INTERNATIONAL APPEAL TO:

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC, TO ALL PARTIES IN THE CONFLICT THE GOVERNMENT OF WESTERN AND EASTERN COUNTRIES, THE EUROPEAN UNION, UNITED NATIONS, UNESCO, INSTITUTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF SYRIA.

In uniting with the great suffering of the Syrian people and trusting in the urgent pacification of Syria, we ask for the immediate implementation of protection for the cultural heritage of the country, which is undergoing extensive damage.
In particular, we appeal for the protection of the Citadel, the old town and all the monuments and buildings belonging to all the different religions in the city of Aleppo.

The uniqueness of the cultural history of Aleppo is a priceless cultural heritage and is beautifully demonstrated by a long tradition of peaceful coexistence between different religious groups.

The loss of this unique unity and capacity for coexistence would represent a resounding defeat for the civilization of the twenty-first century, which we do not want and we oppose.
In particular, we call for the reintroduction of the use of those very religious sites (mosques, churches, synagogues, monasteries, shrines), which risk complete destruction, as they are being occupied and used for military purposes by the various parties in the conflict. In addition, we ask that religious buildings, museums, archaeological sites, ancient houses, are protected from looting and vandalism, and international governments commit themselves to pursuing and punishing those who are trafficking the stolen cultural property of the Syrian people.
The ancient historical centers of Aleppo and Damascus, Bosra, Palmyra, Hisn al Akrād and Qal'at Salah El-Din, and a group of ancient villages of northern Syria, are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Defending the Syrian cultural heritage means defending the civilization of the twenty-first century. 


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DEFEND SYRIA - SAVE ALEPPO


Our  appeal was sent to  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon,  to European Parliament President Martin Schulz, to European Council HRVP Catherine Ashton, to Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova, to Arab League Secretary General Nabil El Araby, to Syrian Minister of Tourism  Hala Mohammad  Al-Nasser, to Syrian Minister of Culture  Lubanah  Mshaweh, and to other international institutions .

Rome, 2010/2012 SALVAIMONASTERI-SAVETHEMONASTERIES

 

Arabic Version

    للدفاع عن سوريا, لانقاذ حلب
نداء:
الى قيادة الجمهورية العربية السورية
الى جميع اطراف الصراع القائم
الى حكومات الدول الغربية والعربية
الى الاتحاد الاوربي
الى الامم المتحدة
الى الاونيسكو
الى المؤسسات والمنظمات العالمية
معا لانقاذ التراث الحضاري في سوريا
متحدين مع الالم العميق للشعب السوري وواثقين بالمصالحة الملحة في سوريا, نطالب فورا استعادة حماية التراث الثقافي للبلد الذي يعاني اضراراً جسيمة واسعة النطاق. على وجه الخصوص, نناشد بضمان حماية القلعة, ووسط المدينة القديم وجميع المعالم الاثرية والمباني التابعة لجميع الطوائف الدينية المختلفة في مدينة حلب.
الطابع الفريد للتاريخ الثقافي لمدينة حلب يتمثل في تراثها الثقافي الذي لا يقدر بثمن, ويتجلى بشكل رائع في التقليد الراسخ للتعايش السلمي بين جميع الجماعات الدينية المختلفة. ان فقدان هذا الطابع الفريد والقدرة على التعايش قد يؤدي الى انهيار حضارة القرن الواحد والعشرين الذي لا نريد ان نراه والذي عليه نعارض.
على وجه الخصوص, فاننا ندعو الى استعادة استخدام تلك المواقع الدينية الخاصة (المساجد, الكنائس, المعابد, الاديرة, و الاماكن المقدسة), التي هي في خطر التدمير الشامل لكونها محتلة ومستخدمة لاهداف عسكرية من قبل مختلف الاطراف.
بالإضافة إلى ذلك، فإننا نطالب أن تتم حماية المباني الدينية والمتاحف والمواقع الاثرية والبيوت القديمة, من النهب والتخريب, وأن تلتزم الحكومات الدولية بملاحقة التهريب غير الشرعي للممتلكات الثقافية السورية المسروقة. ان المراكز التاريخية القديمة في حلب ودمشق, وبصرى وتدمر وحصن الاكراد وقلعة صلاح الدين ومجموعة من القرى القديمة في شمال سوريا, جميعها معترف عليها من اليونيسكو بانها تراث عالمي. الدفاع عن التراث الثقافي السوري للدفاع عن حضارة القرن الحادي والعشرين.
                             

Italian Version

APPELLO
AL GOVERNO DELLA REPUBBLICA ARABA SIRIANA, A TUTTE LE PARTI  IN CONFLITTO, AI GOVERNI DEI PAESI OCCIDENTALI E ORIENTALI , ALL’ UNIONE EUROPEA, ALLE NAZIONI UNITE, ALL’UNESCO, ALLE ISTITUZIONI ED ORGANIZZAZIONI  INTERNAZIONALI , PER LA SALVAGUARDIA DEL PATRIMONIO CULTURALE DELLA SIRIA.

Unendoci alla grande sofferenza del popolo siriano e confidando nell’urgente  pacificazione della Siria, chiediamo che sia immediatamente ristabilita la tutela del patrimonio culturale del paese che sta subendo danni ingentissimi.
In special modo, ci appelliamo  perché sia garantita  la salvaguardia della Cittadella, del centro storico e di tutti i monumenti ed edifici appartenenti a tutte le diverse confessioni  religiose nella città di Aleppo.
L’unicità storico-culturale di Aleppo è  rappresentata dal suo inestimabile patrimonio culturale ed  è magnificamente testimoniata da una consolidata   tradizione di pacifica convivenza fra  gruppi di diversa appartenenza religiosa.
La perdita di tale unicità e di tale capacità di convivenza significherebbe una sconfitta della civiltà del XXI secolo a cui non vogliamo assistere e a cui ci opponiamo. 
In particolare, chiediamo che venga  ripristinato l’utilizzo proprio di quei siti religiosi (moschee, chiese, sinagoghe, monasteri, santuari), che  rischiano la completa distruzione essendo occupati e utilizzati  per fini militari dalle diverse parti. Inoltre, chiediamo che edifici religiosi, musei, scavi archeologici, antiche case, vengano protetti da saccheggi e vandalismi, e che i governi internazionali si impegnino a perseguire duramente il traffico di beni culturali siriani trafugati. Gli antichi centri storici di Aleppo e di Damasco,  Bosra, Palmira, Hisn al Akrad e Qal’at Salah El-Din, e un gruppo di antichi villaggi della Siria settentrionale,  sono  riconosciuti Patrimonio dell’Umanità dall’Unesco. Difendere il patrimonio culturale della Siria per difendere la civiltà del XXI secolo. 

 

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Elisabetta Valgiusti,  Salvaimonasteri-Savethemonasteries, Roma, Italia 

Massimo Cacciari, Venezia, Italia

H. E. Msgr. William Shomali, Auxiliary Bishop  of Jerusalem, Israel

Tito Amodei , Roma, Italia

Padre Joseph Tobji, Aleppo, Siria

On. Pierluigi Castagnetti, Roma, Italia

Maria Giovanna Muzj, Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Roma, Italia

Francesca Flores D'Arcais, Università Cattolica di Padova, Italia

Padre  Alex Zanotelli, Napoli, Italia

Gianclaudio Macchiarella, Università Cà Foscari, Venezia, Italia

Dacia Maraini, Roma, Italia

Marzio Lolli Ghetti, Roma, Italia

Macrios Jabbour, Aleppo, Siria

Father Thomas Mc Dermott O.P.,St. Vincent Ferrer Priory, River Forest, Il, Usa

Patrizia Molinari, Accademia Belle Arti Frosinone, Roma, Italia

Amir Harrak , University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Boghos Levon Zekiyan,  Università Cà Foscari, Venezia, Italia

Giovanni Gentili, Rimini, Italia

Sr. M. Carmen Herrer Herrer, Alexandria, Egypt

Margherita Levi,  Milano, Italia

Giorgio Arcadici, Borgomanero, Italia

Luciana Stella, Milano, Italia

Roberto Giambrone, Palermo Italia

Claudia Danzi, Verona, Italia

Sebastian Paul Brock , University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Andrea Tanilli, Roma, Italia

Daniela Serpilli, Roma, Italia

Carlo Carboni, Fano, Italia

Luisa Bastoni, Milano, Italia

Daniela Serpilli, Roma, Italia

Sr. Marie-Cecile Osborne RJM, Lahore, Pakistan

Carlo Carboni, Fano, Italia

Luisa Bastoni, Milano, Italia

Francesco Di Lello, Terracina, Italia

Wanda Mafezzoni, Bielefeld, Deutschland  

Mario Maritano, Università Pontificia Salesiana, Roma, Italia

Sryoum Naza Arour , Lebanon

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Andrea Bulgarini, Italia

Lucia Mercalli, Milano, Italia

Mustafa Alward, Amman, Jordan



Ayad Al Sultan,  Amman , Jordan

Alan Khatib, Clifton, Va, Usa

Fiorenzo De Gasperi, Trento , Italia

Erica C D Hunter,  SOAS University of London, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Fr. Richard Stark SVD,  Church of  Visitation, St. Petersburgh , Russia

Maria Angela Monterisi,  Risceglie,  Italia

Eleonora Trentini, Bovolone, Italia 



Falah Shaker Yahya, Amman, Jordan 


Richard Pinion, Sevierville, TN,  Usa

Emanuela Amendola, Pisa, Italia

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Fulvio Lo Faro,  Nicosia, Italia

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Rosa D’Amico, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Italia

P. Bruno Moriconi, Pontificio Istituto Teresianum, Roma, Italia

Rosanna Busacca, Conco, Italia

Evangelia Hadjitryphonos,  Aristotelian University Thessaloniki,  Greece

Mujbil Al-Marsumi, Baghdad, Iraq

Giuseppe Cocco, Roma, Italia

Silvia Cappucci, Bologna,  Italia

Luigia Passerini , Bologna, Italia

Marco Rossi, Università  Cattolica di Milano, Milano, Italia

Gabriella Cotta, Università La Sapienza , Roma, Italia

Franca Sita, Catanzaro, Italia

Elizabeth Key Fowden, Berlin, Germany

Sundus Henderson, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Andrew Louth FBA, Durham University, Darlington, United Kingdom

Elizabeth Williams, New York, NY, Usa

Faris Elias Hasso, Baghdad, Iraq

Fr. Columba Stewart OSB , Hill Museum, Collegeville, MN, Usa

Giuseppe Samir Eid, Milano, Italia

Talal Anaie, Helsinki, Denmark

Matteo Crivella, Facoltà Teologica dell'Italia Settentrionale, Milano, Italia

Irene Tinti, Brescia, Italia

Emanuela Gall Ligal , Padova, Italia

H. E. Msgr.  Lawrence Saldanha,  Archbishop emeritus of Lahore, Pakistan

Gabriella Ceciliati,  Venezia, Italia



Benoit Du Rey Sabine, Venezia, Italia 



Baykar Sivazliyan , Università degli Studi di Milano, Italia

Gueguel Khatchadouran, Milano, Italia



Martina Corgnati,  Università  degli Studi  di Milano, Italia



Teresa Volini, Potenza, Italia

Corina Cohal, Torino, Italia



Bruno Ciliento, Torino, Italia



Marina Mavian, Milano,  Italia

Claudio Gerola,  Rovereto, Italia

Ilaria Grosso, Milano, Italia

Sona Haroutyunian, Università Cà Foscari,  Venezia, Italia 



Garazioti Irini,  Milano, Italia

Alberto Rosselli, Genova, Italia

Simona Bochmer,  Italia

Brusamolino Silvana,  Milano, Italia

Silvano Scapinelli,  Cento, Italia



Paola Mildonian,  Università Cà Foscari, Venezia, Italia

Raffaella Corcione, Roma, Italia 



Elena Vida, Milano, Italia

Silvia Bertapelle, Venezia, Italia 



Niccolo' Pambazzi,  Delft , Netherlands



Mary Avakian, Taranto, Italia

Giuseppe Manzoni di Chiosca, Milano, Italia

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Giuseppe Manzoni di Chiosca, Milano, Italia

Etta Lisa Basaldella, Venezia, Italia

Carlo Coppola, Centro Studi Hrand Nazariantz, Bari, Italia

Marco Battaglia, '800 MusicaFestival, Milano, Italia

Kambiz Dowlatchahi, Roma, Italia

Lesley Court, Venezia, Italia

Gabriella Uluhogian, Bologna, Italia

Ludovica Cantarutti, Pordenone, Italia

Viscovi Mario, Milano, Italia

Marta Kovacs, Belgium

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Serena Maria Cecchini, Roma, Italia

Fausto Facheris, Bergamo, Italia

Daniele Garrone, Facoltà Valdese di Teologia, Roma, Italia

Paola Antoni, Roma, Italia

Nicoletta Invernizzi, Busto Arsizio, Italia

P. Jacques  Bezdikian, Venezia, Italia

Marzia Bonetti, Milano, Italia

H. Exc. Mr. Ghanim Taha Al-Shibli, Ambassador Head of Arab League Mission to Italy and Holy See , Rome, Italy

Gianna Andrian, Ferrara, Italia

Marco Massari, Ferrara, Italia

Angela Zaffaroni, Monza, Italia

Ermanno Arslan, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma, Italia

Marco Squarcini, Milano, Italia

Fr.Roberto Giraldo, Istituto Studi Ecumenici, Venezia, Italia

Araxy Arslanian, Genova, Italia

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Gianni Piffari, Bologna, Italia

Margherita Lo Verde, Bologna, Italia

Francesca Dell'Acqua, Università di Salerno, Italia

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Giovanni Saracino, Trieste,Italia

Luisa La Malfa, Roma, Italia 

Marco Bonetti, Monza, Italia

Alessandro Pirola, Milano, Italia  

Dario Buzzo, Milano, Italia

P. Laurent  Basanese, Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Roma, Italia

H.G. Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Armenian Apostolic Church, Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia 

Alberto Buttaglieri, Roma, Italia

John Healey, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Maria Di Falco, Roma, Italia

Eugenie Arslanian, Genova, Italia 

Matteo Miele,Terracina, Italia 

Sonia Shaghoyan,Verona, Italia

Elena Angiolini, Latina, Italia 

Paola Antoni, Roma, Italia 

Filomena Provenzano, Porto Empedocle, Italia

Federico Eichberg, Roma, Italia

Silvana Capurso, Bari, Italia

Paolo Proietti, Roma, Italia 

Nevio Costantini, Padova, Italia  

Bhisham Chandiramani, Mumbai, India  

Grazia Mento, Messina, Italia

Paolo Mento, Torino, Italia

Sr. Agnes Mariam of the Cross, Beirut, Libano

Suahil H. Zavaro, San Diego, Usa

Anita Cinti, Monza, Italia

Elisabetta Nicotra, Roma, Italia

Ilaria M. Grosso, Milano, Italia

Ghassan Shathaya, San Diego, Usa

Razek Siriani,  Director of Ecumenical Relations, Aleppo, Syria

Maral Darakjian , Aleppo, Syria

Mary Avakian, Taranto, Italia

Katie Bryer, London,  United Kingdom

Yeghis Keheyan, Roma , Italia

Patrizia Taccani, Milano, Italia

Raffaella Corcione, Roma,  Italy

Ludwig Naroyan, Lugano, Switzerland

Belkacem Mammeri, M'Sila, Algeria

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