ADL Statement on the Armenian Genocide

May 02, 2014

Because questions continue to be raised about the Anti-Defamation League’s position on the Armenian genocide, we want to make clear that as we said in August 2008, ADL recognizes the Armenian genocide.

The following is the text of the original statement, issued on August 22, 2008:

Through our partnership, communities have implemented thousands of No Place for Hate® activities, which have engaged tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents. Additionally, No Place for Hate training has provided cities and towns with the framework and the support to respond to hate crimes when they do happen. Our network of No Place for Hate communities is critical to building a welcoming, inclusive and safe Massachusetts for all residents.

We are deeply concerned by ongoing questions about our organization's position with regard to the Armenian Genocide. ADL has never denied the tragic and painful events perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians, and we have referred to those massacres and atrocities as genocide. All of ADL's anti hate programs classify genocide as the ultimate crime against humanity.

There is simply no basis for the false accusation that we engage in any form of genocide denial, and we believe this characterization of ADL crosses the boundary of acceptable criticism and falls into the category of demonization.

It is our sincere hope that this clarifies our position, and that we can continue to work together to bring this awareness and education to communities throughout the Commonwealth.