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ADL NE Chief Re-hired

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New England's Regional Director for the Anti Defamation League is back on the job. He was fired more than a week ago for breaking ranks with the national organization's stance on the killings of Armenians in the early 1900s. WBUR's Bianca Vazquez Toness reports.


VAZQUEZ TONESS: Andrew Tarsy lost his job for using the word "genocide" to describe the wide scale massacre of Armenians in what is now Turkey. When regional board members resigned in protest, the national ADL switched its position on the genocide. And Monday the organization re-hired Tarsy.

TARSY: The Jewish community which has so many concerns and stresses around the world has to look at every issue through a complicated lens. You saw that play out here.

VAZQUEZ TONESS: Tarsy says the organization, which was founded to fight anti-Semitism, should be proud of how it confronted the difficult moral issue.

Tarsy got involved in the genocide debate after the Armenian community in Watertown pushed the town council to boycott an ADL program. For WBUR, I'm Bianca Vazquez Toness.

This program aired on August 28, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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