The ADL head is coming in for criticism over this quote:
"We have never negated but have always described the painful events of 1915-1918 perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against Armenians as massacres and atrocities," Foxman said in a written statement yesterday. But upon reflection, Foxman continued, "the consequences of those actions were indeed tantamount to genocide."
[Foxman] seems to acknowledge the genocide, without explicitly stating that he does. He says that he's consulted with those who "acknowledge the consensus," that it was "tantamount to genocide," and "If the word genocide had existed then, they would have called it genocide." It would have been nice to see a simple "It was a genocide," but this is certainly a major step forward.
But the rub is that Foxman is trying to placate his critics while maintaining his opposition to the Congressional resolutions that would acknowledge the genocide. My bet: it's too late for that. And I'm certain that most Armenian-American activists will not be satisfied with this statement.
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