Thursday, October 26, 2006

the Armenian-Jewish connection

Upon receiving an email from Talene, one of the administrators of the blog, Կենաց-לחיים or "Genats-Lehayim", I was not very quick to respond and check out their website. I have now begun to catch up with everything and I apologize for not doing this earlier. Things have been crazy and hectic with work and there's too many excuses and will not go there...

So I have checked out Genats-Lehayim blog and really it is interesting. I recommend you check it out as well.

As they say in their mission statement:
The symbolic birthday of this blog is April 24, 2006. Since 1965, people around the world commemorate the Armenian Genocide on that day. In 2006, Yom ha-Shoah, the remembrance day for the Holocaust, which is observed on the Hebrew calendar date of Nisan 27, fell on April 25. It seemed like a perfect opportunity for Armenians and Jews in the diaspora to cooperate in ceremonies to mourn the victims of the past and to stand united against genocide today. Not much of the sort occurred; rather, we were struck by the lack of mutual acknowledgement...

There is another front on which one would expect Armenians and Jews to be natural allies: the struggle against the ongoing denial of genocide. Unfortunately, here, too, we have let ourselves become divided. This forum is an effort to rectify the present set of circumstances by bringing together news and analysis, individuals and organizations from the diasporas, Armenia, and Israel to work on our common concerns.


Interestingly, it's not just the struggle of denial against genocide that unites the Armenian and Jewish people. Not only do Talene and Amos discuss this issue, but they also have various interesting posts regarding this connection between the ancient civilizations. Amos' most recent post is about this latest issue regarding genocide denial and the French legislation and how the New York Times is in "genocide denial". Check it out here


This blog is a unique collaborative effort- keep up the good work and I look forward to reading your posts!

5 Comments:

At 26 October, 2006, Blogger Amos said...

Thanks so much for writing about the blog. We are really trying to make a difference with this, so the feedback of you and your readers would be greatly appreciated.

 
At 14 November, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought you might be interested in knowing that Turkish historian Taner Akam’s new book A Shameful Act is on sale today. This is the description from the book’s Amazon page:

In 1915, under the cover of a world war, some one million Armenians were killed through starvation, forced marches, forced exile, and mass acts of slaughter. Although Armenians and world opinion have held the Ottoman powers responsible, Turkey has consistently rejected any claim of intentional genocide. Now, in a pioneering work of excavation, Turkish historian Taner Akam has made extensive and unprecedented use of Ottoman and other sources to produce a scrupulous charge sheet against the Turkish authorities. The first scholar of any nationality to have mined the significant evidence in Turkish military and court records, parliamentary minutes, letters, and eyewitness accounts Akam follows the chain of events leading up to the killing and then reconstructs its systematic orchestration by coordinated departments of the Ottoman state, the ruling political parties, and the military. He also probes the crucial question of how Turkey succeeded in evading responsibility, pointing to competing international interests in the region, the priorities of Turkish nationalists, and the international community’s inadequate attempts to bring the perpetrators to justice. As Turkey lobbies to enter the European Union, Akams work becomes ever more important and relevant. Beyond its timeliness, A Shameful Act is sure to take its lasting place as a classic and necessary work on the subject.

 
At 05 April, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You failed to mention Armenian's and Jew's common enemy; Muslims. Muslims were particpiants in both genocides and continue to deny both. Aremenians and Jews are natural allies and need to support each other inn the Diapsora.

 
At 10 May, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the above: Armenians common enemy is not some nebulous force called "Muslims".You do not speak for me and mine.

I won't bite the bait that it is about religion.

It is all about Place and Power.

How else can Armenians exist for so long around non-Turkish Muslim populations, as well as non-Apostolic christian populations?And secular environments? Eh?

Maybe "Authoritarianism" is a better way to put as the common enemy. Or a "siege mentality" whereby all dissent is stifled. Where if one dissents then they are pushed to the sidelines.

Religion is only a distraction.

 
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