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24 05 2012
No Holocaust is allowed to be denied

Genocide_MapWe should have the moral obligation to stand alongside those who were wronged. The Turks did slaughter on the Armenian people and no diplomatic relations much as important as they can be, should never give anyone any legitimization to avoid the memory testament.

23/4/2012


Last Thursday, Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day. In an era that includes enough people who deny and ignore the evil and horror, there is one particular agreed and important date that doesn't allow you to ignore, suppress or forget.

The state of Israel remembers and reminds the whole world each year that the horror actually happened. In this respect, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an important and significant achievement for the entire Jewish people.

The Armenian people experienced a holocaust too. Over one million Armenians were killed by the Turks; hundreds of thousands were deported and exiled. Turks have never recognized the terrible massacre, did not take responsibility nor compensate the families of the victims and survivors. In order to prevent damage to relations between Israel and Turkey, Israel has refrained from making any official reaction and from any statement on the subject.

Last year, chairman of the Israeli Knesset parliament, Rubi Rivlin, was wise enough to remind the Armenian holocaust in the Knesset. Female members of the Knesset such as Zahava Gal – On and Nino Abisadze are acting for the sake of the subject, but Israel itself as a State, does not recognize nor identifies with the Armenian people officially and with its suffering.

Yesterday was held the annual "Holocaust Day" ceremony by the Armenian community. In the ceremony, for the first time, there was a participation of Israeli women showing clearly their identification with the community. Those are Israeli women that are going to go out on a challenging field journey in Armenia and they believe that we, as a nation and people which experienced and suffered from a holocaust, must not let ever the legitimization to genocide, even when talking about another nation or people. As Jewish women, we believe that we are committed to stop letting the ignorance from the Armenian holocaust.

We don't have the privilege of forgetting

There are lots of Armenians living today in Israel that their relatives and families were slaughtered and murdered by the Turks. This holocaust is vivid among them; they carry and suffer not only their personal grief and pain of this disaster, but also the cruel ignorance and the objection of recognition of this calamity. They live in a country that each and every year stands completely still and makes huge invests and efforts for the fight against its own holocaust ignorance, only that they don't have the courage to remind and commemorate the other's disaster.

The holocaust that the Jewish people had experienced left them a testament: not only to remember and remind the evil, but also to help and make assistance to others on remembering and reminding. We should have the moral obligation to stand alongside those who were wronged. The Turks did slaughter on the Armenian people and no diplomatic relations, much as important as they can be, should ever give anyone any legitimization to avoid the memory testament.

It's about time to stand up and say it openly that citizens of Israel don't want to take part in supporting any kind of holocaust ignorance. We don't have the privilege of forgetting nor the right of helping others to cause forgetting. In fact, with our denial of the Armenian holocaust, we are supporting in this way or another, Holocaust denial – and there is no holocaust, of any people in the whole world, that is allowed to be denied.

As the Jewish people and Israelis, it is o.k. for us if we look straight in the Armenian's eyes without having to lower our gaze. Victims are supposed to support and understand each other, not to be ashamed.

The author is CEO of "MAGMA PROJECT" outgoing this year to Armenia

http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/360/834.html?hp=1&cat=479&loc=27

Translated by Raul Ernesto Cohen



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