Aram-naharaim

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Aram-naharaim

(ā`răm-nā'hārā`ĭm), the same as Padan-aramPadan-aram
, in the Bible, that part of Aram that lay in the Euphrates valley; it was the homeland of the Patriarchs. It also appears as Padan and, in the title of Psalm 60, Aram-naharaim.
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While Assad put an Arabist spin on the initiative, describing Aramaic as an "Arabic language," this did not prevent the chairman of the Aram-Nahrin organization -- an Aramean nationalist group based in the Netherlands -- from expressing gratitude to the Syrian president in 2009.
Even now, Aram-Nahrin's sympathies for Assad are apparent.
It should be emphasized that not all Aramean nationalists share the pro-Assad leanings of Aram-Nahrin. Nevertheless, because of Aram-Nahrin's cordial relations with Assad as well as its fierce attacks on conceptions of Assyrian identity, described as an invention of European colonial powers, one occasionally hears from Assyrian nationalists, that the concept of Aramean nationalism was invented by Syrian Bthists to divide the region's Christians and divorce them from their true Assyrian identity.