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Foxman’s Crime: Ignorance Not the Issue

The Forward just published a piece by Leonard Fein on the ADL and the Armenian Genocide. Fein, like too many others throughout this whole affair, fumbles the very basic distinction between (1) being uninformed on a topic, and (2) Telling … Read More

By / August 15, 2007

The Forward just published a piece by Leonard Fein on the ADL and the Armenian Genocide. Fein, like too many others throughout this whole affair, fumbles the very basic distinction between (1) being uninformed on a topic, and (2) Telling everyone else that they ought not have an opinion on that topic. Why are so many people having trouble grasping the difference between these two? Stop it!

Fein says

"[C]yberspace is filled with criticism of Abe Foxman, the ADL’s chief, who recently said, “This [the genocide] is not an issue where we take a position one way or the other. This is an issue that needs to be resolved by the parties, not by us. We are neither historians nor arbiters.”

It is true that Foxman is neither a historian nor an arbiter. But it is not possible to believe that he is unaware of the relevant history.

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