You know what the Holocaust is. Have you ever heard of the Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust?

It was the systematic mass murder of 1.5 million Christian Armenians, ordered by the Muslim Ottoman government between 1914 and 1923. Turkey has rejected any and all calls from around the globe to accept responsibility for the genocide killings. The most recent atrocities began again in 1988 and the fighting and killings have continued to the present day.

A short time ago, unwavering support for the Diasporan Armenians filled the streets in Boston, calling for social justice and condemnation against Azerbaijan's senseless and unjustified attacks on the republics of Armenia and Artsakh.

I join the Armenian community with mutual support against the latest deadly offensive orchestrated by Azerbaijan and Turkey, viewed by those of us in solidarity as an existential threat.

This military action can easily spiral out of control, while the world is watching this religious cleansing and wholesale killing of all able-bodied men and the "death march deportation" of women, children and grandparents through the Syrian Desert.

These homeless people are run-down, hungry, thirsty and tired, being deprived of the most basic human necessities, and the captured women and teenage girls are subjected to rape.

I doubt if anyone reading this would swap places with these victims, but you can show support for the Armenian community. On Sunday, Oct. 11, there will be a protest and rally in Boston. If you can't attend it, at least keep the Armenian people in your prayers.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at phil@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

Enter your number to get our free mobile app