"Robert Cohen" <robtcohen@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
The average person by far does not hold with humanistic opinion about
Jews, though I perceive such opinion was improving for us prior to the
In my reply to Sean, I try to explain.
re--genocide(s), the phenomena, what is genocide?
I like WIKIPEDIA and will leave it there/here, rather than
simplistically extract from Merriam-Webster.
I surely agree with Wiki,
Genocide is defined by the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of
the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) article 2 as any of the following acts
committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic,
racial or religious group, as such: "Killing members of the group; Causing
serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; Deliberately
inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its
physical destruction in whole or in part; Imposing measures intended to
prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the
group to another group."
and further down
The term "genocide" was coined by Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959), a Polish
Jewish legal scholar, in 1943, from the roots genos (Greek for family, tribe
or race) and -cide (Latin - occidere, to massacre).
Lemkin said about the definition of genocide in its original adoption for
international law at the Geneva Conventions:
Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate
destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all
members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of
different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the
life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.
The objectives of such a plan would be the disintegration of the political
and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion,
and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the
personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the
individuals belonging to such groups.
Lemkin's original genocide definition was narrow, as it addressed only
crimes against "national groups" rather than "groups" in general.
Interestingly, it was broad at the same time as it included not only
physical genocide, but also acts aimed at destroying the culture and
livelihood of the group.
My opinion, fwiw?