Israel revives ancient Aramean nationality

The families previously had to register as Arabs, but now will be able to register as Arameans

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Israel’s Ministry of Interior signed an order recognizing some 200 Aramean Christian families as a separate nationality in the country’s population registry, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The families previously had to register as Arabs, but now will be able to register as Arameans, added the newspaper.

Christians who identify with the ancient nationality, led by officials from the Likud party, have been calling for a recognition of an independent Aramean national identity since February, reported the Jerusalem Post.

A unique identity would grant Arameans a unique representation on the Advisory committee for Equal Equal Opportunity in Employment Commission, added the Jerusalem Post.

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