Thursday, 16 August

Why Should We Armenians Want Zionists to “Recognize” Us?

By Markar Melkonian

"Even today I am willing to volunteer to do the dirty work for Israel, to kill as many Arabs as necessary, to deport them, to expel and burn them, to have everyone hate us, to pull the rug from underneath the feet of the Diaspora Jews, so that they will be forced to run to us crying. Even if it means blowing up one or two synagogues here and there, I don't care. And I don't mind if after the job is done you put me in front of a Nuremberg Trial and then jail me for life. Hang me if you want, as a war criminal..."

These are the words of Ariel Sharon, from an interview published in the Israeli daily Davar, 17 December 1982.

At the time he made these remarks he was the Minister of Defense of Israel. In that capacity, he presided over the slaughter of 17,000 civilians in Lebanon, among them Armenians, as well as the massacre of thousands of unarmed civilians, many of them women and children, in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps just outside of Beirut. Sixteen years later, he would be elected Prime Minister of Israel. On 18 April 2002, U.S. President George Bush praised Sharon as “a man of peace.”

The present Prime Minister of Israel, Benyamin Netanyahu, is widely considered to be more of a “hard-liner” than Sharon. Under his leadership, the Zionist military has: subjected the densely populated Gaza Strip to incessant bombardment at the cost of thousands of civilian lives; subjected millions of people who have been under military occupation for more than half a century to collective punishment; and lied American taxpayers into a trillion-dollar war in Iraq that has so far resulted in well over one million deaths, and turned the lives of tens of millions of children into a living hell. 

Thoughtful people might pause to consider what kind of a country would elect monsters like Netanyahu, Sharon, and Menachem Begin to their highest office.

In addition to serving as Prime Minister, Netanyahu also serves as a member of the Zionist legislature, the Knesset. It is under these circumstances that a delegation from  Armenia's National Assembly paid a visit to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on December 12 to 14. The purpose of the delegation’s visit, we were told, was to urge members of the Knesset to “recognize” the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian delegation announced that Israel and Armenia, together with “the international community,” must “continue their struggle to prevent crimes against humanity.”

For informed and decent people in “the international community,” the overriding message that this visit conveyed was the cretinism and hypocrisy of Armenian officialdom.

Armenia and Israel: Not Much in Common:

The National Assembly delegation’s advertised humanitarian aim in Tel Aviv is worse than garbled.  Here are several of the ways that this is so: 

--For one thing, Israel has never SURVIVED genocide, for the simple reason that Israelis have never UNDERGONE genocide.  Jewish people, of course, were subject to a horrendous, genocidal campaign of annihilation perpetrated by the German fascists.  We bow our heads to honor the victims of the Holocaust, and the tens of millions of Russians and other victims, too. We must never forget them, and we must guard against those who would trivialize Hitler’s crimes.  

But most Jews are not Israelis, and more than 60% of Israeli Jews, including the Mizrahim, trace their ancestry back generations to lands thousands of miles distant from the European theatre of WWII.  In any case, the lesson holds for Israelis as it does for Armenians and everyone else:  it is indecent to rationalize ethnic cleansing by pointing to past victimhood.   

For people who are not steeped in Chosen People mythology, racial arguments for the “right of return” to any land should be no more convincing than religious arguments.  The relevant principle (in Palestine and in Mountainous Karabagh, too) should be SELF-DETERMINATION, not genetics or religious arguments.  But even if we were to accept the Zionists’ own racial suppositions, they still lose the argument:  molecular geneticists report that Palestinians have as much claim to be genetic descendants of the ancient Israelites as do Israeli Jews.  

--For another thing, the Republic of Armenia and Israel are two very different polities:  Israel is a colonial settler state, and Armenia is not. Like the Afrikaners of South Africa, Israelis are a modern nation of settlers and descendants of settlers who founded a garrison state.  

By concocting far-fetched parallels between Armenia and Israel, the small and diminishing number of Armenian Friends of Israel lend a helping hand to Turkish nationalists who propagate the lie that Armenians are interlopers, with nothing but a mythological connection to the land of Armenia.  This is strikingly similar to Zionist mythology, which depicts Palestinians as recent interlopers in the Land of Israel.  The truth is that Armenians--unlike most Israeli Jews, but very much like Palestinians--are not a PRODUCT of foreign colonial domination; rather, they have ENDURED foreign colonial domination. 

--Israel is a garrison-state, and Armenia is not.  An imperial power lavishly subsidizes Israel as a remote-control device, to control the resources, markets, and populations of a strategically crucial region. American taxpayers subsidize luxury housing for foreign settlers on stolen Palestinian land. Israelis receive billions of dollars of U.S. aid annually, as well as credits, tax-deductible contributions, technology transfers, the protection of the Sixth Fleet, and unqualified diplomatic cover from the United States of America. (See, for example, Shirl McArthur, “A Conservative Estimate of Total U.S. Direct Aid to Israel: More Than $130 Billion,”WRMEA, Oct./Nov. 2013.) 

All of this by way of ensuring American imperialist domination of oil, the Suez canal and vast capital markets, hemming in Russia and Iran, and propping up local clients, notably the House of Saud, the Egyptian army, and corrupt regimes in the Gulf.  Recognizing this, U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig described Israel as “the largest American aircraft carrier in the world.”  When the Zionist garrison ceases to fulfill this function, it will cease to exist.  

Israel’s Crimes against Humanity:  

As for the pretended aim to “continue their struggle to prevent crimes against humanity,”let us acknowledge the obvious:  the Zionist regime is itself responsible for crimes against humanity, and these crimes are not limited to Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria.  Tel Aviv has supported far-flung tyrannies, wars, and death squads, from Taiwan to Zaire, and from Nicaragua to Namibia and apartheid South Africa.  

Indeed, the Israeli military has armed and supported perpetrators of genocide.  In the1980s, when even the Congress of the United States of America refused to provide arms to the blood-soaked Rios Montt regime in Guatemala, Israel stepped in to arm the Guatemalan military and the death squads.  Up to 200,000 Guatemalans were killed by the death squads and the Guatemalan military, including tens of thousands under Rios Montt, and (as the Catholic Church and the United Nations have documented) tens of thousands of others have been raped and tortured.  

The Mayan people of Guatemala have committed no crime against Armenians.  Why then should Armenian delegates fawn over those who helped to murder them? And in the name of “preventing crimes against humanity,” no less! If the National Assembly delegates were genuinely concerned about preventing crimes against humanity, they would have stayed home and condemned the Zionist regime.   

And of course, we may add nuclear blackmail to the long list of unprosecuted Zionist crimes against humanity.  They have never signed a nonproliferation treaty, and they have never permitted international inspection of their nuclear facilities.  In collaboration with their strategic partners and ideological twins in apartheid South Africa, the Zionists developed and tested nuclear weapons, and since then they have produced hundreds of nuclear warheads which they have deployed on bombers, missiles, and Dolphin II-class “Doomsday Submarines.”  Yerevan might well be located within one of their blast zones. 

Fawning over Our Enemies:  

Zionists have time and again distinguished themselves as enemies of the Armenian nation.  The decades of active denial of the Armenian genocide is the LEAST of their offenses.  We know about the decades-long strategic alliance between Tel Aviv and Ankara, and the ongoing military aid and intelligence that Tel Aviv has provided to the Republic of Azerbaijan.  There is much more to say about this, but no room here.  Instead, let us note several lesser-known considerations:  

--Zionist collaboration with Turkish ethnic cleansers goes back to the earliest days of the modern Zionist movement:  according to an entry in the diary of Theodore Herzl (an entry dated August 30, 1899), for example, the founder of modern Zionism intervened “to muffle the Armenian business” in the European press, in the wake of the massacres of the 1890’s.  (For more about the relationship between the early Zionists and the Ottoman Sublime Port, refer to Marwan R. Buheiry, “Theodor Herzl and the Armenian Question,” in Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Autumn, 1977); Yair Auron, The Banality of Denial:  Israel and the Armenian Genocide (2003).) 

--Zionist occupation has destroyed the ancient Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem.  For more than sixteen centuries, the Armenian community in Jerusalem managed to survive invasions, crusades, and colonial domination, but seventy years of Zionist occupation, confiscation, and oppression has all but eliminated our ancient presence in the Holy Land. One hundred years ago, the Armenian community of Jerusalem consisted of perhaps 20,000 members.  After the occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, those numbers have dwindled, until today the community consists of only several hundred members. 

The Armenians of Palestine do not want to be under Zionist occupation.  Yasser Arafat, the late Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, was expressing a widespread wish among Armenians in Palestine when, at the 2000 Camp David Summit, he rejected an American proposal to put the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem under Zionist authority.  “My name is not Yasser Arafat,” he said, “It is Yasser Arafatian.”"I will not betray my Armenian brothers." 

--Zionist occupiers treat Palestinian Armenians with the same contempt that they treat other Palestinians.  Settlers regularly insult Armenians, desecrate religious sites, physically attack the clergy, and spit on priests.  

On occasion they have done much worse.  The siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem from April 2 to May 10, 2002 is just one of many outrages against besieged Christians in Palestine. 

For thirty-nine days, the Zionist army laid siege to one of the holiest sites of Christianity, under the pretext of searching for “suspected Palestinian militants.”(All of this, aside from the fact that even if these “suspected militants” were in fact militants, they were entirely within their rights, under international law and the Geneva convention, to resist occupation of their land by a foreign invader.) During the siege, Israeli Army snipers killed seven persons seeking refuge inside the church; on April 4, they shot the bellringer of the Church, and on April 10, they shot an Armenian monk in the church. 

--Over the decades, Tel Aviv’s warmongers, operating with the impunity of superpower protection, have destroyed homes and lives and depopulated Armenian neighborhoods in Lebanon and Syria.  They have fomented civil wars that have gutted Armenian communities, and they set the stage for wars in Iraq and Syria that have annihilated ancient Christian communities in these countries. 

Our “Clever” Fools:

One might think that moral and legal arguments (for what little they may otherwise be worth) should be paramount when it comes to making a case for genocide recognition.  If so, then such considerations should stand on their own, without getting mixed up with considerations of diplomatic advantage.  But of course there are practical considerations, too.  And these, too, demonstrate the foolishness of the Armenian delegation’s errand. 

The Zionists and their masters in Washington have set in motion wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria—wars that have already claimed as many lives as the Armenian genocide.  They and their surrogates have created millions of refugees and turned the lives of tens of millions of children into a living hell. They have successfully fomented murderous Wahhabi hatred of Shiite Muslims, and over the past several years we have witnessed them step-by-step setting the stage for the emergence of Daesh.  

And now, having succeeded in their strategic aim to destroy every Arab army that was able and willing to defend its territory against their aggression, they now turn their attention to Iran.  The Zionists and their neocon confederates in Washington want war with Iran.  And so do their strategic allies in Ankara. 

No wonder, then, that year after year, opinion polls have confirmed that Israel is one of the most hated countries on Earth. In Latin America, Russia, India, and China, large majorities of respondents to recent public opinion polls express “negative views” of Israel.  Europeans, on the whole, dislike Zionism and Zionists, and over years the antipathy has only increased.  Even in the super-tolerant Scandinavian countries there is widespread disgust with their impunity and duplicity.  Indeed, even in the thoroughly indoctrinated United States of America, one third of the respondents to recent public opinion polls have expressed a “negative view” of Israel.  

In the course of committing one atrocity after another over the course of decades, Zionist leaders have been poisoning the well for future generations of Israelis.  America will not remain the sole undisputed superpower forever.  Unfortunately, it appears more and more likely that when the American empire wanes, Israelis will follow the Pieds-noirs of Algeria onto ships and airplanes and into oblivion.   People who care about Armenia most assuredly should not take inspiration from the brutal--and ultimately doomed--Zionist project. 

The Armenian delegates met with members of the Knesset, in their official capacity as functionaries of the Zionist garrison state.  To portray this visit as “non-political” is dishonest and naïve.  Their errand is absurd on the face of it:  to beg functionaries of a brutal, genocidal regime to “recognize” a genocide! What is it that these unelected delegates think they are doing?  Do they think they’re being modern and clever?  What message exactly do they think they are sending?  

The Armenian delegates have sullied the reputation of the Armenian nation and brought a disgraceful end to a year that might otherwise have had a redeeming significance.  The last thing decent Armenians want is for the legislature of a brutal garrison state to “recognize” the Armenian genocide.  The National Assembly Committee has wasted the resources of an underfunded state to jeopardize the good will of our most helpful allies, neighbors, and trading partners.  

There are some Armenians who care more about the welfare and dignity of our nation than jumping through hoops for the entertainment of a distant imperialist power. It is time these Armenians raise their voices, to demand that the Republic of Armenia abide by the international cultural boycott of the Zionist regime. 

Markar Melkonian is a philosophy instructor and an author. His books include Richard Rorty’s Politics:  Liberalism at the End of the American Century (1999), Marxism: A Post-Cold War Primer (Westview Press, 1996), and My Brother’s Road (2005). 

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Comments (52)
1. ANGELA BARSEGHIAN20:28 - 4 January, 2016
Right on Markar. I was reading recently , that there is road in Tel Aviv, which is closed to all Arabs, only Jews are allowed to use...I do not remember the Apartheid being so racist as the present Zionists are...amazing...
2. Anna20:52 - 4 January, 2016
Finally there is some rational, informed and most importantly ETHICAL perspective on the state of Israel and the very point of condemning crimes against humanity, something that state has been constantly making. This text is of paramount importance for the blind and militarized people of Armenia who so erroneously look up to Israel as a model of state-building. Please write more informed (fact-based, historically accurate) articles on this topic and please make sure they are in Armenian, because this text is mostly needed for the blood-thirsty nationalists looking up to the terrorist state as a model.
3. Avetis21:15 - 4 January, 2016
Bravo, Mr. Melkoniaan
4. Davis00:31 - 5 January, 2016
Let's look at the author's arguments against Israel as some might apply them to Armenians and Western Armenia. No "right of return" for Armenians to Western Armenia? Where is the justice in that? Turks and Kurds, but not the few remaining Armenians, in Western Armenia get "self-determination" in Western Armenia? Where is the justice in that? I won't get into the genetics of all this.
5. Gagik Melikyan04:19 - 5 January, 2016
Eye-opening ...
6. Hagop05:07 - 5 January, 2016
Anna, your comment started out good, but turned ridiculous very quickly. You probably don't know a whole lot about Armenia. Armenia definitely does not "look up" to Israel, in fact both Armenia and the diaspora knows what these people are and the amount of damage they have caused us. And I suggest don't repeat western style rhetoric about "nationalism", for us that is irrelevant when we are surrounded by genocidal states that want to wipe Armenia out at the first chance they get. What do you think happened during the Artsakh war, you think Turko-Azeris were holding flowers and tea for us and our "blood thirsty" Fedayis instead practiced "nationalism"? You seriously need to learn some history yourself, before calling our Armenian heroes "blood-thirsty nationalists". You obviously don't know about Armenians in general. And if you don't get it, kindly stay out of Armenian affairs, and go catch your next Kardashian episode before you miss it.
7. Anna13:03 - 5 January, 2016
Hagop, simply no comment to you.
8. Joe15:55 - 5 January, 2016
Best piece of information I have read in along time, we need more! It hurts knowing how the Armenian lobby in the US, comprising mostly the grandchildren of Genocide survivors, has practically sold its soul to the ZOG Machine. Most have joined and become agents of the Zionist controlled Masonic cult forgetting that it was these very groups and organizations that were behind the Armenian Genocide 100 years ago. We are our worst enemy!
9. claude17:20 - 5 January, 2016
Israel is an illegal, murderous, colonial, racist, theocratic, occupying "state" founded on theft, money, propaganda, and Western support. Fearing the power of Zionism, Armenians have generally not tangled with Israel. However, the recent military and intelligence support Israel has rendered to Azerbaijan (which threatens Armenia almost daily) plus the Israeli deniers of the Genocide who get lots of ink in Western media makes me conclude it's time we took another look at our relations with the gangster entity of the Middle East.
10. Vahram18:36 - 5 January, 2016
Mt Orhan Tan (below) would have a bit more credibility if he publicly urged Turkey to finally recognize the 1915 Genocide and the fact that present-day Turkey is built on the bones and seized assets of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians and other Ottoman national minorities butchered in the dying decades of the Ottoman Empire.
11. Vahram18:44 - 5 January, 2016
Orhan Tan, the apologist for Turkish denialism (see below) should get his facts straight before making baseless allegations. I suggest he read Yair Auron's "The Banality of Denial"regarding the activities of the Armenische Legion. Apologists of Ankara's denialist policies will stoop at nothing.
12. Azad20:24 - 5 January, 2016
A rather brainless rant that cloaks blatant anti-semitism with the fig-leaf of anti-Zionism, something that often happens among us Armenians. The idea that 'duplicitous' Zionist Jews lied the American people into invading Iraq fits perfectly in a world-domination narrative that would make Western neo-Nazis proud. And, however one views things, the foundation of the state of Israel cannot be disconnected from the Holocaust that occurred only a few years before that, which was only the culmination of 2 millennia of anti-Semitic abuse in Europe. As for the differences between Israel and Armenia - I wouldn't be too sure there either: after all, the foundation of the Armenian Democratic Republic in 1918-1920 was in no small part based on the ethnic cleansing of the local Azerbaijani population, and a less sympathetic observer could see contemporary Armenia as a Russian garrison state. So let's just cool it a little....
13. unknown armenian01:47 - 6 January, 2016
Mr. Melkonian i am amazed at your skill of being racist, anti- semitic at the same time. I am deeply ashamed Hetq published this article. Greetings, AH
14. zohrab balian02:53 - 6 January, 2016
Just a question Anna. Who are the blood thirsty Nationalist? We don't as a Nation have "blood thursty" people amongst us. They are our Heroes. Get your facts right. It is very disappointing when an Armenian says these words.
15. Joe06:01 - 6 January, 2016
Mr. Melkonian has the moral backbone to say it like it is, I agree with him 100%! Its amazing how the jews have used the "genocide" committed against them to gain world wide sympathy while the Armenian Genocide is being denied thanks to the active and collective work of jewish organizations throughout the world. Many have come to beleive they are gods chosen people and therefore should be immune to scrutiny and judgment. To state the truth and to stand up for what is morally right has become anti-semitic or anti-zionist or racist. A righteous Armenian Christian should not stay quiet or tolerate this kind of jewish behavior!
16. Kevork08:00 - 6 January, 2016
Orhan Tan, F**k off back to Mongolia where you came from you senile chakal. While your ISIS Sultan Erdogan is busy praising Hitler in today's news you are trying to distort history with Armenians and Nazis. Why don't you talk about how chief of mujahideen Erdogan was kissing Hitler's rear just yesterday and how Azeris were in the Nazi army, and how Turkey signed a friendship pact with Nazi Germany? The Mongol college of genocidal Turks didn't teach you these facts? In the meantime, you multi-faced leftovers of Chingiz can't make up your minds to bash Jews or lick their rears like there was no tomorrow.
17. assad19:18 - 6 January, 2016
How much hatered and distortioned history facts in one article. Armenia has few real friends in the world. Israel is one of them.
18. arka gatian20:45 - 6 January, 2016
To Mr. Tan:- You used the word "butcher"? This comes from a nation that had Enver Pasha, Talaat Pasha, let' not forget Sultan Hamid. As a reward for Armenian "butchering" that's why Hitler said "Who remembers the Armenian genocide now" which you can google it is in Washington's Museum of Holocaust and that refers to Turkey. You are learning to utilize PR from United States Madison Ave. (for your info. most public relations firms have offices there and is in in New York). You are trying to wash your history by PR but stains doesn't come out easily.
19. Վահագն22:09 - 6 January, 2016
20. Hrach04:04 - 7 January, 2016
Ինչկան շատ խոսենք եվ մտածենք Իսրաելի մասին այնքան ավելի շատ կնմանվենք իրեն ու կդարնանք օտարի զոհ: Հետեւաբար ավելի ճիշտ կլինի խոսենք մեր մասին որ մեզ նմանվենք: Ինձ համար այս հոդվածում կարեւորը այն եր որ ինչվոր դելեգացիա է գնացել մեր մոտից ինչ որ բան հորդորելու: Ինձ այդ երեւույթու դուր չի գալիս, ինչի են գնացել իբր ինչ, ով է առաջարկել, ովքեր են եղել, գնալուց արաջ մտածել են մի պահ թե մեր զոհերը կուզենաին որ իրենք գնաին այնտեղ: Որն եր հաշվարքը, որ իբր թուրքերի ու իսրաելի հարաբերություննը վատե ու կարան ինչվոր բան թրցնել? Այսինքն ուզում են թրցնողաղական եթե չասեմ քցողաղական խոդերով արդյունք ստանալ? Արդյունքում իրենք թե քցվեցին, թե կորցրեցին մեզել հետները տարան եսիմ ուր: Դրա մասին է պետք խոսել ոչ թե Իսրաելի եւ սիոնիստների արարքների մասին: Ավելի լավ է մենք խոսենք մեր Հայրենիքի մասին թե արեւելյան թե արեւմտյան, գործենք այդ ուղությամբ վոր մեր պաեպերի ցանկությունը իրանաություն դառնա: Սահմանափակ ռեսուրս ունենք չենք կարող խալխի խաղերի վրա դրանք վատնել:
21. Suren06:50 - 7 January, 2016
Մարդկությունը լավ գիտի սիոնիստների այսօրվա հզորությունը ու հայերն էլ(թե պետական մակարդակով, թե ամենացածր մակարդակով) քծնում ու շողոքորթում են; Ձեր շուրջը նայեք, տեսեք ինչպես են հարուստ ամուսին փնտրում կանալք(նաև հայերը), իսկ հրեաներն շատ հարուստ են: Դրանում կասկած չունենք: Մարդկությանը մղեցին դեպի նյութապաշտություն ու հիմա բոլորս դեմ ենք առել կապիտալիզմի վախճանին: Սա գիտեն նաև սիոնիստները: Ու հիմա մեդիան գործածության մեջ է դրել գլոբալ տաքացման սուտ գաղափարը որպեսզի մարդկությանը պատրաստեն նոր ջրհեղեղի: Սուտի վերջը մոտենում է ու իրանք իրենց վախճանը զգում են: Իրենց գործած մեղքերին հաշիվ չկա: Դե վերջում աստված նոյաին կասի, որ լցվեք Մարս գնացող տիեզերանավն ու հետո Երկիրն դժողքի կվերածվի; Հիմի ինչ ուզում եք ասեք, նրանք իրենց գործը կանեն: Սիոնիստներից ամեն ինչ սպասելի է: Դոլլարի աստվածի կործանումով թերևս ԱՄՆ ու ՆԱՏՈ կործանվեն, որ ջհուդների հախից գան: Մեր հայերն էլ ստրուկի հոգով են տառապում, այլապես չէն գնա իրենց դահիճի դուռը: Գործ ունենք սիոնիստական իմպերիայի հետ որն թաքնված է ու ամեն երկրում կարևոր աթոռներն թաքնված հրեաներն են կառավարում: Այո, Հայաստանն էլ:
22. Joe08:00 - 7 January, 2016
assad, actions speak louder then words! Israel as a country consistently refuses to recognize the Armenian Genocide, plus jewish organizations actively work for its denial in the US and other countries. They supported Azerbaijan during the Armenian Azeri War, and they are now selling high tech military weapons at discount prices and provide intelligence support to Azerbaijan which threatens Armenia and the peaceful settlement process. The Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem himself stated that Armenians are treated as "third-class citizens"in Israel, religous priests are constantly spit on and cursed by jews. Jews would love to see the Armenian quarter and the church in the old city disappear ASAP. Israel doesn't even have an embassy in Armenia and deals with us indirectly through Georgia when it comes to political issues. So when you say "Armenia has few real friends in the world and Israel is one of them" you are taking fiction, turning it on its head and presenting it as fact. Armenia is well respected and has many friends throughout the world, but I can assure you Israel isn't one of them!
23. Areg08:08 - 7 January, 2016
Ամոթալի հոտդված է, լիքը հակասեմիտական ստրեով և կիսա–ճշմարտություններով: Իսրայելը պետք է Հայաստանի համար օրինակ լինի. ժողովրդավարական, տնտեսապես և ռազմապես ուժեղ, և առաջադեմ: This is a shameful article, and I am shocked that Hetq has decided to publish this. It is full of antisemitic, racist material. It's really panful to see that the Armenians are adopting from their Russian patrons this age-old sickness -- jew hatred.
24. silvan11:19 - 7 January, 2016
Ariel Sharon never said what is related to him at the beginning of the article. this is a well known false citation made by the terrorist organization Hamas .
25. Վեհարի11:26 - 7 January, 2016 ,,После восьми лет суда в Канаде над издателем книги, ему удалось доказать, что вся информация в этой книге основана НА РЕАЛЬНЫХ ДОКУМЕНТАХ и абсолютно точная! В течение восьми лет все иудейские организации мира, их лучшие адвокаты не смогли опровергнуть ни одного факта из этой книги, но кто знает об этом процессе и его результатах?,,
26. Leo12:07 - 7 January, 2016
Why do we even have to evaluate Israel's past and present foreign and domestic policy in terms of +/- for Armenians and Armenia. Can't we rise above such relativist crap and adopt some basic humanitarian principles? On an objective basis alone, free of Armenian-related perspectives, Israel has much to be ashamed of. This is not an "anti-semitic" rant but describing things as they actually are. As if criticizing the current Armenian government for being "anti-people" is somehow "anti-Armenian" and racist....Bull crap.
27. Joe14:15 - 7 January, 2016
Areg. Instead of pointing your finger at Russia and the Russian people, why don't you point out the fact that throughout history every single country in world at some point had to deal with racist jewish tribalism and their talmudic teachings that spews out nothing but filth and hatred? The Russian people have also suffered greatly at the hands of Bolshevism or Communism, and both were the product of collective judaism. Zionists wants people to associate Communism with the Russian people and you see it all the time in western media. This is done to distance themselves from the enormous role they played in it. Do your research please!
28. Վահագն20:59 - 7 January, 2016
Areg, դու կամ հուդայական ես կամ ջհուդների մասին բացի ՞հակասեմիտ՞ բառից ոչինչ չգիտես:
29. Pavel04:02 - 8 January, 2016
In the "official" Holocaust story, there are a lot of myths and misrepresented facts about the number of their victims, the methods of suffering, the claimed disproportioned "evilness" of German Nazis, etc. Certainly Jews suffered at the hands of the Nazis, but not any more than any other people. There was nothing unique about the Jewish suffering in the Holocaust, except that today, a criminal, rogue nation like Israel uses the Holocaust story to silence any criticism of its crimes, quickly resorting to "anti-semitism" and "Holocaust denial" claims at every opportunity. This idea that "the Holocaust is unique" or that "it was the greatest tragedy ever" is actually based on Judeo-Zionist racist-supremacist ideology (similar to the Nazi one they complain about) whereby they claim that the average non-Jew must accept everything told to them because the Judeo-Zionist racist supremacists are "special people". For those of us who are normal and sane people, this is actually a sick and twisted joke, and at its core no different than Nazism. The anti Christian, anti non-Jew "laws" of Israel prove this point very clearly. In this respect, Israel and Turko-Azerbaijan are the perfect pair, both ridiculously extremist and both with fake cultures and identities invented in the 20th century and attempting to steal the identity and culture of the indigenous peoples they currently oppress.
30. GB05:45 - 8 January, 2016
Why Should We Armenians Want Zionists to “Recognize” Us? Because they have the power of media and we don't!
31. Joe11:04 - 8 January, 2016
GB, we Armenian have never needed jewish or zionist recognition throughout our history to survive and I hope we never will. Your interpretation of Zionist power has been repeated throughout history many many times and guess what , they have lost that "Power" time and time again.. Zionism is on a dead end street that leads to nowhere. It is on its last leg and usually it doesn't take a lifetime to see the cycle repeat itself.
32. Joe13:50 - 8 January, 2016
All Armenians should watch this video titled "Marching to Zion" in its entirity and then judge for themselves as to where the first christian nation stands in the kingdom of God! Here is a link on Youtube:
33. gohar15:27 - 8 January, 2016
"ամերիկացի հարկատուներին ստերով ներքաշեց մեկ տրիլիոն դոլար արժեցող պատերազմի մեջ Իրաքում, որը մինչ այժմ մեկ միլիոնից ավելի մահերի պատճառ է դարձել և կենդանի դժոխքի է վերածել տասնյակ միլիոնավոր երեխաների կյանքերը։" Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally!!! Մարգար Մելքոնյան you are my Hero!!!!!
34. Tina04:31 - 9 January, 2016
Sad article. The quote from Sharon is part of anti Israeli propaganda that was proven wrong. This article is sad, not based on facts. I am so sad an Armenian wrote such a sad sad article.
35. Pelibossian05:52 - 9 January, 2016
Թող ամերիկաի հարկատուները մտածեն թե իրենց գումարները ինչպես են վատնում: Համենայն դեպս ոչ ամերիկան, ոչ արեւմտյան մյուս երկրները կամել ռուսաստանը թաց տեղյ պարկողը չեն , եթե մի բան անում են ապա գիտեն թե ինչու են անում: Իսկ մենք գոնե մի փոքր գիտենք թե մեք ինչ ենք ուզում ու անելուց ինչի համար ենք անում? Դրա մասին է պետք խոսել ոչ թե դրսի խաղերի մասին: Բնական է որ պպտի հասկանանք ինչ է կատարվում բայց միայն նրա համար որ իմանանք թե ինչ անենք արանձ ընկնելու չարի գիրկը:
36. Владимир01:09 - 10 January, 2016
суть иудаизма – торгашество и условия его существования
37. Антисионист01:22 - 10 January, 2016
«Химерическая национальность еврея есть национальность купца, вообще денежного человека»
38. Arafat-antitina01:41 - 10 January, 2016
“Что есть мировая основа еврейства? Корысть. Что есть мировой культ еврея? Торгашество. Кто его настоящий бог? Деньги… Деньги — это ревнивый бог Израиля… Банкнота — вот подлинный бог еврея!”
39. Tigran03:45 - 10 January, 2016
40. Haik Petrossian10:09 - 10 January, 2016
A best comment would be to ignore it: Biased and hatred behind these kind of unproved 'story telling'. Nonsense at it's best. How to explain a fool that he is one?
41. Joe19:08 - 10 January, 2016
Haik Petrossian, according to your logic, a Turk is just as valid dismissing the Armenian Genocide as myth and story telling when referring to notable reports and first hand eyewitness accounts. The fact that Mr Melkonian quotes Arial Sharon's words from the Israeli Daily Davar makes it that much more credible.
42. Kevork23:47 - 10 January, 2016
I wonder how many Zionists, Turks and Azeris are commenting here pretending to be something they're not... "Anna", "Azad", "unknown armenian", "assad", "areg", "Tina", "Haik Petrossian" - that's quite a lot of hasbara propagandists for Israel and Aliyevstan. So let me get this straight. Criticizing Israel is "antisemitic", but the same filth that has been working diligently in the western world to bring harm to Armenians by working closely with Turkey and Azerbaijan to spread lies against Armenia and preventing genocide recognition for decades gets a pass in your minds and is not Anti-Armenian Racism? Right, real racists always can't see themselves in the mirror, because they think the world revolves around them. I will give you all my big fat middle finger.
43. Լեւոն Պողոսյան11:22 - 31 January, 2016
Ջհուդի ծրագրի՝ Թորայի (Բիբլիայի) մեջ է միմիայն խորհրդում Ամալեկի՝ Հայի հիշատակը երկնքի տակիցը ջնջել: 22 դար է այդ կենդանիները իրականացնում են դա: ՈՒրիշ ի՞նչ խոսակցություն կարող լինել:
44. Jack07:36 - 1 February, 2016
Mr. Melkonian, while your article has some good points, ultimately it hurts the Armenians in Palestine. Why Should We Armenians Want Zionists to “Recognize” Us? Because of the ancient presence in the Holy Land that is dwindling as you have observed. The government would love to eradicate Armenians and non-Jews in East Jerusalem, and articles such as yours only helps them to that end. Such rhetoric only hurts Armenians. Your article and agenda is clearly propaganda. I would be more concerned about Armenians, both in Armenia and Diaspora, doing business with Turks than some committee traveling to Israel for genocide recognition.
45. Hajk13:25 - 1 February, 2016
հերթական լացն ու կոցը ու չգիտեմ ինչոր փիլիսոփայի դուս տված ապուշությունը ,...ոչ մի վերլուծություն, հիմարություն և վերջ ..և հերիք է սեփական անխելքությունն ու ապուշությունը բառթեք ուրիշների վրա,.......
46. Ստեփան21:01 - 7 February, 2016
Напрасно старались бы мы отыскать ключ к потаенным извилинам природы еврея и его религии… Следует, наоборот, искать решения загадок его религии в тайниках его природы. В самом деле, что является первоосновой иудаизма? Практические вожделения, корыстолюбие! В чем состоит культ евреев? В барышничестве! Кто их действительный бог? Деньги! КАРЛ МАРКС /1818 – 1883 гг./ основоположник научного коммунизма. Ծագումով հրեա Աշխարհի մեծերի կարծիքները 106թ մ.թ.ա-ից սկսած միչև 20-րդ դար: Ցավալի տխուր է կարդալ հազարամայակներում թրծված նման կարծիքները և դաս չառնել (գոնե մեզ`հայերիս համար):
47. K M11:57 - 10 April, 2016
What a load of crap! All lies and propoganda! Shame on you
48. Isabella Sargsyan13:14 - 14 April, 2016
Antisemitism is a diagnosis. Full stop.
49. Isabella S15:35 - 14 April, 2016
The following is an example of statements misquoted, taken out of context or otherwise manipulated to present a distorted view of Zionist intentions and actions. The misquotes are found in op-eds in campus newpapers and mainstream press as well as on anti-Israel websites. MISQUOTES: Attributed to Ariel Sharon, from an interview with Amos Oz, Davar, Dec. 17, 1982: You can call me anything you like. Call me a monster or a murderer. . . . Better a live Judeo-Nazi than a dead saint. Even if you prove to me that the present war in Lebanon is a dirty immoral war, I don't care. Even if Galilee is shelled again by Katyushas in a year's time, I don't really care. We shall start another war, kill and destroy more and more until they will have had enough. Let them tremble, let them call us a mad state. Let them understand that we are a wild country, dangerous to our surroundings, not normal, that we might go crazy if one of our children is murdered, just one! If anyone even raises his hand against us we'll take away half his land and burn the other half, including the oil. We might use nuclear arms. Even today I am willing to volunteer to do the dirty work for Israel, to kill as many Arabs as necessary, to deport them, to expel and burn them, to have everyone hate us…And I don't mind if after the job is done you put me in front of a Nurembarg Trial and then jail me for life. Hang me if you want, as a war criminal. What you don't understand is that the dirty work of Zionism is not finished yet, far from it. FACT: Amos Oz never met nor interviewed Sharon. In fact, the so-called “interview” was a literary device taken from Oz's book “In the Land of Israel.” In the English version, the interviewee's identity is not revealed, and is referred to as Z (Flamingo/Fontana 1983). Apparently, Palestinian propagandists substituted Sharon's name for Z in the Davar interview. The description of Z does not fit Sharon, and at one point Z refers to Sharon, Begin and General Eitan.
50. Հռիփսիմե16:24 - 14 April, 2016
Այս կարգի անհեթեթությունները ծառայում են միայն մեկ նպատակի՝ շեղել ժողովրդի ուշադրությունը իսկական թշնամուց: Այսինքն, այսօրվա կրիտիկական պահին՝ պարզապես ազգային դավաճանություն են, քանի որ թշնամուց պաշտպանվելու համար ազգը պետք է առաջին հերթին հստակ ճանաչի ԻՐԱԿԱՆ ԹՇՆԱՄՈՒՆ, կենտրոնացնի իր մտավոր, ֆիզիկական, նյութական, հոգևոր ուժերը և ուղղի ԻՐԱԿԱՆ ԹՇՆԱՄՈՒ դեմ, և ոչ թե գլուխը կորցրած՝ դես ու դես ընկնի, բանահյուսական բոբոներ փնտրելու: Իսկ մեր թշնամին ունի ընդամենը երկու երես. մեկը՝ Ադրբեջանն է իր մեծ եղբայր Թուրքիայի հետ, մյուսը՝ մեր իշխանությունները, որ տարիներ շարունակ, շատ լավ գիտենալով, որ թշնամին զինվում է և պատրաստվում ռևանշի, թալանել են երկիը և անզեն, անտեր ու անպաշտպան թողել բանակը: Եվ մեղավոր ենք, իհարկե, բոլորս, որ թույլ ենք տվել ավազակախմբին իշխանությունը զավթել և չարաշահել: Բոլորս գիտեինք, որ Ադրբեջանը զինվում է, բոլորս գիտեինք, որ մեր իշխանությունները ոչինչ չեն անում գոնե մասամբ հավասրակշռելու մեր բանակի հնարավորությունները, որ դրանց միակ հոգսը գողացած փողը օֆշորներում լվանալն է և իրենց իշխանությունը ամրապնդելն ու հավերժացնելը: Մենք պիտի հասկանանք մեր սխալները և փորձենք ուղղել, ոչ թե սրան-նրան մեղադրելով արդարացնենք մեզ և շարունակենք մնալ խելքներս քամուն տված, անզեն ու անպաշտպան՝ մինչև ատամները զինված թշնամու առջև: Ով սլաքն ուղղում է հրեաների կամ ուրիշ անկապ բաների վրա, անգնահատելի ծառայություն է մատուցում մեր թշնամիներին, որովհետև այդպիսով ապակողմնորոշում և ապակազմակերպում է ազգին:
51. Markar Melkonian21:43 - 22 April, 2016
The commentators have convinced me that I should not have used the alleged quote form Ariel Sharon in this article. The aim should always be accuracy, truth, and accountability. In this case, by failing to confirm this oft-cited passage, I fell short of this aim. All the more is the shame because my inaccurate attribution of one quote has given the Friends of Israel an opportunity to distract attention from the main argument of this opinion piece. Readers should note that the defenders of zionism do not challenge claims that are far and away more damning, notably the complicity of Israel and pro-zionist neocons in Washington in repression from Jerusalem to Namibia, to Central America, and beyond, and from and one slaughter after another, form Deir Yassin to Dos Erres. Thanks to tens of billions of dollars of American taxpayers' money, this has been going on year after year, decade after decade, for sixty years. In their comments above, the Friends of Israel have expressed no problem with any of this. The pro-zionist commentators are selective, to put it mildly, when it comes to standing up for accuracy. Where were they when, in the run-up to America's second Gulf War, Mossad floated lies about Saddam Hussein's alleged attempt to procure yellow cake from Niger? Where were they when Israeli spokesmen years ago made the radio talk show circuit in the United States, claiming that Iran was "six months away" from producing a nuclear weapon? Where have they been over the course of half a century of bad-faith "negotiations" and "peace talks"? Yes, by all means, let us put the highest premium on accuracy. The Friends of Israel live in a storm of lies, yet they point to one inaccurate attribution in an opinion piece that contains far more substantive and important claims. And they do this in defense of Ariel Sharon, no less--a man who presided over the slaughter of more than a thousand unarmed men, women and children in Sabra and Chatilla from September 16 to 18, 1982. And what of the brave anti-zionist Israelis whom some of us have had the honor of knowing? What of the decent, principled, and just Israelis who over the years have sacrificed so much for the cause of freedom and justice in Palestine? The Friends of Israel have sided with their tormentors. One or two commentators say that those of us who oppose their favorite racist ideology and apartheid regime should be ashamed of ourselves. Some of us have been around long enough to recall that there were Armenians thirty years ago who said the same thing about opponents of apartheid in South Africa. For decades, Tel Aviv and Pretoria were strategic allies, ideological twins, and partners in nuclear weapons production and testing. The pro-zionist commentators above sound exactly like the pro-apartheid commentators thirty years ago. Three questions, then, for the Friends of Israel: What did the people of South Africa do to deserve your support of the staunchest ally of the apartheid regime? What have the people of Iran done to you to deserve your defense of those who wish to plunge their country into the sort of bloodbath that we see in Syria today? What have the Mayan Indians of Guatemala done to deserve your contempt?
52. Վեհարի15:53 - 23 October, 2017
Հայաստանի Ազգային ժողովի պատվիրակությունը 2015թ. դեկտեմբերի 12-14-ն այցելեց Երուսաղեմ ու Թել Ավիվ, իսկ այցելությունից ամիսներ անց սկսվեց Հայաստանի /Արցախի/ դեմ իսրայելի մասնակցությամբ պատերազմը: Դատելով այն բանից, որ մեր ազգային ժողովը ոչինչ չի արել մեր անվտանգությունը ութսունականների մակարդակից բարձրացնելու նպատակով և դրա փոխարեն համատարած թալանով և Հայաստանը անապատի վերածելով ամեն ինչ արել է մեր երկիրը թուլացնելու նպատակով,՝ կարելի է անել այն հետևությունը, որ այս պատվիրակությունը գնացել էր մոտակա պատերազմի ժամանակ իսրայելի հետ իր բարեկամական գործողությունները համաձայնեցնելու նպատակով:
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