Today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. 24 of April corresponds to the eve of April 24 1915, when 200 Armenian leaders were arrested, and later executed.
Before the oppression started in 1894, Armenians were around 3 million people in the actual territory of Turkey. Turks were the same number and, the rest of the population was composed of many other nationalities.
From 1879, the Ottoman Empire Grand Vizir, expressed his wish to “make the Armenian people disappear forever.
In 1894, the Turks started the massacres, forced conversions, and gradually the destruction of the Armenian people had become State organised. The destructions reached a peak in 1914.One million and half perished either from massacres, starvation or deportations…
Most non-Turkish scholars of the events regard them as genocide - as do more than 20 states, including France, Germany, Canada and Russia, and various international bodies including the European Parliament.
Turkey rejects the term genocide, maintaining that many of the dead were killed in clashes during World War One, and that many ethnic Turks also suffered in the conflict.
A 100 years after, we, B’nai B’rith remember and send our thoughts and prayers to the the Armenian people.