ISRAEL - Assyrians Seek Shelter in Jewish State

Arno Froese

Assyrians were again gathering in Israel, but not as part of an invasion. They were here to participate in a conference hosted by the Committee for the Resurrection of the Aramaic Language. 

There are today only about three million Assyrians in the world, and only about half of them still live in the Middle East, where their ancient language is hanging on by a thread. Except in Israel.

But it’s not the Jews of Israel who are primarily leading this resurgence. Rather, it’s local Arabic-speaking Christians who are once again asserting their Aramean heritage. As they explain it, local Christians were here before the Arab Muslim invasion, and are therefore originally not Arabs, but instead descendants of the ancient Aramaic-speaking peoples of the region.

The State of Israel has officially recognized this movement, and several years ago passed legislation allowing those who so choose to be identified as Arameans on their national ID cards. The government estimates that there are well over 100,000 local Arabic-speakers who are eligible to be recognized as Arameans.

As for the Assyrians, one of the participants in [the] discussion, Juliana Taimoorazy, was cited by the Tazpit News Agency as saying to the Israeli participants: “It’s a blessing that you have this land, and I hope that soon we will make Aliya to Nineveh.”, 4 April 2022

Arno's Commentary

When it comes to languages, Israel is probably the most diverse. The reason is that Jews from around the world have returned to the land of Israel. Many keep up traditions such as the language they spoke in the Diaspora. 

Way back in the time of Moses, Israel was instructed to remember: “And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten” (Exodus 13:3).

But there is also a great future, which includes the Assyrians: “In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance” (Isaiah 19:24-25).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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