Beth Nahrin Council and affiliated institutions honor Martyr Matay Rabo Alptekin, commemorates his dedication to Syriac struggle

BETH NAHRIN — The Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB), including the Universal Syriac Union Party (USUP) and the European Syriac Union (ESU), paid tribute to the memory of Matay Rabo Iskender Alptekin, a founding member and former President of ESU who tragically lost his life in 2010 at the age of 49.

ESU stated, “We remember the martyrdom of Matay Rabo Alptekin, an influential and dedicated figure in the national and patriotic struggle of the Syriac people, who excelled in various political, social, and artistic endeavors.”

The USUP added, “The memory of Martyr Alptekin remains etched in our hearts and minds, and his unwavering commitment to the cause will forever be ingrained in our nation’s conscience.”

Following his emigration to Switzerland, Alptekin embarked on a national struggle for the revival of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people. He delved into music, establishing a musical band and composing patriotic and national songs. In one of his compositions, he urged, “Oh, Syriac youth, let us return to our homeland.”

Subsequently, Alptekin joined the MUB and became an active member, dedicating himself to the revival of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people. He served as the inaugural head of ESU and took on other responsibilities, including managing Suroyo TV and other MUB institutions.

Matay Rabo’s national efforts extended beyond Europe, encompassing militant and organizational actions in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and the United States.

After his martyrdom, Alptekin’s body was repatriated to his hometown of Kafro in the Tur Abdin region in southeastern Turkey. His funeral service was broadcast live by Suroyo TV, demonstrating the deep appreciation and respect of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people for their fallen martyrs.

The funeral of Matay Rabo featured poignant political speeches, emphasizing the significance of the 1915 Sayfo Genocide, which remains an integral part of the commemoration.