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Is U.S. Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts principled regarding genocide, especially the Armenian, Assyrian, and Hellenic genocides committed by Turkey?

by Berge Jololian — Watertown, Massachusetts USA. April 22, 2014.

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 09:37 PM UT


“Honoring Foxman makes a mockery of the principles for which a law school should stand.”

— Berge Jololian

Is U.S. Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts principled regarding genocide, especially the Armenian, Assyrian, and Hellenic genocides committed by Turkey?

Suffolk Law School in Boston has invited Markey to speak and receive an award at its commencement on May 17, 2014.

The problem is that Senator Markey will sit alongside Abraham Foxman, director of the Armenian Genocide-denying Anti-Defamation League.  Foxman will address the law school’s graduates and receive an honorary law degree, even though his statement of August 21, 2007 twisted the facts of the Armenian Genocide so that the latter could not legally qualify as genocide under the official United Nations Genocide law of 1948.   The ADL is probably equally hostile to the facts of the Assyrian and Hellenic genocides.

Honoring Foxman makes a mockery of the principles for which a law school should stand.  One wonders if Suffolk has invited Foxman as revenge against Armenian Americans and others because the Massachusetts Governor’s Council recently rejected attorney Joseph Berman – an ADL National Commissioner – to be a judge.

The National Lawyers Guild student chapter at Suffolk University and a thousand others have demanded that Suffolk President James McCarthy withdraw his invitation to Foxman.  Their reasons include Foxman’s anti-Armenian bias and his hypocritical opposition to the U.S. Congress’s Armenian Genocide Resolution.

Markey’s sharing the stage with Foxman would be an insult to international law.   Then again, Markey has never criticized Foxman and the ADL’s genocide denials.   Markey’s commitment to genocide recognition and prevention is in serious doubt.

Senator Markey should tell Suffolk’s president that he will not attend the commencement unless the invitation to Foxman is withdrawn.  I suggest readers call Markey’s office in Boston (617-565-8519) or Washington, DC (202-224-2742), or email him at http://www.markey.senate.gov/contact.  Please say that sharing the stage with Abe Foxman is unacceptable.



Editors' Note: 
The 8 Stages of Genocide — 1. Classification, 2. Symbolization, 3. Dehumanization, 4. Organization, 5. Polarization, 6. Preparation, 7. Extermination, and 8. Denial

This is an official telegram sent by Henry Morgenthau Sr. on July 16, 1915 to what he describes a process of 'race extermination' in regards to what was happening to the Armenians at that time. Morgenthau served as the United States ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1913-1916. (Source: United States State Department)

This is an official telegram sent by Henry Morgenthau Sr. on July 16, 1915 to what he describes a process of 'race extermination' in regards to what was happening to the Armenians at that time. Morgenthau served as the United States ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1913-1916.
(Source: United States State Department)

PRESS RELEASE
Anti-Defamation League

New York, NY, August 21, 2007: Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) statement:

In light of the heated controversy that has surrounded the Turkish-Armenian issue in recent weeks, and because of our concern for the unity of the Jewish community at a time of increased threats against the Jewish people, ADL has decided to revisit the tragedy that befell the Armenians.

We have never negated but have always described the painful events of 1915-1918 perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians as massacres and atrocities. On reflection, we have come to share the view of Henry Morgenthau, Sr. that the consequences of those actions were indeed tantamount to genocide. If the word genocide had existed then, they would have called it genocide.

I have consulted with my friend and mentor Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and other respected historians who acknowledge this consensus.  I hope that Turkey will understand that it is Turkey's friends who urge that nation to confront its past and work to reconcile with Armenians over this dark chapter in history.

Having said that, we continue to firmly believe that a Congressional resolution on such matters is a counterproductive diversion and will not foster reconciliation between Turks and Armenians and may put at risk the Turkish Jewish community and the important multilateral relationship between Turkey, Israel and the United States.

New York, NY, August 21, 2007: Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) statement on the Armenian Genocide.

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