After Rodney King was beaten, and the white police officers were aquitted, he said 'Why
can't we all just get along?' A question asked by many people. Rascist and Genocidal acts such as
this have been going on for many years, and should not be tolerated.
In international law, the crime of destroying, or committing conspiracy to destroy, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group is known as Genocide. It was defined in the Convention on
Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which was adopted by the United Nations
General Assembly on December 9, 1948.
The crime of Genocide has been committed or attempted many times in recorded history.
The best known example in this century was the attempt by Nazi Germany during the 1930's and
1940's to destroy the Jewish population of Europe, known as the Holocaust. By the end of World
War II, 6 million Jews had been killed in Nazi concentration camps.
The known objective of the Nazi rule was Jewish extinction. In November 1938, shortly
after the assassination of a German diplomat in Paris by a young Jew, all synagogues in Germany
were set on fire, windows of Jewish shops were smashed, and thousands of Jews were arrested.
This 'Night of Broken Glass' (Kristallnacht) was a signal to Jews in Germany and Austria to leave as
soon as possible. Several hundred thousand people were able to find refuge in other countries, but a
nearly equal number, including many who were old or poor, stayed to face an uncertain destiny.
When war began in September 1939, the German army occupied the western half of Poland
and added almost 2 million Jews to the German power sphere. Limitations placed on Polish Jewry
were much worse than those in Germany. The Polish Jews were forced to...