Arabic language source documents on the Armenian genocide are now available on the website of the Armenian National Institute

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Armenian National Institute (ANI) has announced the launch of an Arabic version of its widely accessed Armenian Genocide website, which will continue to be developed over the coming months. The site is accessible at the address or via the main ANI site at

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 documents, 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, but 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 censorship on its own history and are happy to provide these resources to Arabic reading academics, teachers and the public, ”ANI President said 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, Middle East communities created by survivors and refugees recovered and flourished over the following decades, and large Armenian communities continue to exist throughout the region. Countries like Lebanon and Syria are also on the list of 30 countries that have formally recognized the Armenian genocide.

Among the first critiques of the policy of genocide of the Young Turks was the Sharif of Mecca, Al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali, who called on other Muslims to protect, help 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” at Der Zor, Syria which was intentionally destroyed by terrorist forces in coordination with the Erdogan regime in Turkey in 2014.

Once again, a team of top notch supporters and volunteers assisted ANI’s professional staff in producing the Arabic language version of the ANI website. Genny Chekerjian has been responsible for translating substantial parts of the large amount of information posted on the site. Hagop Vartivaire provided editorial support, while Vatche Sarkissian worked closely with Chekerjian to provide as accurate a rendering of civil status records as possible, and coordinated with the longtime ANI webmaster Marc Malkasian to download the site in Arabic script.

“The continued expansion of the ANI website and its translations has been the collaborative project of many supporters of the Armenian diaspora and our non-Armenian friends who appreciate the importance of making the records critical on the assertion of the easily accessible Armenian genocide, ”said ANI Director Dr. Rouben Adalian. “From all continents, they have shared their time, talent and encouragement. The Arabic version is a work in progress, and we welcome constructive comments from academics and the community of concerned people working to defend the rights of man and protect human life everywhere. world. “

ANI maintains a wide range of online resources on the Armenian Genocide. The online museum is an interactive site that allows visitors to move forward at their own pace and includes a popular introductory video. Several digital exhibits published by the ANI since the centenary of the Armenian Genocide cover many aspects of the experience of the Armenian people from 1915. ANI digital exhibitions are based on photographic collections from U.S. archival repositories and document the extensive humanitarian response of U.S. volunteers, who arrived in Armenia and through the Middle East in the aftermath of the genocide.

The first institutional site on the Armenian genocide since its creation 24 years ago, the ANI site records millions of visits each year. Widely consulted by educators and students, the site is also an important source of information for the preparation of April 24 commemorative activities used by journalists, government officials and the public. The creation of the ANI site in Arabic follows the successful launch of the Turkish and Spanish language versions of the site. Further information on the Armenian Genocide can also be obtained through the ANI Twitter manipulate.

Founded in 1997, the Armenian National Institute (ANI) is a 501 (c) (3) educational charity based in Washington, DC, and dedicated to the study, research and affirmation of the Armenian Genocide.

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SOURCE Armenian Assembly of America

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