Happy Chinese New Year

The Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity. The year 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope.

I’d like to take this opportunity and wish all the Chinese people all over the world and specially our priory of China a happy and prosperous year of the water rabbit.

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor
The Royal House of Ghassan

“King of Damascus”, a Ghassanid title

Letter from Prophet Mohammad to the Ghassanid King who he calls “King/Owner of Damascus”

One of the titles that the Ghassanid sovereigns were known for was “Malik Al-Dimashq” or “Saheb Al-Dimashq” which translates to “King of Damascus” or “Owner of Damascus”. The title Sahib or Saheb (/ˈsɑːhɪb/; Arabic: صاحب) is an Arabic title originally meaning ‘companion’. It was historically used for the first caliph Abu Bakr in the Quran. The title is still applied to the caliph by Sunni Muslims.

That’s how Prophet Mohamad, founder of Islam, addresses the Ghassanid King Al-Harith Ibn Abu Chemor (or in some transliterations “Abi Shamir”) in his famous letter inviting the monarch to join the Muslim religion (6 AH or 628 CE)

It’s a public and notorious fact that the current division of the Middle East is an artificial creation by British and French bureaucrats, the infamous “1916’s Sykes–Picot Secret Agreement”, a treaty between the United Kingdom and France, with assent from the Russian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy, to define their mutually agreed spheres of influence and control in an eventual partition of the Ottoman Empire with the end of WWI.

The illegal attempt of installing a Hejazi monarch in Syria from the Hashemites was also a British artificial move that failed miserably. The so-called “Arab Kingdom of Syria” (Arabic: المملكة العربية السورية, al-Mamlakah al-‘Arabīyah as-Sūrīyah) was a self-proclaimed, unrecognized state that began as a “fully and absolutely independent… Arab constitutional government” announced on 5 October 1918 with the permission of the British military, gained de facto independence as an “Emirate” after the withdrawal of the British forces from OETA East on 26 November 1919, and was proclaimed as a Kingdom on 8 March 1920.

As a “Kingdom,” it existed only a little over four months, from 8 March to 25 July 1920. During its brief existence, the kingdom was led by Sharif Hussein bin Ali’s son Faisal bin Hussein. Despite its claims to the territory of Greater Syria, Faisal’s government controlled a limited area and was dependent on Britain which, along with France, generally opposed the idea of a Greater Syria and refused to recognize the kingdom. The kingdom surrendered to French forces on 25 July 1920.

The Ghassanid kings, princes, and sheiks never stop claiming their rights over the Levant (in Arabic Ash-Sham) and the bloodline remains unbroken and the international legal claim absolutely germane.

A 2022’s Retrospective

The year 2022 was still very challenging for all of us due to the remaining effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Royal House of Ghassan had numerous achievements.

Even The Royal House being an apolitical and secular organizationcompletely independent and sovereign, sometimes has to position itself in face of pressing events. Through its head, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII issued an official statement:

In January, by the official decree from the Lebanese Ministry of Interior and Municipalities General Directorate of Political Affairs and Refugees – Number: 814/4/2022 recognized the international appointment decree by HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemorthe international head of the Royal House of Ghassan, appointing his cousin, HIRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor as the head of the Lebanese branch of the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassaneffective immediately.

HIRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor with Lebanese President General Michel Aoun

Learn more HERE

The Official 01/07/2022 decree from the Lebanese Republicshowing the continuous recognition of the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan and the Royal titles of its members. Note the name of the Head of the Lebanese branch Sheikh Selim El Chemor

Very few deposed Royal Houses are currently recognized by the republics that held their territories in the past. This lack of recognition is obvious since it’d be counterproductive and even stupid for a regime that took over those kingdoms to recognize their legitimacy and even their existence. In Europe, some examples are Portugal and Albania. In Africa, the traditional kingdoms have constitutional recognition from the republics. Obviously, those rare recognitions are given merely on a cultural and historical level since there’s absolutely no legal way a Royal House can exist if not as a non-profit international association, one of the most notorious being the RFA – The Romanov Family Association, for the members of the Imperial House of Russia.

The Ghassanid Kings, emperors, and princes ruled several Middle Eastern regions, from 220 CE until the mid-18th century, a duration of over 1500 years. The Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan is the oldest active Christian Royal House in the world, the sovereigns ruled over the largest territory for the longest period; more than any other Arab Dynasty.

During its most recent rule (present-day Lebanon) the Royal Ghassanid titles kept enjoying official recognition previously by the Ottoman empire until its demise and later by the Lebanese Republic until today.

Learn more about The Royal House of Ghassan and its continuous official recognition

Learn more about The Ghassanid Dynasty

Also in January, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor met His Holiness Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

His Holiness Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a humanitarian, spiritual leader and ambassador of peace and human values. Through his life and work, Gurudev has inspired over 450 million followers around the world with a vision of a stress-free, violence-free world.

The One Voice Foundation is “an arm” of the Royal House of Ghassan in Lebanon. It has an independent board headed by His Excellency Sir Antoine Kalaydjian, a knight grand cross of the Equestrian Order of Michael ArchangelHRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, the international head of the Royal House of Ghassan and HRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemorrecently appointed as the head of the Royal House in Lebanonare part of the board of directors.

From February 10th to March 10th the foundation donated 60 tons (the equivalent of over US$500,000) of special milk (baby formula) with the help of Caritas to the children in Lebanon. The campaign has the collaboration of Secours Catolique (Caritas France), Novalac Laboratories and Caritas Lebanon.

More about it here https://royalblog.org/2022/02/22/the-half-million-dollars-baby-milk-distribution-campaign/

Here are some images of the campaign:

More about the One Voice Foundation HERE

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor receives award at the world’s largest martial arts event

In March, the Sovereign Prince of Ghassan has received another major award, the International Sports Hall of Fame 2022 given by Dr Robert Goldman and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor inducted to the International Sports Hall of Fame

The prince of Ghassan was awarded for his multi-awarded (in four continents) global humanitarian work and his lifelong dedication to the martial arts being an internationally awarded grandmasterHRH started in the martial arts (Judo) at only 4 years old, initially forced by his father. After that, fell in love with the Asian culture and all its aspects. Studied also Kung Fu, several styles of Karate, European fencing, Japanese swordsmanship, Jiu-Jitsu, Kali Silat, Kobudo, and his passion, the Aikido.

Acceptance speech

In April, the One Voice Foundation organized an event under the patronage of the Lebanese Minister of Culture

The dignitaries patronizing the event, the Lebanese Minister of Culture and the Armenian Ambassador in Lebanon, here with the One Voice Foundation’s President and other VIPs

Another event had the official patronage of the Lebanese Minister of Education

The Lebanese Minister of Education Dr. Abbas Halabi

The One Voice Foundation, one “arm” of the Royal House of Ghassan in Lebanon, organized the “Permanent Renewal” conference, entitled: “To Walk Together for the Establishment of the State of Justice, the Homeland of Man”, at the Monastery of Our Lady of El-Bir – Qenaya, in the presence of the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Abbas Al-Halabi, and with the participation of: Adyan Foundation The Ora Union, the Kamal Youssef El Hajj Chair for Lebanese Philosophy, the Lebanese Foundation for Citizenship, and the Lebanese Green Party. The conference dealt with education, justice, administration, and the Levant.

The conference was attended by the representative of the Armenian Catholic Patriarch Raphael 21 Minassian, Patriarchal Vicar Georges Asadorian, the Syndicate of Editors Joseph Kassifi, the Secretary General of Catholic Schools, Father Youssef Nasr, the President of Caritas Lebanon, Father Michel Abboud, the President of the Ora Union, Father Tony Khadra, the President of the Green Party Fadi Abi Allam, etc. Learn more HERE

In May, as part of a new Marketing rebranding campaign, the Royal House of Ghassan revitalized the “Royal Herald”, until then just a very successful blog since 2016, now with a new logo a Facebook page, a Youtube, and a Rumble channels. Visit the Facebook Page HERE , Youtube channel HERE and the Rumble channel HERE

Learn more about “Ghassan post-Ghassan” and its current relevancy in the 21st century

Also, learn about The Heritage of the Ghassanid Sovereignty in the treatment of “Royal Highness” by Expert Carmelo Curro’ Troiano

In September, our second documentary was released! The Royal Legacy. The film shows how the Ghassanid Royal Family is honoring the duty of service to remain relevant in the twenty-first century. Because majesty and duty are eternal…

Watch the full documentary here for free

Also in September, HIRH Prince Gharios participated on the High-level meeting of the 77th session of the General assembly about the rights of persons belonging to National ethnic and religious minorities at the United Nations

Learn more HERE

Learn more about The connection between the Ghassanid Dynasty and His Majesty King Charles III

In October, the Royal House of Ghassan releases a documentary dubbed in Portuguese

Watch the full documentary dubbed in Portuguese here

Also, the Royal House of Ghassan releases an institutional short documentary

Watch the full documentary here

“For the sake of Lebanon’s future: a person, a citizen and a state” was the theme of the symposium hosted by the One Voice Foundation, a sister organization under the Royal House of Ghassan, in partnership with the AGBU – Armenian General Charitable Society, held on October 29, 2022, at the AGBU Demirdjian Center in Naqqache, Lebanon.

Learn more about the Official website of the Lebanese Government announces the event of the One Voice Foundation

In December, the Royal House of Ghassan released the UNIMP – Universidade Imperial (Imperial University), an educational department of the Royal House offering online courses in Portuguese on Monarchy and Geopolitics. The income from the courses will be donated to the cultural and charitable projects of the Royal House.

More info at https://www.unimp.org/

Here are our 2021’s achievements https://royalblog.org/2022/01/08/a-2021s-retrospective/

Here are our 2020’s achievements https://royalblog.org/2021/01/03/a-2020s-retrospective/

Here are our 2019’s achievements https://royalblog.org/2020/01/01/a-2019s-retrospective/

Here are our 2018’s achievements https://royalblog.org/2018/12/18/a-2018s-retrospective/

Here are our 2017’s achievements https://royalblog.org/2017/12/31/a-2017s-retrospective/

If you haven’t seen it yet, watch our first documentary about the Ghassanid Dynasty:

Official website of the Lebanese Government announces upcoming event of the One Voice Foundation

The One Voice Foundation is under the Royal House of Ghassan. The Official website of the Lebanese government NNA reports:

The One Voice Foundation is organizing its fifth intellectual and dialogue symposium for the year 2022 under the title: “For the sake of the future Lebanon: a human being, a citizen and a state.”, at ten in the morning next Saturday at the center of the Armenian General Charitable Association, AGBU.

The symposium will be spoken by the association’s president, Antoine Qalajian, and a number of activists and experts. The seminar will be moderated by the lawyer Rola Elia.

The association indicated in its statement that “since its establishment, it has set a set of goals, and is working on more than one level to achieve them, the most important of which are:

Achieving responsible citizenship and the rule of law in the civil state.

To highlight the unique and pioneering pluralistic eastern social model throughout history.

Creating a space for meeting and communication between the different layers of the Levantine society, posing the challenges it faces, and seeking solutions.

Work to implement the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and reduce conflicts and disputes between societies in order to promote peace, non-violence and dialogue. ========= N.m