I see you're a scientist. Thus, you probably know that all organisms--even ones much less sophisticated from a neurological standpoint--show some degree of intent, or at very least exhibit teleological behavior.
Motive matters. What would be the reason to take a group of people subjected to centuries of DIASPORA and GENOCIDE and instead, pull the attention away from that so it is rendered invisible?
All organisms are teleological at some level.
Question: Why erase current victimization in favor of two thousand six hundred year old atrocities?
Why erase this victimization??