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Israel first Middle Eastern country to recognizes Armenians as separate nationality

By Mason White 3:10 PM September 18, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
Israel’s Interior Ministry has announced that it will recognize Armenians as a separate nationality.

The Ministry of Interior signed an order that recognizes 200 Christian families originally from Armenia, as Armenians as opposed to Arabs on the national population registry.

Christians who identified themselves as Armenians led by Likud party officials, have been calling for recognition of an independent national identity.

The move is not just symbolic.

The new status will grant the group separate representation on the Advisory committee for Equal Opportunity in Employment Commission.

Earlier this month, Greece passed a law by a vote of 54 to 42, making it illegal to deny the Holocaust and genocides recognized by international courts or by the Greek Parliament.

The genocide of Pontian Greeks, the genocide of Asia Minor Greeks, and the Armenian genocide, fall under the new law. Those who violate the law could be fined up to 30,000 euros (1 euro = $1.29) and up to three years in prison.