This follows the ADL's reversal of its prior position on recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The issue became a cascading controversy following deliberations within the Town of Watertown, Massachusetts on continuing its participation in No Place For Hate, a program sponsored by the ADL that promotes respect for racial and ethnic diversity and combats bias. The program became controversial in Watertown because of ADL's "neutral" position on the Armenian Genocide. Watertown is home to some 8,000 Armenian-Americans out of a population of 33,000. Watertown decided to withdraw from the program earlier this month.
Shortly after that, the ADL New England Region changed its public position on recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The regional board voted to urge the national organization to change its position and to support a resolution in Congress recognizing the Genocide. Regional Executive Director Andrew Tarsy made public statements supporting this change in position. The national ADL fired Tarsy for his defiance of the national organization. Now, the national organization has re-hired him.
Despite the fact that the ADL national organization continues to oppose the congressional resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide, the Turkish government issued a statement protesting the ADL's recognition of the Genocide last week.