The national office of the Anti-Defamation League reversed its long-held position today and acknowledged the Armenian genocide of 1915, saying in a statement that the mass killings of that era at the hands of the Ottoman Turks “were indeed tantamount to genocide.”
However, the statement reaffirms the national ADL’s belief that the legislation pending in Congress to recognize the genocide is “a counterproductive diversion.”
From the ADL statement, the non-denial denial:
Having said that, we continue to firmly believe that a Congressional resolution on such matters is a counterproductive diversion and will not foster reconciliation between Turks and Armenians and may put at risk the Turkish Jewish community and the important multilateral relationship between Turkey, Israel and the United States.
How can there be reconciliation when one side doesn’t openly admit what it did? I am so tired of unelected right-leaning (or rightwing) organizations that claim to speak for all (or most) American Jews. The ADL reversed its position for one simple reason: most Jews, rightly, were disgusted with the ADL’s position as well as its acting like an auxiliary of the Israeli embassy. Israel’s nuclear arsenal will take care of itself, and Turkey isn’t that stupid.
Related post: Andrew Mathis on why the original ADL position was immoral.