A MONUMENT IN CAIRO DEDICATED TO THE ARMENIAN MASSACRES COMMITTED BY TURKS - Veto Gate, Egypt - Aug 27 2013 - By Essam Kamel, Editor in Chief -
As soon as the presses rolled and the previous issue of Veto was distributed to the readers, I received tens of phone calls and emails demanding that I take action towards the realization of the Egyptian people's recognition of the Armenian massacres committed by the Turks. There were many suggestions from both readers and intellectuals, some of whom supported the idea of the recognition and others who demanded an immediate & decisive action, at least symbolically, until an agreement would be reached for a method to communicate with international bodies to support the Armenians with their cause. I will not be exaggerating if I say Europe, which has committed worse crimes against humankind, is not better than we are, but has already erected memorials representing the Turkish atrocities committed against the peaceful Armenian people. Therefore, I am calling for immediate action to erect a monument in one of Cairo's main squares for the Armenian victims whose only crime was demanding a national independence. I will be the first to donate my monthly salary to implement this project immediately, and hopefully other social or civic society organizations concerned with human rights would take over. The idea is simple as we have a number of internationally renowned artists who will volunteer for this task. We will set an example for all humankind that our people will support this idea because it is noble and civilized, and not only because Armenians have played an important role in Egypt. It is sufficient to mention to our readers that during the liberation of Taba, we relied on maps provided by Egypt's first Foreign Minister Boghos Bey Yusufian, and he is Armenian by origin. And Armenians in Egypt have an honorable history, beginning with contributions in intricate industries, most important of which is jewelry, passing through many important professions, and reaching highest political offices. In fact, many of the Armenians played important roles in our fight for national independence when Egypt was subject to the yoke of occupation. We will address the importance of the Armenians in Egyptian life in upcoming articles "insha'allah'. Now back to the necessity to support the idea of a monument memorializing the Armenian victims of the massacres perpetrated by the Turks and which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of children, women and the elderly in a systematic mass-annihilation. To create a different social demography, the massacres were committed by the Turkish troops at different intervals of time in history while Europe assisted with its silence. Perhaps the most important characteristic of Egyptian support for this idea is that Egypt was one of the foremost States in support of the Armenians when they were subjected to waves of brutality by the Ottoman Empire. Thousands of Armenians escaping from the Ottoman Sultan's hell were welcomed at Port Said, while the civilized countries blessed the Turkish actions with their silence or according to political equations with the Caliphate nation. This monument should be erected on Salah Salem Street - near Cairo Airport - not only as an important tribute for all travelers to Egypt to see, but also as a meaningful humane message; this monument will also return a favor to the Armenians for all their civilized contributions in our struggle for independence, in addition to their contributions in the different aspects of life in Egypt. If not at that location, then let us erect it in front of the Turkish Embassy; perhaps that memory will assist the believers, that is if they are true believers!
Translated from Arabic by Katia M. Peltekian
Groong Armenian News Network