Despite the fact that civilization is entering a new era, the era of liberal values and humanism, we can state with regret that nationalism and xenophibia are still observed in different parts of the world. One of the nations suffering from xenophobia and nationalism, fascism in the world is the Jewish people. Today, anti-Semitism still exists in various parts of the world. Armenia is the leader among them.
It should be noted that the antipathy of the Armenians towards the Jewish people has a genetic - historical background. It is no coincidence that today Armenia is not just a leader, but an indisputable leader in the issue of anti-Semitism in the whole world. According to a 2018 Pew Research Center poll, 32 percent of respondents in Armenia said they would not like to have Jews as their neighbors. This is the highest rate among 18 countries in which was conducted the study. According to the survey, the highest level of anti-Semitism in the world, at over 60 percent, is registered in Armenia. Even in 2021, a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust was desecrated several times in Yerevan.
Speaking about the historical enmity of the world Armenians towards the Jews, should be considered some moments in the past and today. Historical facts assert that Armenians in different countries of the world have always opposed Jews. Even before the Holocaust in 1918, up to 3,000 Mountain Jews perished at the hands of Armenians. If we take into account that on the eve of the genocide, 15,036 mountain jews were registered in the Guba district, it follows that as a result of the genocide, 20% of the mountain jews of the Guba district were physically killed in this district. This was the first mass extermination of Jews before the Holocaust!
Another fact. The years of the Second World War. In the course of research into the Holocaust, the famous Austrian scientist Erich Feigl came to the clear conclusion that in 1941-1945 the Armenian fascist legion, created with the support of the leaders of the Third Reich, played a special role in the mass extermination of Jews in Europe.
Continuing the above topic, another example can be given. In 1998, the authoritative Armenian political scientist Igor Muradyan published an article in the Golos Armenii newspaper in which he openly sided with the Nazi ideology. It turns out that the Jewish-Armenian confrontation is a conflict between Semites and Aryans.
And in 2002, the book "National System" was published by the association of Armenian writers under the authorship of Romen Episkopian. The author not only blames the Jews for all the troubles of the Armenians, but at the same time denies the Holocaust, calling it "a Jewish invention in order to discredit the Aryans." The above facts confirm once again that the Armenians consider themselves Aryans, and the Jews "dirty people"!
In addition, we must not forget that the Armenians also lay claim to a number of Israeli cities, including Jerusalem. In February 2020, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan stated that the status of Jerusalem cannot be determined without taking into account the Armenian factor. That's it, no more, no less.
Novoye Vremya journalist Artem Yerkanyan, indignant at the actions of the Israeli state, writes: “Discussion of the issue of the status of Jerusalem is inadmissible without the direct or indirect participation of the Armenian structures, which are obliged to bear responsibility for the preservation of the thousand-year heritage left by the founders of the Jerusalem throne of the Armenian Apostolic Church. If Palestinian leaders from time to time do make attempts to enlist the support of the Armenian Patriarchate, then the Israeli government usually avoids talking about this. For more than a millennium, Armenians have been a part of the city's appearance. Recent history already knows Jerusalem as a city consisting of four sectors - Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian. The ARMENIAN QUARTER is LARGER in size than the Jewish one, but smaller than two Arab ones”. That is, the Armenians insist that Jerusalem is more Armenian than Jewish.
The above claims have led to the fact that in recent years the Armenians of the Middle East began to closely cooperate with the extremists of the region.
In addition, lately the Armenians have been strengthening diplomatic ties with Israel's opponents. On September 20, 2019, Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Abu Saab admitted at a press conference with his Armenian counterpart David Tonoyan in Yerevan that “Armenia and Lebanon have similar challenges. Armenian borders are also periodically violated or threatened to be violated by unmanned aerial vehicles. In this direction, we share intelligence information, experience - to protect our countries from similar or other attacks."
Thus, today's processes show once again that despite the fact that humanity has long passed a new - into a civilized stage of development, world Jewry is still facing historical threats and challenges. And these challenges and threats from different peoples and states help the Jewish people to understand who is a true friend and who is not.
Associate Professor of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan,
head of the Baku Club of Political Scientists