Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Questions about 104 years since the Armenian Genocide

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?

As I explained yesterday, I’m not showing any of the many gruesome pictures. Look at this map created in 1965. That should suffice.

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.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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