For The First Time, ADL Calls Armenian Slaughter ‘Genocide’

By Seth Gitell

New York Sun
Aug 22 2007

The national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman,
is for the first time publicly referring to the murder of Armenians
at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during World War I as a "genocide."

Mr. Foxman’s decision, released in a press statement yesterday morning,
follows a week of turmoil emanating from the Massachusetts city of
Watertown – home to America’s third largest community of Armenian
Americans – as well as the Armenian Library and Museum of America.

Watertown’s city council voted last week to rescind its participation
in an ADL tolerance program, "No Place for Hate," over the group’s
reluctance to use the term. Later in the week, the ADL’s regional
director for New England, Andrew Tarsy, and the regional board broke
with the national organization over the issue. Mr. Tarsy, a popular
and highly regarded leader, was subsequently fired.

"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," Mr. Foxman’s statement said. "On
reflection, we have come to share the view of Henry Morgenthau
Sr. that the consequences of those actions were indeed tantamount
to genocide. If the word genocide had existed then, they would have
called it genocide."

In announcing his decision, Mr. Foxman said conversations with a Nobel
Peace Prize laureate, Elie Wiesel, and other scholars had influenced
his decision to embrace the "consensus."

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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“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