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Post Kerry: It Is Important to Name Daesh Crimes Genocide

Kerry Condemns Destruction of Armenian, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic Churches

WASHINGTON (A.W.)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a press statement on March 17 that the militant Islamic group ISIL/Daesh has and is continuing to commit genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and Shiite Muslims in Syria and Iraq. The U.S. Congress had set a March 17 deadline for Kerry and the State Department to make public their findings about labeling Daeshs crimes as genocide. Kerrys statement marks the first time that the U.S. has used the term genocide to describe an ongoing conflict since Darfur in 2004. Kerry also condemned Daeshs ongoing destruction of cultural heritage, including Armenian churches and other historical monuments.

Secretary of State John Kerry during his March 17 address (Photo: U.S. Department of State/YouTube)

We know that in areas under its control, Daesh has made a systematic effort to destroy the cultural heritage of ancient communitiesdestroying Armenian, Syrian Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches; blowing up monasteries and the tombs of prophets; desecrating cemeteries; and in Palmyra, even beheading the 83-year-old scholar who had spent a lifetime preserving antiquities there, said Kerry, who called the militant group genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions.

The fact is that Daesh kills Christians because they are Christians; Yezidis because they are Yezidis; Shia because they are Shia, said Kerry, stating that the groups entire worldview is based on eliminating those who do not subscribe to its perverse ideology.

Kerry also said that naming these crimes is important; and stopping them is essential. That will require unity in this country and within the countries directly involved, and the determination to act against genocide, against ethnic cleansing, against the other crimes against humanity must be pronounced among decent people all across the globe, said Kerry.

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U.S. House Unanimously Condemns Genocide of Middle East Christians, Minorities

Kerrys statement comes three days after the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously condemned as genocide the groups ongoing crimes against Christians in the Middle East by adopting H.Con.Res.75. On March 14, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) reported that H.Con.Res.75 was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously (393 to 0), condemning the ongoing Daesh crimes against Christiansincluding Armenians and Assyriansas well as Yezidis and other religious minorities in the Middle East.

H.Con.Res.75 was spearheaded by the co-chairs of the House Caucus for Religious Minorities in the Middle East, Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nev.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), both of whom offered powerful remarks following passage of the measure. Eshoo made specific reference to her Armenian and Assyrian ancestry, noting the importance of House reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide.


Kerry Condemns Destruction of Armenian, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic Churches WASHINGTON (A.W.)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a press statement on March 17 that the militant Islamic group ISIL/Daesh has and is continuing to commit genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and Shiite Muslims in Syria and Iraq. The U.S. Congress had set a March 17 deadline for Kerry and the State Department to make public their findings about labeling Daeshs crimes as genocide. Kerrys statement marks the first time that the U.S. has used the term genocide to describe an ongoing conflict since Darfur in 2004. Kerry also condemned Daeshs ongoing destruction of cultural heritage, including Armenian churches and other historical monuments. Secretary of State John Kerry during his March 17 address (Photo: U.S. Department of State/YouTube) We know that in areas under its control, Daesh has made a systematic effort to destroy the cultural heritage of ancient communitiesdestroying Armenian, Syrian Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches; blowing up monasteries and the tombs of prophets; desecrating cemeteries; and in Palmyra, even beheading the 83-year-old scholar who had spent a lifetime preserving antiquities there, said Kerry, who called the militant group genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions. The fact [...]
Kerry Condemns Destruction of Armenian, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic Churches WASHINGTON (A.W.)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a press statement on March 17 that the militant Islamic group ISIL/Daesh has and is continuing to commit genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and Shiite Muslims in Syria and Iraq. The U.S. Congress had set a March 17 deadline for Kerry and the State Department to make public their findings about labeling Daeshs crimes as genocide. Kerrys statement marks the first time that the U.S. has used the term genocide to describe an ongoing conflict since Darfur in 2004. Kerry also condemned Daeshs ongoing destruction of cultural heritage, including Armenian churches and other historical monuments. Secretary of State John Kerry during his March 17 address (Photo: U.S. Department of State/YouTube) We know that in areas under its control, Daesh has made a systematic effort to destroy the cultural heritage of ancient communitiesdestroying Armenian, Syrian Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches; blowing up monasteries and the tombs of prophets; desecrating cemeteries; and in Palmyra, even beheading the 83-year-old scholar who had spent a lifetime preserving antiquities there, said Kerry, who called the militant group genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions. The fact [...]
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