Newton, MA resident recognized for role in countering genocide denial

The Governor’s Council issued a resolution at the Massachusetts State House on April 30 honoring Newton resident David Boyajian for his role in the campaign against the Anti-Defamation League’s denial of the Armenian Genocide and for questioning the appropriateness of towns’ affiliation with the ADL’s No Place for Hate anti-bias program.

The resolution was introduced by Marilyn Petitto Devaney, a Governor’s Council member and Watertown Town Councilor.

The resolution cited Boyajian’s leadership in “successful efforts to have communities sever ties with the ADL’s No Place for Hate and to end the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s sponsorship” of the program. The resolution further described the ADL’s opposition to Congressional affirmation of the Armenian Genocide as “depriving the Armenians of their history.”
The ADL has yet to unambiguously acknowledge the genocide and has opposed recognition of it by the U.S. Congress.

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