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Genocide, or not? Lawsuit addresses topic of Armenian killings

BOSTON The debate over whether the killing of more than a (m) million Christian Armenians was genocide or just a horrible consequence of World War One is the center of a lawsuit in Massachusetts.

Two high school teachers, a student and the Assembly of Turkish American Associations are suing state education officials in federal court.

They’re challenging a law that set guidelines for teaching students about human rights violations.

That law specifically lists the Holocaust, the Mussolini fascist regime, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and “the Armenian genocide.”

The lawsuit argues that whether the Armenian killings by Muslim Turks constitute genocide has not been firmly settled by history.

They say students should also be exposed to a “contra-genocide” version of events supported by Turkish groups who claim the Armenian deaths were one of the tragic offshoots of the war.

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