Aug 22 2007
Foxman and the Armenian Genocide
22 Aug 2007 03:56 pm
The ADL head is coming in for criticism over this quote:
"We have never negated but have always described the painful events
of 1915-1918 perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against Armenians as
massacres and atrocities," Foxman said in a written statement
yesterday. But upon reflection, Foxman continued, "the consequences
of those actions were indeed tantamount to genocide."
One blogger is underwhelmed. Jewcy isn’t so sure either:
[Foxman] seems to acknowledge the genocide, without explicitly
stating that he does. He says that he’s consulted with those who
"acknowledge the consensus," that it was "tantamount to genocide,"
and "If the word genocide had existed then, they would have called it
genocide." It would have been nice to see a simple "It was a
genocide," but this is certainly a major step forward.
But the rub is that Foxman is trying to placate his critics while
maintaining his opposition to the Congressional resolutions that
would acknowledge the genocide. My bet: it’s too late for that. And
I’m certain that most Armenian-American activists will not be
satisfied with this statement.