August 19, 2007

THEY'RE JUST NOW FIGURING OUT...:

ADL local leader fired on Armenian issue: Genocide question sparked bitter debate (Keith O'Brien, August 18, 2007, Boston Globe)

The national Anti-Defamation League fired its New England regional director yesterday, one day after he broke ranks with national ADL leadership and said the human rights organization should acknowledge the Armenian genocide that began in 1915.

The firing of Andrew H. Tarsy, who had served as regional director for about two years and as civil rights counsel for about five years before that, prompted an immediate backlash among prominent local Jewish leaders against the ADL's national leadership and its national director, Abraham H. Foxman.

"My reaction is that this was a vindictive, intolerant, and destructive act, ironically by an organization and leader whose mission -- fundamental mission -- is to promote tolerance," Newton businessman Steve Grossman, a former ADL regional board member, said yesterday.


...that Abe Foxman is intolerant?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2007 8:44 AM
Comments

The website Jewcy, which you link every once in a while, has declared war on the ADL over this issue. The war has expanded (as wars do) to cover Foxman's ludicrous attacks on The Passion of the Christ and the ADL's fundraising motif that it's always 1939.

I'm deeply ambivalent: on the one hand, it's good to see the ADL attacked; on the other hand, Foxman's not wrong about the uselessness of a Congressional resolution on the Armenian genocide.

Posted by: Ibid at August 19, 2007 10:28 AM
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