September 16, 2019
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 In 2023-Definition of Genocide

Topic: 2023-Definition of Genocide
Country: Jordan
Delegate Name: Phaedon Papadopoulos

According to the Miriam Webster dictionary, genocide is defined as “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.” For decades, the Middle East has been plagued by genocide and war, whether it be caused by neighboring countries, or distant, more powerful countries. Amidst the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict, the topic of genocide has become massively prevalent. With thousands of both Palestinian and Israeli citizens having been killed since the beginning of the war, it would seem as if genocide would not be a definite way to describe the conflict. However, Jordan, amongst many other nations, are questioning Israel’s motives behind the attacks on Gaza and are warning Israel about the consequences of these attacks. Taking into account of Israel’s history of promoting and spreading Zionist beliefs, it would seem as if Israel’s motives behind these attacks consist of more than simply stopping Hamas. Alas, Jordan prefers to keep a relatively neutral stance on this specific topic as Jordan has maintained positive diplomatic relations with Israel for decades.

As the conflict between Israel and Palestine worsens and more information regarding it is being released every day, Jordan continues to question if this war can be considered a genocide against Palestinians. Genocide, despite being a relatively simple word to comprehend, is anything but when put into the context of real-world conflicts. The situation between Israel and Palestine is simply one of many other global conflicts that fall into the gray area of defining what they truly are. This could be due to the context behind certain conflicts, who exactly is involved, what actions are being taken during these conflicts, and so on.

The delegation of Jordan is advocating for the collaboration between all nations to discuss what exactly defines a genocide and is eager to hear from the standpoints of countries that have been involved in conflicts with other nations. It is crucial for this topic to be discussed for the purpose of knowing when to hold problematic nations accountable for playing a perpetrator role in any foreign dispute.

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