UPDATED: Australian Coptic Community Rallies for Iraq’s Christians

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The ACM endorses this event and will be actively participating. We encourage all to attend and for Australian-Egyptians in Sydney to bring along Australian & Egyptian flags and crosses. We will keep you updated.

In response to the purging of Iraqi Christians from Mosul, namely the Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs, the “Make A Difference” organization (MAD) has taken the initiative to organize and conduct a peaceful protest in support of Iraqi Christians to coincide with the ‘worldwide protests, demand for action’ on Saturday, 2 August 2014 in Sydney.

The protest will demand, among other things, the United Nations urgently intervene to:
(i) stop the forced displacement of Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs and other Christians from Mosul and areas controlled by ISIS through the deployment of international peacekeeping forces;
(ii) setup a ‘safe haven’ protection zone to safeguard those vulnerable communities; and
(iii) provide immediate on the ground aid and humanitarian assistance to address the growing humanitarian crisis in Iraq and neighbouring regions.

We call on Australian Christians of all denominations, human rights activists, media, elected officials, and all individuals concerned about the welfare of Iraq’s imperiled minorities to attend this protest and rally in support of these beleaguered communities. We also urge people to raise awareness of the plight of Iraqi Christians and to communicate this protest to their friends, colleagues, sympathetic individuals, churches and other relevant organisations, whether through mass, meetings or online social media.

As the lives of Iraqi Christians remain imperil, we need to take a stand that our leaders cannot ignore. We need to demonstrate to our leaders how deeply this issue affects us all. We need to communicate to the world that the international community must take swift and decisive action to bring an end to oppression and injustice. We must raise our voices and say we will not be satisfied until we see the human rights of Iraqi Christians respected and protected. Each and every voice counts. Make your voice count!

PROTEST INFORMATION

– AUGUST 2ND 2014

– MEETING AT SYDNEY CENTRAL TRAIN STATION AT 9AM

 

 

SYMBOLS FOR PROTEST

Symbols to be used at protest include the Nazarene ‘N’ in Arabic (which means Christian). ISIS marked homes in Mosul with this symbol in order to identify Christians who were subject to ISIS’s ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay ‘Jizya’ or die. We ask and encourage all those who will be attending this protest to display this symbol in solidarity with Iraqi Christians. Feel free to print out or create posters and shirts using this symbol.

ACM RELIEF FUND

The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd (ACM) has established a relief fund to provide much needed assistance to displaced Iraqi Christians. Proceeds will be sent to local Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac community organisations that are overseeing the relief effort to provide displaced Iraqi Christians with basic necessities. To make a contribution to relief fund, please direct funds via online transfer to the following account:

Account name: The Australian Coptic Movement Association (Ltd)
BSB Number: 032-273
Account Number: 317405
Reference: Mosul

Contributions to this relief fund are tax-deductible for Australian donors. To request a receipt, please email info@auscma.com with details of your transfer.

The Australian Coptic Movement Association


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12 Responses to “UPDATED: Australian Coptic Community Rallies for Iraq’s Christians”

  1. Eddie says:

    Thank you for your support. God bless you all. Together we can make a difference for our Christian brothers and sisters.

  2. Peter says:

    Please don’t just read and see but lead! Be the first to bring up the conversation in your home, friendship circles and work colleagues. We all have the right to freedom of speech, so exercise this right! Christians and minority groups across the Middle East, Africa and especially Iraq and Syria do not have this right. They have no voice, so be their voice and stand up for them. Each day, pray for their safety. Mary Help of Christians, Pray for Us.

  3. Darryl says:

    It is so important today to realize that what is happening to Christians in the middle east & Africa – will happen in all countries unless militant & radical islam is stopped. The question is how do we know which muslims are moderate & which are radical. The answer is that we do not. In WWI & WWII our fathers & grandfathers fought against an evil ideology & an imperial power. Please join the dots to see that what they suffered is occurring again, now, across the globe. Don’t let this new threat take hold as it is trying to do. Please think carefully about what you purchase & where those funds end up. Stand next to religions that are openly & proven peaceful – together we are strong, but divided amongst many different fractions of Christianity, Buddhism, Sikh, Hindu, Atheist, Mormon, Jew etc etc – we are weak. Look to them for support & build bridges before its too late.

  4. Joe says:

    It is an absolute disgrace that we see nothing in the media about the suffering of Christians that is going on across the middle east and africa. This is the greatest injustice happening in the world at this point in time. If the international community does not realise and take action right now we are going to look back one day at an extermination of innocent people that could have been prevented.

    Christians in peril across the world, you have the absolute support of this Jew, and many others…

  5. JIMJFOX says:

    As an atheist (reviled by most religious believers) I see evil in most religions BUT I would support your initiative. Please be aware that it is not just ISIL/ISIS/IS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, or all the other Islamic “extremist groups” but ISLAM itself that is the problem. There is no ‘extreme’ or ‘moderate’ Islam.

  6. Peter R says:

    I Will be there.
    Any Ideas for Slogans.
    As we have a professing Catholic PM can we make a powerfully and compelling appeal to him? something that will require a public response, this will hopefully draw more exposure in the Media.

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  8. Christine says:

    Standing with you in solidarity and walking with you tomorrow.

  9. Gary says:

    I’ll be surprised if any left wing labour, greenies, human rights activists then up to this. The plight of persecution to non-Muslims seems to be not newsworthy. Amazing when you consider Australia is pedominantly Christian country.

  10. Patriot says:

    My Brethren in humanity
    As an Arab who happened not to be a Christian I was and still very sad about what goes in Iraq.

    However, I was sad to see this gathering had a very strong anti-Muslim tune in it. The so called ISIS killed more Muslims than Christians. How about them? Why we don’t see any Christian and in particular Coptic support and sympathy for all the victims of this Forth Generation Warfare? could it be that Christians are only concerned about the life of a Christian? and the rest of the people are not important??

    Unfortunately many of the signs and placards failed to address the reality behind the so called ISIS, Why is it that Christians fail to understand that all this campaigns to eliminate Arab Christians is only a small part of the overall warfare on the Arab nation???
    I have not come across a single Christian who can point to the CIA, Musad, MI6 as the real masterminds of this patsies. why is that??

    I did not see many of Iraqi flags or Syrian flags in the campaign, all I saw was Cross. This is a clear expression of the narrow mentality that Christians suffer from. The question is not the oppression of a Christian but an injustice against a member of human family.

    One more dangerous and utterly foolish is the call for sending the so called international peace keeppers to the region!!!!
    calling for intervention to a sovereign nation is an invitation to war. Since when international community was interested in keeping peace??? This is only a call which can be made by people who lack insight and love for the fatherland.

    In the eyes of every patriot in the world, calling for foreign intervention to his fatherland is an act treason and treason deserves capital punishment.

    What goes in the Arab countries is the direct result of western imperial interference in that region.

    SO LONG AS THE CHRISTIANS ARE INCAPABLE OF COMPREHENDING THIS SIMPLE FACT THEY WILL REMAIN INCAPABLE OF SURVIVING IN THE REGION. AS LONG AS THEY SEE THE MUSLIMS AS THEIR ENEMY AND ADOPT THE INDIFFERENT MINORITY ATTITUDE, AND ENTERTAIN THE DELUSION THAT THE WEST IS SO MUCH WORRIED ABOUT THEM,,,, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE A FAIR GAME FOR THE ZIONIST-WAHHABI WARFARE ON THE ARAB NATION.

    This problem can be solved only by a genuine co operation between the inhabitants of that region, not by victim-playing and adopting Neo-Conservative style of anti-Islamism and anti-Arabism.

    Finally I should remind that what goes in Syria, Iraq and Palestine is not separated issues from each other, the ENEMY is one,the victim is one, THE STRUGGLE IS ONE.

    From this standpoint I urge my Christian family to raise their voice against the Brutal ethnic cleansing campaign that the Barbaric apartheid regime of Israel is committing against the Palestinians. The occupational regime has already cleansed thousands of the Palestinian Christians before it turned to liquidate the people of the Besieged Gaza.

    The liberation of Palestine is the key to liberation of the Arab nation including Muslims and Christians.
    Blessed be the peace makers,

  11. Linda says:

    Where can I donate to help my brothers and sisters in Christ? I live in the US…thanks

    • Sarah says:

      Hi linda, go to Donate and use paypal. Thank you for your support for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

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