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European leaders and the European press remain silent as Human Rights Watch reels off examples of Armenian war crimes

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Israeli Ambassador George Deek laid flowers in honor of the memory of civilian victims of the attacks in Ganja (Photo: Israeli Embassy)

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David Harris, the chief executive officer at the American Jewish Committee, recently wrote in Politico: “Countless times, I have heard European leaders express their anguish over the Holocaust, the extermination of six million European Jews and the fertile European soil that nurtured anti-Semitism over the centuries.   I have heard them vow repeatedly ‘Never Again.’  But too many European leaders are not connecting this painful past to present policies.  Yet how can any leader speak about the Holocaust and the menace of modern-day anti-Semitism without reference to the ongoing threats against Israel and the Jewish right to self-determination?”

Anar Valiyev, the Dean of ADA University, stressed that what Harris stated about Israel also is like what Azerbaijan experiences. Indeed, he noted that just as Europe recognizes the Holocaust but refuses to stand up for Israel’s security needs, these same individuals recognize the horrors of the Khojaly genocide yet will not support Azerbaijan’s right to self-defense during the Second Karabakh War: “Because of the Turkish and Israeli support for Azerbaijan, the liberal press in the West was anti-Azerbaijani and made many mythical claims.  These newspapers usually take the weaker side.  Azerbaijan is the stronger side and Armenia is the weaker side; same with the Israelis and Palestinians.” However, he noted that these individuals fail to recognize that the weak side is not always in the right.  

Recently, Human Rights Watch issued two reports, raising awareness about Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan. 

In the first one, Human Rights Watch accused Armenia of waging unlawful rocket and missile strikes against Azerbaijan. “Armenian forces repeatedly launched missiles, unguided rockets, and heavy artillery into populated cities and villages in violation of the laws of war,” Hugh Williamson, the Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch, stated. “Again and again in the course of the six-week war, these attacks unlawfully destroyed civilian lives and homes and should be impartially investigated.”

“According to the Azerbaijani prosecutor general’s office, 98 civilians were killed and 414 wounded during the armed conflict, and over 3,000 homes and 100 apartment buildings were destroyed or damaged,” Human Rights Watch reported. 

“Azerbaijani government officials told Human Rights Watch that fighting displaced 40,000 people. Residents from conflict-affected areas that Human Rights Watch visited said that many people, especially women and children, had fled to safer areas. The laws of war require attackers to issue effective warnings of attacks affecting civilians unless circumstances do not permit. Witnesses to attacks said they were not aware of warnings from Armenian or local Nagorno-Karabakh forces.”    

In the second report, Human Rights Watch claimed that Armenia utilized cluster munitions against Azerbaijan in four separate instances, killing at least seven civilians and two children and wounding 20 others.  “Cluster munitions are a brutal weapon, banned under an international treaty, and using them shows flagrant disregard for civilian life,” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch.   He called upon all sides of the conflict not to use cluster munitions.  

Nevertheless, despite these two Human Rights Watch reports, which highlighted blatant Armenian violations of the laws of war, Europe has chosen to side with Armenia. 

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European publications are publishing one anti-Azerbaijan article after another, while refusing to publish pro-Azerbaijan articles. Both European leaders and the European press remain silent as Human Rights Watch highlighting these Armenian violations of the laws of war. 

In fact, the French Parliament even recognized the independence of Artsakh, the Armenian entity presently occupying most parts of Nagorno-Karabakh in violation of four UN Security Council resolutions, following the conclusion of the Second Karabakh War despite these blatant violations of international law. 

This right here highlights how Europe has refused to connect what happened in Khojaly with what happened during the Second Karabakh War, where Armenia transformed Ganja and other highly populated civilian centers into Sderot’s, just as Europe does not get there can be another instance of genocide if they do not support Israel’s right to self-defense against the brutal Islamist terror groups backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

Similarly, if Azerbaijan did not fight the Second Karabakh War, acts of aggression that killed innocent Azerbaijani civilians would have gone unanswered and this would have encouraged more violations of international law in the future.  

For this reason, the time has come for Europe to learn from history and to start supporting the right of nations to defend themselves, so that such great tragedies like the Holocaust and Khojaly will never be repeated again. 

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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