Washington DC (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
Syrian Expatriates Organization applauds the Foundation for Middle East Peace for cancelling an event featuring remarks by pro-Assad cleric Ahmad Hassoun. Upon hearing of the event, SEO along with a number of other organizations representing Syrian-American interests campaigned to have the event cancelled. The event, titled Coexistance and Dialogue in Syria, was to take place Thursday, June 28 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.
Mr abdullah Ibraheem, SEO Board member, said,"Ahmad Hassoun has served as Syria’s Grand Mufti for several years and had been close ally to Assad’s regime supporting brutal oppression over the pro-democracy protestors in Syria. Recently, Hassoun has threatened to activate a network of suicide bombers across Europe and the United States should Syria be attacked by Western forces.The fact that this cancellation was done through coordination amongst the Syrian-American community sends a strong message to Assad regime that the Syrian-American community stands firmly against his brutality and will work tirelessly to ensure that the cause of pro-democracy protestors inside Syria is honored. "
Through coordination with other Syrian-American organizations and the Syrian-American community, SEO campaigned to have the event cancelled out of fear that Hassoun would use the event as a podium to spew pro-Assad propaganda and make further inflammatory remarks about pro-democracy activists inside Syria. SEO believes in a united Syria where all religions, sects and ethnicities enjoy equal rights and protection under law.
SEO applauds the actions taken by FMEP for cancelling the event. SEO believes that, allowing Hassoun to speak at the event would have undermined the very principles of coexistence and dialogue, and preventing Hassoun from taking part in this event in the U.S. capital represents a serious blow to the Assad’s propaganda machine.