Armenia and Israel – ancient ties, modern challenges

Israel Hayom Insider host Steve Ganot speaks with Keren Mooradian, head of the Israeli-Armenian Solidarity group, about the modern relationship between two ancient peoples — the Jews and the Armenians.
The Israeli-Armenian relationship is ancient, with Jews living in Armenia more than 2,000 years ago, and an Armenian presence in Jerusalem since the year 301 C.E. In this episode of Israel Hayom Insider, we look at the modern relationship between these two ancient peoples.

Jews and Armenians share many about commonalities. Among them: Both are small non-Muslim peoples with Near Eastern homelands that were under Ottoman Turkish rule for hundreds of years, and both suffered 20th-century genocides.

But while the Holocaust — the murder of 6 million Jews during World War II — is widely acknowledged, fewer than 30 countries, including France, Germany, Russia, and the Vatican, have recognized the atrocities that killed up to 1.5 million Armenians in World War I as a genocide.

In April 2015, Pope Francis described the massacre of Armenians as “the first genocide of the 20th century.” In response, Turkey angrily recalled its ambassador to the Vatican.

Among the countries that have still not officially recognized the Armenian genocide: the U.S., U.K., China, India, Iran, the entire Arab world except Syria and Lebanon, all of Africa, and Israel.

Host Steve Ganot speaks with Keren Mooradian, head of the Israeli-Armenian Solidarity group, about the importance of recognizing the Armenian genocide, as well as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. and the Armenian community in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Anchor: Steve Ganot
Camera: Doron Persaud
Makeup: Omay Shitrit
Archive: Reuters

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