Israel, the world’s loudest proponent of holocaust awareness, is actually a holocaust denier. The Jewish state not only refuses to acknowledge the Armenian holocaust, but also actively campaigns against its recognition. Most Middle East experts attribute this hypocritical position to Israel’s trading relationship with Turkey (the equivalent to the Nazis during WWII), but two competing theories have recently come to light. As former Ambassador Arma Jane Karaer admitted in a 2004 Library of Congress interview, “They [Jewish people] don’t particularly want to share the genocide label with other groups.” To substantiate this, Peter Beinart, a former zionist, wrote in The Crisis of Zionism, “in the 1970s, American Jewish organizations began hoarding the Holocaust.” To this effect, Israel and its agents in America have actively campaigned to kill legislation that would officially recognize the Armenian holocaust.
The second reason appears to be a mutual agreement in which Turkey did not condemn Israel for violating the human rights of Palestinians in exchange for Israel denying the Armenian holocaust. This agreement began to crumble in 2010 with the murder of Turkish civil rights activists by Israeli soldiers during the Gaza Flotilla Raid. The Israeli Newspaper Haaretz reported that, “Pro-Israel lobbyists had previously backed Turkey on the issue [Armenian holocaust denial] but changed tack in retaliation for Turkish condemnation of Israel’s policies in the Gaza Strip.”
In 2000, Dennis Hastert, the former United States Speaker of the House, had promised to bring a resolution commemorating the Armenian holocaust to a vote on the House floor. After 85 years, the Armenian community in America was anxious for a recognition of their suffering. A recognition that was so quickly bestowed upon the Jewish people after WWII. According to a 2010 Washington Times article, just before the resolution was set to be voted upon, ”The Turks called up Keith Weissman, a senior researcher from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Israel’s main lobby in America), and asked him to intervene. Mr. Weissman said in an interview this week that AIPAC lit up the phones and managed at the last minute — with the help of the State Department — to persuade President Clinton himself to write a letter to Mr. Hastert saying a vote on the resolution would cause strategic damage to U.S. interests.” The Israeli lobby achieved their goal, and Hastert removed the vote from the agenda.
In 2007, a Jewish congresswoman named Jane Harman co-sponsored another bill (226) that would officially recognize the Armenian genocide. While this gave Congresswoman Harman, and the Jewish community in general, the appearance of supporting Armenian genocide recognition, Harman was simultaneously writing secret letters to other members of congress asking them to withdraw the bill from consideration. One such letter to the House Foreign Relations Chair, Tom Lantos, exposed her hypocrisy when it was subsequently leaked to the press. Afterwards, other Jewish leaders abandoned all pretense of decency and publicly campaigned against the resolution. The director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abe Foxman, claimed the Armenian holocaust was a mere massacre and not a real genocide. On that basis he publicly lobbied the American government not to recognize the event as a genocide. After receiving significant national pressure, Foxman recanted his racist comments and changed his position to say, ”the consequences of those [Turkish] actions were indeed tantamount to genocide.” Even in his conciliatory statement though, Foxman could not fully share a holocaust, and had to qualify it with the word “tantamount;” rather than just saying the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by burning, drowning, gassing, and other means was genocide.
Although the American media refuses to cover the subject adequately, to clarify: the Armenian holocaust preceded the Jewish holocaust, and saw the murder of a greater percentage of the Armenian population, in just as grotesque a fashion, than the Jewish population killed during the Nazi holocaust.
In 2010, Turkey’s ambassador to the US, Namik Tan, enlisted the support of several Jewish organizations in America including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in order to defeat another Armenian Genocide Resolution. One of the groups, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) even released a position paper titled, “The Armenian Resolution Should be Opposed and Defeated.”
Unfortunately, Jewish holocaust hogging doesn’t just apply to the Armenians. The American media, which is almost completely controlled by Jewish Americans (as this link proves), flatly refuses to adequately discuss other holocausts in Africa, or the historical holocausts in Russia and China which killed seven and twelve times more people respectively than the Nazi holocaust. So while hundreds of films, documentaries, and television shows mention or focus on the Nazi holocaust every year, only a hand full are produced on other holocausts. One would think that hoarding holocausts by the leading advocates of holocaust awareness would warrant some serious media attention around the world. The media of course never even mentions it.
Jewish activists have pushed for holocaust memorial days in almost every Western country in the world, but fell short of asking for remembrance days for Armenians, Rwandan Tutsis, or the many others who suffered similar fates. The Anti-Defamation League actually used their political influence to force all new FBI agents to take Jewish holocaust awareness courses and visit Jewish holocaust museums before becoming full agents. They do not focus on other ethnic groups’ holocausts or require field trips to other holocaust memorial sites, even though there is a significant Armenian population in America. One must wonder if the ADL’s goal was for the FBI to prevent future holocausts in general, a noble and just goal for a federal agency meant to protect the American people, or just to prevent future holocausts against Jewish people? If it’s the latter, then shouldn’t Jewish Americans pay more taxes to support the FBI than say Armenian Americans or Rwandan Americans?
Since so many Jewish people deny the Armenian holocaust, one would think that holocaust denial and questioning would not offend them. It stands to wonder then why Jewish activists in Europe campaigned to make it illegal to question or investigate the Jewish holocaust? This is incredible double standard has probably made some historians suspicious and contributed to the publication of new perspectives on the holocaust which scientifically question commonly accepted historical accounts. In this link, world renowned historian David Irving discusses his differing views on certain aspects of the event.
As the great grandson of an Armenian holocaust surviver and the great great grandson of an Armenian holocaust victim, I find these Israeli and Jewish holocaust deniers despicable. If I were not a proponent of free speech, I would suggest that they should all be thrown in prison in accordance with the European legislation they so zealously campaigned for. The world needs to stand up and tell Israel and American Jewish groups that using the Armenian holocaust as a political football is morally reprehensible.