In a strange way I found something rather amusing this morning as I was skimming through the ‘news’ on Ynet’s site. There was a report about Israel possibly recognising the Armenian holocaust as an actual event in history. There definitely is no humour involved in or connected to this very dark period of history, but what I found amusing were the reasons why the call for its recognition now, almost a century after the fact. The reasons are not out of sympathy for the Armenian nation, but because of the status of Turkish-Israeli relations. It has nothing to do with the suffering that the Armenians went through. As the report itself states; The question of what exactly happened there is irrelevant to this issue. After all, no sane historian is willing to accept the Turkish claim that it was merely a matter of a civil war and not a methodical massacre of the Armenians by the Turks.
The full report can be read HERE

Recognize Armenian Shoah

Op-ed: With Turkey ties at nadir, time is right to finally recognize Armenian tragedy

There are over 2,500 Armenians living in the city of Jerusalem. The non recognition of the holocaust has not been the strongest point in forging friendships between them, as a community, and the Israelis living in the city. Israel seems to have a knack of not caring about others, especially if they are not part of the ‘chosen ones’ …. perhaps this will be the start of a new policy, although it is highly doubtful.
Ok… at this point you might be asking what all of the above has to do with the Crucifixion. I’ll tell you …. I have a God-daughter in Canada named Stephanie, named after me…
She is the daughter of my very dearest friend. His family are French-Canadian Catholics. Not all of the members of the family were thrilled when I, le Juif (the Jew), was asked to be the God-father.
At a family dinner that I was invited to I was teasing the wee lassie about something until her grandmother butted in and said “if you don’t stop teasing her I will tell her what you did”! I asked what that was ….. her response shocked me, “You killed Jesus”!
Here it is almost 30 years later and that very same logic is being used by some Israeli officials …. both shocking and amusing at the same time. For Israel to speak of holocausts when they themselves are committing one against the people of Palestine is more than ironic.


  1. André Brochu said,

    December 29, 2011 at 08:56

    Why should anyone who denies any of the Holocausts or genocidal wars of the 20th century be exempt from criminal charges ? Almost as bad is the political exploitation of crimes against humanity to justify state terrorism.
    There are few Turks who recognize the Armenian Holocaust but they should be praised for their civil courage.
    Why are the French so silent when they are charged by the Turks for commiting genocide during Algeria’s war of liberation? Again one should praise the civil courage of the mayor , Didier Paillard, and other citizens of Saint Denis north of Paris who commemorate the victims of French violence and injustice against Algerians.

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  3. rita said,

    December 31, 2011 at 01:55

    This ‘genocide’ farce has become a political football which to me, is nothing short of a blasphemy; It looks our civilisation is happily performing danse macabre on the corpses of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  4. Surprised? not really ... said,

    December 31, 2011 at 15:09

    Shame on Israel for for stooping this low, but then again should we really be surprised at anything Israel does??

    Israel should have been the very first “nation” to recognize the Armenian Genocide, with over twenty nations formally recognizing the crimes of the Turks as the first Holocaust of the 20th Century, Israel has yet to show any support – quite to the contrary, they worked very diligently along with the Turks to kill any bills put forth by US Congressmen for Genocide acknowledgment in the USA.

    To use these horrific crimes against the Armenians as a vehicle for their political gains, is a shame and DISGRACE!

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