today we mark 65 years of ethnic cleansing and exile, of pain, loss, and suffering, but also of resistance, hope, and never ending courage and resilience in the face of racist settler colonialism and occupation.
today, and every day, is the nakba, and every land is palestine. we affirm our existence in the face of your insistence that we never have, we wave our flag and sing our songs in defiance, we promise you, we promise ourselves, we promise every refugee, that we shall return, no matter how you expand, how high you build your walls and erect your fences, those too, will fall.
“the old will die and the young will forget.”
you were wrong,
from the river to the sea, palestine will be free, and we shall return.
“Turkish-Canadian Groups Celebrate Armenian Genocide,” from the Armenian Youth Federation of Canada
OTTAWA – The annual Armenian Genocide Memorial Day protest in front of the Turkish embassy was met with 50 Turkish-Canadian counter-protesters denying the well-established actuality of the Armenian Genocide. The group quickly turned to singing and jubilant chanting at the face of the Armenians.
Further to this shameful act, the group was clearly attempting to incite a confrontation with their Armenian counterparts to undermine the annual gathering. Repeated name calling and general insults towards the Armenians could be heard from across the barrier.The Armenian group chose to ignore this immature and reprehensible behavior and kept their focus on the Turkish embassy demanding an end to the Turkish government’s denial campaign around the world and acknowledge the dark chapter from its past.
The Armenian Genocide is the first modern genocide of the 20th century, during which an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire leadership in an attempt to rid it’s Christian minority. Countless international organizations, scholars (such as the International Association of Genocide Scholars) and 22 countries have formally recognized these massacres during World War One as Genocide. The Canadian parliament passed a motion in 2004 acknowledging the Armenian Genocide and condemned these crimes against humanity.
Police officers present were questioned about the Turkish group’s permit to gather and answered that the Turkish group had applied for a barbeque party permit in the park.
Afterwards, the Turkish group was invited into the Turkish embassy by Ambassador Tuncay Babali. In an attempt to undermine Canada’s domestic policies, the ambassador recently held an interview with the Canadian Press indicating that Turkey will limit economic developments with Canada unless the government reverses its position on the Armenian Genocide.
Look at these fools, try not to throw up.
Fr. Shnork Demirjian of Saint Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Van Nuys remembers how his grandfather’s village was rounded up by Turkish soldiers, then locked inside the parish church. Before it was torched, however, a local imam was able to set them free. His grandpa, then 13 and a would-be priest, disguised himself as a girl and accompanied surviving church crosses to Syria. “The Turkish soldiers used to check your Adam’s apple,” he said. “If it was hard, like a man, they cut your throat.” (Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer)
Pontian and Anatolian Greeks were victims of a broader Turkish genocidal project aimed at all Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire. A total of more than 3.5 million Greeks, Armenians, and Assyrians were killed under the successive regimes of the Young Turks and of Mustafa Kemal from roughly 1914 to 1923. Of this, as many as 1.5 million Greeks may have died. The end of the genocide marked a profound rupture in the long Greek historical presence on the Asia Minor.
R-Mean - Open Wounds ft. Soseh
A bitter mystery lies in history’s eyes…
They had us walkin and walk in the blistering sun
Sands of the deserts as far as our vision can run
They had us walkin in circles - walk till we starve
Lord, I hate ‘em - Forgive me, it’s wrong but I’m scarred
They planted the seeds of hate in my heart - it keeps growing
My heartbeat’s slowing
My heart just keeps hoping
april 24th, genocide remembrance day is tomorrow in hayastan and in 2 days here. anon is off and i’m not replying to genocide-denying fuckers as usual. siktir.
I’m on Arpi jaaneman’s blog and, khudaya, the music and the poems and her face (beautiful, chashmay badoor) and the literature and it’s so calm yet so chaotic in its underlying history and theme, and this is going to be my treat tonight, thank you.
Let me hug your heart, sirun jan.
Don Hay (Edited) - Inga & Anush Arshakyan’ner
I like this part, a variant of “Hambartsman Yergushabtin” and the ending, a repeat sung jigyarov by an elderly man known as Vartan Papik.
Hambartsum is Ascension day but in pre-Christian/Pagan times it was a holiday when women “were allowed to walk freely in the fields, sing songs, and make acquaintances, which often became crucial in their lives. […] the night of miracle. At midnight exactly, nature finds the gift of speech, the water is still for a second; the sky and the earth embrace; space stops its wheel.”
I like its qrmakan quality (qrmakan refers strictly to pagan priests). Apparently, քուրմ (kurm - a pagan priest) is from Classical Assyrian kūmrāʾ. Komer (כומר) in Hebrew and Kurumi (ქურუმი) in Georgian.
Some context: Hay means Armenian. Don is an old Armenian word for a round bread symbolizing the sun on which կենդանակերպ symbols (zodiac) were drawn or carved. It looks something like this: