Is this just an Armenian issue?

Absolutely not.

This is a human rights issue. Acknowledgment is the right of all people who have suffered genocide.

Genocide resolutions help to bring awareness of genocide and its prevention to the public and international community.

Writing in Haaretz, Israeli columnist and former education minister Yossi Sarid declared, “Denying another nation’s Holocaust is no less ugly than denying ours. It is also dangerous. Today’s denial is tomorrow’s Holocaust … If the world had risen up in protest against the genocide of the … Armenians, the Holocaust of the Jews might also have been averted. This is not a mere assumption … A week before invading Poland, Hitler addressed his officers (August 24, 1939): ‘I have ordered my Death-Head Formation to kill mercilessly and without compassion men, women and children of Polish derivation and language. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?’”

On September 11, 2007, in a statement on Newton’s decision to stop participating in the ADL’s No Place for Hate program, Mayor David B. Cohen wrote:

“The recognition of the Armenian Genocide is an important step along the path of freedom and justice, and crucial in combating other genocides now and in the future.”

Please refer to Appendix 3 for more statements by Jewish-Americans and Appendix 4 for statements by human rights advocates and town officials supporting the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and criticizing the ADL’s opposition to it.