Updated: Nov 3, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Armenian Assembly of America welcomes the support of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) for the Armenian Genocide Bill, H.Res. 296, set for a House vote soon.
“This week, US Congress takes up a resolution on #ArmenianGenocide. Starting in 1915, Ottoman Empire decimated Armenian Christian population. 1st genocide of 20th century. To this day, Turkey tries to deny this documented crime. Don’t let it. That’s why we support H.Res. 296,” AJC Executive Director David Harris stated.
“The Armenian Assembly of America welcomes AJC’s public support of H.Res. 296. If it had not been for the 1915 Armenian Genocide, then Hitler may not have been able to unleash the horrors against the Jewish population across Europe. The Armenian and Jewish communities in the United States share much in common and have stood together in friendship for decades. The unity of millions of Jewish and Armenian Americans in standing up for the truth is powerful. We appreciate the support from the Jewish American community and look forward to passage of this important human rights legislation,” Armenian Assembly of America Co-Chairs Anthony Barsamian and Van Krikorian said.
In 2015, on the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Harris stated: “AJC joins those around the world who pause in mournful tribute to the memories of the estimated 1.5 million victims of the Meds Yeghern, the genocide of Armenians, committed in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.”
The support from AJC adds to the growing trend of community organizations in support of U.S. reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide, which began in 1989 with the Union of American Hebrew Congregation.
Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.