While Ankara gave its official support to Azerbaijan in the conflict with Armenia, Istanbul's Armenian diaspora have found themselves under attack. A convoy of vehicles waving Azerbaijani flags passed through the neighborhood of Kumkapı, which has a large Armenian population and is home to the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate.
A convoy of honking cars covered in Azerbaijani flags was seen driving very near the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul's Kumkapı quarter on Sept. 28. Journalist Rober Koptaş said that he believes this demonstration is an "intimidation" against Armenian migrants in Kumkapı -- where most of the Armenians from Armenia reside.
A report prepared annually by the Hrant Dink Foundation showed that Armenians were the most targeted group in hate speech in Turkish media in 2019. According to the report, there were 5,515 instances of hate speech in local and national media and 803 of them targeted Armenians. Syrian refugees followed Armenians with 760 instances, Greeks ranked third with 754 and Jews were targeted 676 times.
An American venture capitalist who runs Moderna Therapeutics company, Noubar Afeyan, announced earlier this week that his firm had inked a deal to provide 100 million coronavirus vaccine candidates to the United States.
Representative for an Armenian Istanbul church, Simon Çeken filed a complaint against a social media user who created hate speech about Armenians. The lawyer had previously urged authorities to take action against a social media personality who was producing hate speech.
Serdar Korucu writes: One of the topics that comes to mind when recalling the Ottoman legacy in Lebanon is the Armenian Genocide. Among the most important symbolic structures carrying the traces of 1915 in Lebanon is the Armenian Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia in Antelias.
Not practically, but theoretically the recent scene at Hagia Sophia was not un-reminiscent of Al Baghdadi’s Mosul Friday sermon. This is not who we are. We must be better than this and we are better than this. The year is 2020.
As Armenians worlwide celebrated the holiday of new life on July 19, Vardavar, opposition deputy Garo Paylan said the special day used to be marked in all cities of Anatolia. The day is marked by drenching others in water that represent the bountiful rains that came down with Noah's flood, the deputy added.
A 190-year-old Armenian church in the northern province of Çorum is being used as a storage space as owner cannot obtain permission to make alterations. The church is believed to be constructed by a large Armenian family who lived in the area until the early 20th century.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reportedly ordered the establishment of an institution to develop strategies regarding the Armenian Genocide. According to Hürriyet, officials pointed to the fact that there aren't any institutions that deal with the subject and Erdoğan ordered works on it to be completed as soon as possible.
One of the suspects charged with making death threats to slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink's foundation faces 26 years in prison. As suspect Hüseyin Ateş has previous convictions of death threats, he was indicted with 26 years and three months, and suspect Ersin Başkan is facing eight years and nine months.
Turks and Kurds are not exotic fruits that grow in faraway lands. As citizens of this country, namely the Republic of Turkey, they yearn for equality, justice for all, state of law, plurality, agency, effective administration through decentralization, secularism, better education and economy for their children, security.
Last week President Erdoğan accused the main opposition CHP of "fascism" and "plotting a coup". "We will not give in to terrorists, who are the leftovers of the sword,” he added. ‘Leftovers of the sword’ clearly belongs to the realm of hate speech. Everyone in Turkey knows exactly what it means.
Luke Frostick writes: The origin story of the Republic of Turkey is well known. Out of the battered husk of the Ottoman Empire, the brilliant general Mustafa Kemal forges a new Turkish nation with republican, secular and modernist ideas at its core. Ryan Gingeras' new book Eternal Dawn tells a more confusing, murky and interesting version of this history.
A deputy of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) put forward a motion to start a parliamentary inquiry into the Armenian Genocide on the anniversary of the 1915 event. Diyarbakır deputy Garo Paylan noted that the Armenian Genocide has never been discussed at the Turkish Parliament, even though it was deemed a genocide at parliaments around the world, as well as in the United Nations.