The Armenian Genocide Explained

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire will be commemorated on April 24, and Pope Francis recently referred to it officially as “the first genocide of the 20th century.”

  The mass killings, which began in 1915, have long been a topic of controversy between Turkey and Armenia.

  To Armenians, the slaughter is a seminal event in their shared history, and members of the community, including Kim Kardashian, are doing their best to draw attention to the estimated 1.5 million lives lost.

  Turkey acknowledges that atrocities took place, although it maintains that the death toll was closer to 300,000 and rejects the term genocide entirely. By definition, the term genocide means a premeditated and systematic attempt to eradicate an ethnic, racial or religious group of people. Turkey argues that the deaths were an unfortunate part of a complicated war in which many Turkish lives were also lost.

  But how did this violence come about?

  The historic Kingdom of Armenia was the first nation to declare Christianity as its official religion. In the 15th century, it was progressively absorbed into the Muslim-ruled Ottoman Empire. Even though Armenians were granted few political or legal rights, they were allowed a degree of autonomy. Maintaining their religious and social identity, the Armenians thrived for centuries.”

 

 

Here are some facts regarding the start of 20th century Jihad:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    The Armenian genocide was , as the Pope says the 20th century’s first genocide , but it was also the 20th century’s first instance of Jihad . The Armenians were Christians , the Turks were/are Muslims . Remember that as you read the rest .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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