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Tirsdag var minnedagen for folkemordet på armenerne. Fortsatt må armenere slåss for at verden anerkjenner folkemordet som historisk realitet. Motstanden skyldes i all hovedsak tyrkisk press. Tyrkia nekter fortsatt for at det ble drept 1,2-1,5 millioner armenere fra 1915 – 1923.

Kanskje kan rettighetskampen for kurderne føre til større åpenhet om folkemordet. Rent bortsett fra at også kurderne har et selvoppgjør i vente, de har hjelpetropper for tyrkerne.

On Monday evening, ahead of the commemoration services, Archbishop Aris Shirvanian of the Armenian Patriarchate addressed members of the Yedidya Synagogue in Jerusalem to speak about the events surrounding the genocide and its repercussions on the Armenian people.

“All Armenians stand together and claim justice and reparations,” he told The Jerusalem Post. The Armenian people and the descendants of those killed have pursued recognition of the genocide since 1965, he said.

“Until then, the generation of the survivors who had suffered as children and seen with their own eyes the killings and kidnappings, starvation and tortures were in a period of mourning, but the new generation has sought justice for what was done to the Armenian people during this great crime, the first genocide of the twentieth century.”

Israel has not recognized the killings as genocide, largely due to concerns about possible damage such a move could cause regarding its diplomatic relations with Turkey.

Last year, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said that he intended to establish an annual parliamentary session to mark the Armenian genocide.

Israel har ikke våget å ta opp folkemordet av frykt for Tyrkias reaksjon. Men forholdet til Tyrkia er nå så dårlig at man ikke har stort å tape.

Som et Knesset-medlem sier: vi bekjemper Holocaust-revisjonisme, så vi burde også være opptatt av å forsvare armenernes historie.

Armenians mark genocide remembrance day