Bernard Lewis Distorts History Again

YEREVAN (Armenpress) – According to Radio Liberty reports–a French publishing house has published "History of the Middle East" by Bernard Lewis.

The author–again–misrepresents the facts of the 1915 Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks. Lewis–who in 1995–was found guilty of breaking French law–which clearly condemns and accordingly punishes the deniers of the Armenian Genocide–has in his latest book represented the event of 1915 as normal occurrences during war.

In his 500-page work–Lewis presents the 2000-year history of the Middle East and two pages of the book are dedicated to the events at the turn of the century.

According to the American revisionist–the main reasons for the tragic events were the war between the Ottoman Empire and Russia–as well as Armenian rebellious movemen’s–in the regions of Zeytoun and Van. This–according to Lewis–is why the Ottoman Empire decided to deport and send Armenia’s on death marches. Lewis asserts that such measures were usual in this region.

The historian acknowledges the huge number of those massacred and the terrible suffering of the Armenian exiles–but he ascribes it to starvation and diseases. According to the revisionist–the government of Turkey did not have the needed finances to escort the women and children on death marches in due manner.

A French newspaper writes–"just as there are words that hurt with their presence–there are also words that hurt in their absence. One of these words is the word `genocide’ which is nowhere to be found those two pages of Bernard Lewis’ book."

Figaro publications–who have presented Lewis’ work as even-tempered–have received a letter signed by the Chairman of the April 24 Commission Jean Kyureghian–who has made it clear that the Commission together with the Armenian National Committee of France and the Forum of Armenian Organizations will consider to take measures against Lewis and his revisionist work–as set forth by French law.


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