Universal Syriac Union Party President Mrad rejects attempts to impose certain identities on Christians in Lebanon

BEIRUT — President of the Universal Syriac Union Party (USUP) in Lebanon Ibrahim Mrad rejected any attempts to impose certain cultural identities on Christians in Lebanon.

“Any attempts to impose what Jamal Abdul Nasser, the Palestinians, and the Baathists could not impose with iron and fire on the Christian people, including imposing a foreign cultural identity on Christians with the pretext of aid, economy, and geographical depth, will not be accepted,” Mrad stated.

“Whoever accepts such identities, under any pretext or circumstance, is a traitor to Christians, their martyrs, their saints, their history, their faith, and their principles,” he added.

Mrad differentiated between the political support for those who want peace and prosperity for Lebanon and its pluralistic people and accepting an identity imposed by common interests between an occupier and many countries, under the pretext of ending fighting and war.

Mrad’s comments come as the Christian and Maronite population of Lebanon continues to decline. The 1932 census of Lebanon put the Christian population at roughly 50%. Today, the Christian population is approximately 35%.