Jewish Magazine Calls for Apology From Anti-Defamation League Leader

August 18, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
NEW YORK, NY Jewcy Media, a leading Internet content, commerce, and new media company for progressive free-thinkers, announced today a petition calling for the Anti-Defamation League to rescind its stance on the Armenian Genocide. Jewcy first criticized the ADL in a June 10 editorial that one Armenian activist has described as the beginning of a "backlash" against the organization. On August 14th, the city council of Watertown, Massachusetts voted to sever ties with the No Place for Hate Program, which is administered by the ADL. Armenian-American activists in Watertown plan to lobby the other 67 Massachusetts towns still participating in NPFH to drop their connection, as well.

Speaking of House Resolution 106, which would describe events in Turkey in 1915 as a genocide, Foxman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, "I don't think congressional action will help reconcile the issue. The resolution takes a position; it comes to a judgment. The Turks and Armenians need to revisit their past. The Jewish community shouldn't be the arbiter of that history, nor should the U.S. Congress." In the June 10 editorial, Jewcy's senior editor Joey Kurtzman wrote that Foxman's statement was "a scandal of unprecedented proportion."

Jewcy's online petition demands three actions from Foxman if he should choose not to step down:

1.) He must acknowledge the Armenian Genocide

2.) He must apologize to the Armenian-American community

3.) He must apologize to the Jewish community, for humiliating us before our fellow-citizens is the fastest growing Jewish media site in the country. Since its beta-launch in November 2006, it has become the leading online destination dedicated to helping Jews (and anyone else) find, share, and expand meaning and community with a steady diet of mind-expanding essays, wide-ranging debates, and social networking. Through its online store, Jewcy has become a leading provider of Judaica and products from the Jewish cultural vanguard. Through its highly renowned live events including an ongoing reading series, annual Hipster Hanukkah, and two successful off-Broadway shows the company intends to leverage its multiple platforms to promote the best of Jewish culture and religion, while establishing itself as the leading content, commerce and new media business focused on the Jewish marketplace.