Recently two outrageous events took place almost simultaneously but the reactions of the international community stood in stark contrast.
In the first instance, a Jewish cemetery in France was desecrated with Nazi graffiti. President Emmanuel Macron of France rushed to the site to deplore the vandalism and the next day the streets of Paris and other cities were filled with huge numbers of crowds demonstrating against anti-Semitism.
Indeed, anti-Semitism is rising in France and in certain Eastern European countries, fueling fears of intolerance which had plagued Europe for so many years and especially after the coming to power of the Nazi party in Germany.
The next incident is the continued acts of vandalism against Armenians in Turkey, which does not grab headlines internationally.
The alarm raised during the French incident was justified, while the indifference toward the plight of other minorities is very hard to explain or justify. Incidentally, germane to this issue is a law passed by the French legislature called Loi Gaysot, which makes the denial of the Jewish Holocaust punishable by law, while a similar law that would have extended the same punitive measure to the denial of the Armenian Genocide, was struck down by France’s Constitutional Court in 2012, arguing that it curbs freedom of speech.
This kind of double standard will play into the hands of demagogues and racists who can insult and persecute certain minorities, including Armenians.