Fortenberry Statement on State Department ISIS Genocide Designation
(Lincoln, NE) – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) today issued the following statement on the Secretary of State’s declaration that ISIS is unequivocally responsible for “genocide” against Christians, Yazidis, and Shiite Muslims:
“Today, in a very important statement, the State Department reaffirmed the horrific reality of ISIS genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and Shiite Muslims in Iraq and Syria. This designation is a critical reaffirmation of the dire circumstances faced by persecuted minority communities in the Middle East.
“As ISIS is driven from its strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the United States, in partnership with the international community, has the opportunity to help Christians, Yazidis, and others return to their ancestral homelands, restoring the once-rich tapestry of ethnic and religious diversity that existed in the region. I look forward to continuing to work with the Administration on implementing policy options to establish zones of security for the beleaguered minority communities, many of whom face unsustainable conditions as refugees after surviving the ISIS attack. The restoration and revitalization of their historic communities is not only just but critical to the long-term stability of the Middle East.”
Fortenberry serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. Along with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), he is co-chair of the Religious Minorities of the Middle East Caucus. He represents America’s largest Yazidi community.