JERUSALEM–Tel Aviv Mayor Rony Millo held a meeting with Armenian National Committee members recently to discuss the recent decision by the City of Tel Aviv to bestow upon Bernard Lewis the title of honorary resident of the city.
The decision which was made earlier this year–attracted intense criticism and protest from all sectors of the city population–including the Armenian community of the region.
Representatives of the ANC presented their opposition to the controversial decision–providing several pieces of Lewis’ writings as proof of his revisionistic activities in denying the Armenian Genocide.
Millo defended the city’s decision–saying the title would in no way reflect as an endorsement of Lewis’ revisionism–and therefore–the Mayor did not see it fair to deny Lewis the honor.
ANC representatives then argued against the Mayor’s persistent position–saying that although Lewis had referred to the Genocide in his work–he had never pointed out the perpetrator and at times–the revisionist had justified the killing of 1.5 million innocent Armenia’s as an act of ensuring security against revolution.
The Armenian leaders said Tel Aviv–the hub of post-Holocaust Jewish life–could not possibly be the place of honoring a Genocide denier–when the Jewish people themselves were subjected to a genocide.
Following the ANC presentation–Millo told the gathered that he would contact Lewis in order to invite him to speak about the Genocide–and present his views on the perpetrator. This way–Millo said–tensions would subside.