The Arab Council of Australia has added its voice to the campaign calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
The council is a secular, not-for-profit organization representing Australians from 22 Middle Eastern countries. Its CEO, Randa Kattan, said in a letter to Mr. Morrison, “The act of formally [recognizing] events of mass atrocity as experienced by the victims affords them dignity.”
She continued, “This acknowledgement of history supports the healing of a community and is inclusive of those many generations living with inherited trauma.”
Between 1893 and 1923, some 1.5 million Armenians were killed in the Ottoman Empire in a policy of extermination of Christian minorities. In addition some 2.25 million Assyrian, Greek and Syriac Christians were also killed within Ottoman territories between 1914 and 1923, making a total of 3.75 million Christians killed.
The Australian-Jewish community has increased calls on the governments of Australia and Israel to recognize the terrible slaughter of a century ago. “It is our moral duty as Jews and as supporters of Israel to be tellers of truth in matters such as these,” said Jeremy Leibler, president of the Zionist Federation of Australia.
In a statement on Armenian Remembrance Day, April 24, this year, U.S. President Joe Biden became the first President to officially recognize the genocide and warned of the need to prevent such violence from happening again.
Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Aid, wrote to President Biden and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this year urging them to make this recognition, and called on countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Israel to follow suit.
For more information about our Barnabas Aid petition successfully calling on the Biden administration to recognize the genocide, go to www.barnabasaid.org/armenian-genocide.