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Rivlin tells UN: Don't falsely accuse Israel of genocide, fight the real thing

'President implicitly recognizes Armenian Genocide during General Assembly Holocaust memorial; says clashes on northern border represent Israel's fight against 'global challenge of terrorism.'


President Reuven Rivlin told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that "cynical" accusations against Israel of genocide and war crimes harm the world body's ability to fight the real thing. Speaking at the assembly's ceremony marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Rivlin mentioned the 1915 Armenian Genocide – the killing of more than one million Armenian nationals by Turkey – which is not recognized as genocide by Israel.  
Rivlin called on the United Nations to set red lines beyond which it would intervene to stop acts of genocide. He then said:"At the same time we must remember that the setting of red lines requires us to stop diluting and cynically exploiting them in the name of pseudo objectivity, as is done in the rhetoric of human rights with the use of terms such as 'genocide' for political purposes."

Pope to celebrate Mass marking 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide

Pope to celebrate Mass marking 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide

 By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

 VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will celebrate a special liturgy in April with Armenian Catholics, who are marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Vatican announced.

 Publishing the list of papal liturgies for February, March and April, the Vatican did not mention where the pope would celebrate the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper April 2, Holy Thursday.

The Vatican press office said Jan. 27 that the pope would decide later where to celebrate the Mass, which includes the washing of feet. The first year of his pontificate, Pope Francis celebrated the Mass at a juvenile detention facility; last year he presided over the Mass at a rehabilitation center.

“Raoul de Budapest”. A tango for Wallenberg

The Raoul Wallenberg Foundation commissioned the composition of a tango dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg.

A victory for the Righteous Among the Nations


The International Wallenberg Foundation opposes honoring officials who most certainly did not go above the call of duty in WWII

In reference to the report, Wallenberg Foundation off the hook in Argentina libel case, published on 21 August, we would like to stress that the ruling by the Supreme Court of Argentina overturned a judgment in favor of a relative of Luis H. Irigoyen, a diplomat stationed at the Argentine Embassy in Berlin during WWII. The relative sued the Wallenberg Foundation after it transmitted scholarly and journalistic works about Irigoyen and the role he played vis a vis Argentinean Jews persecuted by the Nazis.

This affair has its roots in two previous developments in which the Wallenberg Foundation was involved.

One of them was the “Directive 11”, an “strictly confidential” order issued in 1938 by the then Foreign Minister of Argentina, Jose Maria Cantilo, whereby all the Argentinian embassies and consulates around the world were instructed to deny visas to “undesirables or to individuals who were expelled from their countries”, a clear reference to the Jews, among other persecuted. The Directive 11, an equivalent of a death warrant, was revoked in an official ceremony that took place at the Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, on 9 June 2005. The ceremony was presided by President Nestor Kirchner and his Foreign Minister, Rafael Bielsa.

Past and present of Armenia in her whole wonderful dimension


April 2015 will mark a hundred years since the Armenian Genocide, this unfathomable loss has created a huge void in the collective conscience of the Armenian people. The genocide is a deep scar that throughout the history, the past and present of the Armenian People. It is impossible to approach the history of the Armenian people without mentioning the Genocide. Nevertheless, the Genocide alone is not sufficient to promote Armenian values and education, dwelling with the past without a clear vision of the future is pointless.  For this we need vivid examples and references to understand Armenian history’s dimension without demeaning efforts to build a future of progress and prosperity for Armenians of today and tomorrow. It is imperative to save Armenia from oblivion.

A few months away from the Genocide centennial, a great opportunity lies ahead to preserve Armenian ancient for the future. Different approaches to Armenian factors allow us to make contact with this exciting and yet disconcerting reality. On one hand it’s exciting, because that’s how Armenian culture is, but on the other hand puzzling because it is difficult to understand how such a rich and intense legacy remains not sufficiently widespread. Therefore, we must undertake a well-organized project of global diffusion that would allow us to preserve everything that Armenia means to the world; its history, its culture; in short, its legacy as a guide to action and education for future generations.

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Armenia Already Has An Ambassador In Israel
Written by Artiom Chernamorian 05.11.12

Since the appointment of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Israel Eduard Nalbandyan in the position of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia in 2008, Armenia had no Ambassador in Israel. Before that the seat of the Ambassador of Armenia was in Paris.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Israel Mr. Armen Melkonyan handed over his credentials to the Israeli President Shimon Perez. The residence of the Armenian diplomat is in Egypt, but according to the Ambassador, he will visit Israel 3-4 times a year to get acquainted to the problems of the local Armenian communities. Armenians living in Israel, especially former Armenian citizens have to leave for Armenia to solve any passport issue and the Honorary Consul of Armenia does not have authorization to solve such problems. 

However, during those days the Ambassador had managed to have several meetings with the representatives of the Armenian communities from three major centers, inhabited by Armenians. After a visit to the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem and a meeting with community leaders, Armen Melkonyan, accompanied by the Honorary Consul of Armenia in Israel Mr. Tsolak Momjyan, arrived to St. Nicholas Medieval monastery located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Here he was welcomed by the community representatives of city Jaffa, headed by Mr. Poghos Ghukasyan and the founding members of “Nairi” Union of Armenians in Petah-Tiqwa. Several issues were discussed during the meeting, including those connected with the restoration of expired passports and admission of documents.

The Ambassador mentioned. “There is someone sitting in the National Voter Registry with a pile of papers. He looks whether the document matches the requirements or not. If not, just puts those documents aside. He does not think that these people have dreamed about an independent Armenia”. 
Mr. Melkonyan said that the Armenian Consul must be sent from Egypt to Israel at least three times in a year, although the issue will also be discussed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.
Talking about the appointment of the new Ambassador, ex-Ambassador of Israel to Armenia from 2001 to 2004 Mrs. Cohen added that she knows Mr. Melkonyan personally from her diplomatic mission in Armenia and is sure that he will do everything possible to strengthen and develop the relationships of Armenia with Israel.

Translation from Armenian by Amalia Harutyunyan

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