Hagop Djernazian - Update on the Threats to the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem, Armenian-Israeli Relations, Recognizing State of Palestine | Ep 338 - June 23, 2024 [EP338]

Posted on Sunday, Jun 23, 2024 | Category: Diaspora, Israel, Jerusalem | Series: cog



  • Update on the current situation of the Armenian Quarters in Jerusalem
  • State of the Community’s Case against Xana Gardens Inc.
  • Armenia Recognizes the State of Palestine
  • Effects of Armenian-Israeli Relations on the Armenian Community

Episode 338 | Recorded on Wednesday, June 23, 2024

Show Notes

Legal Defense Fund for Jerusalem Armenians

The international legal team works Pro Bono. But some local lawyers must be paid, and that cost is on the community, and all Armenians around the world.

Update on the Threats to the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem

Just to catch up on the issues around the Armenian Quarters in Jerusalem, let me point listeners to our Podcast Episodes 261 and 292 (links in the show notes) where 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. This shady Israeli company has been trying to illegally land grab a significant chunk of the Armenian Quarters.

Anyway, in May and June you tweeted some updates to your legal case against Xana Gardens, the company.

Case Update Tweet

Jerusalem District Court rejects Xana Gardens’ appeal for an extension.


  • Can you give us an update on the current situation of the Armenian Quarters in Jerusalem?
  • Describe your case in Jerusalem district court, to stop Xana Gardens from invading the Goveroo Bardez.
  • Why did the district court reject Xana Garden’s appeal to grant them more time?
  • Where do we go from here? What are your expectations?

On Friday Armenia officially recognized the State of Palestine. Israel reportedly summoned the Armenian ambassador and warned Armenia of “consequences”.


  • How do you think relations between Armenia and Israel affect your case or the Armenian Quarter in general?
  • How do the actions by the Republic of Armenia affect the Armenians of Jerusalem and Israel in general? For example, do you expect any effect on your community due to the recognition of Palestine by Armenia just this past week?


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Hagop Djernazian

Hagop Djernazian

Hagop Djernazian is an activist and co-founder of the Save The ArQ movement. He lives in Jerusalem and studies International relations and middle east studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Asbed Bedrossian

Asbed Bedrossian

Asbed is founder of the Armenian News Network Groong and co-founder of the ANN/Groong podcast.

Hovik Manucharyan

Hovik Manucharyan

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.

Disclaimer: The views expressed by Hovik Manucharyan on the ANN/Groong podcast are his own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of his employer or any other organization.

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