Monday, 1 December 2008

Armenian News Ashkhar Daily

Knesset panel to consider recognition of Armenian genocide
By Shahar Ilan, Haaretz Correspondent
November 18, 2008

The Knesset decided Wednesday that a parliamentary committee will hold
an unprecedented hearing on whether to recognize the World War I-era
mass murder of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as a genocide. The
decision to hold a hearing, which was proposed by Meretz Chairman Haim
Oron, was approved by a 12-MK margin. The government did not oppose
the motion.

The Knesset House Committee will decide whether the issue will be
handed over to the Knesset Education Committee, as Oron wants, or to
the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, as requested by Yisrael
Beiteinu MK Yosef Shagal. The latter generally holds hearings behind
closed doors. Oron wants the committee to recognize the Armenian
genocide, pointing out that similar recognition has been afforded
recently by the French parliament and the United States Congress.

"It is appropriate that the Israeli Knesset, which represents the
Jewish people, recognize the Armenian genocide," said Oron. "It is
unacceptable that the Jewish people is not making itself heard."

The Meretz MK added that he raises the proposal every year ahead of
Armenian Genocide Day, which falls on April 24. Minister Shalom
Simhon, who represented the government in the Knesset debate, did not
object to sending the issue to committee. Simhon said the Jewish
people have a special sensitivity to the issue and a moral obligation
to remember tragic episodes in human history, including the mass
murder of the Armenians. Nonetheless, Simhon added that, "in the
course of time this has become a politically charged issue between
Armenians and Turks ? and Israel is not interested in taking a side."

Shagal warned that recognizing the killings as a genocide could have
repercussions for Israel's diplomatic relations with Turkey, as well
as the fate of tens of thousands of Jews who live in Azerbaijan.

Most Armenians support president, establishing ties with Turkey - poll

Yerevan, 27 November: The results of a survey on political moods in
Armenia carried out by the Eastern-European branch of the Gallup and
commissioned by Armenian Public TV were presented in Yerevan today.

Armen Arzumanyan, the executive director of Public TV, said that the
survey was aimed at increasing the efficiency of communications
between Public TV and its audience. The poll was conducted between
late October and mid November in all regions of Armenia where 2000
adult citizens were polled. The poll results showed that 44.4. per
cent of the respondents support Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan;
18.58 per cent support former president and the leader of opposition
Armenian National Congress Levon Ter-Petrosyan; 57 per cent approved
of the authorities; 43 per cent expressed a negative opinion.

Presenting the analytical part of the poll, the authors noted that the
Armenian population does not link the solution of socio-economic
problems to the political parties, which, according to the poll
results, do not fight the country's problems; instead, they fights
against each other.

The poll demonstrated a positive attitude of the population towards
the activity of the prime minister and the cabinet of Armenia; in
particular, in the sphere of reforms in tax administration and works
directed at restoring the disaster zone.

The section of Gallup poll on the normalization of Armenian-Turkish
relations showed that a majority (47.3 per cent) of the polled favours
establishing diplomatic relations, but with caution, and 26 per cent
definitely spoke for the establishment of relations; 18 per cent
opposed to establishing relations unless Turkey recognizes the
Armenian genocide. Sixty per cent said that Turkey will become a good
economic partner for Armenia, with 33 per cent saying it would make a
political partner.
27.11.2008 16:28

A hacker posted the name of Talaat Pasha on the Armenian Memorial of
Tsitsernakabert in the Google Earth, independent correspondent Jean
Eckian informed.

This intolerable profanation is signed Haluk Dolmayan. It is, actually,
the adulterated name of historian and Director of the Institute-
Museum of the Armenian Genocide, Hayk Demoyan.

By clicking on the location titled Talaat Pasha, one can see the
Yerevan memorial to the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

At this point, the question is to know how it was possible and who
the author is. Could it be a member of the personnel of Google Earth
or its partner Panoramio?
Naira Khachatryan
Hayots Ashkhar Daily
25 Nov 08

Member of RPA Council Artak Grigoryan is one of the eyewitnesses
of the scuffle provoked by the Greek clergymen, during the ceremony
devoted to the Discovery of the Cross, in the temple of Resurrection
in Jerusalem on November 9. "It must be difficult for us the laymen to
perceive this incident, but what I understood is that it is the same
as to show a rude interference in the internal policy of a state,"
he said in "Hayatsk" club yesterday.

According to A. Grigoryan that day the Greeks tried to demonstrate
that they are the only owners of the Lord's grave and they have
full right to be present in the holy mass of the Armenian Apostolic
Church. Whereas according to the church contract signed in 1852 six
Christian churches: orthodox, catholic, the Armenians, the Syrians,
Ethiopians, and the copts have divided the territory of the Lord's
grave and none of the before mentioned directions has the right to
control the actions of the others.

"Despite that similar clashes are of regular character. To avoid
similar clashes our clergymen used to surrender. But as far as I
understood after each concession the Greeks put forward new and new
demands. Which means the problem is not new. It is recurrent. From
the moment the Greeks started to lay obstacles in the path of our
clergymen to the territory of the Lord's grave our clergymen had to
make the second round around the Lord's tomb. But the Greek clergymen
simply attacked and closed the entrance to the tomb.

As a witness I ask myself "Couldn't they avoid this clash?" but I
must repeat that similar incidents are not new and I don't think by
compromise Armenian Church could have been represented in Jerusalem
by similar size. Either they had to become weaker by always yielding
or protect themselves even by fist. And on November 9 there was no
other option except for protecting self-dignity by fists.


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