A culture of survivors

The Armenian diaspora prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide that killed 1.5 million, while the Armenians in Jaffa struggle to maintain their cultural strength.

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April 24, 2015 09:44
Armenian Cemetery in Jaffa

A young member of the Hindoyan family lays flowers at the Armenian Cemetery in Jaffa.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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As community members in Jaffa gear up to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, an event their adopted home country still fails to recognize, they find themselves fighting for survival yet again. But this time they are their own worst enemy.

When most people think of the Armenian community in Israel, it’s not the population in southern Tel Aviv that comes to mind, but rather the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City, where the majority of the Israeli-Armenian population resides. But further away from the epicenter of tradition lies a sizable minority community.

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