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Armenian wound lingers under international failure to elicit Turkish recognition of the Ottoman crime
Armenians around the world commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide in which one and a half million Armenians were killed at the hands of the butchers of the Ottoman Empire on April 24, 1915, in a most repulsive carnage in human history.
The mass killing of the Armenian people was committed during World War I when the Ottomans annihilated hundreds of Armenian villages in the eastern empire in an attempt to change the demography of those areas within the Ottoman policy of Turkification that works on uprooting all other ethnicities and nationalities.
However, the mass murders peaked on April 24, 1915 when the Turkish government brought together hundreds of prominent Armenian figures in Istanbul and executed them in the city’s squares. There followed slaughters and genocides against millions of Armenian families who were deported through the desert.
The families who escaped the killings managed to take refuge in Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.
In its issue on December 15, 1915, the American New York Times newspaper said nearly one million Armenians were killed or deported by the Ottoman Turks.
The last chapter of the genocide, however, took place between 1918 and 1920 when the Turkish army, ordered by Kamal Ataturk, conducted a wide-scale cleansing operations in eastern Anatolia and attacked Armenian villages and cities there, before the Armenian State was established on October 29, 1920 and joined the Soviet Union.
The Armenian wound, which is still bleeding, lingers till today under the failure of international laws to force the Turkish government, the successor of the Ottoman butchers, to admit to the crimes and offer an official apology to the Armenian people.
With the perpetrators allowed-by the negligence of the influential parties of the international community, to get away with their crimes, the genocide is breeding more massacres, with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan given a free hand trying to realize his Ottoman obsessions.
Five years now into the crisis in Syria, Erdogan goes ahead with shedding more Syrian blood, providing unlimited support to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations and others that have been following in the footsteps of Ottomans carrying our ethnic and religious cleansing and causing chaos and destruction wherever they take hold.
100 years after the brutal genocide against the Armenians, the Turkish denial continues, with Turkey claiming that only around 300,000 Armenians were killed during WWI and disavowing any connection to the systematically committed crimes in challenge of the many documented facts that have been consecutively revealed by survivors or by media men who lived the experience firsthand.
Acknowledgment of the Ottoman massacres has been growing worldwide, with Pope Francis of the Vatican using the term “genocide” for the first time to describe the mass killings during a mass in Rome on April 12.
Though angered by the Pope’s statements, the Turkish government goes on with its efforts to try to obliterate the historical facts through carrying out suppression campaign against Turkish intellectuals and journalists who dare to talk about the massacres.
Despite these attempts, the Armenians around the world are adherent to their right and have been annually marking the genocide by staging activities and events and launching campaigns seeking an acknowledgement of the slaughter.
This year’s commemoration takes place as a series of events under the motto ”I Remember, I demand”.
Yerevan, 24 April 2015 ~ Syria expressed at a global forum its condemnation of the genocide which the Ottoman Turks committed against the Armenian people in 1915.
The Global Forum “Against the Crime of Genocide” was held in the Armenian capital Yerevan commemorating the Centennial of the well-known genocide, which is marked on April 24 every year.
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PART 1: THE FIRST ORDERS OF DEPORTATION 0:00:00-0:04:42
PART 2: THE FIRST DAYS OF DEPORTATION 0:04:42- 0:09:35
PART 3: MASSACRE SCENES 0:09:35-0:13:33
PART 4: MOTHERS’ DEATH 0:13:33-0:17:42
PART 5: THE ARABIAN DESERT 0:17:42-0:22:15
PART 6: THE ORPHANAGES 0:22:15-0:27:09
PART 7: ELLIS ISLAND 0:27:09-0:32:31
PART 8: EARLY EXPERIENCES IN AMERICA 0:32:31-0:37:37
PART 9: JOB HUNTING EXPERIENCES 0:37:37-0:48:45
PART 10: NATIONALITY AND LANGUAGE ISSUES 0:48:45-0:57:14
PART 11: HATRED 0:57:14-1:02:53
PART 12: DEALING WITH THE TURKISH DENIAL 1:02:53-1:07:29
PART 13: LOSS AND WISHES 1:07:29-1:12:31
PART 14: THE FIVE STAGES OF GENOCIDE 1:12:31-1:19:48
PART 15: SURVIVORS SINGING 1:19:48-1:24:33
From 1894 &1915 TWO MILLION ARMENIANS VICTIMS OF A TURKISH GENOCIDE
Turkish contribution to history *
– Stealing other cultures and history
– Genocide of several nations (Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Pontic, Syriac and more…)
– Destruction – Killings – Stealing – Rape – Forcibly converting children and women to Islam
– Genocide denying …and more
Delivering Syria’s speech, Speaker of the People’s Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Laham said history will not forgive those “who didn’t learn the lessons of wars on other peoples.”
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The current Turkish government, the successor of the Ottomans, has thrust itself so deeply in the current crisis in Syria, opening its land wide to terrorists coming from all corners of the world to cross border into Syria and commit horrible crimes against its people.
“Any crime against humans must be condemned and rejected whoever the perpetrator, and how if that crime was a genocide in which more than a million and a half of the brotherly Armenian people were killed,” al-Laham told the forum.
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“We in Syria have always felt the Armenians’ sense of belonging is as much to Syria as it is to Armenian and vice versa,” he said, affirming that the Armenians in Syria are an integral part of its people.
Al-Laham drew parallels between the Armenian Genocide and the mass crimes targeting the people in Syria and Iraq, saying the crimes systematically committed by the terrorists in both countries target all of the two peoples’ components and are aimed at cleansing areas of their inhabitants.
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These, and the deliberate damaging of the cultural heritage and the archeological and historical sites in Syria and Iraq, all constitute “a genocide against humanity” and crimes against the history and culture, he added.
While stressing that the history of appalling criminality is repeating itself now through the terrorists of today, al-Laham said this would not have happened was it not for those states and sides that are supplying the terrorists with whatever funds, arms, training and political and media cover they need to commit crimes.
Armenian Premier: We support Syria in confronting terrorism, seek more economic cooperation
Later, Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan said his country supports Syria in its fight against the terrorism exported to it from different countries.
During his meeting with Speaker al-Laham Abrahamyan stressed that the historical relations between Syria and Armenia are firmly established.
He saw that the Syrian participation in the forum, which marks the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, committed by the Ottomans in 1915, reflects how much deep is the friendship relations binding the people of Syria and Armenia.
Out of Armenia’s interest in further activating the parliamentary, political and economic relations with Syria, Abrahamyan used the opportunity of his meeting with al-Laham to extend an invitation to the Syrian Prime Minister to visit Armenia with a view of expanding the areas of economic cooperation between the two countries.
Al-Laham renewed Damascus’s solidarity with Yerevan on the occasion, calling for joint work on the international level to prevent such crimes from being repeated through eliminating the terrorism ravaging Syria and Iraq.
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