Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Armenian Jews applaud genocide bill

31 January 2007
JTA - Global Jewish News

The Jewish community of Armenia applauded the Armenian genocide resolution introduced by U.S. lawmakers.

U.S. Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), George Radanovich (R-Calif.) and Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.) announced Tuesday the introduction of legislation calling on President Bush and his administration to recognize the Armenian genocide.

Leaders of Armenia’s small Jewish community praised the resolution and expressed solidarity with the approximately 1.5 million ethnic Armenians killed between 1915-17, “because the histories of our people are similar and we too have gone through discrimination, tragedy and a genocide.”

The bill was brought to the House in 2006, but was tabled by then-Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) The statement of support from Armenia’s Jewish community comes at a time of increased tensions between Turkey and Armenia, after the recent murder of a prominent Turkish journalist of Armenian descent, Hrant Dink.

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