due to ADL’s efforts to cover up genocide of Armenians in 1915
The Town of Watertown is the first community in the nation to officially sever ties with the Anti-Defamation League and the No Place For Hate program. Watertown rescinded the certification of No Place For Hate tonight with a vote of 8-0.
Yup, it’s official; the Town Council has voted to rescind the resolution enrolling the town in the No Place for Hate program of the Anti-Defamation League.
“No Place for Hate” thrown out of Watertown
August 14th, 2007 by Chris Helms
Before a packed house in the council chambers tonight, the Town Council voted unanimously to rescind all ties between Watertown and the “No Place for Hate” program, because of the stance toward the Armenian Genocide of its co-sponsor, the Anti-Defamation League.
The regional director for the ADL, Andy Tarsy, spoke at the meeting to hisses and boos and cat calls of “liar!” from the largely Armenian-American crowd. Tarsy reiterated the ADL’s public position that the issue of whether there was a genocide against the Armenians perpetrated by the Ottoman government during and after World War I is a matter for Turkey and Armenia to solve.
WATERTOWN, MA – The Watertown, Massachusetts Town Council voted unanimously this evening to cut ties with the Anti-Defamation League, citing concerns about ADL National Director Abraham Foxman’s denial of the Armenian Genocide and opposition to Congressional legislation reaffirming that crime against humanity, reported the Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts (ANCEM).
…The proclamation, introduced by Watertown Councillor-At-Large Marilyn Petitto Devaney, stated: “The Town Council has become aware that the ADL, denies the facts of the horrific Armenian Genocide, that occurred from 1915 to 1923, in which the premeditated, systematic and deliberate murders of more that one and one half million Armenians from 1915 to 1923 took place, as well as continuing to deprive the Armenian people of a right to their history – The Town Council can not continue to join with such an organization.”The proclamation went on to reaffirm Watertown’s commitment to “celebrate its diversity and continue to honor its tradition of tolerance and respect for all people for which it has always been known.”
This should teach the Anti-Defamation League a valuable lesson. You can be honorable and consistent, or you can be a cheap political prostitute (as shown by ADL’s whitewash of anti-Semitic hate speech at MoveOn.org’s Action Forum), but you can’t be both at the same time.