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May 02, 2008

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JPM

Gesture politics at its worst. Get back to today please ...not what happened in 1916..

From Davis Square

Gesture politics? That is extremely offensive.

It was outright offensive, hypocticial, and counterproductive that an organization that engages in genocide denial would have been given the authority to teach our community about tolerance in the first place.

Our ability as a community to address the challenging issues of our time is entirely effected by our actions, including those of the past.

Genocide denial is the worst form of hate speech. Somerville has never been a city of hate.

Ed Wood

The ADL felt the safety of Israel, which considers Turkey a rare Muslim ally, was paramount to the issue.

Basically they don't want to piss off the Turks.

Union Square Resident

It is common knowledge that the Anti-Defamation League has long been working on behalf of the Turkish government to undermine efforts to secure recognition of the Armenian genocide. As such, it has become a human rights organization that offers its services to a foreign government engaging in genocide denial.

On November 2, 2007, the ADL National Commissioner's meeting had a chance to reverse this policy -- but it voted not to do so. This formal decision confirmed that the organization is determined to continue to abet Turkey's denialist agenda, and it is a shame that representatives of the New England ADL (who in August 2007 took a very principled position against this unacceptable policy of their parent organization) have gone along with this verdict.

The Anti-Defamation League is supposed to be a human rights organization. It has chosen to continue to act as an agent of the Turkish government's campaign of genocide denial. It follows that it can no longer be trusted to be involved with human rights issues in our towns and cities.

Because of these reasons, I thank the Mayor of Somerville, Joseph A. Curtatone, for dissociating our town from the ADL.

thetruth

The town of Somerville makes absolutely the right choice.

Please someone explain to me how the official condemnation of the facts of the Armenian Genocide, where the Ottoman Turks systematically murdered 1.5 million Armenians, is somehow bad for Israel's security? I cannot think of one reason ever, to deny the facts of any GENOCIDE.

To this day, the Turks not only deny the facts of the Armenian Genocide but have yet to be apologetic or remorseful, all with the continued help of the ADL.


gary

the turks are barbarians.

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