WATERTOWN–The Armenian Relief Society Central Executive Board issued an announcement Thursday urging its members and the community to support the Armenian community of Lebanon through contribution as the Israeli attacks on Lebanon continue. Below is the text of the announcement:
While the precarious situation of the Iraqi-Armenian community still remains a source of concern and worry–the Diaspora has come face to face with a new calamity which threatens one of the solid pillars of Armenian presence in the Middle East. The Armenian community of Lebanon — whose odyssey during the long and devastating Civil War is still fresh in our minds — again–faces an immediate threat of disruption and decimation.
The on-going brutal assault on Lebanese cities and population–perpetrated in plain view of the international community–has stunned the world with its disproportionate scope and multiplicity of targets–causing countless civilian casual-ties. Leaders of world opinion have already condemned the indiscriminate destruction of Lebanon’s infrastructure and demand an immediate cessation of all military action–while the conflict continues with no sign of remission.
Fellow Armenia’s–today–the school buildings and athletic fields of our community in Bourj Hammoud are full of Lebanese refugees fleeing the zones of armed conflict–while the ARS Boulghurjian Socio-Medical Center in Beirut is treating hundreds of people who are casualties of this deadly conflict.
As in the past–this time also–the Armenian Relief Society calls on our sup-porters and all caring Armenia’s to render the necessary humanitarian assistance to our beleaguered people in the conflict zone. You can do this by sending your tax-exempt donations for the "ARS Lebanese Relief" to your local ARS affiliate’s office.
In these catastrophic days for the hospitable Lebanese people–let us show the world that we are cognizant of our commitmen’s towards all those whose generous hospitality–91 years ago–granted new life and prosperity to our homeless multitudes–decimated–starved and brutalized by the 1st genocide of the past century.
ARS–Inc. Central Executive Board