NEW YORK–On Thursday, September 7, 2007, nearly 70 protesters gathered in front of the 92nd Street Y here to protest the appearance of Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League. Organized by the new Jewish youth publication Jewcy.com, the rally also included dozens of Armenian activists who joined in pointing out the ADL’s hypocrisy in its approach to the Armenian Genocide.
For more than one hour, protesters waved placards such as "No Place for Denial" along with cartoons of Foxman’saying "It’s Not Genocide Until I Say It Is." During this time, protesters loudly denounced Foxman and called upon the ADL to reverse its position against H.R. 106, the Armenian Genocide Resolution, which is now before Congress. The rally took place directly across the street from the 92nd Street Y, where Foxman and former US Presidential Advisor Stuart Eizenstat were appearing on a panel addressing "Modern Anti-Semitism." Attendees entering the hall seemed often surprised at the gathering, which vociferously denounced the ADL for its equivocation on an issue it should be championing.
Following the rally, Jewcy.com Associate Editor Michael Weiss addressed the crowd stating: "An organization founded to combat bigotry and racism now denies one of the first genocides of the 20th century is beneath contempt." Weiss was joined by Doug Geogerian, Chairman of the Armenian National Committee of New York, who thanked JEWCY, the Jewish and Armenian communities for their support on this important issue. Protesters also distributed hundreds of flyers to attendees as they left the 92nd Street Y following Foxman’s appearance.
In recent weeks, the ADL has been under pressure from a series of grass-roots protests, led by the Armenian National Committee along with progressive Jewish figures. As a result, last month it backed away from its longstanding policy of complicity in Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide. Armenian and some Jewish leaders remain concerned; however, as the ADL continues to use equivocal, euphemistic phrasing, and has continued to openly oppose the Armenian Genocide Resolution–H.R. 106–now under consideration by the US Congress. At the same time, Foxman, has added to the controversy by apologizing to the Turkish government for any difficulty this turnaround has created for the Turkish government, while failing to offer even a token expression of regret to Armenia’s for the ADL’s longstanding, public record of genocide denial.
To date, the rally has received coverage from several local and international media outlets. For more information, please check www.Jewcy.com and www.noplacefordenial.com .