“Any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: (a) killing members of the group, (b) causing serious mental or bodily harm, (c) deliberately inflicting upon the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, (d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group, (e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
Source: UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, https://treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/UNTS/Volume%2078/volume-78-I-1021-English.pdf
How much does it take?
How long do the borders need to be sealed to make it a ghetto?
How limited do the shipments of food and medical aid need to be to bring about physical destruction?
How many water sources and power supplies must be destroyed?
How many rounded up and imprisoned without charge, indefinitely?
How many protests, journalists, and human rights inquiries quelled?
How many government officials must call for murder or expulsion of an entire population?
How many denials that the group of people even exists, or have any claim to their homeland?
How long must the refugees be kept away from their homes?
How many homes need to be destroyed?
How many children must go to bed to the lullabies of drone strikes?
How many innocent people must be killed?
For how long will we stand by and wait for the numbers to cross some magical threshold before we act?
For how long will we maintain that only ovens and gas chambers count?
For how long?
For how many?