letters | tensions flare over judicial nominee

Given ADL ties, Patrick’s pick is wrong choice

I appreciated the report of the backlash against Governor Patrick’s nomination of Joseph Berman to the Superior Court (“Ethnic tensions flare at judicial meeting,” Metro, Nov. 21). Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney’s objection to the nominee reflects her strength, resolve, and integrity. Berman is not a responsible choice, as I believe he bends his morals to expediency. Berman was an official in the Anti-Defamation League when the organization fired its regional director, Andrew Tarsy, after Tarsy had said the ADL should acknowledge as genocide the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.

To support an organization that describes the massacre of Armenians only as “tantamount to genocide” is not only immoral, but historically ignorant. In fact, the word “genocide” was coined in 1943 by Raphael Lemkin, a Polish legal scholar who was Jewish, to describe what the Turkish government perpetrated against the Armenian people between about 1915 and 1918.

Should Hitler’s murder of Jews be described as “tantamount to genocide”?


For Patrick to postpone the vote in the face of defeat, in order to “work hard to get the votes,” is just another example of back-room politics.

June Hatfield