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Sunday, April 28, 2019

ArDO Member David Dag could face Criminal Charges!

Pictured: (Left) David Dag, (Right) Gabi Gallo. Source: Facebook
David Dag (born David Kuryakus Dag; 12 October 1983) is a controversial Aramean nationalist, political activist and member of the Aramean Democratic Organization (ArDO) where he serves as a “specialist in Aramean history”. Dag’s principle place of residence is Norsborg, Botkyrka Municipality in Stockholm County, Sweden and is an adherent of Sankt Patrus & Sankt Paulus Kyrka.

Through his written work and social media engagement, Dag has been accused of inciting racial discrimination, bigotry, sexism, hate-speech, and violence toward ethnic Assyrians. Dag has also been accused of being an apologist for the crimes committed by Islamic State (Daesh, IS, ISIS, ISIL) against the indigenous minority.

On 20 February 2013, leaked Facebook messages revealed that Dag and the ArDO would "never accept them (Assyrians) as assyrians no matter how much they bark... we are Arameanising them." According to another leaked message [from the same date-stamp], Dag considered Assyrians as an “enemy” and equated Assyrian nationalism with “cancer”. Furthermore, Dag was also quoted hurling sexist remarks toward Assyrian women in which he stated: "what if an assyrianist woman is so horny she wants to sleep with me... she would would say David i want you inside me."

On 31 January 2019, Dag published a politically-charged image captioned "What is the difference between Islamic State (Daesh/ISIS) and the ancient Assyrians before they vanished in history?". The objective of the post was to visually illustrate a fictitious side by side comparison between the ancient Assyrians and the Islamic State. The highly-graphic image depicted Islamic State militants committing acts of violence against innocent civilians, the parading of a severed head, followed by an image of three ethnic Assyrian victims who were sensuously executed by the terror organisation in September 2015. According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Islamic State had abducted the Assyrian victims in early 2015 during an armed conflict with the People's Protection Units in north-eastern Syria. The image was shared by Gabi Gallo, Dag’s long-time acquaintance and senior-member within the ArDO. Neither Dag, Gallo or the ArDO apologised to the victim’s families for instrumentalising the fate of their loved ones to push an anti-Assyrian rhetoric.

On 28 April 2019 [in a since deleted Facebook post], Dag faced harsh criticism for a comment addressed to Benyamin Olcar, Board member of the Assyrian Federation of Netherlands: "if we lived in a country were owning guns is not illegal,” wrote David “i would kill you without hesitating making your wife into a widow raising your kids all by herself one cocky othuroyo (Assyrian) wannabe extremists less in the World and then i would burn your body and piss on your ashes." Prior to the post’s removal, a screenshot was obtained where it soon after made its viral circulation across the social media network.

Critics have have since slammed Dag and called for his arrest where he could face criminal and terrorism charges under European laws.