Mark, I do not mean to single Israel out for criticism in regards to being quiet about the Armenian Genocide. I do feel, though, that given the Holocaust, Jews in Israel and the Diaspora do have a responsibilty to recognize such horrors as the Armenian Genocide.
He is no doubt referring to the fact that the Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Osk recently called on Israel to officially recognize that Turkey was responsible for the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians in 1915:
“There is some discrepancy between their words and their deeds on genocide. Israel has to show a moral authority since we have gone through similar history and experience,” he said in an interview.
Once again some schmuck with an axe to grind (and a parrot named David) is singling Israel out for NOT doing what everyone else is NOT doing. Unfortunately, I don’t have the patience for this that the inestimable Meryl seems to. I’d like to know why the likes of David Allbaugh can’t seem to leave us the fuck alone, especially on Yom Hashoah?
Update: I left the following comment at Meryl’s because I think it is important to realize exactly why I feel this way about this issue:
Dan – No one, certainly not Meryl or I, is saying that we shouldn’t be outraged at what is happening in Darfur.
The Rabbi Hillel said, “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”
These are words that every Jew should live by, and I can’t say as I know any who don’t.
David has done here what the rest of the world has done over the centuries – He holds Israel and the Jews to a higher standard than the rest of the world because of some perceived notion that Israel and the Jews are the world’s conscience.
Israel does more in humanitarian aid to Muslim countriues, e.g., than Muslims would ever conceive of reciprocating. The same goes for the rest of the world. We do this out of the commandment of tzedakkah, and not because the likes of Allbaugh think we must because of our “Holocaust Experience”.
My issue in particular with Allbaugh is that he had the bad taste and clueless lack of tact and class to state that “Jews in Israel and the Diaspora do have a responsibilty to recognize such horrors as the Armenian Genocide”. ……………………… All of this on Yom Hashoah, the one day that is set aside that we may remember OUR six million.
I don’t know about you, Dan, but as a Jew I am busy being concerned about the rest of the world 364 days a year. Is it too much to ask of people like Allbaugh that we be left in peace to recognize our tragedy one fucking day out of the year? And who the fuck, exactly, is David Allbaugh to say what we must and musn’t do?
Frankly, I am a little tired of the rest of the world dictating what we as Jews must think and feel.