Armenian Jewish Community Calls on Israel to Recognize Genocide

YEREVAN (Armradio)-In an open letter to the Israeli Knesset, the Jewish community of Armenia Tuesday urged Israel’s legislative body to "demonstrate reasonableness and adopt the Resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide," Mediamax reported.
"The discussion of the Armenian Genocide issue at the Knesset sitting is an important step in a country, the citizens of which suffered the horrors of the Holocaust and terrorism," the letter read. "Israel has shown the world how dear the human life is; how important the life of every Jew is; and what kind of response is awaiting those who made an assault against those lives."
The letter noted that the recognition of the Armenian Genocide as the first genocide of the 20th century, would demonstrate the strength of a civilized society and the unity of the world.
The Knesset has a duty to respect those who have died, as well as future generations by recognizing the genocide, the letter said. It is the responsibility of the body before its electorate, it added.
"By demonstrating your principled position, loyalty, power, Intellect, wisdom and unity on the question of recognition of the Armenian Genocide you will be ennobled by your heirs," said the letter.
"All Israeli officials, with whom we met, including the president Shimon Peres, have assured us that the initiative to discuss the Armenian Genocide at the Knesset will yield no results," said Hasan Murad Mercan, chairman of the Turkish parliamentary committee of foreign affairs and head of a Turkish delegation currently on a visit to Israel
Speaking about discussion of the issue of the Armenian Genocide at the Knesset, the Turkish legislator said that Israeli officials also expressed opposition to the passage of the Armenian Genocide resolution pending in the US Congress.
The Turkish parliamentary delegation met with Shimon Peres, the Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik, the head of the Turkish-Israeli parliamentary friendship group Avshalom Vilan. A meeting with the Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni was scheduled for Tuesday.

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