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I am ashamed…

…of one of the largest Jewish human rights organization, the Anti-Defamation League.  To tell you the truth, I always thought of this organization as ineffective, but relatively harmless.  ADL leans left and always keeps looking for enemies where very few left.  They are the ones that seem to be suing municipalities for putting up Christmas trees.  But they once in a while would have a thoughtful opinion piece.  But recently they hit the bottom:

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)-sponsored campaign to combat bigotry and celebrate diversity (“No Place for Hate”) has sparked bitter resentment in Watertown, MA—a small town whose 8,000 Armenian-Americans comprise nearly 25% of the population. Local Armenians do not object to the initiative, rather the group behind it, the ADL and its director, Abraham Foxman—whom they charge, correctly, with denying the ugly established legacy of the World War I era Armenian genocide. Under the authoritarian Young Turk (Ittihadist) regime, the bulk of the Armenian population from the territories of the Ottoman Empire—some 1 to1.5 million Armenians—were purged by violent and lethal means, which reproduced the historical conditions of a classical Islamic jihad: deportation, enslavement, forced conversion, and massacre.

Mr. Foxman maintains that dismantling a program designed to fight hatred simply because the ADL does not share what he refers to as the “Armenians’ viewpoint”, would be “bigoted.” Moreover Foxman and the ADL, who have spoken out in recent times against ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Balkans and the genocide against the syncretist black African Animist-Muslims in Darfur, are in effect oddly “neutral” on the Armenian genocide: “We’re not party to this, and I don’t understand why we need to be made party.” But even this morally-challenged “neutrality” is disingenuous. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (4/23/07, “Turks want genocide commission”), Mr. Foxman and the ADL are actively lobbying against the Armenian genocide recognition legislation in the Congress (HR 106) and the Senate (SR 106), including the presentation of letters from the Jewish community of Turkey complemented by, “their own [i.e., the ADL’s] statement opposing the bill.”

After hitting bottom, they started, as LGF often puts it, digging (via Jewish Russian Telegraph):

The national Anti-Defamation League fired its New England regional director yesterday, one day after he broke ranks with national ADL leadership and said the human rights organization should acknowledge the Armenian genocide that began in 1915.


Tarsy, 38, said he had been struggling with the national position for weeks and finally told Foxman in a phone conversation Thursday that he found the ADL’s stance "morally indefensible."

Soon Mr. Foxman found himself under pressure (via Atlas):

At least two prominent board members of the regional Anti-Defamation League have resigned in protest over the national ADL’s decision to fire the regional director for acknowledging the slaughter of Armenians during World War I as genocide.

Former chairman of the Polaroid Corp., Stewart L. Cohen, and City Council member Mike Ross told the Globe yesterday they could no longer be part of an organization with national leaders who refused to acknowledge the Armenian genocide and fired regional director, Andrew H. Tarsy, on Friday for taking a position in support of Armenian-Americans.

Finally, the ADL started trying to get out of that hole they dug for themselves (via Jewish Russian Telegraph):

NEW YORK (JTA) — In a dramatic reversal, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director has issued a statement describing the massacres perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians as "tantamount to genocide."


Despite the shift on the genocide question, Foxman says he still does not support the legislative measure, which he described in his Tuesday statement as "a counterproductive diversion" that could threaten the Turkish Jewish community and "the important multilateral position between Turkey, Israel and the United States."

So, how are the ADL leaders different from Pope Pius XII?  What an embarrassment!  All I can add is the quote from Andrew Bostom’s Front Page article that I quoted above:

As a Jew, I find the ongoing efforts by Mr. Foxman and the ADL to deny recognition of the Armenian genocide morally repugnant, ignorant, and particularly inappropriate for an organization geared to reducing, as opposed to abetting and fomenting Antisemitism, and other forms of irrational hatred.

I can certainly sign my name under this statement.

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August 26, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. You definitely should be ashamed for your derogative remarks and signing your name under the statement of a famous “racist” and a “bigot” like Andrew Bostom!

    Jews must be the most ungrateful people on earth! It’s a pity Muslim Ottoman Turks, same people who are accused of an alleged genocide, opened their arms to the Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492, some 500+ years ago, when not one single country on earth was accepting them. Let us not forget the help of the Turks to save Jews from the slaughter of the Nazis during WWII. Jews lived in perfect peace, harmony and wealth in Turkey up till today!

    Turkey happens to be the only Muslim, and one of the first countries to recognize state of Israel. Turkey is the only friend, for the past 59 years, of Israel in the Middle East.. With these actions and remarks, how can you prevent rise of anti-semitism in a predominantly Muslim country where such feelings were non-existent until now? Is this how you repay this friendship????

    Before making unjustified, derogative statements and quote a bigot like Bostom, please study history a little.

    Here are some websites you can study to increase your lack of knowledge about the Turkish-Jewish relations:

    And for alleged Armenian Genocide:

    Comment by aegeanbreeze | August 27, 2007 | Reply

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