Foxman bows to pressure

Abe Foxman , the national director of the Anti-Defamation League , has finally acknowledged that there was an Armenian genocide.

The national director of the Anti-Defamation League bowed to pressure from both the Jewish and Armenian-American communities yesterday and officially acknowledged the genocide of Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks more than 90 years ago.

In doing so, Abraham H. Foxman reversed years of ADL policy and a position he had reaffirmed as recently as Friday when he fired the ADL’s New England regional director, Andrew H. Tarsy, for defying the national organization and acknowledging the genocide.

Of course, Foxman had little choice, given that criticism was coming thick and fast from the Jewish community.

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. Andrew Bostom (read it all here.)

Time for an overthrow of Amercan Jewish lay leadership. They will lead us straight to the ovens.

UPDATE: Two regional members of ADL quit in protest to firing!

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.

If Foxman does not change his position and acknowledge the genocide, George Beilin, a past president of the North Shore Council of the B’nai B’rith Organization, called on the national leader to “resign immediately for the sake of the Jewish community in the United States and the world.”

Who’s ass are we kissing anyway? More on this here.

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