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Israel Gives US Permission to Pass An Armenian Genocide Resolution or Do I Live in the United States of Israel? or Let’s Just Call A Spade A Spade

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on March 5, 2010

95 years after the fact, the US Congress has decided to o pass a resolution calling the 1915 killing of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey a genocide.  Twenty countries do, including France, Germany, Sweden and Canada have already recognized this fact.  The US has been reluctant to do this – after all Turkey is a Nato member and we regularly use Turkey as a base for military operations..  Israel( keep in mind this is a group of people who they themselves have been through a holocaust, a genocide) and  the pro-Israel community [i.e. the Israel lobby] , in the past has lobbied hard against previous attempts to pass similar resolutions, citing warnings from Turkish officials that it could harm the alliance not only with the United States but with Israel — although Israel has always tried to avoid mentioning the World War I-era genocide.

Guess what?! In the last year or so, however, officials of American pro-Israel groups have said that while they will not support new resolutions, they will no longer oppose them, citing Turkey’s heightened rhetorical attacks on Israel and a flourishing of outright anti-Semitism the government has done little to stem.  You may recall with the Gaza war, the Turks like everybody else on the planet were appalled at the genocide of the Palestinians.

The Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon of Israel seated the Turkish ambassador in a kindergarten chair during a meeting, and “forgot” to put a Turkish flag on the table alongside the Israeli flag. He then called the Israeli photographers in and said to them in Hebrew – so the Turkish ambassador wouldn’t understand, “The important thing is that they see he’s sitting lower and we’re up high and that there’s only one flag, and you see we’re not smiling.”

News of that episode so enraged the Turks and humiliated the Israelis that Ayalon had to apologize three times, in progressively more abject terms, or face a rupture in Israeli-Turkish relations.

Read the full article here:  http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1953746,00.html

This opened up the path for Israel to influence the US and “spank” those bad Turks.

Berman endorses Armenian genocide resolution

Source:  http://jta.org/news/article/2010/03/04/1010932/berman-endorses-armenian-genocide-resolution

March 4, 2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A key Jewish lawmaker urged passage of a resolution recognizing the Ottoman genocide against Armenians.

The endorsement by U.S. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, at the outset of his committee’s hearing Thursday reflected growing Jewish, pro-Israel and congressional distancing from Turkey because of recent tensions with Israel.

“Turkey is a vital and, in most respects, a loyal ally of the United States in a volatile region,” Berman said. “We have also been a loyal ally to Turkey, and should continue to be so. Be that as it may, nothing justifies Turkey’s turning a blind eye to the reality of the Armenian genocide.”

Such language is unusually blunt. In the past, the pro-Israel community has lobbied hard against previous attempts to pass similar resolutions, citing warnings from Turkish officials that it could harm the alliance not only with the United States but with Israel — although Israel has always tried to avoid mentioning the World War I-era genocide.

In the last year or so, however, officials of American pro-Israel groups have said that while they will not support new resolutions, they will no longer oppose them, citing Turkey’s heightened rhetorical attacks on Israel and a flourishing of outright anti-Semitism the government has done little to stem.

That has lifted the fetters for lawmakers like Berman, who had been loath to abet in the denial of a genocide; Berman and a host of other members of the House’s unofficial Jewish caucus have signed on as co-sponsors.

The bill is a victory as well for lawmakers from California, the home of a substantial Armenian community. U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House speaker, is known to sympathize with the resolution’s sentiments, although she has kept it from making it to the House floor for a full vote.

The nonbinding resolution would not carry legal weight, but would set a precedent for U.S. officialdom to use the word “genocide” in describing the massacres. Turkey slashed ties with France for a few years after its legislature passed a similar resolution.

Now I am not saying that what occurred in 1915 was ok, it was a genocide, genocides are horrific.  What is making my ass twitch is that we the United States has to get permission from Israel to even say it was a genocide.  And that Israel has to be so “sneaky” and absolutely ball-less and not even directly own what they want.  They won’t endorse it, but they won’t oppose calling it a genocide.   Until it did not serve Israel’s purpose the lose of those 1.5 million Armenians wasn’t notable.  Gee, how do you think Israel would react if the world said the lose of 6 million Jews wasn’t notable?

One has to wonder will it take the United States another 95 years to recognize that Israel is in fact committing genocide with Palestine?  We continue to turn a blind eye to a genocide that is occurring literally right in front of us..when will we hear?  When will we, as the world find our voice and say enough is enough, and we are not going to give Israel carte blanche because they have been through a holocaust to inflict it on another group.

Perhaps even more to the point is when will the United States of America realize it is not the United States of Israel and we do not need need their permission to do the right thing.

Connect the dots!

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