Royal House of Ghassan joins forces with IDC – In Defense of Christians

Yesterday, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor met with Mr. Toufic Baaklini at the headquarters of IDC-In Defense of Christians in Washington DC. The heads of IDC and the Royal House of Ghassan decided to partner to fight the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. The prince has declared that many wonderful organizations around the world are working for the cause and all must be in harmony to make this work more efficient. He has also manifested the need of major actions and strategies in order to revert the nefarious scene in the region. IDC is one of the few organizations in the world completely independent of any special interests working very successfully influencing legislation and working with political and religious leaders in the US and internationally. The Royal House of Ghassan is also in favor of a completely non-partisan and ecumenical stand. Also, the interaction with major political international players is more than necessary for success. In that spirit, prince Gharios put all the Royal House’s resources, including the representation at the United Nations, at complete disposal of IDC. Mr. Baaklini has also concurred with a deep cooperation between both organizations. Prince Gharios El Chemor has honored Mr. Baaklini with the rank of Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of Michael Archangel and Mr. Peter Burns, IDC’s Government Relations and Policies Director, with the rank of knight.

More about IDC HERE

More about The Royal House of Ghassan HERE

HRH Prince Gharios meets US Congressman in Washington DC

Yesterday, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor met with Nebraska’s representative Jeff Fortenberry (R) at Capitol Hill. The Congressman was interviewed for the project “One Voice for Christians” and shared his experiences working with the US congress to protect the Christian and Yazidi minorities in Iraq. The Congressman is a champion defending those communities and is a great supporter of organizations like IDC – In Defense of Christians, who’s supporting the production the “One Voice for Christians” in Washington DC. The initiative is also supported by GH Giving Hands Charity (Germany) and IIRF – International Institute for Religious Freedom.

Special thanks to Mr. Peter Burns, IDC‘s Government Relations and Policy Director for facilitating the interviews in Washington DC.

More about IDC – In Defense of Christians HERE

More about “One Voice for Christians” HERE

Video about the title of Sheikh and Royal Arab Succession

Many people don’t know that the Royal Succession in the Middle East is different than in Europe. Also, what the title “Sheikh” means. Learn the difference between “Noble Sheikh” and “Royal Sheikh”. By Professor Joseph Kechichian, PhD, the leading authority on Middle Eastern Royal succession in the world today. He has received his doctorate in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1985, where he also taught (1986-1988), and assumed the assistant deanship in international studies (1988-1989). In the 1989, he was a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University(under the U.S. State Department Title VIII Program). Between 1990 and 1996, he labored at the Santa Monica-based RAND Corporation as an Associate Political Scientist, and was a lecturer at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Served as diplomat, being Consul of the Sultanate of Oman in Los Angeles.
Between 1998 and 2001, Dr Kéchichianwas a fellow at UCLA’s Gustav E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies. Currently, is Senior Fellow at the King Faisal Research Center in Saudi Arabia.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor issues Royal Decree regarding the Order of Saint Michael

Following the full text of the Imperial and Royal Decree:

“Imperial and Royal Decree No. 0008/2019

His Royal Highness Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan


By the Grace of God,

Chief of Name and Arms of the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan, Chief of Name and Arms of the Imperial House of Nikephoros, Basileus Araves, Sheikh El Chemor of Akoura and Zgharta-Zawiye

To all to whom this Patents shall come, Greeting!

Whereas it’s documented that the Ghassanids were some of the first Christian knights in history, protecting the Holy Land centuries before the first Crusade, even though not organized in orders of chivalry “per se” they were pioneers of the medieval and modern concept of chivalry. Therefore, it’s more than reasonable that the Royal House of Ghassan can continue this chivalric tradition. The main order of this Royal House is the Sacred Order of Saint Michael Archangel, received and recognized by popes, heads of State, religious leaders and VIPs all over the world. Based upon this fact we’ve decided the following:

1st – Due to the existence of a homonymous entity registered in the 1980’s in the State of California, without any relation to our Royal House and Orders, we’ve decided by this Imperial and Royal Decree to change the denomination of our Order to “Equestrian Order of Michael Archangel” or EOMA. The ranks of the order are: Knight/Dame, Knight/Dame Commander, Grand Knight/Dame Commander, Knight/Dame Grand Cross and Knight/Dame Grand Collar. The knights and dames holding ranks from the “Sacred Order of Saint Michael Archangel” will just replace the order’s denomination without any prejudice to their titles.

2nd – Due to recent violent conflicts in the Middle East and our interest in promoting immediate aid through medical missions and incentive to the health professionals, we have decided to create a separate category of knights in the “Equestrian Order of Michael Archangel”, the “Hospitaller Knights”. This new category doesn’t claim any “legacy” inheritance from any historical knights hospitallers but celebrate and emulate their work and dedication to the ill and underprivileged. This new category is exclusive to health professionals and donors to medical/health related causes. The ranks are: Knight/Dame Hospitaller, Knight/Dame Hospitaller Commander, Grand Knight/Dame Hospitaller Commander, Knight/Dame Hospitaller Grand Cross.

3rd – The knights and dames that don’t pay their annual minimum dues/donations will be put in an inactive status in the first year and will have their membership terminated and knighthood revoked if the situation persists in the second year. Any knights and dames going through financial duress may communicate with the Grand chancellery within the time of paying the respective dues explaining in writing their cases.

Signed with the Great Seat in Los Angeles, United States of America, on May 5th 2019.”

More about the Equestrian Order of Michael Archangel HERE

Medical mission in Lebanon meets with the Armenian Catholic Patriarch

The doctors of MedGlobal and the leaders of the Royal House of Ghassan with HB Gregory Peter XX Gabroyan, the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia

Last night, doctors Dr. Zaher Sahloul and Dr. John Kahler the co-founders of MedGlobal were received by His Beatitude Krikor Bedros XX Gabroyan the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia at the see of the patriarchate in Beirut, Lebanon. They were accompanied by part of the delegation of 25 doctors that compose the medical mission in Lebanon. The aforementioned medical mission is partnered with the Royal House of Ghassan, an accredited NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations. Present to the patriarchal reception was HRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor, the honorary head of the Royal House of Ghassan and HE Antoine Kalaydjian, the president of the One Voice Foundation. Mr. Kalaydjian is personally supervising the medical mission in Lebanon being the liaison with political and religious authorities to facilitate the work of the doctors and volunteers.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t be physically in Lebanon, but I’m so humbled and proud that the Royal House of Ghassan is playing a small role in this great work of MedGlobal. I hope the cooperation ties between the Royal House and MedGlobal can only get stronger and together we can reach more and more people in need in the Middle East, regardless of race and religion.“, said HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, the Executive head of the Royal House of Ghassan.

More about MedGlobal HERE

More about the Royal House of Ghassan HERE