Kim Kardashian, the world’s most famous Armenian, has taken out a full-page ad in The New York Times calling for the massacre a century ago of up to 1.5 million Armenians to be recognised as genocide.
It was in response to the Wall Street Journal publishing an advertisement earlier this year, which supported the denial of the event.
The United States and Australia are among the nations that do not recognise the event as a genocide. Reality television star Kardashian has long campaigned for that to change, and visited its memorial last year.
What did the ad say?
On Saturday, Kardashian’s advertisement read:
“For the Wall Street Journal to publish something like this is reckless, upsetting and dangerous.
“It’s one thing when a crappy tabloid profits from a made-up scandal, but for a trusted publication like WSJ to profit from genocide – it’s shameful and unacceptable.”
She went on to ask:
“If this had been an ad denying the Holocaust, or pushing some 9/11 conspiracy theory, would it have made it to print?
“Many historians believe that if Turkey has been held responsible for the Armenian genocide, and reprimanded for what they did, the Holocaust may not have happened.
“In 1939, a week before the Nazi invasion of Poland, Hitler said, ‘Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?’
“We do. We must We must talk about it until it is recognised by our government because when we deny our past, we endanger our future.”
What do we know about the event?
One-and-a-half million Armenians and other minorities were forcibly expelled from Ottoman Turkey and went on to die during the so-called death marches between 1915 and 1917.
Armenians recognise this as a genocide, a term which Turkey has outright rejected.
Turkey accepts that many Armenians died in partisan fighting which started in 1915, but denies that up to 1.5 million were killed and the deaths constituted an act of genocide.
Who recognises it and who doesn’t?
Pope Francis inflamed the debate last year describing it as the ‘first genocide of the 20th century’ during a mass to mark the centenary of the Ottoman killings of Armenians during World War I.
Countries like France and Germany both recognise the event as a genocide, France even has a law against denying the event.
Australia and the United States do not recognise the event as a genocide at a federal level.
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