Setrag Balian & Hagop Djernazian - Jerusalem Patriarchate and Armenian Quarters under Threat by Israeli Investors and Armed Settlers
Episode 292 | Recorded on Wednesday, November 9 2023
Hagop and Setrag are organizers of the Save the ArQ movement, set up for the defense of the Armenian Quarters of Jerusalem.
In our Podcast Episode 261 we discussed the contract with which the Jerusalem Patriarchate reportedly granted a 98-year lease for Goveroo Bardez (Cow’s Garden), a considerable amount of space in the Armenian Quarters in Jerusalem, to an Israeli company that is allegedly going to build a hotel there. The company is Xana Gardens Ltd.
Last week Patriarch Manoogian publicly rescinded the lease agreement. He published the Patriarchate’s letter to Xana Gardens that the lease deal was no longer going forward. The next day, Danny Rothman, the owner of Xana Gardens Ltd, the leasing company, showed up with over a dozen armed Israeli settlers, and bulldozers. Events peaked on November 5.
There were initially some reports that nobody had seen the Patriarch’s letter to Xana Gardens. But many media outlets printed it, The letter is dated November 1, 2023.
The following map was provided by Hagop Djernazian.
Map of Jerusalem
We provide additional maps in our Podcast Episode 261 show notes.
Here are articles from Groong on this topic:
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