Do people, especially Jews, know about the Armenian Genocide by the Turks?
When Nazi officers objected against the plan to exterminate the Jews that they would never get away with that, Hitler reportedly said: “O no? Who today still talks about the Armenian Genocide?”
It was the opening wedge for the Holocaust. One-and-a-half million Armenians were murdered.
Do we know what is genocide?
The United Nations Genocide Convention defines genocide as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.”
Do we believe that it happened and should it be remembered?
Have we learned anything?
Since the Holocaust, we have internationally legally recognized terminologies like genocide and war crime. But life is still cheap around the world.
While medical science is fast progressing toward ending all disease, followed by preventing and reversing aging, practically outmoding natural death, the war against legal and illegal murder is going nowhere, including the fight against capital punishment. Thou shalt not murder is only on the Book(s). Mankind still has a long way to go.
Does Never Again have any real meaning?
Between 1956 and 2016, a total of forty-three genocides took place, causing the death of about 50 million people. A further 50 million has been displaced by such episodes of violence up to 2008.
Still, almost 11% of all people daily don’t have enough to eat.
Only, in respect to the Jewish People, it has not been repeated. Despite hundreds of millions of people dreaming of soon finishing us all off.
Are we capable of being unremitting activists against genocide?
We have all the information we need from millennia ago, that all people are worthy of a good life. That each person is a world in his/her own.
One problem for Jews is that we’re such a naive People. We just can’t imagine why anyone would try to eradicate a whole group of people.
And then, of course, we have our hopelessness. Not because the situation of Jews is so hopeless. To the contrary! We’ve never been so safe in all of our history! But now that it’s finally so safe, all despair of bygone centuries is surfacing.
We only need to recognize that our despair is from long ago to let it go. And pattern ourselves on many Holocaust survivors who came out of hell firmly determined to fight any injustice anywhere and always.
When will Israel officially finally recognize the Armenian Genocide?
Turkey still refuses to acknowledge this murderous ethnic cleansing, let alone express regret and start paying up to the Armenian People.
Relations with Turkey are at an all-time cold, so there is no reason to delay any further Israel acknowledging and openly and prominently commemorating the great disaster that befell the Armenian People 104 years ago.
In our schools, we need to teach that we were not the first — and sadly not the last. That, if one overlooks horrors committed on others, eventually, they’ll come looking for you. (This is not to blame victims.)
And not only did we lose six million Jews in the Holocaust. Europe, that ignored the Turkish mass murder, lost tens of millions in WW II.
We in the Jewish State, the bulwark against ever again, need to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide. As of April 2019, 30 governments and parliaments officially have recognized the Ottoman slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians. It is incumbent upon all Jewish MKs to sign such a law. We should have been the first parliament in the world to do so.