Hagop Djernazian - Jerusalem Armenian Patriarchate Land Lease Angers Worldwide Community
Episode 261 | Recorded on Wednesday, June 11 2023
Hagop, many of us do not know the actual history of the Armenian presence in Jerusalem and about the Armenian quarter, can you give us a brief history of how the Armenian quarter came to be?
We’ve read reports of the occasional spitting on Armenian priests, and this year we’ve also witnessed attacks on the Armenian church and on an Armenian business.
So now we come to the contract with which the Patriarchate has reportedly granted a 99-year lease for Goveroo Bardez, to an Israeli company that is allegedly going to build a hotel there.
Two years ago, right after COVID, rumors spread that a deal was signed, and the Palestinian Moslem-Christian coalition (?) met with the Armenian community to condemn the land sale.
The Armenians are also concerned that the contract includes more than the Goveroo Bardez.
The news then died down until a few weeks ago, when more information went around that the Israeli company was actually planning to build luxury condos and not a hotel, on the land.
The Patriarch has started backpedaling, and is claiming that he was not aware of what the contract entailed.
Regardless of legal proceedings and the technicalities of the contract, it is evident that there is a large deficit of trust by not only the Armenian community in the Holy Land, but many other groups as well.
Now the Armenians of Jerusalem have been demonstrating every week.
The following maps were provided by Hagop Djernazian. Thanks to Hagop!
Map of Jerusalem 1
Map of Jerusalem 2
Map of Jerusalem 3, with Legend
Map of Jerusalem 4
Map of Jerusalem 5
Here are articles we’ve posted on Groong in the past few weeks on this topic:
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Hagop Djernazian is an activist and lives in Jerusalem. He studies International relations and middle east studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Katia Peltekian teaches at the American University of Beirut. She has published two books which compile newspaper articles and reports from the Genocide years published in the Canadian and British press. Katia has been compiling news for the Armenian News Network Groong since 1999.
Asbed is founder of Groong and co-founder of the ANN/Groong podcast.
Hovik Manucharyan is an information security engineer who moved from Seattle to Armenia in 2022. He co-founded the ANN/Groong podcast in 2020 and has been a contributor to Groong News since the late 1990s.