House Votes to Recognize Armenian Genocide, Turkey Summons US Ambassador

The House of Representatives voted on Oct. 29 to recognize the Turkish genocide of Armenians during World War I.

The House approved a resolution 405-11 stating it is American policy to recognize and condemn the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923.

“Whereas, as displayed in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Adolf Hitler, on ordering his military commanders to attack Poland without provocation in 1939, dismissed objections by saying [w]ho, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?, setting the stage for the Holocaust,” the resolution stated.

Along with rejecting “efforts to enlist, engage, or otherwise associate the United States Government with denial of the Armenian Genocide or any other genocide” the resolution said U.S. policy included encouraging “education and public understanding of the facts of the Armenian Genocide.”

The approval included 226 Democrats, 178 Republicans, and one independent.

Turkey in 1915. Armenians were marched long distances and said to have been massacred. (AP Photo)

“There is not a shadow of a doubt that the Armenian people were subject to a brutal genocide, and it is the duty of the American government and every government to shut down false claims or denials of what the Armenian people experienced,” Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.) said in a statement.

“Genocides, whenever and wherever they occur, cannot be ignored, whether they took place in the 20th century by the Ottoman Turks or mid-20th century by the Third Reich and in Darfur. Today we end a century of international silence that will not be another period of indifference or international ignorance to the lives lost to systematic murder,” added Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.).

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), the only Armenian member of Congress, said in a statement: “Ive been waiting for this moment since I first came to Congress 27 years ago.”

“Members of my own family were among those murdered, and my parents fled with my grandparents to America,” she added. “What all of the persecuted had in common was that they were Christians.”

I thought of my parents and grandparents yesterday as the House voted to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide. This resolution honors and commemorates my ancestors and all those who perished in the first genocide of the 20th century.

— Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (@RepAnnaEshoo) October 30, 2019

Three representatives voted “present,” including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Omar said in a statement: “Accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as a cudgel in a political fight. It should be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics.”

“A true acknowledgement … must include both the heinous genocides of the 20th century, along with earlier mass slaughters like the transatlantic slave trade and Native American genocide,” she added.

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