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December 12, 2014 2:37 pm

Anti-Semitism in Armenia: A Clear and Present Danger

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Darfurian, Jews and Armenians join together on the Armenian genocide memorial day. Photo: Courtesy Combat Genocide Association.

JNS.orgThe conflict in Syria has forced millions to leave their homes, among them many of the country’s Armenian minority. Many have fled and returned to Armenia, a safe haven for ethnic Armenians—much as Israel is for Jews around the world. So it is ironic, given this shared need for a homeland free of religious intolerance, that Armenia’s own Jewish community has been pressured and intimidated since the country attained independence.

Anti-Semitism in Armenia is an unfortunate and little-acknowledged fact. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the country’s Jewish minority and Jewish heritage—the products of a more tolerant time—have shrunk dramatically. The end of Soviet rule removed constraint, and anti-Semitic attacks rose dramatically. That, and Armenia’s ongoing economic collapse, drive the Jews of Armenia to flee the country. In just 20 years, Armenian Jewish population has shrunk from more than 5,000 to just a few hundred.

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And the cultural violence has continued. Anti-Semitic books are published and TV programs aired, and the Holocaust memorial in the capital of Yerevan has been repeatedly defaced. Of course, many countries have suffered such unfortunate incidents, the product of an ignorant populace. But in Armenia such views have been espoused even by mainstream politicians and media personalities. In 2004, a pro-government radio presenter expressed anti-Semitic views for months on end. A nationalist politician was also allowed to freely make lurid slurs against Jews before public pressure forced the government to arrest him.

The dwindling Jewish community in Armenia has complained about these attacks—the head of the Jewish community expressed her concern that “this [anti-Semitism] has the backing of people in power.” But appeals have fallen on deaf ears, which is hardly a surprise when such attitudes are shared by much of Armenian society. The Anti-Defamation League’s latest survey in June 2014 showed that the rate of anti-Semitism in Armenia (at 58 percent) was the third-highest in all of Europe, and the highest in all of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Thus, around 1.3 million out of 2.2 million adults in Armenia expressed anti-Semitic attitudes. Armenia’s closest comparisons were with virulently hostile countries in the Middle East.

Sixty-three percent of Armenians surveyed believe that Jews are hated “because of the way Jews behave;” 60 percent claimed that “Jews don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind;” 45 percent think that “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust;” and 38 percent consider that “Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars.”

Also disturbing, and of concern to Jews around the world, is that in 1988 some 49,928 families (250,000 Azerbaijanis) were forced to flee their places of origin in 172 Azerbaijani inhabited villages, 89 villages with mixed ethnic population, and six cities from Armenia. During the deportation, 226 Azerbaijanis were killed by Armenians and scores horrifically injured. Their houses and properties were burned as well.

The Khojaly massacre, committed by current Armenian leadership with incredible brutality, was one of the worst tragedies of 20th century. It is a historical fact that the Armenian armed forces and gunmen spared none of the Khojaly residents, who had not managed to leave the city and its surroundings. As a result of the atrocities of the Armenian armed forces, 613 people were killed, 487 people were crippled, and 1,275 people—the elderly, children, and women who were captured—were subjected to unprecedented torture, abuse, and humiliation.

In addition, Armenia, the aggressor, illegally occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts. This caused a refugee crisis numbering nearly 1 million innocent Azerbaijanis, as they attempted to ethnically cleanse the region. Today, this remains a threat to peace and security in the South Caucasus region. Encouraged by intense Armenian lobbying efforts in the U.S. and other key nations, as well as by strong and ongoing Russian military, economic, and political aid, Armenia has ignored four United Nations Security Council resolutions associated with the occupation of Azerbaijani lands and treatment of civilians.

Perhaps this is not so surprising considering that one of Armenia’s closest allies is theocratic Iran, which has always opposed Israel’s right to existence. This strange relationship has been very beneficial for Iran, which has used Armenia as a conduit for smuggling and other illicit activities, often with serious consequences for U.S. national security.

The last point also has unnerving overtones for Armenia’s Jewish community, which has never forgotten the participation of the brutal 20,000-strong Armenian Legion as part of Wehrmacht in the Second World War. The Legion, led by the nationalist warlord known as General Dro, was tasked with rounding up Jews and other “undesirables” behind the German army as it swept across Russia, and organized their death marches to the concentration camps.

In such an environment, it is hardly surprising that most of Armenia’s Jewish population has either fled or intermarried to avoid attracting attention. Regrettably, the government of Armenia does almost nothing to curb the growing anti-Semitism in the country. Until Armenia realizes that narrow-minded nationalism and blaming the country’s economic and political problems on outsiders will never solve anything, the Jews of Armenia will continue to suffer.

Arye Gut, an Azerbaijani Israeli, is a board member of the Israeli-Azerbaijani International Organization, official coordinator of the “Justice for Khojaly!” international campaign in Israel, and an expert in international relations.

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  • Allan

    I have read what many people on this site had to say, and I am reminded that the most honest vote one can observe is not at the ballot box but by ones feet. On that score we see that the Jewish population of Armenia is now down to a few elderly. It is too much to believe that the majority left because of the “pull” of Israel. That begs the question: if it wasn’t the pressure of anti-Semitism, why did they leave?

    I note that there has been a large migration of Azeri Jews to Israel and elsewhere. But to wherever they have migrated they maintain strong links to Azerbaijan. Why is this not true of Armenian Jews who have migrated?

    I note too that Armenians commenting on this board, in wanting to promote Armenian friendship for the Jews, compare it to Turkey’s experience and not Azeri. Why is that?

    I am a Canadian Jew, far removed and no scholar of this subject. I am 77 tears old, and do remember a story from my childhood, to wit: Hitler was asked what he thought the world’s opinion would be on what he was doing to the Jews of Europe. By way of answer he said, “Who remembers the Armenians?”.

    • Anna

      I am a jew and I have many Armenian friends. We are very similiar to them (culturally). I do not know about how the Armenian Government feels about us, but the Armenian civilians like us a lot.
      This article is very biased and I would not suggest for you to count this as a credible source. Do your research on websites that are not biased. One of the most redicalous statements done here is that it fails to mention that Kharabakh is an Armenian Historic land and Armenians managed to get it back from Azerbaijan. When the Soviet Union was formed Josef Stalin gave away a big portion of Armenian lands to Azerbaijan. After the Soviet Union was collapsed Armenia managed to return some portion of it.
      This is not rocket science. I learned all this by reading history books. Matter of fact, when Armenia existed, Turkey and Azerbaijan did not exist (Azerbaijan exists since 1918). Both of those Islamic countries always hated Armenia because Armenia’s state religion was Christianity. And now they both occupy Big portion of Armenian historic lands.

  • Ahi

    Sounds like this guy has been getting too much cash from azeris. Shame, shame, shame! being Jewish, I never received a single negative word while in Armenia. Armenian hospitality has been always on top level for me as Jew. Why don’t you mention, that we still oficially don’t recognize Armenian genocide, after what has been done to us.

    You ashame our nation with this cheap toilet-level writing!

    • The writer of this comment who claims to be a Jew who was well treated in Armenia is clearly not a Jew – firstly because of the sentiments he expresses and secondly because he refers to himself as ‘Jew”, leaving out the definite article. Apart from being grammatically incorrect , I have noticed that anti semitic people often replace the word Jewish with “Jew”. It is highly disingenuous to pretend to have a Jewish identity as a means of attacking Jews without the appearance of bias. It fools nobody.

    • bruce sloan

      Ahi is sorely out of touch with the history of Armenian and Jewish interactions. There is not only a sporadic history of Armenian massacres of Jews, there is a wide belief that Jews (and Masons) and Turks participated together in the Armenian genocide. The lack of Israeli (us?) recognition of the genocide has been a misplaced belief that failure to enact such a statement would aid in Turkish-Israeli relations – a bad calculation that will hopefully be addressed.

  • Jerry Hersch

    http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=77
    http://www.rense.com/general64/genoc.htm
    http://www.jewishracism.com/JewishGenocide.htm
    Õ°Ö€Õ¥Õ¡ is Jew ..
    Õ°Ö€Õ¥Õ¡Õ¯Õ¡Õ¶ is Jewish in Armemian script..Though the English on the net has been cleaned up the Armenian script sites are full of the most vitriolic anti-semitism on the net.
    Try this: Paste those words into Google-then read the sites-(other than the Armenian government and Wiki sites) by hitting translate.You will get to realize why only a few hundred,mostly elderly,Jews reside in Armenia.
    (go past the first few Google pages for this)
    Armenia is a wonderful partner with Iran trading arms for oil.It has also been a conduit for planes to Iran and a funnel for arms.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/nov/29/wikileaks-armenia-sent-iran-arms-used-to-kill-us-t/?page=all
    The Armenian Churches both Catholic and Orthodox in both Lebanon and Syria have been historically and are still virulently anti-Jewish.Palestinian Armenians march with their Moslem brethren against Israel.
    And lastly… the few remnant Jewish communities in Eastern Anatolia -Kars, Van, and Erzurum seem to have disappeared after being overrun by Czarist backed Armenian irregulars/militia
    Anti-Semitism and vandalism and desecration are an constant. A simplistic overview on Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Armenia
    Often American Jews do not recognize the differnces between Armenian American and Armenian Armenians..and even here in America Armenian anti-Semitism is just below many skins

    • Deja Vu

      You are painting all Armenians with one brush. In Armenia Leon Ter-Petrossian was elected President twice when the fact that his wife is Jewish was well known. It was only after he was willing to place Nagorno-Karabagh back under Azeri rule that the electorate turned on him. Armenians are very proud of Levon Aronian and Garry Kasperov, both half Jewish. You have focused on the despicable Armenian Aryan group who have claimed that many in the Armenian government are homosexual and should be removed from office and vilified. I can give examples of anti-Armenianism among American Jews. Phillip Depoian, Tom Bradley first volunteer ever was vilified in public by Councilmen bet Fran Savage. Paul Krekorian, LA City Councilman, a strong supporter of Israel was accused of being an anti-Semite by his Jewish opponent during the race for the seat. My own sister-in-law, an American Turkish Jew has made comments about Armenians that could only be considered to be insensitive. So please don’t make broad statements because a segment of Armenians harbor negative feelings toward Jews.

    • Retired

      Jerry,I have read stories concerning the various Christian denominations in the Middle-East & I have come to the sad conclusion that they are all a bunch of Jew haters.It’s part of their cultures,hating Jews has been pounded into their heads by their priests for the last 1,500 years.The Copts in Egypt have a long history of Anti-Semitism all the way up to & including their pope who is rabid Jew haters.Similar attitudes can be seen in all of the churches in Syria & Iraq.In Lebanon the Maronites are the only Christians in the Middle East who have any positive feeling to Jews.
      As far as Armenia is concerned,
      as a Jew I have no illusions about their hatred of Israel & the Jewish people.
      P.S. a few weeks back I was browsing through the Drudge Report on the internet.One of the stories was about Turkey & I hit the link & came up with a translated Armenian Newspaper.I read the article & then checked the paper for anything about Israel.I found an article about Israel & After reading The article & the following comments I thought that I had been reading Al Jazeera or an 1938 edition of Der Sturmer!The comments were pure hate from at least 60% of the commenters.Anyone Armenian on this site who says that Armenians are not hostile to Jews is either a liar or a lunatic!

      • Wise

        And any Jew on this site who equates Israel with “Jewish people” is a propagandist extremist Christian-hating militant Zionist. Before spewing your hate for those that made your nation possible in the first place, go re-read you corrupted “bible” to see the amount of hatred and racism it has, not just for Christians, but for everybody “non-Jew”. And go watch some anti-Christian Israeli television where they are not even ashamed of showing their hatred of Christians on national TV, not to mention those lunatic extremist Jews on the streets attacking Christians.

        In addition any Jew here who expects that Israel will be siding with a terrorist country like Azerbaijan in its war with Armenia and be immune from criticism is a pure full-of-himself simpleton.

        • Anyone reading the comments by “Wise”
          would assume that the article about Armenia is entirely correct. Indeed, if Wise is anything to go by, Armenia must be a very anti semitic country indeed. Wise’s comments have thus confirmed the veracity of the article.

      • Deja Vu

        P;ease stop making generalizations. Are you sure that you were not reading a publication of the Armenian Aryan group, who are vehemently anti-Semitic? Here is a scholarly journal article that is included in a book “Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora,” that paints are truer broad-based synopsis of the history of Jews in Armenia:

        https://books.google.com/books?id=NoPZu79hqaEC&pg=PA1105&lpg=PA1105&dq=historic+synagogue+yerevan&source=bl&ots=ciTNY83mam&sig=T10vAY9IwLF_iqSDrZAGLk0sLns&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LMijVMqjLMWUyAS2mIDQBw&ved=0CE4Q6AEwCTgK#v=onepage&q=historic%20synagogue%20yerevan&f=false

        • edward demian

          During WW2 in Romania, the Natzys were checking the trains and trowing Jews out the windows during travel. My father an Armenian young man was tanned and we look Jewish anyway, was forced to bare his penis for a circumcision check. Or out the window. I wonder if those few Armenian Neo Natzys know that. The majority of Armenians respect Jews as individuals. My father once exclaimed that he did not want to live in a country without Jews in it. I never heard an anty semitic remark in my family. Armenian is the only language that has no perjorative or insulting words for Jews. We call them Hurrians, and we are related by blood and genetics with the Askenatzy Jews. Bagrat was a Jewish satrap serving the Babylonian king in the Armenian province of Askenavar. His descendands established the Bagration royal dinasty that ruled over Armenia a thousand years. All the Bagradounis, the Bagramians etc are descended from that line. My own genetic haplotype (J) is a pre-Cohanim gene. I’m more Jewish than some of your rabbis. No I’m not Jewish, but I respect the Jews not because they are a people of the book. They are a people of many books. In my mind I divorce the Jews from the Izraeli government and foreign policy. We don’t deface Jewish cemetaries. In fact one Mongol period cematary was found and our Archbishop and Jewish archeologists, are jointly conducting excavations. Considering how Izrael has been treating Armenians and Armenia, …….

          • Chris Demian

            Hi Edward,

            I appreciate your intresting remarks. I’m concerned as well about such a new (?) antisemitism, but I’m not as optimistic in the matter of armenian history. However, we share the surname. And I’m a Jew. My family comes from a town near Chernivtsi (Romania). Maybe there is a real reason for your “jewish” looks (whata anitsemitic stereotype), and we’re relatives? Our surname ain’t that numerous 😉

  • Diana A
    • Zareh

      Yes, the same BS, with slightly different wording, oddly enough with the same title. Endgame: defame Armenia and Armenians. What a pathetic assault by paid agents of Azerbaijan and Turkey, and a shameful display of “biting the bait” by any self respecting Jewish publication.

  • Kevork

    Here is one dedicated to Arye Gut his ilk and his “fans” posting here like “Max Gerter”…

    Vladimir Solovyov is a Russian-Jew with a TV program and he wrote…

    “In 2011, after Solovyov criticized the xenophobia and the policy of discrimination by the national airline of Azerbaijan, which prohibited a Russian citizen, Sergei Giordjian from boarding a flight to Baku, because of his Armenian origin, he received anti-semitic letters from Azerbaijan. “It is amusing to read letters that arrive from Azerbaijan. Animalistic antisemitism. In every second letter. Dark Middle Ages way of thinking”…”

    Yeah Azeris/Turks definitely “love” Jews huh? Pathetic.

    The funny thing is, those bozos of Israel and Azerbaijan selling their nasty snake oil to the public will say anything to turn a fast buck. Hey “Max Gerter” make sure you gulp that oil in one shot to minimize the pain… LOL

    • pro_reporter

      too funny to believe

  • Zareh

    …And this from today’s Hurriyet Daily News, a Turkish newspaper.

    “Many people from Turkey’s Jewish community are leaving the country after increased threats and attacks, a prominent businessman from the community has written in an article for the Istanbul-based Jewish newspaper Åžalom.

    “We face threats, attacks and harassment every day. Hope is fading. Is it necessary for a ‘Hrant among us’ to be shot in order for the government, the opposition, civil society, our neighbors and jurists to see this?” Mois Gabay wrote on Dec. 10, referring to the murder of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink in 2007.

    Gabay, a professional in the tourism industry, added that increasing numbers of Turkish Jews are making plans to move abroad with their families, feeling unsafe and under pressure in the country.

    “Around 37 percent of high school graduates from the Jewish community in Turkey prefer to go abroad for higher education … This number doubled this year compared to the previous years,” he wrote.”

    Holier than thou Turkish attitude is sickening. Especially when the anti-Armenian accusations are baseless.

  • Mary Sagharian

    Spreading false rumors of hate by a writer with suspect motives. Well done if that was your intention! Considering the accusations, I find it atrocious the number of hateful and racist and anti-Armenian comments you have allowed. Shameful publication. And shame on the writer, editors and commenters perpetuating conflict between two groups of people that have so much in common.

  • Aqasi

    I do not understand Armenian commentators on this site are desperate attempt to justify their intolerance towards other nations. Armenians probably forgot the words of his former President Robert Kocharian: “Armenians and Azerbaijanis are not genetically compatible peoples!” What say Armenians gentlemen, it’s not racism?
    The current president of Armenia Serjik Sargsyan, who was personally involved in the Khojaly massacre against Azerbaijani children, women and old men said: “Before Khojaly the Azerbaijanis thought that we could joke, they thought that the Armenians could not raise their hand against the civilian population. We were able to break this stereotype “what’s that, no aggression, no barbarity? After all this, you will be able to compare the Armenians as Armenians and Jews? Very interesting and funny 🙂

    • Zareh

      Not only Armenian but any nation on the face of the earth cannot be compatible with a society that is led by a thuggish and a despotic government bent on preaching xenophobic and racist ideology, where anything and everything “Armenian” is to be hated. Where the president of such a “Republic” declares: “All Armenians of the world should be considered as enemies of Azerbaijan”.

      …and this today from Uruguay: the headline reads: “Uruguayan Soccer Club Refuses Azeri Sponsorship”

      “Azerbaijani proposal to the Argentine club San Lorenzo in mid-year are unacceptable. It was reported earlier this year that one of the conditions that the Azeri officials imposed on San Lorenzo was that “there couldn’t be ethnic Armenians” in future executive committees of the club in exchange for a lucrative contract with the club. The issue gained importance in Peñarol since some of the candidates are members of the Armenian community.”

      • pro_reporter

        I think you just confuse things, why would Azerbaijan sponsor a club in Uruguay or Argentina, and why would that country resist to it!?
        If you had a basic understanding of soccer then you should have known that 3 major clubs in Europe – Atletico Madrid, Lens and Sheffield Wednesday are sponsored by Azerbaijan and wear the uniform which has “Azerbaijan – land of fire” logo on it.
        So your comment is ridiculous. Your logic is based on some sick imaginations.

        • edward demian

          Still harping on that Kojali incident. That assertion has been discredited years ago. First by the president of Azerbaijian, (watch Ilham Alievs live interview on You tube).
          Than by the journalists who took pictures of before and after of the victims. The Azery army fired on its own people by mistake and blamed the Armenians. You are a fool if you believe otherwise.

  • Objective Analyst

    Anyone who is interested in antisemitism would write about this:
    Jews ‘leaving Turkey due to safety concerns.’ Mois Gabay a prominent businessman from the community has written in an article for the Istanbul-based Jewish newspaper Åžalom.
    Here is a link: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/jews-leaving-turkey-due-to-safety-concerns.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75670&NewsCatID=339
    This happened today! Gut, is not interested in antisemitism cause, if he was he’d write about Turkey. Gut is interested in anti-Armenianism!

  • pro_reporter

    some comments are so much armenian… flattering to Jews, hate and senseless propoganda agains Turks.

    • Zareh

      You’re wrong! Armenians are countering the hateful Turkish propaganda by stating the facts. The truth has to be mentioned, whether it is flattering to the Jews or not is not the issue. Stating that the accusations of the Armenian society is anti-Semitic is baseless and a lie is not flattering the Jewish listener, it is just stating a fact.

      Reporting that the Jews are leaving Turkey because they are threatened and feel unsafe, is not flattering the Jews, it is exposing Turkish anti-Semitism and this is not a “senseless propoganda agains Turks”.

      Come to any conclusion you wish, but DO NOT patronize nor revert to racism. What do you mean by “some comments are so much armenian” ? by this statement you have exposed your own prejudices. No need to reply!

      • pro_reporter

        the problem is the state policy of the Armenian leadership, rather the attitude of ordinary citizens. Criminal political leaders and ambitions has transformed Armenia into a “colony”, collapsed its economy and made it “the unemployment rate leader of the region”.

        What to expect from a stated which is runed by baby killers.

        • edward demian

          You must be referring to the Armenian babies bayoneted by the Turkish jandarmes.

  • Jack

    http://hetq.am/eng/news/1757/jewish-center-in-yerevan-re-opens-after-renovations.html

    Synagogues in Turkey are heavily guarded and under tight security. In Armenia however there are no guards because none is needed. How in the world is Turkey a friend of Israel and Armenians antisemitic?

  • baki

    “Arye Gut, an Azerbaijani Israeli, is a board member of the Israeli-Azerbaijani International Organization, official coordinator of the “Justice for Khojaly!” international campaign in Israel, and an ‘expert’ in international relations.”

    Hello! This guy is an Azeri dhimmi Jew. Don’t believe him! It is pure Azeri propaganda hatred! The Azeri president is an ex-communist criminal!

    • Anna Zilber

      100% agree!!! There are no even any attempt to be balanced.
      Algemeiner, you are bias, never will read you again, sorry.

      The purpose of the article is not to write about antisemitism, but again and again spread the Azeri propaganda over the world.

      But it is very funny, indeed, because it is enough to look on any report on human rights in Azerbaijan, to understand that level of tolerance and respect to human rights in this country is much worse, if not to say alarming, in compare with neighbors, including Turkey and Iran, where are a lot of problems, I don’t even mention how this country is far away from Armenia and Georgia.

      So my advice, let’s every nation will get busy with its own problems first and then trying publish provocative articles about neighbors.

      Don’t think that people are so stupid and don’t smell Azerbaijani oil while reading such kind of pieces.

    • Max Gerter

      Seriously? You have guts to accuse Azeris of propaganda, while your fellow Armenians disseminate lies and cheap propaganda for tens of years about Azerbaijan, Turkey and all other neighbors around. Your own Armenian lobbying organizations are famous for spreading all kind of lies fueled by criminal Armenian diaspora in USA. Armenians are famous of dishonest financial operations, money laundering, tax evasions, then using those dirty money to pay for lobbying criminal regime in Armenia and supporting aggression on Azerbaijan and ridiculous territorial claims to a number of Armenian neighbors in Caucasus. Shame on you!

      • edward demian

        How much did they pay you for those lies. You have discredited yourself already. By your own people.
        When the Azery people realize how badly they have been fleeced by their regime, they will rise and string them up; along with a few renegade Jews like you. You would have made a loyal effective capo in the lagers.

  • Max Gerter

    It is funny to see that Armenians here trying to accuse the writer as a beneficiary of Azerbajani oil funds etc.
    The same Armenians try not to look at their own regular lobbying campaigns to promote their biased point of view in France, USA, Switzerland etc. They not only pay tens of millions of dollars to lobbyists, they generously support some pseudo-historians and journalists to generate some fake studies and never-existed stories of so call “genocide” and all that nonsense. Armenians are objecting to the studies of Ottoman archives (something Turks are open to) just because they do know that the “genocide” allegations are false and would never be substantiated by the documents. So, studying the documents would reveal the truth that Armenians are afraid of – all these years Armenian are trying to hide their own atrocities and crimes committed to other people.

    • edward demian

      Now you know why some Armenians turn to hating Israel. It’s feeble minded comments like yours that those feeble minded people react to. There has to be a special hell for people like you. Armenians lobby for recognition of their pain and loss. Azerys and Turks lobby to evade their responsibility.
      Are you even a Jew? You’re too dumb. If you are, you have my vote. “The stupidest Jew I ever read”

  • Antituran

    Cтатья написана евреем получающим жалование от азеров.Он такой же Арье Гут,как я Фредди Крюгер.Турки-это варвары,где они прошли,там кровь и разруха.И кому-кому,а евреям стоило-бы это помнить.Ð’ списке праведников мира 19 армян.Американский Еврей Генри Моргентау навечно вошёл в историю Армении,как праведник.Рафаэль Лемкин определил понятие “геноцид” именно для резни армян турками.Азера,написавшие комменты под этой статьёй под еврейскими никами,это и есть та грязь и мразь,коими являются турки.Азербайджан за последние 25 лет покинуло 60%евреев,но гуты об этом молчат.Антисемитизм в Аз-не и Турции.это явление массовое и охватывает практически всё турецкое население этих образований.К сожалению,гешефт так и остался главнее совести у некоторых евреев.

  • Fuad

    I read some of comments. I am against to the anti-Semitism. I always stay in a side of tolerance. There are many ethnic groups in Azerbaijan. They live together and there is no any conflict between them… Because Azerbaijan society never support intolerance, anti-Semitism, and they never against to other nations and religions. There is a red town in Guba (in the north of Azerbaijan, far away about 145-150 km from Baku)for Jews, it is Jews town and in another fact. There are many National heroes from ethnic groups. İ will write who was Jews. Albert Aqarunov Who is National Hero of Azerbaijan. He voluntarily went to the front. On May 8, 1992, in the battle for Shusha, is shotet by a sniper and Albert died on the battlefield. in Karabakh war Albert became a legend. At that time all tankers gives his name to their’s tanks. He called “buterburodu Jews” by soldiers. if you listen his interview you will understand that how ethnic groups love Azerbaijan and how they fought together against enemies.

    • Myself

      Azerbaijan society never support intolerance…

      -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_cemetery_in_Julfa

      National Hero of Azerbaijan…

      -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramil_Safarov

      • Fuad

        you reply to my comment is very funny and there is no any scientific sense. first of all i would like to say that yeah Ramil Safarov is a natioanl hero of Azerbaijan in Azerbaijan society… but Ramil is a soldier not terorist like Monte Molkanyan… but i would want to remind you 26.02.1992 the close history..

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWXCDS1RwD4 this video shows everything… who are armenians? but video is +18

        • Myself

          Sorry, but I read something different:

          “Azerbaijani high-ranking officials have praised Safarov’s extradition and pardon giving him a hero’s welcome”

          “Prominent public figures in Azerbaijan have made similar statements endorsing Safarov’s image as a hero”

          -> http://xocali.net/

          My links are more scientific than your propaganda…

    • edward demian

      You must not have heard of the Talish Mughan republic. Or the Alanians. They all revolted and had to be supressed militarily. The real power is in the hands of the Tatars, who claim to be Turks. This is a higher than average inteligence forum. You need to study the subjects before you open your mouth and embarrass yourself.

  • Armenians have excited bad thoughts since ancient time and there is no doubt that there have been a number of reasons for that, if not such thought would never have developed on the whole people and in different periods…

    …only Armenians are able to cause a sensation by any reason. In case they are not allowed to any house, or their mean plans are revealed or their thieves are brought to trial they not only cause sensation themselves but also involve the most stupid and betraying people of other nations to this process.
    Russian investigator V.L.Velichko. from the work “Caucasus”

    “Armenians destroyed Georgian temples and monasteries, scraped Georgian scripts on the stones and removed the stone from the establishment and replace them with Armenian scripts.
    Georgian writer and activist I.Chavchavadze

    Do not allow the resettlement of Armenians to the Russian lands. They are such people that will declare Russia their native lands in ten years after having been settled.
    From the letter of A.S.Griboyedov addressed to Russian emperor.

    Armenia did not make any contribution to the world history, its name was the geographical term inhabited by Armenians and was the place of conflict settlement of strong states-Assyria, Midia, Iran, Greece, Mongolia and Russia.
    P. Kerop Patkanov. Van inscriptions and their significance for the history of Minor Asia. 1981, pp. 36-37, imitated from the book of Magda Neyman “Armenia”, 1899.

    I have never managed to get to grips with them. Their cunning is too foul, meanness too unbearable and infamy too regretful.
    French traveler Count De-Sholye

    Armenians tried to suck blood of the local inhabitants. Not satisfied with that new arrived Armenians conducted the policy of spoiling the fame of the local Muslim population to further drive them out from the lands and settle in these regions.
    Russian investigator V.L.Velichko. Russian affair and inter-tribe issues. Complete set of publicistic works. Volume 1 , 1904.

    1 million out of 1 million and 300 thousand of Armenians, residing in Transcaucasia were not aboriginal residents and they came there from our lands.
    N.I.Shavrov. New challenges to Russian business in the Transcaucasus – upcoming sale of Mugan to aliens. S-Petersburg. 1911, p. 59-61.

    That church was the nest of false money coiners for a definite period. I regard this monastery rather as a political center than a religious one.
    French scientist de-Ban. On a visit to the Echmiadzin church.

    Have you ever heard of the national hero of Armenia? Where was there struggle for freedom reflected? Nowhere! Their national heroes have rather been the executers of Armenian people than their liberators.
    Memoirs of Russian diplomat general Mayevsky From the book “Mass bloodshed committed by Armenians”.

    • Soloman

      only Armenians are able to cause a sensation by any reason. In case they are not allowed to any house, or their mean plans are revealed or their thieves are brought to trial they not only cause sensation themselves but also involve the most stupid and betraying people of other nations to this process.
      Russian investigator V.L.Velichko. from the work “Caucasus”

    • JhS

      Writing fragments of racist commentary by others (with dubious sources???) exposes your own racist being. Mentioning this, just in case you had any doubts about the depth of your hatred and racism.

      I wonder if the editor of the Algeneiner who is supposedly moderating this page is asleep on his/her job. One wonders if allowing such racist garbage to be published in the commentary section the editorial team shares such views.

      How sad!

    • Myself

      You are a good example of Anti-Armenianism…

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Armenian_sentiment

  • Anna Zilber

    Also I want to say what I often hear here in Armenia about Israel and Jews is always rather positive, I always hear that Jews have a huge passion to they country, many talks about Jewish girls serving in army, and I think they inspiring some Armenian girls to do the same for their country.

    So it is not good for this media to publish such a provocative article. Always remember the case of Ferdinand Nahimana!

  • Anna Zilber

    This is very obvious that the article is say the least biased 🙂 An Azerbaijani Israeli writing about antisemitism in Armenia and after harshly turn to Azeri propaganda.
    As an Armenian with Jewish roots I would like to know who is the head of the Jewish community who is citing the author, because we have several Jewish organizations here, why he not mention a name.
    What regards to results of this survey, I have no idea whith whom they speak, but here is some of the questions,they say people were asked:
    1. Jews are more loyal to Israel than to [this country/the countries they live in]*
    Armenia is the country with 98% of Armenians, it is very logical that Jewish are more loyal to Israel, as every Armenian more loyal to Armenia, even if he/she lives in other country, and there are no negative connotation.

    2. Jews have too much power in international financial markets.
    3. Jews have too much control over global affairs
    Jews have too much power in the business world et.c.

    Again it is no news that Jewish are very influential (and I very proud of it). So what, if people said yes, it is again speak about antisemitism?????

    4.Jews think they are better than other people

    Yes, and the most Armenians think the same about themselves 🙂
    again it is not a marker of intolerance.

    3. Jews don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind
    Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust

    Israel until now didn’t recognize Armenian Genocide, the first model of genocide, which is later was applied on Jews. So Armenians can’t understand, how the nation which is faced the genocide, so indifferent to Armenians. It is absurd situation for Armenians.

    So I think that questions, which were designed for US population, is not very relevant to all other countries.
    http://global100.adl.org/about

    • Max Gerter

      Anna Zilber,

      Reading your responses, it is pretty much clear that you are not a someone your are pretending to be. Your “I am Armenian with Jewish root” statement is simply laughable. Everyone knows, that local Jews left Armenia completely just because of vicious antisemitism. Your statement of “first model(?) of genocide” (with respect to Armenians) is just absurd. There was not even first genocide in 20th century, as well as, there was absolutely no genocide of Armenians per se. All of this is just Armenian propaganda based on _no_ facts whatsoever. Armenians themselves were brutal killers of local population in Eastern Turkey in those volatile years, and must be punished internationally for their crimes against humanity. All those Armenian victims in ethnic clashes in Eastern Turkey in 2015 and around was a consequence of typical Armenian hostile attitude to non-Armenians and Armenians should blame only themselves for those victims from all sides.

      Your “..first model of genocide, which is later was applied on Jews” sentence sounds sooo _not_ Jewish, you have no slightest idea what you are dare to talk about!
      The sentence is not only stupid, it has no justification at all!

      When comparing Armenia to the neighboring Caucasian states, Azerbaijan and Georgia, it is clear who is more fanatically hostile to other nations/ethic groups. While Georgia and especially Azerbaijan are essentially multiethnic societies with no documented discrimination against minorities (local Jews, obviously including), it is formerly equally multiethnic Armenia (with most of the population at the end of 19 century of Azerbaijani Turks!) who has turned into a mono-ethnic state at the end of 20th century. That speaks volumes!
      Anna Zilber, you should not lie to everyone around. Typical Armenian hatred to non-Armenians just shows rudimentary uncivilized barbaric culture of Armenians. In comparison to Georgian and Azerbaijani ancient cultures, Armenian culture is known for only one “feature” – stealing cultural elements from its neighbors and trying to pretend that it is part of Armenian culture. This is so well known to Armenian neighbors, it is just does not need any additional arguments. It is obvious like the Sun rises on the East and goes to bed on the West.

      • edward demian

        So we should quote some high ranking Natzy propagandists, and justify the Hollacust? No, we’ll take the high road. You go ahead and wallow.

    • Max Gerter

      Part II

      It is always good to keep an objective view.

      You wrote:
      “Extremist Jews in Jerusalem regularly attack, spit on, harass, vandalize Christian Armenian churches and adherents, and Israel has not done anything meaningful to stop this racist, extremist attitude against Armenians, Greeks, and Catholics.”
      Seriously? How about Greek and Armenian monks in Jerusalem fighting each other (every year) using all kinds of weapons.
      Don;t you seen the root of the problem? IT is Armenians who like to cause all kind of problems for non-Armenians, not only in their country but abroad. In USA, for example, there are regular arrests and busts of all kind of Armenian criminal criminal gangs ans group. Armenian seems cannot live normally anywhere, just abiding civilized rules of the society/country they decided to live in. In Western Europe, there is widespread opinion of Armenians as totally unreliable, dishonest, untrustworthy people, who usually are a burden to their society, rather than a gain to local cultures. Don’t put the blame on the wrong head. Start from yourself.

      With regards, to the weapons – do not forget that Armenia is getting a lot of weapons from Russia, almost for free, so, Israel’s weapons supply to Azerbaijan is just to keep balance, rather than favoring one side. Furthermore, Azerbaijan has a lot what it could offer to Israel. What Armenia could offer to Israel, to anyone? Well, open your shores, there is nothing the rest of the world would be interested to get from Armenia. Get real and start doing something useful for this world, rather that spiting your trademark hatred to everyone.

      • Deja Vu

        This post paints all Armenians with one brush. None of the Jews who I know and respect would ever post such a statement. I suspect that this is a post under a fictitious name.

      • edward demian

        you still here? Booooooooooo!!!!!

  • Oya Bain

    The article is well written and factual. Unfortunately Armenia tends to be fanatical on many issues such as attacking the Azeris and the Turks because of their ethnicity.Ethnic hatred is very strong among the US Armenians also. US Congress is sick and tired of all the whining resolutions the Armenians bring up every year.
    Turkey was the first country to recognize Armenia and was ready for friendly relations until Armenia attacked Azerbaijan and continues to occupy 20% of that country causing 1 million refugees.
    Young Armenians need to look forward and promote the good things about Armenia and get rid of this pathological hatred for different ethnic groups such as Jews, Azeris and Turks.
    To day Armenia is shrinking and the world is tired of all the Armenian negativity.
    ..

  • Oya Bain

    The article is well written and factual. Unfortunately Armenia tends to be fanatical on many issues such as attacking the Azeris and the Turks because of their ethnicity.Ethnic hatred is very strong among the US Armenians also. US Congress is sick and tired of all the whining resolutions the Armenians bring up every year.
    Turkey was the first country to recognize Armenia and was ready for friendly relations until Armenia attacked Azerbaijan and continues to occupy 20% of that country causing 1 million refugees.
    Young Armenians need to look forward and promote the good things about Armenia and get rid of this pathological hatred for different ethnic groups such as Jews, Azeris and Turks.
    To day Armenia is shrinking and the world is tired of all the Armenian negativity.
    ..

  • Oya Bain

    The article is well written and factual. Unfortunately Armenia tends to be fanatical on many issues such as attacking the Azeris and the Turks because of their ethnicity.Ethnic hatred is very strong among the US Armenians also. US Congress is sick and tired of all the whining resolutions the Armenians bring up every year.
    Turkey was the first country to recognize Armenia and was ready for friendly relations until Armenia attacked Azerbaijan and continues to occupy 20% of that country causing 1 million refugees.
    Young Armenians need to look forward and promote the good things about Armenia and get rid of this pathological hatred for different ethnic groups such as Jews, Azeris and Turks.
    To day Armenia is shrinking and the world is tired of all the Armenian negativity.
    ..

  • Sarah Slmn

    Objective article, not because it is written by someone who happens to be a facilitator of Azerbaijan-Israel relations, but because Armenia truly does lack tolerance towards other ethnic groups, and specifically towards the Jews. I would think the hatred of Jews by Armenian society does have a lot to do with the fact that Israel and Azerbaijan have warm ties and that Armenia retains its close relations with Iran, for obvious reasons.
    However, the author is right that the intolerance towards Jews stems not just from the leadership but also the society. For instance, take a look at the way Levon Ter-Petrossian is handled by Armenian leadership when he attempts to run for office. The Sargsyan clan does not outline his political weaknesses, but the fact of Ter-Petrossian being a half-Jew, and the most crazy fact of all, that appeals to the Armenian society! And turns the electoral base away. That is a substantial proof of how the Jews are viewed by the Armenian society.

    • JhS

      First of all Ter-Petrossian is not Jewish, he is married to a person of the Jewish faith. Secondly, Who are the “Sargsyan clan” ? Armenia is not Azerbaijan where the Alyiev family has a 20 year-grip as rulers of the county, and if this dictatorship has its way the next 80 years and more will be ruled by this despotic family.

      If by “Sargsyan clan” you mean the current government, then you have to agree that the “clan” is quite efficiently outlining his political weaknesses on a daily basis with not one mention about his wife’s Jewish faith. They don’t need to do that because Ter-Petrossian has left ample track record concerning his political weaknesses, he was a failed leader.

      Those who have allegedly mentioned anything about L-T P’s wife being Jewish are possibly a few crackpots who exist in any society. I can bring up quite a few examples of extreme anti-Palesitinian and anti-Arab statements and even anti-Armenian statements and actions (such as spitting on Armenian priests in Jerusalem by Yashiva students) by quite a few Israeli crackpots and deduce that Israel is an intolerant Society.

      The “accuracy” of your post is as true in spirit as Levon T Petrossian being Jewish.

      You are fishing for sharks in an artificial fresh water pond.

    • Deja Vu

      The opposition to Ter-Petrossian has more to do with his policies when he was President, namely his willingness to give away Nagorno-Karabagh back to Azeri rule after the pogroms in Sumgait and Baku, than any regard for the Jewish background of he or his wife. Armenians elected him President knowing full-well of his Jewish association. Levon Aronian and Garry Kasperov are both held in high regard in Armenia and both are half-Jewish. As for bad feelings of some Armenians toward Jews, you have alluded to the reason, as both Israel and major Jewish organizations have actively lobbied against Armenian interests for decades, while Armenia and Armenians have never lobbied against Israel.

    • Objective Analyst

      In 1991, Levon Ter-Petrossian was elected by the overwhelming majority of Armenians as the first President after independence. He was reelected again in 1996 but, the elections were marred with many frauds. He, for many Armenians did not deliver as he should. He was removed after being in power for 7 years.
      There is no reason for Armenians to hide their feelings: They feel closeness with Jews but, are not pleased at all that the government of Israel is trying to get close to the dictator in Azerbaijan even at the expense of Armenia’s own existence. The Armenians did not like it also when Israel refrains from officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide for political reasons nor, they like it when some Jewish groups lobbied the US congress so that the US does not recognize the AG.

      • edward demian

        Immagine if we were to officially deny the Holocost because we wanted better business with Germany.

    • Objective Analyst

      Sometimes people think they are the center of the universe but, they are not. All politics is local. Ter-Petrosyan was removed after being in power for seven years because, of internal, i.e. Armenian reasons. If, it had anything to do with him being have Jew then, he would not have been elected twice in the first place! Now, let us recap what did Israel do when he was in power? Did it support him? NO.

    • Objective Analyst

      Jews ‘leaving Turkey due to safety concerns.’ Mois Gabay a prominent businessman from the community has written in an article for the Istanbul-based Jewish newspaper Åžalom.
      Here is a link: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/jews-leaving-turkey-due-to-safety-concerns.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75670&NewsCatID=339

  • Part II

    More disturbing than this article itself are the few (presumably) Jews making comments here agreeing with what they just read. This article is undeniable proof how Azeris make fools of themselves and are the laughing stock of the journalistic world, if you are on the same ignorant level, suit yourselves, you are in appropriate company on the laps of primitive minded Turks and Azeris.

    For those of you Jews on planet Earth and who are not condemning this fraud, Armenians can turn this entire “They are Anti Semitic” shpiel back on Jews and Israel and accuse you of anti-Armenianism just the same, and with solid proof to boot, rather than just another random Azeri-Oil-Funded insane “article”.

    For starters, Israel is supplying weapons to Azerbaijan which is in turn causing deaths to Armenians who are defending their homeland on the front lines while the war is still active. Israeli anti-Armenian fact number one. Is Armenia training terrorists in Israel and smuggling weapons to them to cause the death of Jews? No, but do you think perhaps it should to even the playing field a little? What do you think? And how about the fact that Israel denies the Armenian Holocaust? Is there any excuse for a people that should be the first to recognize it? That’s Israeli anti-Armenian fact number two. Extremist Jews in Jerusalem regularly attack, spit on, harass, vandalize Christian Armenian churches and adherents, and Israel has not done anything meaningful to stop this racist, extremist attitude against Armenians, Greeks, and Catholics. That’s Israeli anti-Armenian fact number three. Israel’s lobby and its associated politicians in the USA are actively working with Turkey to deny the Armenian Holocaust and make sure it does not get recognized. That’s Israeli anti-Armenian fact number Four. I can go on.

    In contrast why doesn’t this ridiculous “journalist” Gut reveal how many Turks and Azeris are in the ranks of Alqaeda and ISIS jihadists who would like nothing more than to see Israel destroyed right after their dirty work is completed on other nations in the region? Just go to youtube and search for “ISIS TURK” and “ISIS AZERI”. There does not need to be any more proof than that. Oh but wait, in Azeri “journalism” anything is possible coming straight out of the looney bin, right? How about next he write a piece proclaiming how those Turks, Azeris, ISIS, Alqaeda, Israel and Jews are all great friends! And ISIS are in fact not Anti Semitic, but pro-Israel!

    And in talking about WWII Nazis, why doesn’t pseudo-journalist Gut also mention how Turkey and Nazi Germany were such good friends, they signed a “friendship pact” together? And how the Nazis also formed a Nazi Azeri army? Or perhaps he can also explain why Mein Kampf is a bestseller in Turkey, and is also now being published in Azerbaijan, and how Turkey has a real Nazi Party today called ‘Turk Nazi Partisi’? What, this would be too uncomfortable and expose his fraud?

  • Vahe

    I highly encourage any Jewish readers to critically question the article before taking its claims seriously. As an Armenian who supports Israel 100% (but seriously laments Israel’s hypocritical decision to openly deny the Armenian Genocide), I am deeply offended by these allegations. Numerous commentators have already pointed out the author’s bias, which cannot be emphasized. I recommend looking at this article’s claims through an analogy: this article is no different than if a prominent Iranian or Palestinian journalist were to write an article titled “Anti-Armenianism in Israel: A Clear and Present Danger.” An Azerbaijani writer can comment objectively about Armenian-Jewish relations as much as a Palestinian or Iranian writer can–the nationalistic propaganda espoused by nations/groups such as Azerbaijan, Iran and Hamas means that its members cannot be expected to hold non-biased (and hateful) feelings towards their “enemy.” Don’t get me wrong: anti-Semitism exists TO A DEGREE in Armenia, as it does unfortunately in every corner of the world, and it needs to be eradicated. Baseless and sensationalist articles such as this one, however, do nothing to help the two peoples in question, both victims of genocide, move toward eradicating any negative feelings toward one another that that may harbor.

    • Deja Vu

      The opposition to Ter-Petrossian has more to do with his policies when he was President of Armenia, namely his willingness to negotiate away Nagorno-Karabagh back to Azeri rule after the pogroms in Sumgait and Baku than any regard for the Jewish background of he or his wife. Armenians elected him President knowing full well of his Jewish association. Leon Aronian and Garry Kasparov are both held in high regard in Armenia and both are half-Jewish. As for bad feelings toward Jews please note that both Israel and major Jewish organizations have actively lo lobbied against Armenian interests for decades, while Armenia and Armenians have never lobbied against Israel.

  • Ara

    How interesting that an article that purports to talk about anti-semitism immediately starts talking about the Karabagh war with an Azeri slant.

  • armenian

    no respect for this editor , anti semitism in armenia ?! if you said anti-armenianism i could believe easier!!!

  • Armenian

    clear propaganda paid by azeri oil. shame on this website!

  • suren

    Most comments are well written and represent a clear dry slap to anyone who tries to bring Armenian name down. This is a rubbish article with false accusations and hatred towards Armenian race.

  • Objective Analyst

    There are no Jews that were or are targeted in Armenia. No Jew ever suffered. Trying to conclude that Jews are discriminated against because, they are immigrating is laughable. Armenia is suffering if immigration. Even christian Armenians are leaving the country due to economic reasons.
    But, if you were an objective person then you’d look for reasons for why would Armenians be less warm towards Jews: Probably, why Armenians have become less warm towards Jews is the Israeli government’s collaboration with Azerbaijan against Armenia. They arm Azerbaijan, publically support it, they share intelligence and military know-how which they know is going to be used against Armenia. Also, lobbying for years and decades the US congress not to recognize the Armenian Genocide could be another reason why Armenian would think that Israelis are concerned only about themselves.
    Clearly, objectivity is an alien concept to you. in khojaly Armenians left an escape route for the fleeing Azerbaijanis. You yourself say over 1000 were captured. These were later released. Armenians want nothing from Azerbaijanis but, they want their own freedom and independence. But, talking about Security Council resolutions, how many have Israel respected? Never mind, lobbying has to do with money it has nothing to do with objectivity.

  • Objective Analyst

    Armenians helped save many Jews: http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/righteous/stories/armenian_rescuers.asp

    300 000 Armenians died fighting the Nazis in WWII. That is 10% of the Armenian population. These people had just survived Genocide a couple of decades before that. Also, no mention of Missak Manouchian who started the french resistance against Nazis and who was killed by Nazis!

    Last point, the number of Azerbaijani members in the wermacht was double that of the Armenians and the Turks were even more numerous but, the author conveniently disregards these facts

  • Objective Analyst

    This article is about Armenians and Azerbaijanis. The title is anti-Semitic to exploit this heinous crime. Shame on the author and on those who publish such thing. It only serves those who say that the issue of anit-semtism is used for purposes other than humanitarian and tolerance.

  • JhS

    So, now “The Algemeiner” has to decide whether to be taken as a serious publication, or be considered as just another sleazy tabloid.

    As a Jewish publication, there is merit into printing articles that serve as educating, and in the case of anti-Semitism, as alarming the public about such serious issues. But what we have here is an unadulterated spewing of anti-Armenian hatred, in the same sense as anti-Semitism. When an article is based on lies, fabrications, falsification and hiding of the truth, then this can only be considered as intentional planned attack on the Armenian nation as a whole.

    ….and “The Algemeiner” has fallen into this trap whether intentionally or otherwise.

    Shame on such attitude coming from a Jewish entity.

  • Judy

    Is this hate-mongering? One needs to review such rubbish before publishing.

  • artour aganey

    It is disgusting to publish such rubbish. All disgrace on the editors, while it is lie.

  • Narek

    I am Armenian from Armenia. The common problems of a transitional state [in Armenia] that the populace faces do not rely on ethnic bias. I feel as much “anti-Armenianism” as “anti-Semitism” by anyone; does that make me a Jew?
    And as for the Karabakh conflict, that has nothing to do with Jews at all, it is rather about anti Armenian pogroms in Baku, Kirovabad, Sumgait and other cites as well. The article itself is skewed and represents a biased opinion.

  • Grant Gber

    I started reading and realized the writer is totally off from reality. And then I read he has an Azeri origin which explains all the misleading journalism. I am surprised Algemeiner is OK with publishing such biased report.

  • New Cilicia

    Jews left Armenia because Turkey closed its borders and the economy declined, Jews can leave when things get tough, just as Armenians can leave Syria when things get tough, but in Armenia, Armenians stay because its ARMENIA
    This written garbage is nothing but turk propaganda written by an azeri turk.
    Currently Israel does NOT recognize the Armenian Genocide, which I consider an ignorant, hateful and ironic position Israel is taking, despite its interest in maintaining relations with Turkey, which by the way, in the last 7 years has been on the rocks despite Israels CONTINUED DENIAL of the Armenian Genocide.
    Israel, like the US, uses recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a weapon against Turkey every time their relationship goes sour, its been a pretty good leash so far 😉

  • Nshan Yegyan

    What a credible article ! Just look at the author,”Arye Gut, an Azerbaijani Israeli, is a board member of the Israeli-Azerbaijani International Organization, official coordinator of the “Justice for Khojaly!”
    How much did the azerbaijani lobbyists pay for this article?

  • The Levante

    Journalism 101. An anti-Armenian article written by an Azerbaijani Israeli who is part of the Israeli-Azerbaijani International Organization. Kudos to Algemeiner “Beta”.

  • This article leads one to wonder if people ever learn anything.
    “In April 1915 the Ottoman government embarked upon the systematic decimation of its civilian Armenian population. The persecutions continued with varying intensity until 1923 when the Ottoman Empire ceased to exist and was replaced by the Republic of Turkey. The Armenian population of the Ottoman state was reported at about two million in 1915. An estimated one million had perished by 1918, while hundreds of thousands had become homeless and stateless refugees. By 1923 virtually the entire Armenian population of Anatolian Turkey had disappeared.”
    http://www.armenian-genocide.org/genocide.html

    • T

      Prove it!!!!!!

  • Paul

    Flawed and biased in many respects. Mr. Gut seems to be more preoccupied with Armenia-Azeri relations than exploring attitudes towards Armenian Jews in Armenia. When an author makes a reference to Armenia as an “aggressor”, mentions a million refugees in Azerbaijan, or addresses the Khojaly “massacres” – this is a red flag. Almost every second paragraph in this article discusses the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict in one way or the other.

    Interesting to note the comment about the “dwindling” Jewish population since the independence of Armenia. Wasn’t this the reality for much of the breaking Soviet Union when many Jews sought to move to Israel or elsewhere for a better life? And why not? Following the devastating earthquake of 1988, the newly independent Armenia found itself in a major war with Azerbaijan, blockaded from east and west, growing poverty and a quickly deteriorating economy. How many Armenians moved out in this same period? Yes, over half a million (close to 20% of Armenia’s population). When an “international relations expert” cannot connect the dots, the conclusions are guaranteed to be futile.

    A 20,000-strong Armenian Legion as part of Wehrmacht? Wahnsinn! I wonder if this includes all the Maximilians and Florians?

    The Khodjaly “massacres” marked the defeat of the Azeri war campaign, hence the bitter memories, but the author forgets to mention the Baku pogroms that started violence and the ensuing war in the first place, and the fact that many Armenians, including such prominent Jewish Armenians as Garry Kasparov, had to flee on chartered planes.

    And if you really want to understand some of the major flaws in the ADL survey, which I tend to think is still a bold move to measure social attitudes, a daunting task for any survey expert, please refer to some of the comments made by Harvard Prof. Ryan Enos, or NYU Prof. Kubota. There is a fine line between politics, what people say or how they really feel. When close to 70% of Greeks, if this was ever through a valid survey response, seem to possess antisemitic views, one wonders if a single Kissinger decision equates to hatred towards a nation? Hardly so for any rational person in the 21st century.

    The sad part of this article is that it somehow, directly or indirectly, antagonizes all the above groups. It purports to raise an issue but fails to do so due to its shoddy intentions. More sadly, it attempts to do so at the expense of Jewish-Armenian relations, two groups with so much in common.

    As a third generation Armenian and recently married to the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, there is only one part of this article I can agree with. That’s the photo with its message. One wonders if Mr. Gut was approving of the photo’s caption.

  • Albert

    I thank The Algemeiner for mentioning the contributor’s Azeri origin. Otherwise the reader could be misled to believe the author’s opinions which are full of hatred and prejudice.

    • art

      This i cheap pies of untrue propaganda. I retreat the fact that Jewsh media outlets have become propaganda platform for Turkish/ azerie anti- Armenian propaganda

  • Bernstein

    Please stop writing stupide things.

  • Myself

    The Administration of the President of Azerbaijan funds anti-Semitic demonstrations in France:

    http://groundreport.com/the-administration-of-the-president-of-azerbaijan-funds-anti-semitic-demonstrations-in-france/

  • Myself
  • Raffi

    A very interesting perspective from an author who is of azerbaijani origin. For those who are not aware, Armenian and Azerbaijan are in “de-facto” state of war against each other. It is hilarious to see the connection. First, Jews in Armenia are not persecuted and are free to practice their own religion. Second I would like to know what research has this author actually carried out in Armenia to be qualified to write such an article. Third, Jews in Armenia are considered to be Armenians, meaning, Judaism from our perspective is a religion. Just as there are Armenians who belong to various religious groups as Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, Muslims, etc,…Jews are also considered to be Armenians who have decided to pursue this Judaism and this does not make them any less Armenian than any other religious sub-group. The author’s complete ignorance of this issue reflects both his absolute lack of knowledge of Armenian history and demographics and his pure hatred towards Armenians.
    I understand that the author comes from a nation (Azerbaijan) where a dictator and his family have been in power for quarter of a century, where minorities are oppressed and where hatred towards Armenians is a national policy, but allowing a place on your website for such inaccurate information cannot but make me wonder about the credibility of your website in general. An interesting observation is the fact that almost half of the article does not even talk about the situation of Jews in Armenia, it actually talks about the author’s own opinion of the Karabakh conflict and the war with Azerbaijan. In any case, I highly recommend that the author’s next article is about the situation of the azeri population in general, and the azeri journalists in particular, who are rotting in the prisons of Aliev’s regime for speaking up against the horrible human rights violations in their country…

  • Robert Davis

    The only sound reply to such antisemitic manners is THE BREAKING OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS : does stupid Israeli politicians do it? if not it is their fault if antisemitism is making such headway arounf the world. Do the most idiot politicians in the world only KNOW they have a duty to protect Israel and possibly Jews aroiund the world? I think most Israeli politicians are identical to..tsipipi livni.They do not give a damn for Israel nor for Jews,their only problem is to becore PM! ISRAEL SHOULD IMPORT POLITICIANS those from Israel are to be dumped away. Hopefully perhaps Benett will be better.

    • JhS

      If you’re naive enough to believe such garbage, then your naive enough to believe anything.

    • art

      Dear Sir your comment is reflects your lack of knowledge. If you take every biased information for granted you can better spend your time on educating yourself. Just look at the person who wrote this and google further

  • M Doffman

    Since the Armenians will never receive an admission of guilt or compensation let alone an aplogy from Turkey for the Armenian massacres of the 1920s perhaps like any other bully they find some bizarre satisfaction in taking their frustration out on other weaker groups..
    Just a modern day version of the behaviour of the church of the middle ages toward ‘non-believers’ and in modern times the behaviour of the Islamists.
    What changes?

    • JhS

      Read the reply I wrote to Robert Davis, above.

  • JHD

    The last straw in this fraudulent “article”… “General Dro, was tasked with rounding up Jews and other “undesirables” behind the German army as it swept across Russia, and organized their death marches to the concentration camps.”

    Algemeiner: It is quite unfortunate for your publication to publish such lunatic, Turko-Azeri oil-funded fraudulent drivel. This entire article is in fact one big fraud, as is its author, and one of the most pitiful I have ever read on this subject, which manages to show the lowly, fraudulent nature of the Azeri-Israel lobby infinitely more than the desperate, false and dishonest message it tries to convey. I don’t need to address every wrong point in this article, as it would be longer than the article itself, but suffice it to say, everything coming out of “Azerbaijan” is a fraud, and this “article” is no exception. After reading these lies, the real losers will be your unsuspecting readers.

  • Jack

    Just wondering how one could twist the logic of the facts and present them in a partisan way. Well considering the “board membership” of the author I am not surprised…

    The Jewish community in Armenia has shrank since the collapse of Soviet Union because of hard economic situation which was partially because of blockade imposed by neighboring Turkey and Azerbaijan. Most of them migrated to Israel in a hope of better life.

    Armenian government and individuals make contributions to the Jewish synagogues and community even in these tense times when the country is in war with Azerbaijan. The last for instance has defense contracts with Israel for billions of dollars. Those arms are and will be used to kill Armenians.

    Do not forget what Hitler has said in one of his speeches: “who after all remembers the annihilation of Armenians…” referring to the 1915 Armenian Genocide which until now the State of Israel has not officially recognized.

    Azerbaijan is a state where minorities have been massacred by the state in Sumgait, Baku and Nagorno Karabakh. It is a fact that cannot be denied.

  • Ara

    So, the Azeris found a new mouthpiece for their anti-Armenian propaganda, Which they have been at it for quite some time, quite unsuccessfully.

    Thanks to the Algemeiner, I learnt that there is an Azerbaijani-Israeli International organization and it is trumpeting the lies of anti-semitism in Armenia. The charge of antisemitism has been used too frequently as a cheep weapon and the Algemeiner should not allow that type of trash to be used by the Azeri Lobby to further their cause among the Jewish population, unless they are being paid to publish that trash by the Azeri lobby which gets its resources from Ilham Aliev himself, The dictator of Azerbaijan.
    Actually, since The Armenians share similar history of Holocaust and Genocide, The Algemeiner should question both Azerbaijan and Israel of their formal denial of the Armenian Genocide, unless, there are lots of oil and monetary interests behind their denials, which begs the question, should the sufferers of Holocaust be denialists themselves of the causes of other nations that suffered the same atrocities?

  • Ara

    So, the Azeris found a new mouthpiece for their anti-Armenian propaganda, Which they have been at it for quite some time, quite unsuccessfully.

    Thanks to the Algemeiner, I learny that there is an Azerbaijani-Israeli International organization and it is trumpeting the lies of anti-semitism in Armenia. The charge of antisemitism has been used too frequently as a cheep weapon and the Algemeiner should not allow that type of trash to be used by the Azeri Lobby to further their cause among the Jewish population, unless they are being paid to publish that trash by the Azeri lobby which gets its resources from Ilham Aliev himself, The dictator of Azerbaijan.
    Actually, since The Armenians share similar history of Holocaust and Genocide, The Algemeiner should question both Azerbaijan and Israel of their formal denial of the Armenian Genocide, unless, there are lots of oil and monetary interests behind their denials, which begs the question, should the sufferers of Holocaust be denialists themselves of the causes of other nations that suffered the same atrocities?

  • Ergun KIRLIKOVALI

    ANTI-SEMITISM AMONG ARMENIANS

    I read with interest the courageous and insightful essay “Anti-Semitism in Armenia: a clear and present danger” by By Arye Gut. I agree with Arye Gut’s observation that “Anti-Semitism in Armenia is an unfortunate and little-acknowledged fact.” One of the least known facts today seems to be the widespread overt and covert anti-Semitism in Armenia and in Armenian Diaspora communities. Below please find some revealing references and their sources for your contemplation and reflection:

    1) Elihu Ben Levi, Vacaville, California wrote the following (Published in San Francisco Chronicle, December 11, 1983)

    “…We have first hand information and evidence of Armenian atrocities against our people (Jews). Members of our family witnessed the murder of 148 members of our family near Erzurum, Turkey, by Armenian neighbors, bent on destroying anything and anybody remotely Jewish and/or Muslim… Armenians were in league with Hitler in the last war, on his premise to grant themselves government if, in return, the Armenians would help exterminate Jews. Armenians were also hearty proponents of the anti-Semitic acts in league with the Russian Communists.”

    2) And Momo Asafrana, a Turkish-Jew living in Tel Avıv, Israel, had written the following revelations in a private chat group, on December 3, 2004:

    “… I would like to relate, especially to the Armenian friends, this incident that I heard. I am a Jew, of Istanbul origin, and have lived in Israel for the last 35 years. My wife’s father is a Caucasus-Jew who died before I could get to know him. As far as I can remember, they had escaped from the Caucasus when he was a young boy and resettled in Adana (an agricultural and trade hub, as well as a port city in the South of Turkey). About 10 years ago, at a family wedding, I met an old gentleman who knew about my deceased father-in-law and mentioned some incidents about his childhood, his family, and the turmoil of those days, that were quite interesting to us. According to what he told me, During WWI, the Russians invaded the Caucasus, and with the help of local Armenians, they have chased Turks and Jews, killed whoever they could catch, and then pillaged and plundered Turkish and Jewish villages. He was about 10 years old and my father-in-law was only 3 and he said there is no way he could forget that exodus, that fleeing. Turks and Jews brought with them to Anatolia whatever they could pack with them. Jewish families first went to Van (a city by the lake Van in Eastern Anatolia). While some Jewish families settled there, others continued their travel to settle in Adana and other places, and still others went as far as Palestine.

    What I am trying to my Armenian friends is this: everything has a prior history. If the Armenian attack and kill Turks, Turks, in their quest to avenge those Armenian atrocities, may have caused massacres in their counter attacks and chases. Aren’t these ‘eye for an eye’ feuds conventional and normal under the conditions of those days? In contrast, what the Germans did to 6 million Jews can not be explained by such feuds, chases, or civil wars; there was absolutely no reason for the Holocaust. I never quite understood how the Armenians want to be included in the same category as the Jews of Holocaust. Let’s leave those old issues and the old world behind. Let’s look at the present. Let’s talk about what we can do to create a beautiful, happy new world… We should learn from those old stories and history; we should talk about the truth and agree on it; and let’s together build a more secure world to hand over to our children…Nobody benefits from feuds, hatred, and animosity; one can only gain tears that way; let’s worry about tomorrow, brothers, tomorrow! ”

    3) I later asked for his permission to publish it in my upcoming book “Ethocide, Not Genocide” to which he graciously responded on December 09, 2004, with the following comment:

    “…I see no problem in your quoting my story in your book. Those who create all this fuss around the Armenian issue do not want to understand one thing: instead of teaching love and brotherhood to their kids, they are teaching grudge and hatred (like the Palestinians do). What do they want to achieve with this attitude? Enough of this animosity already…The age old Armenian issue no longer interests me. My children’s future is more important…”

    Armenians must face their own history of anti-Semitism, anti-Turkish and hate-crimes.

  • ARMO

    Mr. Arye Gut you could sale your article to more readers if you wouldn’t mention that you are a active member of Israeli-Azerbaijani organization. That explain enough your Armenophobia view towards Armenians to write such an article to poison Israeli public minds.

  • JhS

    An article that has “made in Azerbaijan” on its name tag. The same Azerbaijan that considers the entire Armenian nation as its enemy. Not even an iota of racism here…???

  • steven L

    The culture of ignorance is promoted among Armenians. One has to wonder why? Are the Armenian Jews masochistic? Get out of there and let them rot if that is what they wish for.

    • JhS

      All I can say is: don’t fall into a trap devised by Baku and its petrodollars. God gave you brains therefore don’t let others do the thinking for you.

  • Deja Vu

    This article is filled with half-truths and distortions. There is no mention of the Azerbaijani Legion of Wehrmacht 1941-1945, nor of the Armenians listed in the Righteous Among the Nations. A hit piece attempting to paint all Armenians in a bad light.

  • Enezio E. de Almeida Filho

    HaShem Yishmor! And I have been denouncing the Armenian Holocaust by the Turks for many years. I wasn’t aware that they are anti-Semitic…

    • JhS

      All I can say is: don’t fall into a trap devised by Baku and its petrodollars. God gave you brains therefore don’t let others do the thinking for you.

    • Objective Analyst

      Armenians feel close affinity towards Jews because, they share the same history and the same pain. Look at the comments of Armenians here, are there any anti-Semitic comments? The guy is an Azerbaijani and it is unfortunate that he is trying to get closer to the corrupt and despotic government of Azerbaijan by trashing Armenians. It is a shame.
      Look up the Azerbiajani legion in wermacht. Look the percentages of antisemitism in Turkey then, you’ll know what is going on.
      I mean it is obvious: the title is antisemitism but, the content speaks about events in the Karabakh war and the version of the dictator in Baku.
      Armenians have always supported the recognition of Holocaust and i believe it is the duty of both ancient nations to spread awareness to prevent the recurrence of the most heinous crimes ever!

  • There are Paranoiacs and absolute idiots everywhere…!
    The question is: how numerous and What Power can these fools reach in that country where Locals are looking more “JEWISH-( Armenian Phenotype…). than Caucasian Jews themselves!!!!!

  • Art

    Nice propaganda piece. You’re pathetic.

  • Who remembers all the aid and assistance given by Israel,
    in 1988, to Armenia in the aftermath of a devastating
    earthquake? And who would think that a nation that shares
    a similar history of deliberate destruction of its
    citizens wouldn’t at least identify with Israel? We can
    only hope this report is an exaggeration.

    • Objective Analyst

      In today’s world people can write anything, has any Israeli or Jew got hurt in Armenia? There is a Holocaust memorial in Armenia, is there one in Azerbaijan?

      • pro_reporter

        you better not even try to start comparing the condition of Jews in Armenia and Azerbaijan. Just google “Jews in Azerbaijan” or ask any Jew that has ever visited Azerbaijan, and you will get the answer…

        This article contains no news, since all know how Armenia transformed into a monoethnic and monoreligious state in the past decades.

        How many synagogues in Armenia then? Just one! while there are 10 in Azerbaijan, and some of them built by the Government….

        http://www.azerbaijans.com/content_505_en.html

    • snag

      In regard to earthquake just like in Haiti a lot of PR bragging photo op’s and noting to address real needs.

      After this what you call similar history there was a decades of Soviet suppression of their identity just like the rest of minorities in Soviet Republics forced to accept communism that’s all they remember it’s Stalin/Soviet terror apparatus ran by Jewish goons.

    • Vahe

      Take a look at the plethora of comments on this article, written by Armenians, and note that every single person here is OUTRAGED that the obviously biased author would make such claims about Armenians being overwhelmingly anti-Semitic. If nothing else, the comments make clear the extent to which Armenians are NOT anti-Semitic.

  • RobiMac

    ‘I will bless those who bless you, and curse him that curses you…”

    Jesus will judge the world according to their treatment of Israel. Nuf sed

  • Jason

    This is a very anti-Semitic article in essence. The danger for publishing a blatantly anti-Armenian racist article, essentially written by an Azeri even if the name is Jewish, invites contempt and discredits a huge segment of Israeli as well as Jewish diaspora population who do not buy such garbage spewed by a pitiful entity called Gut.

    These baseless allegations is nothing but a despicable attempt to incite hatred between Jews and Armenians. This is simply another display of Azeri campaign of attacking Armenians with any hateful means possible. In Arye Gut the Azeris have fond the perfect lackey who obviously has had too much Caspian caviar in his stomach.

  • Garbis

    Every year thousands of Israelis visit Armenia and so far there has been no reports of any kind of violence or any sign of hatred towards Israeli tourists, in comparison, the Israeli foreign ministry issues warnings for Israelis not to travel to Turkey, a country closely associated with Azerbaijan. The author claims that anit-Semitic programs are aired in Armenia. As an Armenian citizen who spends hours watching TV, I have never seen that, the only example he gives us is from 2004(almost 10 years ago) and off course no name is mentioned. The author claims that Israelis left Armenia due to anti-Semitism which is just a ridiculous claim, Jews from around the world move to Israel. Since the formation of the state of Israel almost 90% of Jews have left India for Israel, that makes India anti-Semitic as well? Overall, a low-level piece of Anti-Armenian propaganda written by a paid lobbyist with no merits.

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