria, said that while Saddam and Syrian President Bashar Assad have been vilified by the West, one thing they did well was to protect religious minorities.

The patriarch recalled appearing on a French prime-time news program where the host asked him: “You know you have a president, an awful president. He’s a monster. He’s killing innocent people, kids, and women.”

Patriarch Younan said he replied with the story of a Capuchin priest from a Syrian town on the Euphrates River that is 98 percent Sunni; it was coming under attack by anti-government rebels.

“I was the last one to leave,” the Capuchin told the patriarch. “I had a parish church, and I have with me in the parish center four nuns of Mother Teresa of Calcutta taking care of about 20 elderly women. And we could not anymore stand that situation. So the nuns called Damascus. And Damascus sent military vehicles to evacuate us from the parish compound – the nuns, 12 elderly people and myself to the airport, and they took us to Damascus.”

“Now,” Patriarch Younan told the French news-show host, “you can judge if that guy is a monster or not.”

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ISIS menyebar teror di daerah Syria dan Iraq, pecahan dari Al-Qaeda. Awalnya di mendapat dukungan Al-Qaeda, namun belakangan Al-Qaeda memutuskan hubungannya dengan ISIS, karena ideologinya yang terlalu ekstrim.

Isis akan menjadikan Iran dan Syria menjadi seperti Afganistan yang dulu.

Yang diteror ISIS bukan Kristen saja, tetapi juga Islam, dan semua penduduk disana. Semua wanita Islam berumur 15 - 50 tahun harus disunat, harus bercadar. ISIS menjadi musuh dunia, termasuk negara2 Islam, terutama Irak dan Syria. bukan Kristen saja.

Betul, dan kemarin ini makam nabi Yunus di Irak sudah diledakan oleh mereka.
Target mereka konon menghancurkan Kabah, karena dianggap sebagai berhala.
Jika Kabah saja yang sebagai kiblat Islam dihancurkan, apalagi gedung gereja…

Mengapa belum ada gerakan militer menghantam ISIS ya?

Banyak orang Islam tidak percaya ISIS akan menghancurkan Ka’bah.
Namun setelah makam nabi Yunus, nabinya umat Kristen dan Islam diledakkan mereka,
semoga mata orang-orang Islam terbuka, bahwa ancaman menghancurkan Ka’bah itu benar dan serius…
dan tidak perlu lagi membela ISIS, namun bersatu menghancurkan ISIS.

Justru seharusnya, seluruh agama di Timur Tengah : Islam, Kristen dan Yahudi, bersama melawan ISIS.
Biasanya, dengan adanya musuh bersama, terjadi perdamaian.
Mudah mudahan sih seterusnya.

Yang mendukung gerakan fanatik Islam biasanya juga didukung negara yang ideologinya Islam

Menurut anda, negara mana saja yang mendukung ISIS ?

:wink:

Itu kan dalam negara Irak, jika Irak tidak mengirimkan tentaranya untuk membasmi kelompok tersebut, besar kemungkinan pemerintahnya mendukung hal tersebut.

Semua negara yang pernah terlibat dalam perang melawan Israel kemungkinan besar mendukung ISIS

Herannya banyak mereka berpikir Yahudi = Kristen

Mungkin anda belum baca ini?

:coolsmiley:

Nah lihat itu Irak, sejatinya mereka ingin gerakan ini dibasmi, kita bisa lihat pemerintahnya tidak mendukung ISIS

Irak bahkan tak segan2 meminta bantuan Amerika yang dicap sebagai musuhnya selama ini dalam peperangan melawan ISIS

Bandingkan dengan Hamas didalam Palestina, apa yang dilakukan Palestina? Sekarang udah ditindak sama Israel aje baru mewek2.

Bandingkan dengan Hamas didalam Palestina, apa yang dilakukan Palestina? Sekarang udah ditindak sama Israel aje baru mewek2.

Lhoh, dari dulu juga Hamas selalu dimusuhi dan menjadi musuh Israel. Anda lagi bingung?

siapa yang bilang bukan musuh Israel…

saya bilang sepertinya Palestina mendukung Hamas…

Perbandingannya gini (mudah mudahan ngerti) :

Hamas itu orang Palestina.
Israel itu yang menjajah tanah Palestina.
Hamas berjuang demi membebaskan tanah Palestina dari Israel.
Perjuangan Hamas dan Fatah berbeda caranya.

Udah mudeng belon?

:mad0261:

… Israel menjajah Palestina? Jelas2 negaranya merdeka

Jadi maksudnya Hamas ngeroket sampai Tel Aviv itu juga diclaim tanah Palestina? Ga skalian kalo roketnya sampe ke Indonesia artinya Indonesia ini milik Palestina?

Awalnya Palestina juga yang menolak two state solution sampe sekarang… Coba kalo mereka terima, apa negara mereka sampe sekecil sekarang ini.

Sungguh pemikiran yang aneh

Yang merdeka siapa? Coba baca lagi sumber kamu…

Jadi maksudnya Hamas ngeroket sampai Tel Aviv itu juga diclaim tanah Palestina? Ga skalian kalo roketnya sampe ke Indonesia artinya Indonesia ini milik Palestina?

Kamu lagi ngomong apa seeeh…

Awalnya Palestina juga yang menolak two state solution sampe sekarang.... Coba kalo mereka terima, apa negara mereka sampe sekecil sekarang ini.

Sungguh pemikiran yang aneh

Masih aja ngawur nih anak.
Yang tidak setuju Palestina merdeka siapa? Coba ari lagi sumber kamu, baca baca lagi biar pinter ya nak…

:mad0261: :mad0261: