ANKARA: Turkey Shaken By ADL Change Of Heart re `Armenian Genocide’

Posted at: 2007-08-23

Source: Sabah, Zaman, Turkey, August 23, 2007
Turkey Shaken By ADL’s Change Of Heart About `Armenian Genocide’

The New York based Anti Defamation League (ADL) announced yesterday
that it reversed its long standing position and recognized the killing
of Armenians during WWI as `Genocide’. The change came days after ADL
fired a regional director for taking the same position, that led to a
heated debate among regional branches of ADL.
ADL’s National Director Abraham Foxman said in his statement,
`In light of the heated controversy in recent weeks surrounding the
Turkish-Armenian issue, and because of our concern for the unity of
the Jewish community, ADL decided to revisit the tragedy that befell
the Armenians. We
have never negated but have always described the painful events of
1915-1918 perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians as
massacres and atrocities. On reflection we have concluded that the
consequences of those actions were indeed tantamount to genocide.’
However, Foxman reiterated their opposition to the pending
Congressional resolution on the matter, for being a counterproductive
diversion that would not help foster reconciliation between Turks and
Armenians and would put at risk the Turkish Jewish community and the
important relations between Turkey, Israel and the U.S.
In 2005 Foxman awarded Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Medal for

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