EUJS General Assembly, Italy, 18 August 2021

RESOLUTION - Remembering the Armenian Genocide

The European Union of Jewish Students notes:

1. That the Armenian Genocide (Aghet) took place between 1914 and 1923 and refers to the mass murder and expulsion of what is believed to be around 1.5 million of primarily ethnic Armenians, but also Assyrians, Syrians and Pontic Greeks.

2. That the Armenian Genocide was carried out in Turkey and neighbouring regions and orchestrated by the young Turk Movement in the Ottoman empire.

3. That the Armenian genocide is considered to be the first genocide of the 20th century on European soil.

4. That only 33 states, including 17 member states of the European Union, have officially recognized these events as genocide.

5. That only the European Parliament but not the EU as a whole recognized the Armenian Genocide.

6. That the State of Israel did not recognize the Armenian Genocide.

7. That we as Jews have endured genocide in the past.

The European Union of Jewish Students believes:

1. That as a Jewish organization it is important to stand with people who are suffering from persecution and genocide.

2. That as a Jewish organization it is important to remember genocides together.

The European Union of Jewish Students resolves:

1. To recognize the Armenian Genocide during the years 1914 and 1923.

2. To call on the European Union, Israel and other member states of the European Union to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

3. To lobby International Organisations, NGOs, universities, student's and other relevant institutions to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

4. To condemn and reject any attempt to deny, distort, or ignore the historical reality of this genocide.

5. To recognise the importance of remembering and learning from this genocide, and to join the Armenian, Assyrian, Syrian and Pontic Greek communities in honouring the innocent people who fell victim to this crime.

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Note: The Turkish Union of Jewish Students was not consulted or made aware of the drafting or passing of this motion in any way, shape or form and did not participate in the EUJS General Assembly 2021.