I first paid note to Israel Charny while investigating the "Professional Ethics" paper of Eric
Markusen, Roger Smith and Robert Jay Lifton; he appeared to be yet another club member of
the genocide industry, with the same extremist views, relying solely on sources
representing one side of the argument. Little did I realize Mr. Charny goes beyond simply
being extreme... now that I have familiarized myself with his pattern of thought, the man
who doubles as a Professor of Psychology and Family Therapy (at the Hebrew university of
Jerusalem) may have allowed his genocide obsession to have reached a point where he needs
psychological counseling, himself.
One biography describes Mr. Charny as "a prime mover in the
development of the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies for 30 years"... he is
a full-fledged "genocide scholar." Scholarship involves looking at all schools
of thought, scientifically and neutrally analyzing the many loose ends for final
interpretation. In other words, one cannot look at individual statements or acts and
conclude intent of a nation, even if they were true. In the case of the Armenian
"Genocide," if one should find the majority of Ottoman documentation pointing in
one direction, perhaps then valid conclusions may be reached. However, not only is there
no such reliable evidence, but the contrary is glaringly apparent. Therefore, what gives
genocide scholars, in general, this almost fanatical zeal? I'm not sure yet, but Israel
Charny surfaces as one scarily dogmatic example.
The kind of attitude is easily found in the religious world; we'll get back to this
With so many genocides, it's eerie why Israel Charny has chosen to spotlight the
Armenians' story so whole-heartedly. Run a search on the man, and half the links are
Armenian-related. To a degree this is understandable, as over the last quarter-century or
so, deep-pocketed Armenians have made sure to ally themselves with and help finance
genocide institutions, to give the Armenian "Genocide" more legitimacy. However,
if Israel Charny is "committed to the ideal that understanding the processes which
brought about the unbearable evil of the Holocaust be joined with the age-old Jewish
tradition of contributing to the greater ethical development of human civilization,"
as the bio continues to describe him, surely he must be aware the Armenians' experience
cannot deserve all the attention Charny has decided to give... when there are so many
other examples of historical examples of "Man's Inhumanity to Man." For example,
if Mr. Charny has paid attention to the many millions of Turkic peoples who have been laid
waste to in the last two centuries, I have yet to find evidence of it. Not to say Mr.
Charny has completely ignored this area... but compared to the importance he has chosen to
give to the Armenians' tragedy, what we would be talking about would be little more than
My real education with Mr. Charny began with his article, "The Psychological
Satisfaction of Denials of the Holocaust or Other Genocides by Non-Extremists or Bigots,
and Even by Known Scholars," which may be accessed at www.ideajournal.com/charny-denials.html.
"Denials of known genocides are not only the work of bigots, such as antisemites
and neo-nazis who deny the Holocaust or Turkish ideologues who deny the history of the
Armenian Genocide," he begins, already putting the Holocaust and the Armenian
"Genocide" in the same footing. He will attempt to do so throughout his paper,
by putting "deniers" of different classifications under analysis... such as the
"innocent denier," that he provides Noam Chomsky as an example of.
The Holocaust is an established fact; the Armenian "Genocide" has yet to be
proven. If a crime is unproven, of course it will be denied. Such is the danger by people
who have such a psychological need for genocide-affirmation, they do not realize the
damage they are doing... not only to those who are accused of this high crime, but to the
reputations of academicians who dare to disagree. Mr. Charny is so single-mindedly driven,
he doesn't appear to know, or care... while hiding behind a veneer of "academic
facade," as he describes a professor of hiding behind.
Charny proclaims "the impact of their rewriting history is no less vicious and
dangerous than denials generated by anti-Semitism, or anti-Armenianism, or a generic
anti-life position of celebrating the deaths of any victims of mass murder; and secondly
because these deniers are engaging in a vicious form of intellectual and moral
dishonesty." Those are extremely harsh words, unbecoming of a true scholar whose
purpose is to tell the truth. Denying a government sponsored plan to exterminate the
Armenians does not in any way celebrate the plight of the Armenians, and calling such
"anti-Armenianism" is plain revolting. Charny is relying on the knee-jerk
emotionalism such terms as "anti-Semitism" induces; Holocaust deniers are
usually anti-Semites, it is true. However, once again, "The Final Solution" is
irrefutable; the Armenian "Genocide" is far from established. What Charny is
doing is discouraging honest debate in McCarthyistic fashion, going against the grain of
the essence of a true scholar.
Israel Charny is not a true scholar. He
is much too emotionally involved to be taken seriously, and dangerously defamatory.
Charny provides the following to ridicule: "Muslims as well as non-Muslims
also suffered from the ravages of vicious foreign invasions as well as robber bands
that sprang up throughout Anatolia due to the weakening of government control. As a
result of these conditions, as many as 20% of the deportees, some 100,000 Armenians,
may have died between 1915 and 1918, but this was no greater a percentage than that
of the Turks and other Muslims who died as a result of the same conditions in the
same places at the same time." (From a pamphlet on "Armenian
Propaganda," published by a Turkish group.) Nobody who is sane can argue with
the first sentence. The number of Armenian casualties is less than what is typically
agreed on from the Turkish perspective (300,000-600,000 is the norm), which makes
Charny's choice of "evidence" less than honest. Still, the 100,000 figure
is closer to the truth than what Charny likely supports, the typical Armenian figure
of 1.5 million.
Then he has the audacity to compare the above with a Holocaust denier's 1976 work
called "The Hoax of the Twentieth Century," which alleges only a million
Jews died during WWII, deaths brought on by disease and starvation, perils shared by
many non-Jews following the collapse of the German economy near the war's end. A
Charny describes the Smith, Markusen and Lifton
"Professional Ethics" publication as "a truly classic paper on
denial of genocide," displaying how out of touch with reality he is. He
actually describes the memo by Professor Heath Lowry as "neglectfully
enclosed," and as "one comic faux-pas," when in reality Lowry's memo
was included purposefully in order to demonstrate the shoddy scholarship of Robert
Jay Lifton by example of a fellow academician. Lifton did not simply "(dare)
to make several references to the Armenian Genocide in the course of his major work
on the doctors in the Nazi concentration camps," but provide amateurish
parallels to Ottoman Dr. Mengeles strictly on the basis of sources by Prosecutor
"What Smith, Markusen and Lifton in effect show us is the systematic
propaganda machinery of the Turks through the cooption of ostensible scholars who
brazenly ignore any accepted rules of objective inquiry and evidence. They are out
to make a point -- namely, denial of the Armenian Genocide -- at any cost."
That is the kind of sentence that truly makes me wonder about Mr. Charny's being on
another planet. "Brazenly ignore any accepted rules of objective inquiry and
evidence"??? It was precisely because Lifton neglected to seek other sources
that was the cause for the protest... that is, the lack of objectivity and evidence.
Here again, Charny goes off the deep end: "(See also Smith's review 
of the cheap allegations by Lowry  that the famous book by Ambassador Henry
Morgenthau, Sr. , who was the American ambassador to Turkey at the time of the
Armenian Genocide who resolutely described and protested the genocide, was a
forgery! Lowry's book is an obviously bigoted polemic, written loosely, and also
published shoddily [in English] in Turkey.)"
Did Israel Charny bother to read Heath Lowry's immaculately researched "The Story Behind Ambassador Morgenthau's
Story"? "Obviously bigoted polemic, written loosely?" Is that how
the "scholar" Israel Charny defines comparison with Morgenthau's actual
letters and diary, while Morgenthau's book was ghostwritten with propagandistic
intent? And what does that mean, "published shoddily"? The fact that the
booklet was printed in Turkey.... is that what he means by "shoddily"?
What a terrible insult.
Israel Charny then dissects the statement by
69 scholars that appeared in newspapers such as the New York Times
and the Washington Post in 1985... complaining that it is referred to
"in support for other Turkish propaganda efforts to censor scholarly
"In the immediate shock of the appearance of the new virulent form of double
talk back in 1985, the Armenian Assembly of America rapidly undertook investigation
of the academic records and especially the history of research grants received by
the 69 signators (Armenian Assembly of America, 1987)." Yes, the Armenian
Assembly of America, with its $2.5 million annual budget, obviously went on the
attack, and tried to uncover whatever dirt it could. Supposedly, "a very
large number of the signators were recipients of grants from Turkish government
sources." (What is "a very large number"? 20? 30? 60?)
Is it any wonder academicians are afraid to speak the historical truth regarding the
Armenian "Genocide" with these mad dogs awaiting, unscrupulously ready to
destroy valuable reputations? We can expect that sort of dishonorable lack of ethics
from the Armenian Assembly of America, but what is Israel Charny's excuse to try and
stifle honest academic debate?
Once again, Israel Charny is much too genocide-obsessed, he appears to have lost
contact with reality... and has forgotten the true meaning of scholarship. He is so
emotionally wrapped up with the trauma of those who deny the Jewish Holocaust, he
projects the same outrage upon those who question the validity of unproven
"genocides." How awfully irresponsible.
"The Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in
Jerusalem undertook a follow-up study of the 69 signators themselves," Charny
tells us. "To our amazement, a surprisingly large number of the signators
responded to our invitation." What is to be amazed about? Was Charny so deluded
as to believe these notable scholars were agents of the Turkish government? (I suppose the
answer would be yes... wouldn't it.)
The scholars protested "they had never received any tangible gain for their
participation in the advertisement, and probably most important, repeated refrains of
their being good people who are interested only in being fair and just." Charny
was at last convinced these were really good people, and thus he helpfully created the new
category of 'Innocent Deniers.' You see, these are the poor, lost souls who "may
not at all be aware that they are seeking or taking benefit from their participation in
the denial. Such 'innocence' can apply also to recipients of actual grants and favors. The
process is reminiscent of many phenomena where one becomes tied to the 'hand that feeds
you' without realizing or acknowledging that one is making oneself dependent on that
corrupt source of support and thereby serving that corruption."
"Psychologically, any number of these scholars do not in their conscious selves
intend to curry favor at any price, and are not placing themselves on the payroll of their
masters to be their agents, but are 'innocently' drawn to identifying with, liking, and
wanting to please the people with whom they do business."
Is Israel Charny for real??
How dare he suggest the motivation of these scholars to sign the 1985 statement was in
attempting to turn a profit?
If he truly desires to make us believe his desperate attempt to try and discredit the
noted scholars such as Avigdor Levy who signed this statement, then he must present in
detail how many of these folks received money, and how much. And what about the ones who
didn't receive any money? (Those who aren't on "the payroll of their masters,"
as he writes above, would still be construed as wishing to "do business"? What
kind of business can you do, if you're not getting paid?)
He is tying in his ridiculous theories with creating "a psychological framework
for understanding the millions of everyday people, in all societies who join the
bandwagons of denial without necessarily knowing that they are doing so or why they are
doing so." It's appearing more and more that the one who needs the
"psychological framework" is Israel Charny himself.
Professor Richard Hovannisian is reported to have said in the "Congress on the
Problems of World Armenians" held in 1982: "The Armenian problem could not be
proved. The genocide is not valid legally and it is exposed to prescription." If
such a professional deceiver cannot prove the Armenian "Genocide," certainly an
amateur scholar such as Israel Charny could not either. If you cannot prove something,
then there is plenty of room for honest debate. Israel Charny, because of his mad
obsession, is attempting to practically make criminals of those who would dare to dissent.
Does he have any idea of how dangerous that is? Isn't that kind of thought-policing what
his people's WWII oppressors liked to indulge in, with all that book-burning?
He then offers us technical sounding blabbity-blah with terms such as "definitionalism,"
breaking down his little theories of innocent denial and the like, as if this were a
science, and Stephen Hawkings should be taking notes. Next, the time comes to attack
Professor Bernard Lewis, by putting him in the same category as a professor who denies the
Holocaust, which I find exceptionally inappropriate.
Charny complains: "Lewis (1968, p. 356) wrote of
"the terrible holocaust of 1915 when a million and half Armenians
perished," but now insists (Lewis, 1994) (my paraphrase): 'l am entitled,
indeed obligated to change my position in light of many new researches.' "
Outrageous! Who would argue that it is the business of the true scholar to revise
historical views, based upon better research? Should the German professor in 1937
not have been allowed to update Nazi-directed views on the Jews after the war ended?
Should historic academic views be considered mathematically constant, for all
Charny then complains Lewis failed to provide
information, that Charny requested. I generally can't blame Lewis (although Lewis
did promise, at first, to "be in touch on his return from a trip"), as
Charny does not play fair.
Charny takes exception with Lewis' explanation: "Turkish documents prove an
intention of deportation, not extermination," asserting that "as if
forced mass deportation, executed by government troops brutally and murderously, and
exposing the transferees to many other murders along the way in addition to death by
starvation, exhaustion and illness can be separated, by definition, from
However, this is the danger when one simple-mindedly zeroes in on isolated incidents
without regard for historical context. 1) The Armenians revolted while the 'Sick Man
of Europe' was on her last legs, fighting mighty world powers on multiple fronts.
Such a life and death struggle required able-bodied men to be at the front, trying
to put a stop to enemies from barreling through. 2) The lack of manpower and
resources meant the relocated Armenians could not be adequately protected, just like
the Turks/Muslims could not be adequately protected from Armenians who were in
control of the provinces; starvation affected all peoples of the empire, as
Morgenthau testified with thousands of
Turks dying daily, and even the soldiers.
3) The bulk of the relocated Armenians did survive, as Arnold Toynbee himself wrote
in early 1916 (500,000, and surely growing until the end of that year) and some even
comfortably, as Morgenthau's private letters established in the Lowry report that
Charny embarrassingly attempted to discredit.
Obviously not all government troops acted brutally and murderously, if the bulk of
the Armenians survived. If Charny believes "forced mass deportation"
equals "genocide," then he has a broad definition of the word, well in
tune with his fellow genocide scholars... and he is welcome to it. If he also wants
to portray the "forced mass deportation" of Japanese-Americans being
relocated during WWII as a genocide, he is similarly welcome to his own delusions.
Almost all of us recognize genocide as what the Nazis did to the Jews, and that is
exactly what Charny is comparing the Armenian "Genocide" to, in this very
paper... so it wouldn't be honest of him to portray the meaning of genocide in any
Australian Genocide Professor Colin Tatz characterized Charny's definition of
genocide in a paper first outlining Hannah Arendt's thoughts after the trial of
Eichmann: "genocide is the desire (by Nazis) that certain distinct people
(Jews) 'disappear from the earth'," a definition I like, but one that Tatz
criticizes: "Perhaps if she had looked at that much overlooked half-brother
to the Holocaust, the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Turks in 1915-16, she
might have been less surprised and disconcerted..." (Do all these genocide
scholars think alike?)
Tatz sheds light on his genocide scholarly brother: "Charny's much broader
view sees genocide, in the generic sense, as the 'mass killing of substantial
numbers of human beings, when not in the course of military action ...under
conditions of the essential defencelessness and helplessness of the victims.' He
emphasises the victimness of essentially 'defenceless and helpless' people, but he
insists on mass killing of substantial numbers.... However, many cannot share his
vision that the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor was 'genocide resulting
from ecological destruction and abuse'."
Israel Charny actually looks upon the Chernobyl disaster as... "genocide"?
As the good little genocide scholar he is, Charny points to "evidence"
from the biased New York Times that relied on propaganda from
the missionaries and Armenians, and unproven Armenian statements such as "the
organized murders of many Armenian men in the Turkish Army." (Weapons were
taken away from these soldiers when many deserted and rebelled, and they were used
for labor; well, they had to be used for something. Were the Turkish soldiers having
a picnic?) Charny also outlines:
"Even if not planned as such, forced deportations of hundreds of thousands
necessarily bring about mass deaths. Cruelly executed deportations, which the
deportations of the Armenians clearly were, bring about many more deaths..."
Yes, there were excesses, and crimes committed. Given the circumstances, however,
what would any other nation have done? If we can imagine Israel's neighbors to be
more powerful than an on-her-last-legs Israel, and Israel were attacked from all
sides, and the Arabs within Israel would begin a revolt, hitting the Israeli army
from the back... I have a strong feeling the current Israeli leader at the time of
this writing, Ariel Sharon, would not even bother with a "deportation."
"Abitboul clearly utilized, and in my judgment was virtually reprinting,
known revisionist texts that none of the basic documents of the Armenian Genocide
are in any way valid, they are all contrived forgeries and/or the mouthings of
prejudiced parties who have an axe to grind like the Jewish Ambassador, Morgenthau!"
What does that mean? Because Morgenthau was "Jewish," he must be credible?
What kind of reverse-racism is that?
If Charny had an ounce of objectivity, he would
recognize the validity of how unreliable the "evidence" for the Armenian
"Genocide" is. But look at what he says further: "As if this were
not enough, Abitboul then went sloppily off to a new extreme of charlatanism by
citing the name of Professor Vahakn Dadrian, a scholar who has done much of the
outstanding research proving the authenticity of the various documents of the
Brother. Well, we can expect Charny to be captivated by the likes of the deceitful
prosecutor, Vahakn Dadrian, since these two are the same peas in a pod. He then
cites Taner Akcam, "one of the rare but growing number of Turkish scholars who
acknowledge the Armenian Genocide," and there can be no further doubt as to
where Israel Charny is coming from.
The conclusion: "Most of all, we need to link the battles against denials to
civilization's obligation to recommit itself to the cardinal principle, 'Thou Shalt
Not Kill,' for that is the real issue underlying denials of genocide."
Precisely the danger represented by men like Israel Charny. Wrapped by the Cloak of
Good, for who can argue with the evil represented by killing? Exactly like the
missionaries who similarly represented "Good," since no one expected
clergymen to lie?
What does this "genocide scholar" have to say about his country's
treatment of the Palestinians?
This is a touchy area, and charges of "anti-Semitism" won't be far behind
by the likes of those as Israel Charny. However, if we go to Jewish sources in such
sites as Jews for Justice in the Middle East (http://www.cactus48.com/truth.html),
we can learn various factors such as the Israelis expelling 700,000 Palestinian
refugees shortly after the nation's creation (cited by "innocent denialist"
Noam Chomsky, in "The Fateful Triangle").
"By 1948, the Jew was not only able to 'defend himself' but to commit
massive atrocities as well. Indeed, according to the former director of the Israeli
army archives, 'in almost every village occupied by us during the War of
Independence, acts were committed which are defined as war crimes, such as murders,
massacres, and rapes'...Uri Milstein, the authoritative Israeli military historian
of the 1948 war, goes one step further, maintaining that 'every skirmish ended in a
massacre of Arabs.'" (Norman Finkelstein, "Image and Reality of the
A group of Jewish intellectuals (including
Albert Einstein) wrote a 1948 letter to the New York Times protesting the
"fascist" actions of Israel, particularly the party led by Menachem Begin,
who actually invited the press to gloat over the massacred bodies of Arab villagers.
Ariel Sharon would lead a death unit in the 1950s, targeting Palestinian women and
The only reference I could find regarding the hypocritical
genocide scholar's looking into his own country's abuses were to be found in the following
answer to a question about discussion taking place Israel about expelling Palestinians
from the West Bank, Charny said the Israeli population would not allow it. He said
although Israel's democracy gives protection against becoming genocidal, Israel has indeed
committed genocidal massacres, and has "overused our response system." "We
have failed, to a certain extent," he said, "but we won't become
How do you spell "lip service"?
The above passage is from San Francisco's ANC chapter, beginning
with: "Professor Israel Charny... presented his "Genocide Early Warning System,
" at a San Francisco lecture...at the St. John Armenian Church Hall. The event was
co-sponsored by the San Francisco - Bay Area Armenian National Committee, the Holocaust
Center of Northern California, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Armenian Genocide
Sarkissian, Richard Kloian, Charny
In the photo, Charny stands with (Left to Right) Khajag Sarkissian,
Armenian National Committee-SF; Richard Kloian, Armenian Genocide Resource Center.
Israel Charny seems to get invited to a lot of Armenian-sponsored
talks. For example, he brought his "rare and unique point of view surrounding the
Jewish Holocaust and 1915 Armenian Genocide" in the The University of Toronto
Armenian Students' Association (2000), a tour that also included a visit to Peter
Balakian's Colgate University.
I don't know; does that sound to you like one who "becomes tied to the 'hand that
feeds you' without realizing or acknowledging that one is making oneself dependent on that
corrupt source of support and thereby serving that corruption."?
Would you say, possibly, that Israel Charny may be among those who "Psychologically...
intend to curry favor at any price, and are not placing themselves on the payroll of their
masters to be their agents, but are 'innocently' drawn to identifying with, liking, and
wanting to please the people with whom they do business."? Definitionalismally?
Is Israel Charny obsessed? Get a load of his criticism of Shimon Peres, in a letter dated
April 12, 2001 (made available in a press release by The Armenian Genocide Resource
It seems to me, according to yesterday's report in the Ankara newspaper, that you have
gone beyond a moral boundary that no Jew should allow himself to trespass. You are quoted
as follows: "We reject attempts to create a similarity between the Holocaust and the
Armenian allegations. Nothing similar to the Holocaust occurred. It is a tragedy what the
Armenians went through but not a genocide."... as a Jew and an Israeli I am ashamed
of the extent to which you have now entered into the range of actual denial of the
Armenian Genocide, comparable to denials of the Holocaust.
So it becomes anti-Jewish to deny the Armenian "Genocide." What gall. Actually,
equating this false genocide with the Holocaust does those Jewish victims a supreme
disservice, as the Israeli ambassador to Armenia implied (See box below). Not to mention
the Jewish victims at the hands of the Armenians during WWI:
"We have first hand information and evidence of Armenian atrocities against our
people (Jews). Members of our family witnessed the murder of 148 members of our family
near Erzurum, Turkey, by Armenian neighbors, bent on destroying anything and anybody
remotely Jewish and/or Muslim..." (Elihu Ben Levi, Vacaville, California, letter,
San Francisco Chronicle, December 11, 1983)
And as far as falsely defaming the people who served as Judaism's greatest friend, before
America? Dr. J. E. Botton, Jewish-American originally from Turkey, wrote in a letter to
Forward, early 2001: "It should be our moral obligation to defend Turkey."
IRONY OF IRONIES
Ambassador to Armenia, Mrs. Rivka Kohen, argued during a February 7, 2002 press
conference in Yerevan (after declaring the Ottoman government had no intention to
destroy a nation or a group of people):
"(The) Holocaust was a
unique phenomenon, since it had always (been) planned and aimed to destroy the whole
nation. At this stage nothing should be compared with the Holocaust." ['Israeli
Ambassador Says No Parallels Between Holocaust and 1915 Genocide,' Asbarez,
February 8, 2002]
Among much of the hostile
Armenian reaction to Kohen’s comment was the Armenian Aryan party's
declaration, via a press release, that the entire nation of Israel was a “genocide
(As an additional irony,
one way the Armenian Foreign Ministry responded on Feb. 15 — other than by calling
Mrs. Kohen's comments "unacceptable" — was by stating Armenia "has
never aimed to draw parallels between the Armenian genocide and the Jewish Holocaust because
every crime [against humanity] is unique.") (rferl.org, Feb. 19, 2002)
However, it appears to be in Israel Charny's
nature to defame. The Armenian Reporter International reported on Dec. 30,
2000 that Macmillan UK cancelled publication of Professor Israel Charny's
article because it was "defamatory." The article in question was the very
one we have been referring to, "The Psychological Satisfaction of Denials of
the Holocaust or Other Genocides by Non-Extremists or Bigots, and Even by Known
Charny hit back with "My article is in no way defamatory"...
hoo-boy!... supported by his expert knowledge of British law. Jerusalem attorney
Michael Oseasohn conveyed to Charny: "One cannot reasonably refer to
genocide, its perpetrators and/or its deniers in glowing terms. Any discussion,
written or oral, about Adolf Eichmann, Heinrich Himmler, or any denier such as David
Irving, Ernst Nolte, or Bernard Lewis, or accomplices to denial such as Noam
Chomsky, necessarily involves elements which would tend to insult them or lower
Look at this. Bernard Lewis and Noam Chomsky in the same company as Adolf Eichmann
and Heinrich Himmler. The hysterical world of genocide scholarship is nothing less
However, Israel Charny and those like him simply are too blinded by their genocide
obsession, their inability or unwillingness to objectively analyze historical facts,
and their haughty tone of superiority to recognize they are committing the crime of Rufmord.
This is "the murder of one´s reputation — by defaming the name of the
Turkish nation, the killing of one's reputation," as Prof. Erich Feigl
wrote in "The Myth of Terror."
Genocide scholars such as Israel Charny "brazenly
ignore any accepted rules of objective inquiry and evidence." He is "out
to make a point -- namely, denial of the Armenian Genocide('s not happening) -- at
Earlier in this essay, I mentioned this almost fanatical zeal that is easily found
in the religious world, promising to get back to this analogy. I'll now do so by borrowing from my analysis of
The Burning Tigris' epilogue.
Terrence Des Pres asked (in a April 27, 1976
N.Y. Times piece called "Lessons of the Holocaust"): “Why teach such
stuff? Why enroll in such a (Genocide) course? Why…allow such darkness to invade
one's soul when, ostensibly, no good can come of it?”
His answer: “Yet as if by miracle, this spring there are 141 students in ‘Literature
of the Holocaust’ at Colgate. The room is filled with an intensity of concern I am
tempted to describe as religious. And for all their shock and depression and, yes,
also their tears, what emerges finally are things so clearly good and life-enhancing…
For Jewish students there comes a renewal of heritage and pride.”
Obsession with “genocide”…has become some people's “religion.”
Wallowing in genocides produces “ethnic” pride, while hypocritically, these
genocide studies ignore so many other historic example of Man’s Inhumanity to Man,
especially those committed by the Armenians and, yes, the Israelis too.
I guess this is why there are so many Jewish genocide scholars who blindly follow in
step with the Armenians’ distorted version of history. It’s repulsive.
Over half a million Turks were systematically murdered by the Armenians, with a
little help from the Russians, in the events around WWI. For roughly a century
prior, five million Muslims were displaced mainly by the actions of Imperial Russia
kicking the “Sick Man” around…. and five and a half million were killed. Is
there any Turkish person in existence who says, boo-hooo? I don’t mean in the
sense the knowledge is not painful; of course it is. That is, most Turks aren’t
even aware of these numbers. Those who come across such facts say, “That stinks!”
… and then they move on. No Turk is going to relate to the sad fate of their
forefathers as a source of pride.
The date the Turkish-American community selected to represent their ethnic pride
parade was the birth of the Turkish republic when …. against all odds… the Turks
kicked out the imperial powers wishing to slice Turkey apart. The date
Armenian-Americans have selected is the signing of the relocation orders… their
date of “doom.” Over 2,000 years the Armenians have been around, and they couldn’t
think of something more positive?
Armenian historian Robert John (Hovhanes) said it best (The Reporter,
"America's Leading Armenian Newspaper," August 2, 1984):
"The Armenian, the Jew or the African should not damage their development
with a continual conditioning of hate; neither should spurious guilt be vented upon
others. These negative preoccupations and obsessions are obstructing our evolution.”
Evaluation of Israel Charny
The following was submitted by a
reader, and the author is unknown. There was speculation the author might be a Turkish Jew
who had immigrated to Israel. ("There is a large contingent of Turkish-Israelis who
emigrated to Israel over the past 50+ years. They live in Israel but visit Turkey quite
often and defend Turkey in the face of deliberate defamation campaigns...") It was
described in the Turkish Forum, where the following appeared as "A MESSAGE FROM ONE
OF TF MEMBERS IN ISRAEL."
Bravo to the author. Very few have gone after the
"Rogue's Gallery" of hypocritical genocide scholars, in marked contrast to the
Vahakn Dadrians of the world who make it their sinister mission to attack anything or
anyone going against their genocide agenda.
While the author has come up with findings that are
similar to my own research, the accuracy of some statements have not been verified.
Revealing the true identity of the
sham "genocide expert" Dr. Israel Charny
In recent years Dr. Israel Charny has made a name for himself by
supporting the cause of the so called "Armenian genocide," and by his strong
criticisms of Israeli official policy that is opposed to granting recognition to the
Armenian genocide claims.
Most recently, in a letter dated April 12, 2001 Dr. Charny published a virulent attack
against the Israeli Foreign Minister Mr. Peres, protesting against Mr. Peres' declaration
that "We reject attempts to create a similarity between the Holocaust and the
Armenian allegations. Nothing similar to the Holocaust occurred. It is a tragedy what the
Armenians went through but not a genocide."
Since Dr. Charny and his publications are so widely quoted and distributed by the false
"Armenian genocide" claim perpetrators we decided to examine the background of
Dr. Charny to determine his academic credentials as an expert on historical subjects in
general and as a "genocide expert" in particular.
At the outset we can state the summary of our findings that Dr. Charny has no background
of research on the history of the Holocaust or Genocide. In the following paragraphs we
present an analysis of his background, and his unsuitability to project himself as an
expert on the history of genocides.
Dr. Charny received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester, USA
in 1957. From 1958 to 1973 he had a group psychological practice in the Philadelphia area.
In 1975 he immigrated to Israel, and by his claim served as an Associate Professor in the
School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University from 1973 to 1992 concentrating on family
therapy. He retired from his academic position in 1992. Currently there is absolutely no
record of his association on the Tel-Aviv University web site. So at
present Dr. Charny appears to have no academic appointment in any university in Israel.
Since the 1980's Dr. Charny has been editing a series of volumes on genocide studies. A
list of the volumes he has edited can be found on the Internet at:
An examination of the Social Sciences and some other bibliography databases has revealed
absolutely not a single research study under his name on the history of Holocaust or
genocide in other nations, or for that matter on any other topic. So as a social science
researcher Dr. Charny appears to have made no significant contribution to the research
oriented academic community in his own disciplines.
His publication list shows mainly volumes that he has edited. Based on such a list, any
serious academic researcher would be highly hard-pressed to accept the credentials of this
fake scientist as a "genocide expert".
Dr. Charny currently presents himself as the Executive Director of the "Institute on
the Holocaust and Genocide" in Jerusalem. Despite the prestigious sounding title of
this institute it is nothing more than an institute founded by Dr. Charny himself. It has
no official connections to any Israeli university.
Probably the most remarkable aspect of Dr. Charny's activities in recent years is his
speaking engagements in the USA. A simple search in the Internet reveals that he has had
numerous appearances before American audiences in recent years (to see this, run a search
on http://www.google.com/ for "israel charny" using quotation marks for the
phrase). Many of these lectures were scheduled in academic institutions such as University
of California- Berkeley, Webster University etc. Moreover, the principal topic of most of
these lectures was the so called "Armenian genocide"
Thus, it is unusually strange that while Dr. Charny writes with extremely high moral tones
about "Jewish values" and presents himself as a Holocaust researcher and expert,
his major lecture topic invariably seems to be "Armenian genocide" rather than
Holocaust of his own nation.
To examine his knowledge of the so called "Armenian genocide" we looked at
"The Encyclopedia of Genocide" that he edited. This examination revealed that
most of the entries on this subject had been authored by an Armenian without any attempt
to get a semi-objective historical perspective of one of the many independent historians
who have studied this subject and
certainly without any representation of the Turkish side of events by an eminent Turkish
or independent historian.
Overall, based on the analysis presented above we reach the following conclusions:
1. Dr. Charny is a sham scholar and a person without any independent research background
on the Holocaust or genocide. By professional training he has been a clinical academic
psychologist in the fields of family and group therapy without any notable academic
2. As many con-artists and fake scientists and physicians do, he has established for
himself a name by taking initiative and organizing events and conferences, rather than
carrying out a genuine series of studies.
3. The financial sources that support his activities and his speaking
arrangements around the world remain unidentified. Since the principal subject of his
tours is "Armenian genocide" it should be investigated whether interested
Armenian sources stand behind these activities, and financing of his so called
"Institute on the Holocaust and genocide".
4. Finally, the emphasis placed by the Armenians on using this fake
"genocide expert" without any historical research training or background cast
further heavy clouds on the seriousness of the experts aligned by the Armenians in support
of their cause.