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ADL reverses position on Armenian genocide

Posted by Ralph Ranalli August 21, 2007 03:46 PM

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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," staff writer Keith O'Brien reports.

The ADL's statement, released to the Globe and on the group's website this afternoon, came "in light of the heated controversy," which began weeks ago in suburban Watertown, where more than 8,000 Armenian-Americans call home. Days earlier, the ADL's national director, Abraham H. Foxman, fired the regional director of the New England ADL for making a similar statement.

In Newton, Human Rights Commission member Brenda Krasnow called the reversal an interesting development and possibly a "step in the right direction."

For more information, links, and previous stories on the issue, visit the Globe's Local News Updates blog online.

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