Thursday, February 11, 2016

Arabs or Arameans?

Dry Bones, Kirschen, Arabs, Aramean, Christian, Father Nadaf, Nazareth, Greek Orthodox, Israel,
The news Item:
Israeli Christians Officially Recognized as Arameans, Not Arabs
By Veronica Peterson Feb 05, 2016

Earlier this year, Israel took the first step in recognizing the nation’s Christians as an independent minority. Now, local Israeli Christians can register as a distinct ethnicity, as well. Lumped together with the Arab population for centuries, Israel’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) has been instructed to now recognize the bulk of the country’s Christians as Aramaeans, the actual ethnicity of most of the region’s Christians prior to the Arab Muslim conquest.

The existence of the Aramean nationality is clear and obvious,” wrote Interior Minister Gideon Saar in his official directive to the PIBA. Saar noted that local Aramean Christians have a distinct “historical heritage, religion, culture, descent and language” - all the conditions necessary to be recognized as a national or ethnic group. The change in the national registry will be by request for those Christians born into Christian families or clans and who can speak Aramaic. source:

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