Zone of protection 2015

2015 Call for Zone of Protection to

Save Yezidis and Assyrians from Genocide

Thank you to everyone who signed this statement 2015!

We call upon the United Nations and the international community to:

1. Take immediate action to prevent the torture and slaughter of Assyrian Christian and Yezidi IDPs in Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) who were terrorized during Ramadan 2015 (1436) by anonymous calls on their cell phones saying, “We know who you are! We know where you are! We’re going to finish Ramadan and celebrate Eid al Fitr in Dohuk and then we’re coming to get you!”

2. Institute a zone of protection policed by an international protection force to prevent further genocide of Yezidis and Assyrian Christians in Northern Iraq and the KRG.

3. Undertake the providing of consistent humanitarian aid to the over 375,000 Yezidis in refugee camps in Iraq and the KRG.

4. Undertake the providing of humanitarian aid to the over 190,000 Assyrian Christians from Iraq and the KRG who were forced to flee their homes in July and August 2014 and are living as IDPs in Iraq and refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

During Ramadan in 2014 (1435), similar anonymous calls terrorized Assyrian Christians and Yezidis. Following the calls, over 600,000 Assyrian Christians and Yezidis were forced from their homes; over 10,000 were slaughtered; over 7,000 women and girls were brutally enslaved as sex slaves; 2,000 boys were forced to convert and become child soldiers; tens of thousands were stranded, facing starvation and dehydration while under siege; and thousands were taken hostage, many of whom remain in detention 11 months later,

PLEASE ACT NOW TO SAVE ASSYRIAN CHRISTIANS AND YEZIDIS FROM FURTHER GENOCIDE.

Individuals

Paul Albert, Alameda, California United States
Kawal Ali, Lincoln, Nebraska U.S.A.
Eileen Altman, First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, UCC, Palo Alto, CA U.S.A.
Amir Amiri, San Jose, California U.S.A.
Geri Andrews, Lynnwood, Washington U.S.A.
Sherzad Arab, Duhok, Iraq
George Armstrong, Auckland, Auckland New Zealand
Sabri Atman, Seyfo Center, , Sweden
Sabri Atman, Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.
Sid Awdish, Hamilton, Ontario Canada
Henry Baer, Sausalito, California U.S.A.
Kiran Bali, MBE JP, Chairperson, United Religions Initiative Global Countil, London, England
Idan Barir, Givatayim, Israel Israel
Muhimuzi Benoit, Bujumbura, Burundi Burundi
Barbara Bibel, Berkeley, CA United States
Rabbi Barnett Birckner, Temple Israel of Alameda, Alameda, California U.S.A.
Trent Blare, Gainesville, Florida U.S.A.
Hermann Borg, Mother Earth Network, Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya
Jonson Boutros, Märsta, Stockholm Sweden
Rabbi Barnett Brickner, Temple Israel of Alameda, Alameda, California U.S.A.
Connie Brobeck, Kingston, Ontario Canada
Adam Burke, Phoenix, Arizona U.S.A.
Zeinob Burnham, Capitola, California U.S.A.
Paul Chaffee, The Interfaith Observer (TIO), San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Dianne Comini, Davis, California U.S.A.
Linda L. Crawford, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Anwer Dahak, Youth of Peace Organization, Sanaa, Yemen Yemen
Pastor Ajang Daniel, Kazatsi Reconciliation Center and Human Development, Dos, Plateau Nigeria
Narsai David, Berkeley, California U.S.A.
Inna Del Deb, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Reverend Jim DeLange, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Shoshanah Devorah, Ukiah, CA U.S.A.
Stephanie DeWoods, Seattle, Washington U.S.A.
Kate Doherty, Oakland, California U.S.A.
Neil Douglas-Klotz, Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning eial.org, Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland United Kingdom
Acharya Dwivedi, Global Clergy Association of Canada, Surrey, British Columbia Canada
Roger Eaton, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Eric Edelman, New York, New York U.S.A.
Eddy El-Baba, London, Middlesex United Kingdom
Hasan Fandi, Holt, Michigan U.S.A.
Quazi Fawad, Columbus, Indiana U.S.A.
Alina Feher-Gavra, Cuenca, Ecuador
Rabbi Fern Feldman, Santa Cruz, California U.S.A.
Fred Fielding, President, Interfaith Center at the Presidio, Alameda, California U.S.A.
Nancy Fisher, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Elzbieta Frackowiak, Cracow, Malopolskie Poland
Michelle Fraser, Sparks, Nevada U.S.A.
Mikki Fraser, Reno, Nevada U.S.A.
Cantor Leah Frey-Rabine, Niddatal, Hessen Germany
Lev Friedman, Waban, Massachusetts U.S.A.
Rabbi Pamela Frydman, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Michelle Gase, Buckeye, Arizona U.S.A.
Nadia Georgis, Eindhoven, Netherlands Netherlands
Rabbi Sarah Leah Grafstein, RUACH Hamidbar – Spirit of the Desert, Scottsdale, AZ U.S.A.
Petar Gramatikov, United Religions Initiative – Bulgaria, Plovdiv, Bulgaria Bulgaria
Asha Greer, Blue Ridge Sufi Community, Batesville, Virginia U.S.A.
Pat Griggs, Johnson City, California U.S.A.
Mussie Hailu, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ethiopia
Kevin Hammond, San Francisco, CA United States
Jeri Anne Hampton, Eugene, OR U.S.A.
Reverend Steve Harms, Peace Lutheran Church, Danville, California U.S.A.
Sari Heidenreich, Oakland, California United States
Florence Hilgers, Los Altos, California U.S.A.
Reverend Carol Hovis, San Rafael, California U.S.A.
Mazenido Ido, Buffalo, New York U.S.A.
Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, All India Imam Organization, New Delhi, Dehli State India
Zahidul Islam, Deeplaid Religion Society (DRS), Bangladesh, Dhaka, Wari Bangladesh
Mirza Ismail, Yezidi Human Rights International-Organization, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Michel Jamo, Hazmieh, Baabda Lebanon
Firas Jatou, San Jose, California U.S.A.
M. Jawaid, San Ramon Valley Islamic Center, San Ramon, California U.S.A.
Mansur Johnson, Tuscon, Arizona U.S.A.
Elias Kasem, Phoenix, Arizona U.S.A.
Norma Kaufman, Oakland, California U.S.A.
Mariko Kawaguchi, Burlingame, California U.S.A.
Gillian Kay, Aderet, D.N. HaEla Israel
Gillian Kay, Aderet, Israel Israel
Victor Kazanjian, United Religions Initiative, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Gulie Khalaf, Yezidis International Organization, Lincoln, Nebraska U.S.A.
Rev. D. Andrew Kille, San Jose, California U.S.A.
Jaleh Kilpatrick, Walnut Creek, California U.S.A.
Rabbi Lori Klein, Capitola, California U.S.A.
Rabbi Debra Kolodny, Portland, Oregon United States
Bruno Lardoux, Paris, Île de France France
Douglas Leich, Danville, California U.S.A.
Jan Leuin, Oakland, California U.S.A.
Sarah Levin, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Reln Lister Likusa, Mangochi Central West Coorperation Circle, Lilongwe, Central Region Malawi
Tord Victor Lønborg Joensen, Nesna, Nordland Norway
Reverend Jacqueline Luck, NE Tennessee URI Cooperation Circle, Kingsport, Tennessee U.S.A.
Beverly Luttrell, Hurricane, Utah U.S.A.
Malika Lyon, Lawrence, Kansas U.S.A.
Sabrina Majuakim, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia
Mona Malik, Assyrian Aid Society of America, San Francisco, CA California United States
Geoffrey Manasseh, Lilongwe Central Cooperation Circle, Lilongwe, Malawi Malawi
Rabbi Paula Marcus, Santa Cruz, California U.S.A.
Roji Mathew, Kottayam, Kerala India
Kathryn Mathieu, Santa Rosa, California U.S.A.
Diana McDaniel, Unity of San Leandro, Oakland, CA U.S.A.
Reverend Will McGarvey, Pittsburg, California U.S.A.
Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, Las Vegas, Nevada U.S.A.
Ash Mushi, Stockholm, Södermanland Sweden
Sheikh Awali Mustafa, Lilongwe, Malawi Malawi
Chaplain Mwagomba, Lilongwe, Malawi Malawi
Anish Naidu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
Hope Nelson, Carlsbad, California U.S.A.
Kevin O’Connor, Montague, New Jersey U.S.A.
Ebenezer Omolekun, Kaduna, Nigeria Nigeria
Odette Panossian, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Michael Pappas, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Ralph Parker, Marietta, Georgia U.S.A.
Charles Paskerian, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Michele Paskow, Thousands Oak, California U.S.A.
Robert Pavel, Pittsburg, CA U.S.A.
Patrick Polela, Mangochi Cooperation Circle, Lilongwe, Central region Malawi
Rodger Powers, Interfaith-San Ramon Valley, Danville, California United States
Scott Reimers, Reno, Nevada U.S.A.
Amy Rice, Kansas City, Missouri U.S.A.
Ivan Richmond, San Jose, CA U.S.A.
Philip Riley, Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, Santa Clara, California U.S.A.
Ron Rivard, Snoqualmie, Washington U.S.A.
Natalie Russell, founder and past Chairperson, Social Justice Alliance, Interfaith Council, Walnut Creek, California U.S.A.
Sheila Samuel, Saint Louis, Missouri U.S.A.
Denese Schellink, Santa Barbara, CA United States
Rita Semel, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Forest Shomer, Port Townsend, Washington U.S.A.
Remigijus Siauciunas, London, Greater London United Kingdom
Sabuhi Siddique, San jose, CA U.S.A.
Judith Stein, San Francisco, CA U.S.A.
Rabbi Oren Steinitz, Calgary, Alberta U.S.A.
Diana Stone, Daly City, California U.S.A.
Talal Suri, Erbil, Kurdistan Regional Government Iraq
Melanie Swaim, Concord, California U.S.A.
Bishop William Swing, President and Founder, United Religions Initiative, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Bart Ten Broek, International Business School, The Hague, The Hague, Zuid-Holland Netherlands
Beth Tessler, Vallejo, CA U.S.A.
Barbara Thiede, Concord, North Carolina U.S.A.
Rebecca Tobias, Global Council Trustee, United Religions Initiative, North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Madeline Toma, Modesto, California U.S.A.
Robert Toma, Oakland, California U.S.A.
Sargon Toma, Oakland, California U.S.A.
Juliana Toma, Modesto, California U.S.A.
Bhavani Judith Tucker, Sebastopol, California U.S.A.
Ruth Batina VanDam-Hinds, Kansas City, Missouri U.S.A.
Dylan Wall, Nebraska Folklife Network, Lincoln, Nebraska United States
Risa Wallach, San Leandro, California U.S.A.
Rev. Edgar S. Welty, Jr., Rev. Welty’s Spiritual Services, San Anselmo, CA U.S.A.
ZubinNur Westrik, Arnhem, Gelderland Netherlands
Matthew Whealton, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Monica Willard, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania U.S.A.
Venesia Yacoub, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Jinah Yoon, Seattle, WA U.S.A.
Ashur Yoseph, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Christina Zado, Toronto, Ontario Canada
David Zaslow, Havurah Shir Hadash, Ashland, Oregon U.S.A.
Steven Ziegler, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
Meryam Zislovich, Amirim, Galilee Israel

Organizations

Interfaith Center at the Presidio, http://www.interfaith-presidio.org
Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, http://interfaithccc.org
Marin Interfaith Council, http://www.marinifc.org
Middle East Christian Council , http://unpo.org/article/18315
Silicon Valley Interfaith Council, http://www.sivicouncil.org
Small Nations Alliance, https://www.facebook.com/groups/SmallNationsAlliance/
Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, http://interfaithccc.org/programs/