Schakowsky Statement Observing Assyrian Remembrance Day
EVANSTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chairwoman of Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement for Assyrian Remembrance Day:
“August 7, 1933. 88 years ago, this day was the first of several filled with terror that will forever be remembered and recognized by the Assyrian community. Forces from the then-Kingdom of Iraq began systematic assaults on Assyrian villages, killing as many as six thousand innocent people and displacing many more.
“In 2014, when the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) invaded the Nineveh Plain, the invasion also began on August 7 – again subjecting Assyrians to terror and bloodshed on an already infamous day in their community.
“Though observed on the anniversary of the Simele Massacre, Assyrian Remembrance Day is used to honor the victims of all genocidal acts and mass atrocities committed against the Assyrian people in modern history. The day also underscores our shared responsibility to seek justice for the atrocities committed against them.
“I stand with members of the Assyrian American community as we recognize the anniversary of the Simele massacre and the Assyrian Genocide. I am so proud to represent a large Assyrian American population in the 9th Congressional District of Illinois and I cherish my close relationship with them and the important work we do together. My colleagues and I on the Congressional Assyrian Caucus and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission will continue to work hard each and every day to protect religious minorities in Iraq and around the world from violence and persecution.”