The leader of the Anti-Defamation League has shown great courage and conviction for the Jewish people of the United States and around the world by acknowledging unequivocally that the Turks conducted a genocide responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children during the early part of the twentieth century.
By doing so, Jonathan Greenblatt, the leader of the ADL, has immediately established himself as a major voice for right among the Jewish people.
Greenblatt has singlehandedly turned the tables on Jewish Armenian Genocide apologists who refused for decades to recognize the genocide by the Turks for what it was. Jews feared that the Turks would turn against Israel if we told the truth.
Turkey had shown tremendous friendship and courage voting for Israeli statehood at the United Nations in 1948.
Greenblatt’s decision is likely to cast a powerful new light on the Turkish nation and its responsibility for the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenian people.
Irrefutable historical evidence reveals that the Turks starved, beat and executed Armenians with ferocity akin to that of the Nazis, who did the same to the Jews during the Holocaust. In some instances, the Turks crucified Armenians on wooden crosses.
The German people came to grips with their crimes against humanity decades ago.
Today, the German republic abhors genocide and protects its people from racial violence and discrimination while at the same time trying to cope with a rising right wing. The Turks must do the same.
They must do away with posturing that the Armenian Genocide didn’t happen and pretending that they weren’t responsible for it.
They must admit to it, apologize for it, and do the right thing for the Armenian people. Only then will Turkey live righteously in the community of man.
The actions of the ADL’s Greenblatt go a long way toward giving impetus to such a change.
He did right by the ADL and for all Jews seeking justice everywhere. Especially for the Armenian people.