The crimes of the Turks against humanity
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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jul 31, 2012 at 07:19
The impact of the crime of the Armenian Genocide would only be a problem to the Turks if Turkey is to join the EU and the laws of the EU applies to Turkey then I suspect that this is when you will see legal claims by Armenians against Turkey but as long as they are not members of the EU then the mia culpa will be their way out but agian they are not very smart
It is just amazing the amount of literary information that one can find in the Arabic literary sources of the time about this crime.
That's extremely interesting. I have never heard of the Arabic sources concerning the Armenian genocide. Can you name a few ?
The information that you will find in Arabic language press of the time the likes of al-Ahram in Egypt is really translations of the reports in European and American newspapers (i do not believe that there was any primary reporting by Egyptian repoters from Turkey but I will cehck it this week end) and I suspect that it might have to do something with the fact that the owners of al-Ahram were Syrian Christian immigrants to Egypt and there seems to have been lots of sympathy for the Armenians (and indeed many Armenains that survived this horrible trek ended in Cairo) and more so because Egyptians hated the legacy of Turkey in Egypt and also because the liberal thinker Skeikh Mohamed Abdou (D1905) and his followers had no like for the Turks and their imperialism and indeed you will find terms coined to describe such crime as the word genocide (fana') did not exit and you will find the term madhbahat el-arman or the killing of the Armenians and the Syrians used the Syriac word sayfo or sayfa which in Arabic is sayf or sword to describe what really happened
The real question is with so much illiteracy in Egypt how many Egyptians were aware about such crime? This I cannot answer
It might be of interest to you to read about Mohamed Abdou and his writings about Turkey and a good start would be Albert Hourani's "Liberal Age"
Are there any Arabic sources on the Greek genocide perpetrated by Kemal himself too
That I cannot tell you but I suspect that any thing published in let us say al-Ahram would have been also translations of foreign reports but I know for a fact that this crime impacted Egypt as many Greeks fled to Cairo and Alexandria and I do not have the time this week but I will do some search and I will let you know what I will find
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