In early last December Dr Nicholas Al-Jeloo of the University of Melbourne was invited to lecture about Assyrian post imperial identity at a youth club in Sydney. But the lecture was cancelled only one week before, because the bishop of the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Meelis Zaia, did not accept it to be hold in the club owned by the church. The lecture was moved to another place.
It is well known that Dr Nicholas Al-Jeloo is discouraged by the Chaldean Catholic church for his harsh criticism of the separatist policy of Patriarch Luis Sako. But it is surprising that the Assyrian Church as well, where he is a member, is against him.