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Armenian Dress Rehearsal: Jerusalem Post Letter to the Editor by Israel Charny

February 4, 2019  The news and anticipation that relationships between Israel and Armenia are developing constructively is good news indeed (“Are Israeli-Armenian Relations Warming Up,” January 9), if only because the Armenian people are our true brothers in suffering major genocides in the 20th century. As the Armenian Genocide is considered by many scholars to

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A Deadly Serious Satire on Israel Failing to Recognize Other Genocides

The Knesset voted down a bill on Wednesday that would have recognized that the Yazidi people, a Kurdish religious minority with a presence in Iraq and Syria and the surrounding region, had been victims of genocide. Fifty-eight Knesset members voted against the bill, which was sponsored by Zionist Union Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova, while 38

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The Art of Denying Denial: Telling the Truth but Simultaneously Evading It

Lynne Tracy, Ambassadorial nominee to Armenia, confirms “the mass killings that ended 1.5 million lives,” but will not use the big G-word and say the profanity “Genocide.”  In a forceful editorial, “U.S. Ambassador to Armenian Should Call the Armenian Genocide a Genocide,” Harut Sassounian, publisher of the California Courier, reproduces the amazing dialogue of denial

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DISHONORABLE QUOTES — IN DENIAL OF EVIL AND GENOCIDE

ONLY VICTIMS OF THE GAS CHAMBERS CAN GIVE PROOF OF THE GAS CHAMBERS Lyotard [French philosopher, sociologist, and literary theorist] used the example of Auschwitz and the revisionist historian Faurisson’s demands for proof of the Holocaust to show how the differend operates as a double bind (a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is

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U.N. International Days of Commemoration – All Victims of All Genocides and International Holocaust Day

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION AND DIGNITY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE AND OF THE PREVENTION OF THIS CRIME In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.

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Editorial Statement on recognition in Israel of the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION OF VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE AND OF ITS PREVENTION

December 9 is a day proclaimed by the United Nations as a memorial to all the victims of genocide of all peoples: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION OF VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE AND OF ITS PREVENTION. December 9 is the day that in 1945 the United Nations passed the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of

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Editorial: What Yad Vashem Doesn’t Understand and Doesn’t Present

The Armenian studies program and the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State University, California together with the Memorial de la Shoah of Paris are exhibiting “Genocides of the Twentieth Century.” The exhibition was designed, created and distributed by the Memorial de la Shoah in Paris – curators Georges ben Soussan, Joel Kotek, and Yves Ternon.

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Yehuda Bauer Decries Israel’s Approval of Polish Censorship of Holocaust Information as “Betrayal, Betrayal, Betrayal…,” and also Calls Israel’s Failure to Recognize the Armenian Genocide a “Betrayal”

Professor Yehuda Bauer, doyen of Holocaust studies in the world, who is academic advisor to Yad Vashem said in a radio interview about Poland’s newly announced position of suspending criminal penalties in a law that criminalized blaming Poles for Nazi crimes, that Yad Vashem/Israel’s approval of the correction “borders on betrayal” Bauer said about the

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A Resounding Commitment to Democracy by New Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, who Is Hailed by Time Magazine as One of Four People Who Have Fought to Defend Democracy

Armenia’s new prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, led the protests that toppled the previous government of Armenia.  He insists, “I had no personal motivations.  All I wanted was to win freedom and happiness for my homeland and people… From the very first day, we kept saying we would not to resort to violence against anyone, even

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Roger Smith Awarded Doctor of Letters Degree by Saint Andrews University

Roger W. Smith, a member of the International Council on the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) degree by St. Andrews University in December 2017 in recognition of his contributions to genocide studies and political theory. St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest university (1413), and it

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Poland Removes Jail Penalties for Statements on Polish Participation in the Holocaust But Retains as Civil Crime

Davies, Christian (June 27, 2018). Poland makes partial U-turn on Holocaust law after Israel row: Threat of jail removed for those who attribute crimes of Nazi Germany to Poles. Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/27/poland-partial-u-turn-controversial-holocaust-law Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, has signed a legal amendment to decriminalise the false attribution to Poland and Poles of crimes committed by Nazi Germany

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Robert Fisk Joins International Council of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide

The Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem is proud to announce that the iconic English writer for the London Independent has joined the International Council of the Institute.  Robert Fisk has been Middle East correspondent for some 40 years, much of the time based in Beirut.  He is an Arabic speaker and was

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Who Sent the Jews to the Ghetto?

The Associated Press  and Aderet, Ofer  (March 22, 2018). Poland Disavows PM’s Father’s Claim That Jews Moved to Ghettos to Get Away From non-Jews. Haaretz English Edition. https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/poland-disavows-pm-s-father-s-ghetto-claim-1.5935141. In a revealing sequel to the original legislation criminalizing any reference to Poles as perpetrators in the Holocaust which was stewarded by Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, the father of the prime

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USC Shoah Foundation Acquires Testimonies from Armenian Genocide Survivors

Published in the California Courier (March 15, 2018). The USC Shoah Foundation announced the receipt of one of the largest collections of testimonies from survivors of the Armenian Genocide. The testimonies were recorded over several decades beginning in the 1970’s by Richard Hovannisian, a leading scholar on the genocide and the son of a genocide

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Israel and Poland Find It Difficult to Acknowledge the Facts of History

Fisk, Robert (15 February 2018). In the cases of two separate holocausts, Israel and Poland find it difficult to acknowledge the facts of history. London Independent. Reprinted with permission of the author. While Poland has decided to outlaw any claims that their countrymen participated in the  extermination of the Jews, Israel continues to ignore the

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Shamai Davidson, MD 1926-1986

Professor Shamai Davidson, MD, at the time of his death, Director of the Shalvata Mental Health Hospital and Center, and Associate Director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem, was one of the three founders of the Institute – together with Eli Wiesel and Israel Charny. Shamai Davidson dedicated himself in particular

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Uproar Continues: IAGS Censors Critique of Journal of Genocide Research and Denies Scientific Validity of Study of Bias in the Journal, but Leaves Intact Major Criticisms of the State of Israel

Listserv of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) Publishes a Report on Polish Criminalization of References to the Holocaust, Allows Criticism of Israel as a Denier of Genocides and Seller of Arms, but Censors Critique of the Journal of Genocide Research. On February 7, 2018, an article was posted on the IAGS Listserv about

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Jewish Professor Requests Information From Israeli Gov’t on Armenian Genocide

by Harut Sassounian California Courier, January 11, 2018. Prominent Israeli scholar Yair Auron filed an official request with Israel’s Foreign Ministry on December 21, 2017 asking for all internal documents on agreements and commitments undertaken by the State of Israel with Turkey and Azerbaijan not to recognize the Armenian Genocide. The request sent by Auron’s

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Erdogan Turkey Continues Ottoman Empire

A Smoking Gun!: Erdogan Calls Turkey the ‘Continuation of the Ottoman Empire,’ So It Is Unmistakably Turkey that Committed the Armenian Genocide Turkey’s current (and who apparently hopes to join the growing list of rulers of countries who stay on and on accruing greater and greater power) president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has himself provided the

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Netanyahu and Kagame: Their Hands Are Full of Blood by Prof. Yair Auron

According to the media, the “summit meeting” between the Israeli Prime Minister and the President of Rwanda at Davos evoked more interest than Netanyahu’s earlier meetings with the German Chancellor, the French President, and even the President of the United States.  The two leaders are trying to ‘iron out the wrinkles’ and ‘close the deal’

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Poland Seeks to Criminalize any Reference to Polish Participation in the Holocaust

Published in the California Courier January 28, 2018 – The Polish parliament has approved a law that forbids use of the term “Polish Death Camp,” and forbids any other mention of the participation of the Poles in crimes committed during the Holocaust.  Anyone who violates the law, including non-Polish citizens, will be liable to receive a

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SPECIAL AUTHOR’S DISCOUNTS OF 30%: THE GENOCIDE CONTAGION / A DEMOCRATIC MIND / PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR A DEMOCRATIC MIND

  The Genocide Contagion: How We Commit and Confront Holocaust and Genocide. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.  Awarded SPIRITUALITY AND PRACTICE BOOK AWARD 2016.  Click here for discount order form — Special 30% discount available only from author. Click here to see endorsements and reviews.  A Democratic Mind: Psychology and Psychiatry with Fewer Meds and More Soul.

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Yair Auron Asks What In the World Perpetrators of War Crimes and Genocide are Doing as Visitors to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem?

“How do we act with regard to genocide committed by other nations?  We deny the Armenian Genocide.  The State of Israel (and not private arms dealers) sold arms to the government of Rwanda at the time they were committing the most rapid genocide in history.  Israeli government authorities prevent scrutiny of the documents that reveal

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Campaign to end Israeli arms exports to rogue regimes gets Knesset push

Event co-organized by lawmakers from left-wing Meretz and right- wing Likud By Judy Maltz | Dec. 26, 2017 | 9:41 PM Prompted by growing evidence of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, a diverse group of Israelis from across political and religious spectra are putting increased pressure on the government to end arms exports to rogue regimes.

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Israel Sells Arms to Countries Committing Genocide

A Major Critique: ​​Israel Sells Arms to Countries Committing Genocide Prof. Yair Auron, Associate Director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem, has  published courageously in Israel’s most influential newspaper, Haaretz -both in the Hebrew and  English editions- ​a powerful critique of Israel’s arm sales to countries engaged or known to be threatening ​genocide. The critique

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“The Holocaust, Rebirth and the Nakba” by Yair Auron (English and Hebrew editions)

Auron, Yair (in press 2017). The Holocaust, Rebirth and the Nakba: Memory and Contemporary Israeli-Arab Relations. Landham, MD: Lexington Press. [Translated from an earlier edition in Hebrew]. אורון, יאיר (2016). הבנאליות של החמלה: על הצלת ילידים יהודים בכפר הצ’ירקסי-מוסלמי בסלניי שבקווקז ב-1942.  תל אביב: רסלינג.

Publication of Worksheet for Describing and Categorizing a Genocidal Event

Charny, Israel W. (July 19, 2016).  Worksheet for Describing and Categorizing a Genocidal Event: A New Tool for Assembling More Objective Data and Classifying Events of Mass Killing. Social Sciences, 5(3), 31. For the pdf version, click here. For the pdf of the Worksheet Chart for Describing and Categorizing a Genocidal Event, click here.

New Books on Rescuers by Yair Auron

About the Circassians/Muslims אורון, יאיר (2016). הבנאליות של החמלה: על הצלת ילידים יהודים בכפר הצ’ירקסי-מוסלמי בסלניי שבקווקז ב-1942.  תל אביב: רסלינג. About Charles Aznavour’s Family אורון, יאיר (2016) (מצילימ (צדיקים) ולוחמים: משפחת אזנבור ו “המודעה האדומה” בפריס הכבושה על-ידי הצבא הנאצי [Rescuers (Righteous) and Warriors: The Aznavour Family and the “Red Poster” in Occupied Paris by

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“The Genocide Contagion: How We Commit and Confront Holocaust and Genocide” by IW Charny

NEW BOOK BY ISRAEL W. CHARNY:  Charny, Israel W. (2016). The Genocide Contagion: How: We Commit & Confront Genocide — “a book for learning about ourselves BEFORE!” The book has been adopted as a textbook at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. The instructor writes: The text is highly informative. Chapters 1, 2, 3 and

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R2L RIGHT TO LIFE News Release

NEWS RELEASE by the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem A new world organization by the name of R 2 L -RIGHT TO LIFE has been proposed by the Genocide Recognition Network in Athens.  The Network represents three ethnic organizations of peoples, each of whom has suffered genocide in its history, the Pan-Pontian

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Steven Leonard Jacobs Publications and Lecture including on Lemkin

1) “Lemkin on Three Genocides: Comparing His Writings on the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Genocides” in George N. Shirinian, ed., Genocide in the Ottoman Empire: Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks, 1913-1923 (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2017), 253-273. 2) “We Charge Genocide: A Historical Petition All but Forgotten and Unknown” in Scott W. Murray, ed.,

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Unique Cooperative Planting by Israelis and Palestinians

Palestinian Authority’s President Abbas and Other Palestinian Leaders Joined Jewish Israelis in Memorable Planting of Olive Trees A noteworthy event where Israelis and Palestinians celebrated together took place on February 11, 2017 in Neveh Shalom, Israel, the only shared Jewish and Palestinian community in Israel. Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the PA, sent an olive

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NIGHT by Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel was a co-founder of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem together with Israel W. Charny and the late Shamai Davidson, M.D. Newly Unearthed Version of Elie Wiesel’s Seminal Work Is a Scathing Indictment of God, Jewish World  In Wiesel’s uncensored Hebrew ‘Night’ manuscript, unveiled here for the first time, the

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Elie Wiesel: Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87

Website editor’s note: Elie Wiesel was one of the three co-founders of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem, together with Shamai Davidson, M.D., Director of the Shalvata Psychiatric Hospital, and a specialist in treating Holocaust survivors, and Israel W. Charny  who has served as Executive Director of the Institute from 1982. by

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Israeli Jews and Arabs plant ‘Garden of the Righteous’ to Honor Forgotten Holocaust Heroes

Alternative memorial in mixed Israeli village to commemorate rescuers in all genocides, including some Holocaust saviors never acknowledged by Yad Vashem. By Judy Maltz | Haaretz English Edition | Jul. 14, 2016 | NEVE SHALOM – A makeshift sign tacked onto an olive tree is for now the only clue to the grand plan in store

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הבנאליות של החמלה: גילוי של אומץ בארץ הצ’רקסים [The Good There Is In A Place of Evil]

אברהם בורג Haaretz Hebrew Edition May 20, 2016 Review of Auron, Yair. The Banality of Compassion: On the Rescuing of Jewish Children in the Circassian Muslim Village in 1942. Published in Tel Aviv.  Riesling, 2016.  (Hebrew) ספרו של יאיר אורון עוסק בסיפור לא ידוע ונוגע ללב על הכפר הצ׳רקסי־מוסלמי בסלניי שבקווקז, שהתגייס להציל ילדים יהודים יתומים

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