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Did Abraham Foxman Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide?

Did Abraham Foxman acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, or reword his denial? Yesterday I noted my puzzlement at the convoluted ways that the ADL statement seemed to affirm the genocide without ever explicitly stating that, yes, this was a genocide. Turns … Read More

By / August 22, 2007

Did Abraham Foxman acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, or reword his denial?

Yesterday I noted my puzzlement at the convoluted ways that the ADL statement seemed to affirm the genocide without ever explicitly stating that, yes, this was a genocide.

Turns out I wasn’t the only one that found it odd.

FresnoZionism, “a pro-Israel voice from California’s Central Valley,” supports the ADL and criticized my Fire Foxman article, but he’s flabbergasted by this “truly remarkable" excerpt from the ADL statement:

…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. [FresnoZionism’s emphasis]

He then asks,

Does Mr. Foxman think he is writing some kind of international treaty whose language must be creatively ambiguous?

What he should be saying is that the ADL was wrong in not applying the word ‘genocide’ to the aforesaid events, which in fact were a genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire. It would have been much easier to write than the tortured prose above, which is not going to win him a lot of friends among either Turks, Armenians, or Jews who understand the importance of calling genocide by its name.

Hrag Vartanian, too, wonders, “ why say “tantamount to genocide” and not just say it was genocide?”

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