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In photos: Jerusalem Armenians commemorate lives lost 100 years ago

April 24, 2015 6:50 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 6, 2015 4:01 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Armenians around the world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide on Friday, a day after the Armenian Apostolic Church in Yerevan held a mass canonizing the 1.5 million souls that perished in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire.

The 5,000 Palestinians of Armenian descent in Palestine marked the day with marches and masses expressing their sorrow to the victims, as well as their continued anger at Turkey for its long-standing refusal to recognize the crimes committed by its predecessor state.

Recent days have seen masses for the victims held in Armenian churches across Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Haifa, and Jaffa, in addition to intercommunal services held in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher by the 13 main Christian denominations of the Holy Land.

The Armenian community in Palestine is composed almost entirely of descendants of those who fled Anatolia during the Genocide, finding a safe home in the Holy Land. Tens of thousands of other Armenian refugees settled in neighboring Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq in the wake of the Genocide, assimilating into these Arab societies and coming to form an integral part of the regional culture.

In 1948, Armenian-Palestinians numbered around 15,000, spread evenly into thirds between Jaffa, Haifa, and Jerusalem/Bethlehem/Ramallah.

The creation of the State of Israel in that year dramatically reduced community numbers, as approximately 10,000 were forced to flee amid the wider expulsion and flight of 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland.

Since then, the Armenian community has been regenerated but continues to face the same struggles in the face of the Israeli occupation and economic decline that other Palestinians face.

Participants hold signs during a march in Jerusalem in remembrance of 100 years since the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 2015. (MaanImages)

The Street of Armenian Patriarchate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Church officials say two-thirds of local Armenians wereforced to flee in 1948 when the State of Israel was founded and 750,000 Palestinians were expelled. (MaanImages/Emily Mulder)

Armenian priests exit a church service in the St. James Church in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 22, 2015, two days before the centennial commemoration of the Genocide. (MaanImages/Emily Mulder)

A map marking locations of massacres of Armenian communities in Eastern Anatolia beginning in 1915 torn from a wall of entrance into the St. James Church in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City, Jerusalem. (MaanImages/Emily Mulder)

An Armenian church service held in the St. James Church in Jerusalem on April 22, 2015. The bells of the Armenian Church in Jerusalem rang 100 times for each year that has passed without recognition by many of the 1.5 million lives lost in 1915. (MaanImages/Emily Mulder)

Stickers cover a sign in the entrance leading to the Armenian Church in the Old City of Jerusalem, April 22, 2015. (MaanImages/Emily Mulder)

Armenians have maintained presence in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City since the 4th century. (MaanImages/Emily Mulder)

Tourists look on as a service proceeds in the Armenian St. James Church in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 22, 2015. (MaanImages/Emily Mulder)

Armenian flag hangs inside of the compound of the St. James Church where around 500 members of the Armenian community live. (MaanImages/Emily Mulder)

A sticker commemorating 100 years since the Armenian Genocide began in 1915 features a "forget-me-not" flower, the emblem of this year's rememberance. (MaanImages/Emily Mulder)

Jon / USA
The Armenians have suffered not only from a genocide, but from the continued denial by Turkey of history. The first Christian nation has suffered for many years. It is time for the world and Turkey to tell the truth and acknowledge the genocide that coined the word genocide. Never Forget!
25/04/2015 17:03
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