Genocide is defined as the
deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, religious,
political, or ethnic group. The word, from the Greek genos,
meaning “race,” “nation,” or “tribe,” and the Latin cide, meaning
from the tragic events in the Middle East during the end of the
Ottoman empire from 1910 to 1933, which called for a legal concept
to describe the deliberate destruction of large groups.
Holocaust is defined as the deliberate and systematic
destruction by fire of
a racial, religious, political, or ethnic group. The word
derives from the Greek holos, meaning “whole” and kaustos,
meaning “burnt”. Long before the Jewish Holocaust of World War II, Turks and Kurds systematically forced Assyrians into wells filled with kerosene oil and burned them to death, including burning the churches where Christian Assyrians had taken refuge.
From 1843 to 1945, the Turks, Kurds, Arabs and Persians committed
genocides against the Assyrian nation and other Christian peoples in
Asia Minor [Middle East]. These international
violations were crimes against humanity and served as
future atrocities of this manner against the
Jewish people in Europe.
In these genocides, 750,000 indigenous Christian
Assyrians living in their ancestral homelands (known today as the republics of
Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran), including 1½ million Christian
Armenians and 300,000 Hellenes
were burned, slaughtered, and shot systematically. Defenseless
men, women, children, and the elderly became victims of these
Assyria, the land of the indigenous Assyrians ["Our Smallest Ally"], was
partitioned after World War I by the victorious
is currently under occupation by Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Persians.
The Assyrians are a stateless people and continue to be
religiously and ethnically persecuted in the Middle East due to
Islamic fundamentalism, Arabization and Kurdification
policies, leading to
land expropriations and forced emigration to the West.