Christopher Jon Bjerknes
In an article "From the mountains of Ararat", which was published on the Israeli news journal Haaretz.com, James R. Russell states,
"[O]ne needs to recognize that there is real anti-Semitism in the Armenian community, and scapegoating of Israel and Zionism often goes well beyond the issues and becomes a cover for deeper hatreds. The Dashnaks, Hitler's wartime buddies, who are still a presence both within Armenia and in the diaspora, have jumped on the anti-Israel bandwagon, championing the Palestinian cause on American campuses."
Russell does not mention why some Armenians oppose Zionism. He merely implies that critics of Zionism are, merely by virtue of their criticism of Zionism, racists. He does not acknowledge that Zionism is itself widely considered to be a racist and ethnocentric ideology.
Furthermore, while attacking Armenians, Russell does not mention the reasons why Armenians have reacted to the Jewish campaigns to exterminate them and remove the Armenians from their ancestral homeland. Indeed, Russell makes no mention of the Jewish role in the Armenian genocide, instead scapegoating Moslems.
Portraying Jews as if perpetual innocent victims, Russell attacks the Armenian revolutionary party of the Dashnaks and implies that they pose a danger to Jews. However, he fails to discuss the Jewish revolutionary parties which genocided 1.5 million Armenians, which Jewish mass murderers were led by the Jew Talaat Pasha.
A correspondent for the Times of London wrote in an article, "THE ARMENIAN MASSACRES: EXTERMINATING A RACE: A RECORD OF HORRORS", which was published on 8 October 1915, on page 5,
"TALAAT BEY'S POLICY
It is said by the Turks in their defence that the decision to deport the Eastern Armenians was only arrived at after the discovery of an Armenian plot in Constantinople and after the Van outbreak. But the Armenians executed in Constantinople in April were men of the Hintchak society who had been in prison for over a year, and the deportation or massacre of Armenians had begun at many places before the Van Armenians were criminal enough to help themselves. There can be no doubt that Enver, who has never shrunk from violent methods, approved of the policy that was adopted. Commanding officers in the provinces received orders in April and May authorising them to deport all individuals or families whose presence might be regarded as politically or militarily dangerous, and in the case of some of the Cilician Armenians, deportation had begun earlier. But Talaat, who was in all probability the chief mover in the expulsion of Greeks from Western Anatolia, who has never scrupled to lie to an Ambassador or to encourage pro-Turkish intrigue in the dominions of friendly Powers, is the chief author of these crimes. 'I intend to prevent any talk of Armenian autonomy for 50 years' and 'The Armenians are a. . . race; their disappearance would be no loss' are sayings attributed to him on excellent authority. He has had worthy supporters among the extremists of the Committee of Union and Progress, such as Mukhlis Bey, Carusso Effendi and his Jewish revolutionary supporters, Midhat Shukri and others, among officials such as the Valis of Diarbekr and Angora, and among the officers of gendarmerie, who, if one-tenth of the tales told by European and American refugees is true, have cast off all trace of the European training which French and British officers laboriously tried to instil in them and have too often become little better than licentious banditti.
DEPORTATION OR STARVATION
It remains to describe Talaat Bey's methods in detail. Massacre was followed by a crueller system of persecution than Abdul Hamid ever invented. The Red Sultan's abominations were seldom accompanied by the wholesale deportation of the survivors; the violation and abduction of women and the conversion of children, though sadly frequent in some places, were by no means general in the massacres of 1894-1896. Then the wild beast was allowed to run amok for 24 hours, and was then usually chained up.
In Talaat Bey's campaign the preliminary massacre, which was sometimes omitted, was followed by the separation of the able-bodied men from their women folk. The former were drafted into labour battalions or simply disappeared. The women, children, and old men were next driven slowly across country. They were permitted to take no carts, baggage animals, or any large stock of provisions with them. They were shepherded from place to place by gendarmes, who violated some of the women, sold others, and robbed most. Infirm or aged folk, women great with child, and children were driven along till they dropped and died by the way. Gendarmes who returned to Alexandretta described with glee to Europeans how they robbed the fugitives. If these refused to give up their money their escort sometimes pushed them into streams or abandoned them in desolate places.
A European who witnessed the exodus of some of the Armenians of Cilicia says that most were footsore, all looked half starved, and no able-bodied man could be seen among them. At Osmanic on the road between Aleppo and Adana they were given only 8 hours' notice by the town crier to make ready for their departure. The French and British refugees from Urfa saw the bodies of "hundreds" of women and children lying by the road and met another of these lamentable half-starved caravans. An American who accompanied a group of Armenian exiles from Malatia reports that the road to Urfa was marked all along its course by the bodies of those who had died. Travellers by the Anatolian Railway report that the hills near Bilejik Geive, and other stations in the hinterland of Brusa were crowded with Armenians from Brusa, Ismid, and other settlements near Constantinople, who had no shelter and were begging their bread. Large bodies of the exiles are said to have been simply led into the desert south of the Euphrates and left there to starve.
The attempts of the American Ambassador to procure some alleviation of the lot of the Armenians have thus far proved unsuccessful. Mr Morganthau, in the opinion of good observers, wasted too much diplomatic energy on behalf of the Zionists of Palestine, who were in no danger of massacre, to have any force to spare. Talaat and Bedri simply own that persecuting Armenians amuses them and turn a deaf ear to American pleadings. German and Austro-Hungarian residents in Turkey at first approved of the punishment of Armenian 'traitors', but the methods of the Turkish extremists have sickened even Prussian stomachs. True the Jewish Baron von Oppenheim, now in Syria, has been preaching massacre, and the German Consular officials al Aleppo and Alexandretta have followed suit, perhaps with the idea of planting German colonists in the void left by the disappearance of the Armenians when the war is over. [colored emphasis added]"—http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article2641064.ece / http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article2641064.ece?token=null&offset=24
On 9 August 1911, on page 3, The London Times published a Letter to the Editor from the Time’s Constantinople Correspondent, under the heading "JEWS AND THE SITUATION IN ALBANIA", which stated,
"I will merely remark that, according to information which I have received from genuine Freemasons, the majority of the lodges founded under the auspices of the Grand Orient of Turkey since the revolution were, at the outset, avatars of the Committee of Union and Progress, that they have not yet been recognized by British Freemasonry, and that the first 'Supreme Council' of the G. O. of Turkey appointed in 1909, contained three Jews (Carasso, Cohen, and Faraggi) and three Doenmes (Djavid Bey, S. Kibar, and Osman Talaat). [colored emphasis added]"
Marcelle Tinayre published an article in L’Illustration in December of 1923, which was translated into English and published as "Saloniki", The Living Age, Volume 320, Number 4156, (1 March 1924), pp. 417-421, at pages 419-420,
"The Jewish community, driven from Aragon in the sixteenth century, settled in Saloniki, where it has never ceased to grow and multiply. The Turks always showed themselves less anti-Semitic than the Greeks. They let the Jews of Saloniki grow rich and troubled them with no competition, because 'business'—that is to say, the manipulation of other people's money—is forbidden or at least not favored by the Koran, which prohibits taking pledges and receiving interest. Nevertheless the agreement between the masters of the sword and the masters of the gold, between the koniak and the money bench, was disturbed in the seventeenth century. A cabalist and a charlatan, a kind of Simon the Magician, passed himself off as the Messiah for whom Israel still waits and will be waiting to the end of time.
Sabbetai Sevi struck the fancy of the Israelitish throng to such an extent that the Sublime Porte was disturbed. An envoy of the Sultan requested the pretended Messiah to make a choice between the bowstring and recantation. Sabbetai Sevi, not quite sure that he was divine after all, chose to recant, and with great courage became a Mussulman. His disciples followed his example by hundreds, but neither the Prophet nor his disciples gave Mohammed anything more than words and gestures. They had Mussulman tongues but Israelitish hearts. Under the shelter of the turban and the fez, beneath a Turkish name worn as a mask, they remained what they always were and what they still are. Their women cover themselves with the tcharchaf, their children learn to read the Koran, their young men enter Government offices,—sometimes, though more rarely, the army,—but when they are twelve years old these deunmehs, or converts, receive the revelation of their secret or Hebrew names. They are initiated into the mysterious rites established by Sabbetai Sevi. They learn the whereabouts of that famous hidden temple which is said to be in old Saloniki, which neither Christian nor Moslem has ever approached.
The double faith makes double souls, and this age-long imposture behind true Mussulman beards prepares conspirators and revolutionists. The deunmehs of to-day, affiliated with Free Masonry, instructed in Occidental universities, often professing total atheism, have given leaders to the Young Turk revolution. Talaat Bey, Djavid Bey, and many other members of the Committee of Union and Progress were deunmehs from Saloniki. Long ago the great Turkish families were split in twain, one party being these modern Turks who deal with the foreigner, and these hanoums—who walk the streets with unveiled faces and set young officers, if they have been reading Pierre Loti, to dreaming—bear in their faces proof enough of their lineage. [colored emphasis added]"
Inspector-General of the Turkish Forces in Armenia and Military Governor of Egyptian Sinai during the First World War, Rafael De Nogales wrote in his book Four Years Beneath the Crescent,
"Among the civil members of [the Committee of Union and Progress], only one was conspicuous by force of personality. That was the renegade Hebrew (donme) of Salonika, Talaat, the principal organizer of the massacres and deportations, who, fishing in muddy waters, succeeded in raising himself from the humble rank of postal clerk to that of Grand Vizier of the Empire. [clolored emphasis added]"
Instead of attacking the Armenians, Russell should be apologizing to them for the genocide which racist Jews committed against Armenians.