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Azeri-Israeli group slams Petah Tikva mayor’s Genocide memorial initiative

Azeri-Israeli group slams Petah Tikva mayor’s Genocide memorial initiative


The head of the Azerbaijan-Israel Association slammed a mayoral decision to establish a monument to the victims of the Armenian Genocide in Petah Tikva.

Alex Miller learned about the initiative of Petah-Tikva Mayor Itzik Braverman who recently met with representatives of Armenian organizations from current and Armenia media reports.

“Seems like Mayor Braverman resolved all current problems, and the turn has come for a century-long ones,” Alex Miller ironized.

“The city is permanently mentioned in the crime reports. And the decision of this kind, taken without putting it to a municipal council’s vote screams of a lack of foresight,” he said.

As he went on to remind, “with Knesset’s decision on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide pending, any games at municipal level can be construed as assistance to those aiming to draw Israel into conflicts of the third parties.”

“I hope the municipal council will act against mayor’s self-will in the issue so far beyond his jurisdiction,” Miller told IzRus.

In February, members of the Israeli-Armenian community met with Mayor of Petah Tikva. Three local Armenian organizations, Nairi, Noyan Tapan and Ararat participated in the meeting, with cooperation projects, including construction of the Armenian Genocide memorial discussed.

For 15 years, supporters of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide – representatives of the Israeli-Armenian friendship group, MPs - attempted to introduce the Genocide recognition issue on the parliament agenda. In 2012, the 1st discussion, initiated in 2011 by Meretz party, was held in Knesset and later submitted to the committee on education, culture and sports.

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The Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide (1915-23) was the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was characterized by massacres, and deportations involving forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees, with the total number of deaths reaching 1.5 million.

The majority of Armenian Diaspora communities were formed by the Genocide survivors.

Present-day Turkey denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide, justifying the atrocities as “deportation to secure Armenians”. Only a few Turkish intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and scholar Taner Akcam, speak openly about the necessity to recognize this crime against humanity.

The Armenian Genocide was recognized by Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, the Italian Chamber of Deputies, majority of U.S. states, parliaments of Greece, Cyprus, Argentina, Belgium and Wales, National Council of Switzerland, Chamber of Commons of Canada, Polish Sejm, Vatican, European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

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