FINEGOLD CONDEMNS FIRING OF ADL REGIONAL DIRECTOR
AFFIRMS SUPPORT OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
State Representative and
Congressional Candidate Barry Finegold condemned the
national Anti-Defamation Leagues firing of its New
England regional director Andrew H. Tarsy. Tarsy was
fired by the national ADL for his advocacy on behalf of
Armenian genocide recognition.
Barry believes that censoring an advocate for
Armenian genocide recognition only allows the atrocities
of 1915 to live on, said Finegold spokeswoman Nairi
Tashjian. This cannot go overlooked. Barry
appreciates the concerns that the ADL has for Jews living
in Turkey and for the preservation of a strong
relationship between Israel and Turkey, but whats
right is right.
This latest chapter of genocide denial is
outrageous and must not be tolerated, said
Tashjian. The national leadership of the ADL has to
see the hypocrisy of their position on the Armenian
genocide and it must not be allowed to stand.
Finegold has been a longtime supporter of the Armenian
community and recognition of the Armenian genocide.
Additionally, he has been a strong advocate on Beacon
Hill on behalf of the victims of the current genocide in
Darfur, particularly as he has pushed for Massachusetts
divestment from the Sudan.
How we view and characterize the past shapes our
present and our future, said Finegold. We
have to recognize the Armenian genocide now, and enforce
our mantra of Never Again now in Darfur.
Intellectual dishonesty, like that we have seen from the
national leadership of the ADL, cannot and will not be
tolerated. The Jewish community understands this plight
better than anyone else. And we stand with the Armenians.
From 1915 to 1923, more than 1.5 million Armenians were
systematically massacred by the Turks of the Ottoman
Empire. The Turkish government continues its longstanding
denial of the first genocide of the 21st century.
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