Dr. Efraim Zuroff - one of the chief Nazi hunters for the Simon Wiesenthal Center (whose Museum of Tolerance acknowledges the Genocide) in Israel told the Jerusalem Post that its imperative Israel and the world's Jewry must acknowledge the historical basis for the Genocide despite the fact that Turkey is one of the few Islamic nations in the world that has good relations with the Jewish state.
A Simon Wiesenthal Center official told the Jerusalem Post in August, 2007 that the Armenian Genocide should be recognized as a historical fact despite "the political ramifications." We have "an obligation to tell the truth about historical events - even if they sometimes create certain problems for us,"said Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the chief Nazi hunter of the Wiesenthal Center.
Dr. Zuroff was joined by Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, who told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency last week that it is "imperative for Jews to acknowledge the truth of the Turkish genocide against Armenians, notwithstanding Turkey's relationship with Israel." He added: "It's high time for Turkey to acknowledge that truth of history and move on."
At worst, this is a confounding moral problem for Essel and at best an incredibly horrific decision made by her campaign team. The longer this sits out there without an explanation, apology and return of the funds (and more appropriately a donation of the funds to an organization such as the Armenian National Committee) Essel's campaign and viability - as well as her character - will remain seriously in question.