The Levantine Greek Association was founded on 7 December 2015 by ethnic Greeks of three different national origins: Cypriot, Syrian and Lebanese.
This is the first ever association of its kind. The Levantine Greeks, also known as Rûm from the Greek word Romioi have since 1899 not had anything to unite us as a community. It is an official NGO registered in Sweden with the organization number: 802503-3534
Our mission is to revive the indigenous, pre-arabized culture of the Greek (Rûm) Orthodox and Catholic people of Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Southern Turkey (Cilicia – Alexandretta) and the Holy Land. Our culture can be traced back to the first settlements of the earliest Mediterranean sea faring people to the Eastern Roman Empire. Today our culture is heavily arabized and our language has been forbidden since 800A.D. We also want to approach the Islamized Greeks of the Levant, but our mission will start with the Christian population simply because their cultural ties have not been completely severed. There are several Greek speaking Muslim Populations in Syria and Lebanon today, like in Al Hamidiyah.
The war in Syria will also turn our focus on charity work for our population who are under attack by multiple parties due to their patriotism and loyalty to the Syrian Republic. We will try to gather and send aid in the form of tents, clothes, food, medicine and money. The aid will be distributed through our network of members on site in Syria and in Lebanon.
Our view is that our Levantine culture is the culture inherited from the Mycenaean age, through Hellenes to the Romaiic age with minor influences from the Canaanites, Phoenicians and the Aramean Kingdoms. Our language has followed the same path and we spoke Medieval Greek until circa 800 A.D where it became forbidden and sanctioned with a cut out tongue if spoken publicly. Our community kept teaching Greek in secret until 1635 where they were exposed and the secret teachings in Sunday schools shut down.
Our work is neither sectarian nor politic.
We do not hold a specific political view and do not want to promote anything that is not sanctioned by the respectively elected government in Syria and Lebanon. The association is also completely separated from the Greek Orthodox and Greek Catholic Patriarchates of Syria.