Rimma Varzhapetyan, chairwoman of the Jewish Community of Armenia, says there is no anti-Semitism in Armenia as such, however, sometimes anti-Semitic materials appear in the press and their number has grown in the recent days.
Her statement was in response to a comment last week by US Assistant Secretary of State David Kramer, that some media outlets propagandize anti-Semitism. He said “It is unacceptable to have anti-Semitism in a country with historically friendly relations with Israel and the Jewish community.”
Varzhapetyan says there are two reasons that stir Armenia anti-Semitism. One is the long-standing resentment that Israel does not recognize the Armenian Genocide. The other – and the reason for more recent hate-talk – is the exploitation of the heritage of the wife of Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who comes from Jewish ancestry.
The PACE Resolution on the “Fight against Anti-Semitism and Especially its Manifestations in the Mass Media and the Academic Circles” again draws our attention to the commitments undertaken by the OSCE member states.
We wouldn’t certainly be concerned by the adoption of the document if David Crammer, US Under-Secretary of State who was visiting Yerevan a few days ago, hadn’t expressed his own concerns over the anti-Semitist propaganda allegedly circulated by the Armenia media.
Two Synagogues Desecrated in Baku, Azerbaijan According to Alexander Rusetsky, the director of the Georgia Helsinki Group who went to Baku in February, two Baku synagogues were desecrated in the Fall of 1998. As the chairman of the synagogue of European Jews, Mikhail Bekker, told the Caucasus Bureau on the phone, the synagogue of European Jews was desecrated on October 17th in Baku,
According to Alexander Rusetsky, the director of the Georgia Helsinki Group who went to Baku in February, two Baku synagogues were desecrated in the Fall of 1998. s the chairman of the synagogue of European Jews, Mikhail Bekker, told the Caucasus Bureau on the phone, the synagogue of European Jews was desecrated on October 17th in Baku, one day before the inauguration of President Aliev.
Jewish organizations in Azerbaijan have received unsigned letters that threaten to avenge the death of Hamas leader Shaykh Ahmad Yasin, Azerbaijani daily Zerkalo has reported. Analysing the recent attacks in member countries of the US-led coalition and nuclear cooperation between Iran and Russia, the daily suggested that these threats could be part of “a bigger policy” regarding US plans against Iran. The following is an excerpt from A. Rasidoglu’s report by Azerbaijani newspaper Zerkalo on 3 April headlined “Baku may become a target for terrorists” and subheaded “A number of Jewish organizations have received a message from terrorists that next Sunday will become bloody”: