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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Cultural and Physical Genocide: The Kurdish Case in Turkey

Introduction

Genocide is a systematic use of violence or oppression with the aim of physically eliminating or culturally destroying a social group. The savagery involved in physical genocide often attracts international attention whereas the use of cultural genocide over time often goes undetected.

The methods used in cultural or physical genocide may vary but the end result is the destruction of a group. Nevertheless, the United Nations has failed to recognise cultural genocide as a crime. The closest it came to recognising cultural genocide was in 1994, when Article 7 of the United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples used the phrase “cultural genocide” or the destruction of the cultural heritage of a group in such a manner that the group as a distinct entity no longer exists. Under pressure from state entities this phrase was omitted in subsequent drafts. This has given some states a free hand to use cultural genocide to destroy the identity of a minority in an effort to create a homogeneous society.

Turkey is one state that has utilised cultural genocide to destroy minorities within its borders. Turkey has also committed physical genocide against Armenians, and, I will argue, against Kurds. A plan for the physical and cultural genocide of Christians and Kurds started in 1915 under the Young Turks. The Young Turks eliminated Christians through expulsions and massacres. Non-Turkish Muslim populations such as Kurds, Arabs and Balkan migrants were dislocated and settled in areas with a Turkish majority population so they could be more easily assimilated.

This plan was instituted by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk from 1923, when the modern Turkish Republic was formed. The Kurds were denied of their basic human rights, their language, culture and identity. They were called mountain Turks …

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*Dr Hussein Tahiri is a commentator on Kurdish and Middle Eastern affairs, and his contributions in this sphere are regularly published in Australian and international media. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing at Victoria University, Australia. Dr. Tahiri is a senior contributing writer for Ekurd.net. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Lynne Newington

    February 25, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Well they’re still here, risen from the ashes, and anyone who has managed to do that against the power of Catholic Church trying to claim their “Jewish identity” to get their hands on their God-given rights certainly gets my admiration …
    Mozel Tov !!!!!!!

  2. Simon Warriner

    February 25, 2018 at 12:44 am

    re 7, clearly the answer was yes. Thanks

    re the linked article, suggest you go read it again. Nothing in this subjective matter is quite as cut and dried as you seem to think. But then nothing to do with Zionism and the Jews ever is. Like all narcissistic endeavors the truth is well hidden and a constantly moving target. In that respect most jews are patsies, useful tools being used to advance the pharisitic agenda.

    this for example: “Given that Israel has no formalized constitution,15 the recent advent of genetic tests for Jewishness necessitates a rethinking of Israeli law regarding the State’s definition of Jewishness, and rights to citizenship.” Clearly describing a moving feast.

    and the final sentence: “Crucially, the latest efforts to define Jewishness in genetic terms have not yielded the certainty that the State seeks over how to determine who is a Jew.” Still looking for a definition that suits the agenda of the day. Accuracy or volume? take your pick.

    There is the tell, Lynne. That is what bullshit does for you. It fails to stick together when it is put under pressure.

    Also interesting in this context is the presence of any person claiming Jewish ancestry or religion who is sitting in our Federal Parliament. They are there illegally, on exactly the same basis as Barnaby Joyce was sitting illegally. They have an automatic right to the citizenship of another nation state and need to renounce any claim to that right to citizenship before they can legally sit in our parliament. That is, if that right can actually be renounced irrevocably. Interesting technical dilemma, that one. The media glossed right over that inconvenient fact when they were hunting for “victims”. Sadly that sort of thing is bloody typical where god’s chosen people are concerned. And yet you condemn my cynicism? It has nothing to do with discrimination on the basis of “race” and everything to do with people who rig games to suit themselves and who could not lie straight in a rack wound so tight it sings.

  3. Lynne Newington

    February 24, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    3.re #2 … For that to be true, 3,000 years of genetic dilution and conversion/assimilation of people like the Khazars from whose genetic stock the bulk of the current Israeli population was drawn need to be ignored. Are you ignoring that, Lynne? That, and Judaism, is a religion – not a unique set of genetic material.

    Posted by Simon Warriner on 21/02/18 at 06:40 PM

    … not as a religion but as a race [racial discrimination leading to “final solution” last century.
    I wasn’t aware I had to spell it out. Sorry.

    Interesting aspect here I noted sometime ago.https://academic.oup.com/jlb/article/2/2/469/826237

  4. George Smiley

    February 24, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Re #3 … Jewishness is not especially a function of ancestry although history has forced them to go to great lengths to maintain it. Herding people were always in a position of weakness … recall Abraham’s use of his wife to get leverage over Pharoah. As the crossroads of the middle east from the year dot, whenever the gleaming Assyrian army or anybody else was passing through they would often bivouac near the miserable, barely defended mud-walled villages like Jericho, and deliver an ultimatum to send out their women, and things didn’t go much better for them in Europe. They came out of there a great deal smarter than they went in, hounded from pillar to post. Before Hitler’s holocaust the young Zionists were hounding people to get the hell out.

    “So you are the messiah, eh?”

    Thus the stupid, the tardy and the intellectual glitterati who believed they had assimilated stayed, along with the fundamentalists who have made up for their error afterwards with a birthrate matching that of their once blood brothers and present competition for the Holy Land. But through all of this, religious status by birth is from maternal lineage, mitochondrial DNA being the only way of tracing your roots back to Abraham (or his daughters anyway) and you can guess who calls the shots.

  5. Tony Stone

    February 22, 2018 at 8:23 am

    #2 … you need to read real history, instead of the lies and propaganda of the jews and other factions of the god of war cult.

    None of the claims by the jews are historically correct. Just the opposite, and it’s the same for all the middle east.

  6. philll Parsons

    February 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    For Turks who have a more democratic and progressive view of life they now experience what it is like to live in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    Kurds have a long way to go before they have an independent country. For them it is the problem of colonial and imperial boundaries drawn without reference to the wishes of locals.

    As the chaos from the Ottoman Empire carries on into the next century, no rivalries and grabs for wealth run with fanatics as the ME remains in turmoil.

  7. Simon Warriner

    February 20, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    re #2 … For that to be true, 3,000 years of genetic dilution and conversion/assimilation of people like the Khazars from whose genetic stock the bulk of the current Israeli population was drawn need to be ignored. Are you ignoring that, Lynne? That, and Judaism, is a religion – not a unique set of genetic material.

  8. Lynne Newington

    February 20, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    At least for the Jews as from 3,000 years ago, it’s a fight for survival … not as a religion but as a race.

  9. Tony Stone

    February 18, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Name one year, or even a day, where the factions of the yahweh cult have not been involved in genocidal endevours around the world throughout their entire history.

    If it’s not the muslim turks, it’s other muslim factions. If it’s not muslims, it’s christians invading and destroying – and if it’s neither of those, it’s the jews and their destructive genocidal takeovers.

    Why complain when you are a part of the problem and your beliefs encourage violent takeovers, along with the removal of all who oppose your cult or faction.

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