On Monday, 20 March 2023, the Armenian Genocide Square was inaugurated in the city center of Haifa, Israel, the Armenian National Committee of Jerusalem informs.
The ceremony took place despite great pressure from the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv. Present at the event were the mayor of the city of Haifa Mrs. Einat Kalisch-Rotem, city council members, the Armenian Ambassador to Israel HE Dr. Arman Agopian, representatives of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the ANCJ and members of the Armenian communities of Israel and representatives of various communities of Haifa.
Earlier this month the city council of Haifa voted unanimously to officially recognitize the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and erect a memorial to the victims in the city.
Haifa thus becomes the second city in Israel to recognize the Armenian Genocide after Petah Tikva (east of Tel Aviv), where a memorial to the victims was erected in April 2020.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Ambassador to Israel had demanded that the country’s government ban the erection of the monument in Haifa.