Israeli support for Turkish genocide denial


This month marks the centenary of the alleged murder of over a million Armenians in eastern Turkey by the Ottoman Empire. The Guardian has a detailed article about it:

One should always question official versions of history. This is true, both of the view of Armenia, that it was genocide, and of the Turkish government’s claim that it wasn’t.

Among those questioning the Armenian view is the Israeli government and its supporters. In cooperation with Israeli diplomats, the Anti-Defamation League urged the US congress not to recognize the Armenian massacre as “genocide” because it would make the similar treatment of the European Jews by Germany just one genocide among others, rather than a tragedy of transcendental significance. They don’t want the competition.

The Guardian is in denial about this particular holocaust denial.

Awareness of the genocide grew because of the focus on the Nazi Holocaust in the US and Israel in the 1960s and 1970s.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The marketing of the Shoah did not lead to awareness of, and prevention of, past and future genocides. It had the opposite effect. For example, if the German holocaust was special, the Rwandan holocaust was less special.

The US employed the term under President Ronald Reagan but has retreated since in the face of anger from Turkey, a Nato ally.

And pressure from Israel, the Guardian forgets to add.

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