Clyde L. Younger, the Town Council's president, said he now feels comfortable with assurances from the Anti-Defamation League's national leader, Abraham H. Foxman, that the organization recognizes the Armenian genocide.
His change of heart followed Foxman's tersely worded letter to Younger on Oct. 3, reaffirming the league's position that had been posted on its New England office's website in August. The statement read in part, "ADL has never denied the tragic and painful events perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians, and we have referred to those massacres and atrocities as genocide."
Last month, the Town Council asked Foxman to clarify the league's stance in person, after a senior official from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts had rebuffed the council's request that the company drop its support for the league's No Place for Hate program. The Blue Cross official said the insurance company was satisfied that the ADL had acknowledged the Armenian deaths in 1915-17 as genocide.
-- Christina Pazzanese