2007.07.06 -- David Boyajian's Letter to the Watertown Tab

The Watertown TAB
Watertown, Massachusetts

Friday, July 6, 2007

Letter: "Anti-Defamation League works against recognition of Armenian genocide"

“No Place for Hate” (NPFH) programs, such as Watertown’s, are tarnished by the fact that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has authored and sponsored them. The ADL, you see, has made the Holocaust and its denial key pieces of NPFH while at the same time hypocritically working with Turkey to oppose recognition of the Armenian genocide of 1915-23.

This has been known for years.

The Los Angeles Times (April 21, "Genocide resolution still far from certain") for example, reports that ADL’s National Director, Abraham Foxman, opposes Congressional affirmation of that genocide.

Yola Habif Johnston of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs acknowledges that “the Jewish lobby has quite actively supported Turkey in their efforts to prevent the so-called Armenian genocide resolution from passing.”

One underlying reason is the Israeli - Turkish alliance.

Opposing affirmation of the Armenian genocide is an affront to all fair-minded people.

How would NPFH and the ADL react if Armenian organizations blocked acknowledgement of the Holocaust?

I say these things with deep sorrow. After all, many distinguished Jewish individuals and organizations, such as the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, support Armenian genocide recognition.

But the ADL’s dishonest policies toward Christian Armenians and their genocide violate NPFH’s own principles.

NPFH is, therefore, ethically obligated to sever its ties to the ADL.

David Boyajian