24/02/2021

U.S. Congresswoman Lesko reintroduces House Resolution calling for recognition of 1933 Simele Massacre

WASHINGTON – Republican Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ-8) this week reintroduced to the US House of Representatives resolution H. RES . 1246, “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding United States policy recognizing the Semele Massacre of 1933.”

The reintroduced Resolution (H. Res. 143) would foresee in the House of Representatives’ official recognition of the 1933 Simele Massacre on the Suraye-Syriacs (Chaldeans-Arameans-Assyrians) in which, over the course of the month of August 1933, Iraqi armed forces of the Kingdom of Iraq, together with local Arab and Kurdish allies, brutally massacred an estimated 6,000 Syriac men, women, and children, looting and destroying tens of villages, with the massacre in the town of Simele being the most heinous.

Lesko was again joined by co-sponsors Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18; of Suraya descent ), Josh Harder (D-CA-10), Brad Sherman (D-CA-30), Scott Perry (R-PA-10), and new co-sponsor David Schweikert (R-AZ-6) in the reintroduction of the resolution. The resolution is now referred to the House Committee of Foreign Affairs.

In the press statement accompanying the initial introduction of the resolution to the House in December 2020 , Representative Debbie Lesko stated:

“The Assyrian community has suffered immense hardship throughout history, including the horrific Semele Massacre… It is my hope that this resolution will bring attention to the atrocities that occurred in 1933 so that we can avoid the actions and policies which led to them in the past.”

The Lesko bipartisan supported resolution “rejects any efforts to associate the U.S. Government with denial of the Semele Massacre, and encourages the education of the public to increase understanding of the massacre.”

Despite many urgent calls by Suraye-Syriac political parties and organizations the Simele massacre is still not recognized by the Iraqi state and is not recorded in Iraqi school books.

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