A Bee commentary [May 3] was only partly correct in asserting that some Jewish organizations are reluctant to speak
out on the Armenian genocide, fearing the impact on Turkey's relations with Israel. The commentary failed to note
the split in the Jewish community and that Jewish leaders increasingly support the Armenian position.
California Rep. Adam Schiff drafted a resolution to recognize the killings. Morton Klein, president of the Zionist
Organization of America, declared that virtually every scholar acknowledges the genocide occurred. Worldwide, joint
Jewish-Armenian commemorations of the genocide have occurred -- at synagogues in Encino and Los Angeles, by
Armenia's chief rabbi at the Genocide Memorial, at Israel's Hebrew University, in Jewish publications and in Fresno,
Rabbi Robert Seigel, formerly at Temple Beth Israel, long supported the Armenian cause.
The Jewish Heritage Museum in New York observed the 90th anniversary of the genocide with a program including
Armenian and Jewish leaders. This event remembered Henry Morgenthau, the American Jewish ambassador to the Ottoman
Empire who was instrumental in publicizing the genocide and rescuing Armenians.
As victims of the Holocaust, the shadow of the genocide reached Jews. But it is folly to think that Jews are ever
unanimous on any issue.