By Hagop Hagopian, Toronto, 23 July 2022
The two treacherous and criminal moles are at it again…to erode the 1,600-year Armenian presence in Jerusalem. We are referring to the so-called Patriarch Nourhan Manougian and his equally execrable sidekick-adviser-enforcer Rev. Baret Yeretsian.
The revolting duo is about to sign yet another illegal real estate transaction which will see the handing of five Armenian-owned buildings in West Jerusalem for 100 years to Jewish-Australian developer Danny Rubinstein who these days is a frequent visitor (often at night) to Baret’s luxurious apartment where cognac and cigars are consumed as if there’s no tomorrow.
The market value of the real estate is estimated at $1.5 billion to $2 billion. It covers an area of 10,000 square meters. Incredible as it may sound, the anti-Armenian Nourhan/Baret combo has refused to divulge the financial compensation the Patriarchate or they would receive. If signed, the Patriarchate will be deprived of rental income and key money for the next 100 years. It’s a mystery as to how the Patriarchate will survive without the rental income.
The duo intend to proceed with their criminality although in doing so they will violate every clause of the Sts. James Brotherhood’s constitution. In doing so, they will also give away real estate diligently accumulated over the centuries by the Armenian Nation–from princes to pilgrims.
The cunning Nourhan/Baret duo is adept at circumventing the Sts. James Brotherhood constitution because they are old hands at the game. Consider their similar sleight-of-hand re Goveroun Bardez (Cows’ Garden) last year. For example, to give the illegal transaction a sheen of legality, they presented the real estate deal to the Synod. Although the Synod twice rejected the proposal, Nourhan/Baret will now try to justify their criminality by citing that they had apprised the Synod of the contract.
The two clerical moles who have been eroding the power and prestige—not to mention presence—of Armenians in Jerusalem are acting as if they are accountable to no one. Catholicos Karekin II’s tepid reaction to the illegal Goveroun Bardez transaction of last year might have encouraged the despicable twins to proceed with their treachery. The Catholicos should send an inquiry committee post haste to Jerusalem to stop further Judas acts by the revolting pair.
While Catholicos Karekin II has been less than helpful, the Palestinian Authority and Jordanian authorities are deeply concerned in the criminal real estate deals of the so-called Patriarch and Baret Vartabed. Both governments closely follow these transactions because they believe the underhanded deals compromise the topography of the Holy City. The Palestinians and Jordanians are also concerned about the fate of other Armenian real estate in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Looking at the recent illegal real estate activities of the Nourhan/Baret pair one is forced to arrive to a single and obvious conclusion: the two traitors are out to erase the Armenian presence in the Holy City. Turkish agents couldn’t have been more effective in damaging Armenian Jerusalem. It’s a well-known fact that the venomous pair is disliked and distrusted by the majority of the clergy. It’s also a well-known fact that they are disliked and distrusted by the community. The brazen criminal activities of the pair have encouraged rumors that they plan to abscond with their criminal gains and fly for sanctuary to the United States [they are citizens of the United States].
“After us, the deluge,” seems to be the motto of the poisonous pair.