Israel’s murky relationship with recognizing the Armenian genocide - analysis


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Israel’s murky relationship with recognizing the Armenian genocide - analysis
While the Armenian genocide was a precursor to the Holocaust, there were also other Jewish connections to the tragedy of 1915.
Published: APRIL 24, 2022

Armenians around the world commemorated the Armenian genocide on Sunday, April 24, as they do every year. Countries around the world remembered the terrible crimes that took place more than 100 years ago when Armenians were subjected to ethnic cleansing, massacre, rape, mass murder and genocide in what was then the Ottoman Empire. Meretz MK Mossi Raz traveled to Armenia to take part in a ceremony marking the genocide. However, his voice does not represent broader recognition of the genocide among Israeli officials. While he and others in Israel have said it is Jerusalem’s duty to commemorate the massacres of Armenians that took place 100 years ago, there are murky historic reasons that stopped Israeli governments from recognizing the genocide.

US President Joe Biden issued a statement that the commemoration of the genocide marks the April 24, 1915, deportation of Armenian intellectuals, which signaled the beginning of the genocide. “Thus began the Armenian genocide – one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century,” the statement said. “Today, we remember the one and a half million Armenians who were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination, and mourn the tragic loss of so many lives.”