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  12/26/2011, Kislev 30, 5772

The Jews Cannot Remain Indifferent to Armenian Tragedy


Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said, Monday, "It is our moral duty to remember and commemorate the tragedy that befell the Armenian people." Addressing a Knesset Education Committee hearing on recognition by the Jewish people of the destruction of the Armenian population in the Ottoman Empire during and immediately after World War I, Rivlin referred to the current Turkish government's sensitivity on the subject when he continued, "We do not want to exploit the political situation to settle scores with another country. One must remember that since '89 Haim Oron and I have put the issue on the Knesset's agenda every year, in order not to enable denial of a tragedy to another people."

He added, "We as a people, demand from the world not to deny the Holocaust that befell us, and we cannot morally, as Jews and as human beings, to do so to another people. It's not a political issue but a moral issue of the highest order."