Bethnahrin National Council extends Akitu greetings, emphasizes unity and resistance

BETH NAHRIN — The Presidency of the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo d’Bethnahrin, MUB) conveyed warm wishes to the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people around the world on the occasion of the Babylonian Syriac-Assyrian New Year, Akitu, emphasizing the celebration’s deep-rooted significance and the resilience of the people amidst challenges.

In a heartfelt message, the MUB underscored the historical importance of Akitu, symbolizing the rich heritage and enduring spirit of the ancient civilizations of Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia). It highlighted the steadfastness of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people in preserving their cultural legacy and national identity throughout millennia.

Amidst ongoing threats to their homeland and cultural heritage, the Council denounced divisive and genocidal policies of colonial powers, affirming a commitment to unity and nationalism. It emphasized the collective embrace of religious diversity and cultural symbols as shared values.

As celebrations of Akitu resonate from Nineveh Plains to Khabur to Gozarto (Jazira) Canton in North and East Syria and beyond, the MUB lamented efforts by occupying forces to suppress this cherished holiday, recalling the enduring resilience of the people in the face of adversity and persecution throughout history.

In light of escalating risks and threats in Beth Nahrin, the MUB called for organized resistance and unity to confront authoritarian regimes and protect the community’s values. It urged active international support to safeguard freedom and democracy, stressing the importance of collective action to preserve cultural heritage and secure a brighter future.

Concluding its statement, the Presidency of the MUB extended heartfelt congratulations to the people across Beth Nahrin and the diaspora, urging them to continue the fight for freedom and dignity in the spirit of Akitu.