WASHINGTON – The Armenian National Institute (ANI) has announced the launch of an Arabic version of its Armenian Genocide website, which will continue to be developed over the coming months. The site is accessible at the address arabic.armenian-genocide.org or via the main ANI site at https://www.armenian-genocide.org/.
The ANI website contains many documents on the history and claim of the Armenian genocide of WWI, when 1.5 million Armenians fell victim to the policy of deportation and mass annihilation. of the Young Turk government. The initial Arabic language version of the site includes the genocide timeline, FAQs, original documentation, archival material, references to international claim and contemporary photographic evidence, as well as links to the online museum of the Armenian Genocide of America, legal documents, focused exhibits, educational resources and more.
“These resources were not available to Arabic speakers in the past, yet the role played by many Arab states in mitigating the effects of the Armenian genocide and the dangers posed by the Turkish government’s efforts to deny and rewrite this history are still alive. We know the consequences of Turkey’s censorship on its own history and we are delighted to provide these resources to Arabic reading scholars, teachers and the public, ”said ANI President Van Krikorian. “During the genocide, of course, the Turkish Ottoman government used the Arabic script, including to record the own post-war trial where the Turkish rulers were found guilty of planning and carrying out the extermination of the Armenian race. We will also add original Arabic script documents on time. Above all, we thank everyone who contributed to the development of this project and look forward to its expansion, ”noted Krikorian.
Large diaspora communities formed across the Arab world after the Armenian genocide. Unlike the destruction of ancient Armenian centers across Ottoman Turkey, the newly formed Middle Eastern communities created by survivors and refugees recovered and flourished over the following decades, and large Armenian communities continue to grow. exist in the region. Countries like Lebanon and Syria are also on the list of the 30 countries that have officially recognized the Armenian genocide.
Among the earliest critiques of the Young Turks ‘genocidal policy was the Sharif of Mecca, Al-Husayn ibn’ Ali, who called on his fellow Muslims to protect, aid and defend the deported Armenians. This remarkable statement by the guardian of the Holy Places of Islam was widely heard and contrasted sharply with the proclamation of jihad by religious leaders in the Ottoman capital of Istanbul.
The ANI site also includes links to memorials around the world, including the “Armenian Genocide Memorial Church” in Der Zor, Syria, which was intentionally destroyed by terrorist forces in coordination with the Erdogan regime in Turkey in 2014.