As a prelude to illegally annexing the occupied Jordanian-Arab land of the West Bank the Israeli State has just announced it will fund an illegal settlement called “Trump Heights” for Jewish ‘settlers’ in the illegally-seized and occupied Syrian Golan.
The immoral and murderous economic and financial sanctions imposed against Syria ultimately target ordinary people, depriving them of many basic necessities such as oil and gas for cooking and heating, and essential foodstuffs.
Sanctions have led to the deaths of far more people than COVID-19 would likely do in a healthy, well-nourished, population. But the malnutrition that comes from economic sanctions causes a lowered immune response that will increase the likelihood of deaths triggered by COVID-19.
Learn about the genocide of Christians under the Turks at the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute.
Two years ago the Bishops of Aleppo reconsecrated the city to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, asking for “prayers, especially the rosary, in our churches for this intention: that we may convert to God, begging the intercession of the Queen of Peace, and putting the country of Syria and the city of Aleppo under her protection.”
Today the vicious Turkish-backed rapists and killers of al-Qaeda and allied groups were finally eradicated from the western suburbs of Syria’s second city where they have been terrorising and murdering civilians for seven long years.
Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
The allegedly ‘moderate’ Free Syrian Army (FSA), funded, trained and armed by the Western Powers, is now re-branded as the Syrian National Army (SNA) and works as the spearhead of Turkey’s invasion force in northern Syria.
With the U.S.A. (and the U.K. and France) apparently no longer interested in pursuing a lost cause and withdrawing from the quagmire it created, those who once lauded the ‘moderate’ murderers when it was in Western government interests to do so now describe the ‘moderate’ opposition they created, funded, armed and trained as “crazy and not reliable.”
Sister Guadalupe Rodrigo, an Argentinian nun who was stationed in Syria for several years from when war broke out reminds us that “the moderate opposition does not exist in Syria ……. There is no moderate opposition. Unless we want to call ‘moderate’ those who dismember Christians. If that is moderate, then yes, there is moderate opposition.”
Alexandre Goodarzy, the French Head of Mission of SOS Chrétien d’Orient in Syria for the past four 4 years, has wondered why the Western media had not woken up when the Turkish regime occupied Afrin and Jarablus areas in the north of Syria and when it supported terrorist groups against the Syrian State?
He told the Syria Times: “Why do the western countries stand by the separatist Kurdish militias in Syria? These militias, mainly PKK and YPG, have been internationally designated as terrorist groups. i.e. why does the West support the Kurds when it puts them on the international terrorist list?
“We in the west have to reconsider our alliances. Our governments have to face the stupid actions they made in the past,” Goodarzy added, referring to the fact that the Kurdish militias in Syria have betrayed the Syrian government and people.
“When the war started in Syria in 2011, the Syrian state gave weapons to the Kurdish groups to defend Syria in the north of the country as the Syrian army had to fight terrorist groups in a lot flashpoint areas , but what happened is that the Kurds used the weapons against the Syrian army and people,” he asserted.
Goodarzy went on to say: “I know that for Syria all Syrian people are united and Kurdish people are part of the Syrian people. Yes, this is exactly the case when we are speaking about the people. but these military and political militias have taken advantage of the situation since the beginning of the war on Syria.”
He affirmed that the separatist Kurdish militias have practiced suppressive and savage acts against citizens, who contradict their agenda. “For example, they kidnapped many Syrian Christians in Qameshli and forced them to join the fight alongside YPG. This move came within other measures adopted by those militias against the Syrian Christians in the northeast of Syria because of their loyalty to the Syrian state.”
Now, the population, who has suffered from the brutal practices of the separatist Kurdish militias, are suffering from the Turkish attack and may be tomorrow they will suffer under ISIS because Kurds are telling everybody that they are not able to contain the jail where they have put the members of ISIS.
“What does this mean? Is it a threat?? Are those Kurdish militias saying: if you are not supporting us any more, and if you are letting us down in front of the Turks, we are going to liberate all ISIS prisoners? This is a real problem! And this for us in the western countries is a cruel reality and shows the lies and the bad alliances that we have done in the past,” Goodarzy concluded.
Tens of thousands of Christians are at risk of being caught up in Turkey’s invasion of the north-eastern Syrian borderlands, much of which is currently under the control of Kurdish terrorists. One of the first attacks of the Turkish campaign has been on the city of Qamishli, which was originally founded as a refuge for Christians fleeing the Turkish genocide conducted against Christians just over one-hundred years ago.
The first reported civilian victims of the Turkish bombing of Kurdish-held areas of Qamishli were a Christian family whose house was hit by either mortar fire or artillery shelling.
The Christians of northern Syria are trapped in a deadly vice between the Turkish army and its Jihadist militia forces and the Trotskyist-inclined Kurds who continue to persecute the Christian communities whenever and wherever they can.
About one-third of Qamishli is still under the control of the Syrian government and is protected by the Syrian Arab Army and government-supporting militias such as the Christian-based ‘Sootoro’. Undoubtedly it’s the only relatively safe area in north-eastern Syria for Christians to take refuge if they can manage to get past the Kurdish checkpoints.
Quoting a famous French archaeologist, Andre Parrot, The Syria Times reminds us all that “Every human has two homes, his own and Syria”.
The profound fact that Syria is the ancient cradle of civilisation, and also a country exceptionally rare in the modern world where Christianity is considered part of the fundamental fabric of the nation, with a breath-taking abundance of historic Christian and non-Christian sites to visit, is currently bought to life by a delegation of French politicians who are in the middle of an official visit to Syria.
Virginie Joron writes that “The defence of Christians in the East must be one of the main priorities of the resumption of our diplomatic relations with Syria.”
The impressions of her first ever visit to Syria confirm that “there is a complete difference” between the reality that she’s witnessing and the false ideas presented about Syria by the governments and mainstream media of France and Europe. She writes that “It’s time to stop the [ Machiavellianism ] and find peaceful solutions with the Syrian government.”
She writes glowingly of Damascus and how welcoming it still is to tourists and foreign visitors even after the dreadful suffering endured by its inhabitants at the hands of Western geo-political plotting.
“The city is reborn with crowded terraces and there is music everywhere. We feel safe, we feel good. No aggression, no eyes moved, no [ offensive insults ], no hostility in the streets of Damascus. Indeed, we are more than well welcomed. Some are even happy to see French people and be able to speak our language. They come to say hello to us.”
“Mhardeh locals took to the streets of the city to celebrate the Syrian army’s victory over terrorist organisations in the northern countryside of Hama. These organisations used to target innocent people in the city and its vicinity with rockets on a daily basis only because they support their army and leadership.
The locals expressed their happiness at getting rid of terrorist attacks, stressing their full support for the Syrian army in bringing back safety and security to the entire Syrian territory.
Over the past eight years, Mhardeh city has been a story of steadfastness and resistance against terrorism. Its people never gave up or left their lands and homes despite daily terror attacks by terrorist groups, as they were confident that the Syrian army will come to rid them of terrorism”
200 young Catholics of the Syriac Patriarchate of Antioch spent the day talking with their country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, who came to visit their Catholic youth camp held at the Monastery of Saint Thomas in Saidnaya, near Damascus, on 4th July.
President al-Assad, is known throughout the Middle East for his fervent protection of the Christians who, alongside many of their Moslem countrymen, are still under fierce attack from Western-supported Wahhabi-Salafists belonging to ISIS, al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. The president was presented with an ornate copy of Holy Scripture.
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“My time in Syria began with an assignment in the Christian village of Maaloula, at the heart of the mountains in the north of Damascus. This is a charming village with an incredible cultural heritage, and I was struck by the beauty of the surroundings. The village is made of old houses painted in blue near churches with some of them built more than 1600 years ago and a great statue of Mary is contemplating the valley from the top of a hill……..
After Maaloula, I went to Aleppo to work on another assignment for three weeks. I felt so privileged to be able to discover this city that I always dreamed of. It has a profoundly rich cultural heritage and is considered as one of the oldest cities of the world……..
Finally, and to finish my time in Syria, I was sent to Homs, third biggest Syrian city. Here again, I discovered entire neighbourhoods shattered by the war with broken glass still paving the streets. Every week we went to the Qara monastery to offer our help for the many works that had to be done. We also spent quite a lot of time in Sadad, a small Christian village in the desert where we visited the elderly and gave French classes to adults and teenagers. My Syrian adventure ended on a high note with the Pentecost pilgrimage near Tartous with all the French and Syrian volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient. ”
“I have visited As Suqaylabiyah many times over the last year and have personally experienced a number of the attacks on the town by the HTS-dominated terrorist groups embedded in the surrounding countryside. In September 2018, Al Suqaylabiyah and the neighbouring town of Mhardeh were targeted with prohibited ground-launched cluster munitions and Grad missiles. In Mhardeh, 13 civilians were killed in the attack, another massacre that barely registered in Western reporting.
The shock that resonated throughout Al Suqaylabiyah after the deaths of four children in May 2019 was unprecedented. I visited the town about a week after the attack ……..”
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From the Syrian Ministry of Tourism.
Follow them on Facebook and learn of many more fantastic ancient Christian sites to visit such as the town of Ma’loula (where Aramaic, the principle language spoken by Jesus is still spoken today) or the incredible 11th-century crusader castle, Krak des Chevaliers.
In the heart of Damascus, One of the oldest churches ever built.
The smell & fragrance of old History & Christianity spreading out in every corner,
It is a small underground Chapel ( five meters below ground level today ), this was likely the street level during the Roman period, where Archaeological excavations in 1921 found the remains of a Byzantine church from the 5th or 6th century ..
The Historical Church houses only a small Altar, some Icons and a few pews.
The #Icons in the church tell the story of the conversion of #Saul_of_Tarsus, who converted to Christianity & became St. #Paul_the_Apostle, when Hananiya (Ananias) received a divine revelation from #Jesus_Christ instructing him to visit Saul, and by placing his hand’s upon his eyes, restored Saul’s vision. and Ananias baptized Saul and became Christian,,,
The Syria Times reports that “Maronite Patriarch Mor Bechara Boutros al-Rahi has renewed his call on the international community to help the displaced Syrians return to their homeland.”
Patriarch al-Rahi stated that certain governments are purposely preventing the return of Syrian refugees due to geo-political machinations “which have nothing to do with human values.”
Patriarch al-Rahi previously affirmed back in April that “some international parties don’t want displaced Syrians to return home” because it “serves their political interests.”
This horrific fact was also affirmed by the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, and other government ministers to one of The Saint George Educational Trust’s founding trustees during a recent visit to The Lebanon.
Al-Suqaylabiyah buries its children.
As the long-awaited offensive of the Syrian Arab Army against al-Qaeda is finally launched to clear Idlib of more than 30,000 foreign head-chopping terrorists, the number of civilian martyrs also increases. The Wahhabi-Salafist terrorists are continuing to bombard the Christian villages of al-Suqaylabiyah and Mahardah in northern Hama.
On Sunday, four children and a woman died martyrs under the rockets of terrorists. Six others were critically injured.
SOS Chrétiens d’Orient is on the ground helping the families of martyrs in Mahardah, al-Suqaylabiyah
When I arrived in Damascus in 2006 I hardly ever met anyone asking for aid. Querying this fact I was helped by a fellow priest who told me that this was normal in a country where education and hospital facilities are free: low salaries were enough for everyday needs. There was no need to beg.
Eight years of war have destroyed an entire country and its peaceful people: unmerited destruction, 600,000 deaths, 12 million refugees and homeless exiles, a paralyzed economy, worthless money, and. ever-rising inflation, all with a crushing embargo. .
Families are saying now: we were better off with bombs flying around us. We could take shelter and hide somewhere. .How can we get away now with an economic war knocking at the door?
A WOUNDED HUMANITY:
The economic struggle is fast taking the place of the violent military interventions and touches all social classes; the embargo on anything from Iran has engulfed the Syrian people who are seemingly forgotten and left in misery. .
If it was hard to meet a poor Syrian in 2006, today it is impossible not to come across a Syrian who is not living in need whilst facing impossible social problems, all crowned by a constant lack of work, and therefore continual unemployment.
How difficult it is to see those families torn apart more and more, and obliged to continually beg to stay alive. However, the hardest is not that of seeing people in need but how their human dignity is so wounded. Bitterness can be seen so easily in the faces which do not look one in the eye in order to avoid further humiliation.
In the face of this hurt and broken people the Church keeps looking at the EMPTY TOMB.
Maronite Archbishop of Damascus
“We are angry at the sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States against Syria, which only exacerbate the humanitarian situation without having any impact on the end of hostilities and the establishment of peace.”
“On the one hand, all the armed rebel groups are now amassed in the province of Idlib. Al-Nusra, the local emanation of al-Qaeda, recognized as a terrorist group by the UN and the international community, is in the process of eliminating or engulfing all other movements, of Islamic inspiration, with the force of weapons. For months, the Syrian army has wanted to launch an offensive to free the latter province from the hands of terrorists, 30 thousand of them foreigners, but the Western powers, ……. are preventing it.”
“On the other hand, a war is unfolding on our territory and it is the one that pits Turkey against the Kurdish militias. Finally, the Americans who illegally established two bases in a sovereign nation, today want to withdraw following the decision of President Donald Trump. But his administration, like Congress, are incapable of reaching agreement on this strategy and try to sabotage it by all means possible.”
“During the difficult years of the conflict, our aid programs sought to nourish, dress, give food and shelter to displaced people and their families in need. Now, we believe that the priority is to guarantee work to people so that they can earn a decent living from the fruits of their labour and become independent, breaking free from the aid upon which they have depended for seven years now.
Unfortunately, our resources like those of all others are greatly diminished. With the end of the fighting, the donations of individuals have dropped considerably. And international charitable organizations refuse, in most cases, to finance development programs; some still intend to support outdated relief plans. As if we wanted to keep people in need forever, in a state of begging and dependence, rather than restoring their dignity and hope.”
“Yes, we are angry.”