Close your eyes, breathe in deeply, now exhale slowly… That was easy, wasn’t it? Not for everyone…
A nominee for the top court in Massachusetts is facing opposition in part because of his affiliation with the Anti-Defamation League.
Joseph S. Berman, 49, a regional leader of the New England ADL and a commissioner for the national ADL since 2006, was nominated as a judge for the state Superior Court in October by Gov. Deval Patrick.
At an emotionally charged hearing last week, Marilyn Pettito Devaney of the Governor’s Council — the elected eight-member panel that is voting on the nomination — said she had the votes to deny Berman the appointment.
Devaney, who lives in Watertown, a Boston suburb with a large Armenian population, added that if she belonged to a group that denied the Holocaust, she would resign.
Her comments relate to a controversy from the mid-2000s, when the national ADL did not recognize the massacre of millions of Armenians on the eve of World War I as genocide. The ADL changed its position in 2007.
Several other councilors cited additional reasons for their unwillingness to support Berman while also agreeing that his ADL ties are a concern, the Boston Globe reported.
Admitting he was not prepared for the council’s reaction, Patrick delayed the vote until Dec. 4.
“I’m going to work hard to get the votes,” he said, although the Globe indicated the extra time would not save the nomination.
Robert Trestan, director of the New England ADL, said “the attack” on Berman and the ADL was a surprise.
“It’s not warranted based on the facts,” Trestan told JTA. “We changed our policy and we have moved on.”
He added, “Membership in an organization such as the ADL should not be a litmus test to qualify for being a judge.”
Berman was among the most persuasive leaders urging the group to acknowledge the massacre as a genocide, according to Jeffrey Robbins, chair of the New England ADL, who testified at the hearing.
Berman, a partner at the Boston firm Looney & Grossman, is a commercial litigation lawyer with a long track record in civil rights advocacy.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Meir Ettinger, the Shin Bet’s most wanted Jew, is suspected of leading a national underground revolutionary movement.
The attacks happened just south of Karmei Tzur.
Israelis enjoy kayaking in the Jordan river in Northern Israel on August 2, 2015, as temperature reached 47 degrees Celcius in some parts of Israel.
Arab terrorists threw firebombs at a Jerusalem car, severely burning the driver and two more people.
Some Israelis seem to have forgotten no one has yet tracked down the murderers of Ali Bawabsheh.
Americans oppose the Iran deal, and only a slight majority of Democrats support it.
Chuck Schumer’s office has received more than 10,000 phone calls over the past two weeks, all of them from groups and individuals opposed to the Iran nuclear deal.
Kerry reassures the Gulf States, who are gouging him for more arms and to force Israel out of Judea and Samaria.
Its so hot, the Arab threat to drive us into the sea don’t sound half bad…
No one was injured from the mortar fire that apparently strayed during clashes.
The gang attacked a Haredi man and then a religious couple with brass knuckles and a knife. The woman recited the Shema prayer.
The Muslims preacher is a permanent fixture on the Temple Mount to incite Muslims but finally has been arrested.
The “friendly” game was cancelled after the fans took over the soccer field.
Late PM Yitzhak Rabin’s granddaughter has announced her launch into politics.
Israeli soldiers deployed at the Gaza security fence shot over the heads of Arabs who had approached the no-go zone Monday, Palestinian Authority media reported. No one was injured. Arabs frequently approached the security fence, usually with intentions to infiltrate into Israel or to carry out a terrorist attack on the spot. Palestinian Authority media […]
More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas. The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood […]
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on the Jewish community to attend the funeral of an assassinated New York police officer. “The brave men and women of the NYPD risk their lives every day to protect us. We value them and stand with them,” Hikind, a Democrat who represents Brooklyn, said in a statement […]
“Move Jew” scrawled on a Philadelphia home and slurs written on a synagogue and 10 garages in Chicago.
Cuba has “the largest pool of untapped baseball talent in the world, and Major League Baseball may tap and leave Cuba dry.
Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son. She described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family. He was adopted as a godson under a […]
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/adl-ties-proving-a-problem-for-mass-high-court-nominee/2013/11/25/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: