Mr. Foxman Should Take His Own Advice

To the Editor:
Mr. Foxman is the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, which not only denies the Armenian genocide but continues to help Turkey defeat Armenian genocide resolutions in Congress.
Foxman, whom the ADL entrusts to “secure justice and fair treatment to all,” urged his audience “to be credible, to be careful, but never be intimidated” when fighting anti-Semitism. Perhaps Mr. Foxman’should take his own advice and extend "justice and fair treatment" to the Armenia’s.
Marginalizing the pain of another traumatized group is sacrificing moral credibility. Working against Congressional resolutions (HR and SR 106) that affirm genocide is being careless toward and fails to respect the legacy and lessons of the Holocaust.
Acceding to the wishes of the perpetrators of genocide denial–the Turkish government–is being intimidated.
Genocide scholars and holders of Holocaust chairs have consistently affirmed the historical factuality of the Armenian Genocide, petitioned for governmen’s to recognize it and categorically rejected the politically motivated call from Turkey for a "joint commission" to "study" the "events of 1915."
These scholars have done their work. It’s time for us to do ours. We cannot allow human rights organizations such as the ADL to barter the memory of a genocide. If we do, the future of humanity is in jeopardy.

Narini Badalian
Watertown, Mass.

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