Letters to the Editor

Jews and Armenians

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.

Murray Farber