ADL says Turkish massacre of Armenians was a ‘genocide’

L ast update – 22:58 21/08/2007

ADL says Turkish massacre of Armenians was a ‘genocide’

By Shmuel Rosner, Haaretz Correspondent

Following a barrage of criticism from Jewish supporters, opponents and
from Armenian-Americans, Anti-Defamation League Chairman Abe Foxman
revised his organizations’ stance Tuesday, stating that the 1915-1918
Turkish massacre of Armenians was in fact a ‘genocide’.

In a statement released Tuesday, the ADL said that they "have come to
share the view of Henry Morgenthau, Sr. that the consequences of those
actions were indeed tantamount to genocide."

Read the full story on Rosner’s Domain: ADL, the incidental victim

Over the past two weeks, the ADL has faced a tremendous amount of
pressure over the issue. Two weeks ago the town of Watertown, a suburb
of Boston with a large Armenian community, decided to cut its ties with
the ADL sponsored "No Place for Hate" program, after they discovered
that the ADL was not planning to support a bill that would force the
American government to accept that the massacre was in fact a genocidal

The ADL itself was split over the issue; it fired New England regional
director Andrew Tarsy for telling The Boston Globe he agreed the
killings were genocide and that he "strongly disagrees with the ADL’s
national position." Foxman had explained that he did not support the
bill in fear that it would hurt both the U.S. and Israel’s relations
with Turkey while putting the Jewish community in Turkey in danger.

In a statement Tuesday, Foxman said he consulted with historians and his
friend and Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel after the controversy began,
and became convinced genocide had occurred.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS