By Art Stepanian, Canada, 4 May 2020
Since Azerbaijan and Israel started sleeping together, anti-Armenian propaganda has oozed from the pens of a gang of mostly Israeli and diaspora Jewish writers.
Despite their transparent allegiance, these pretend-journalists have the temerity to demand that readers take them for unbiased journalists. That’s what is known as chutzpah in Yiddish.
The list of these shameless hacks includes Adele Nazarian, Tal Buenos, Brenda Shaffer, Maxime Gauin, Justin Schwartz, Justin Amler, Arye Gut, the late Alexander Murinson, and a dozen others, enough to fill a motel for a convention of liars. Probably the most prolific of the gang is one Nurit Greenger of Los Angeles.
Born in Israel in 1947, Nurit describes herself as a “one-woman Hasbarah army,” blithely unaware that such a self-description diminishes her credibility as a journalist. The Hebrew word means public relations efforts made to disseminate a positive image of Israel. Thus, a Manichean idée fixe determines Nurit’s politics: countries, organizations, and persons are either angels or demons depending on their views on Israel. Those who fail her litmus test become her targets.
No stranger to modesty, Nurit’s CV says that she is adept at strategic planning, managing, supervising, marketing, entrepreneurship, running a non-profit organization, social networking, fund-raising, and journalism. She is apparently blind to the contradiction of being both a journalist and a PR practitioner. Betraying how clueless she is of current mores, dos and don’ts, she describes herself as a “Jewess” when that word has been banished along with “Negress,” “aviatrix,” and “Asiatic.”
As impressive as her multitude of skills is the plethora of names she has used in her 73 years: Nuzit Greenger, Nurit R. Greenger, Nurit G. Reimer, Nurit Greengerriemer, Nurtt Greenger, and Nurt G. Greenger.
The multi-named Renaissance Woman’s main thrust—since the mid-‘80s—has been writing screeds promoting Israel. Of course, it’s her right to be passionate about Israel. However, when that allegiance makes her spread hatred, untruth, and prevarication—in this case about Armenia and Artsakh—she opens herself up to criticism. A pop psychologist might speculate that her over-the-top passion for Israel is displacement/compensation for being a childless divorcée living alone in Los Angeles.
She calls herself an “Accidental Reporter.” She saw the light “during the 2006 second Lebanon War” and felt compelled to become a pro-Israel activist. Note the “war” rather than Israel’s invasion of Lebanon. An invasion that saw 1,300 Lebanese and 165 Israelis killed. Israel also severely damaged Lebanon’s civil infrastructure and displaced one million Lebanese. During the invasion, Nurit became a complete journalist just like Athena who sprang complete from the skull of Zeus. Since then she has written about 700 articles. If you read one, you’ve probably read them all. You also enter an irony-free zone. They appear on online publications and the usual media suspects in Israel.
Busybody Nurit doesn’t confine her vast talents to journalism. She not only “thinks outside the box,” she also thinks big. Nurit is the founding president of a nonprofit called Western Civilization Heritage Israel Program (CHIP). In 2017 the Internal Revenue Service revoked the nonprofit status of CHIP for not filing the relevant forms for three years. Probably the IRS was unaware that Nurit was too busy defending Western Civilization to fill out boring grey forms.
Hungry for attention, she tends to exaggerate her importance (“world-traveling reporter”) because she has been to Israel, Azerbaijan, and Cameroon. She also dramatizes her life. When she received an eviction notice from her landlord, she recalled patriarch Abraham’s temporary bedmate Hagar who was driven out of the homestead by Sara, Abraham’s wife. She wrote, “I am Hagar, Sara sent into the wilderness.” In that same cri de coeur, she pointed out that the landlord was an “immigrant from Iran.” Was the mention an indication of racism or was she taking advantage of Iran’s unpopularity in the U.S. to win sympathy and support for her court case against the landlord?
In introducing herself, she ungrammatically says she “stands for truth, no political correctness, active in order to save the world from itself, from despicable Leftism-Progressives-Liberals, and Islamic bestial barbarism evil as well as save America from Washington the Free World from Self-Destruction.” She sees “Israel and the U.S as the last two forts of true democratic freedom.” Do Britain, Canada, France, and Germany know they have fallen between the cracks?
Enter the heaven-sent Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. Since Azerbaijan and Israel are pals, Armenia and Artsakh became targets of Nurit’s bile, based on the premise that my friend’s enemy is my enemy.
Here’s a malodorous bouquet of some of the articles she has scribbled in recent years: “Armenia: Occupier of Nagorno-Karabakh,” “Armenia Recklessly Transports Corona-virus to Nagorno-Karabakh,” “Remembering Khojaly Massacre: Yearning to Forget and Forgive,” “Azerbaijan: Regional Force of Stability and Connectivity,” and “Nagorno-Karabakh: Stories of Loss, Survival, and Hope.” Last year an article she wrote was published with a headline that said Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan should be persona non-grata in Los Angeles.
In other articles, she has written:
- “Armenia is not interested in logic, rather than in confrontation…”
- “Azerbaijan is a peace-loving country that accommodates many ethnic and religious groups, while Armenia on the contrary, is seeking to prolong the conflict and constantly agitates its neighbor in an attempt to escalate the fighting”
- “Armenia has invaded and ethnically cleansed 20 percent of Azerbaijan sovereign territory, supporting terrorism at the state level, creating the main threat to regional stability and interested in escalation of the situation on the line of contact with Azerbaijan, it is important that Israel continues assisting Azerbaijan to maintain military superiority.”
After years of churning out hate-filled pap, Nurit hit the big time in the summer of 2018 when she became a monitor of a foreign election. To learn about that milepost in her life, we have to go to the West African country of Cameroon which has been ruled for 38 years by standard-issue dictator Paul Biya.
Cameroon is ranked by Transparency International’s (T.I.) Perception Index a lowly 153 out of 180 states on the corruption scale. Biya has won every election since 1982. T.I. is a respected organization with experience in election monitoring around the globe. Cameroon is one of the first two African states which restored relations with Israel after breaking them following the October War in 1973. For more than 30 years Israel has been looking after Biya’s security with elite forces, according to the African Report. Israelis also run an electronic surveillance system in Cameroon. Israel created and trains the country’s Rapid Intervention Battalion, an elite military force and army combat unit. It also sells weapons and military vehicles to Cameroon and offers scholarships. Cameroon is the only nation to join Israel in voting against UN resolution “Assistance to Palestine Refugees.” There are so many Israelis in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, that it is sometimes called “Little Tel Aviv.”
In October 2018, Biya held one of his pro-forma national elections. Three months before the election, a news organization named Agence Cameroun Presse (ACP) was established in Yaoundé. The editor-in-chief was Eli Dayan from Israel.
The ACP invited six or seven people to monitor the election. They were Raphael Kalfon, Salomon Benros, Yasmine Thabet, Amanda Benzikri Levy, Hubert Haddad… and Nurit Greenger. By some coincidence, they all had something important in common: they were Jewish.
As usual, Biya won the election by a landslide. At a post-election press conference, the ACP monitors gave the election process a clean bill of health. Kalfon said the election had been an exercise in “democratic emancipation” while Nurit chimed in: “Everybody did their job in a clear and satisfactory manner.” She, like the other monitors, wore a tag that said “independent.” They said they were sent by T. I.
While Biya was celebrating his seventh election win, things suddenly got hairy. Patricia Moreira, managing director at T.I.’s world headquarters, issued this statement: “A recent television report featuring individuals described as working for T.I. is false and untrue.” Charles Nguini, president of the Cameroon T.I., echoed the words of the head office.
The six monitors were thus exposed as a sham. Cameroonweb.com and Agence France Presse published exposes. The Radio France Internationale (RFI) report was headlined “Cameroon ‘fake’ election observers mask the truth about reality of presidential polls.”
The U.S. based-Foreign Policy also exposed the imposters. Meanwhile, RFI anonymously interviewed a monitor who said none of the monitors had previously visited sub-Saharan Africa, and it was the first time they had monitored elections.
The monitors said all expenses had been taken care of including hotel and airfare “although they didn’t answer a question about remuneration for carrying out the observation.” Camerounweb.com twisted the knife in: Granger:
Greenger was an “unemployed white divorcee with no fixed address that had become the star of the presidential elections.” It added she had been provided with bodyguards, a driver, had received red carpet treatment, was received by members of the government, and had appeared on television news.
The story went on to say: “This woman and the gang of rascals who accompany her, including Salomon Benros, a convict of Moroccan origin, convicted for theft and swindle…”
Who is Eli Dayan of Israel and why was he in Cameroon?
How and why did he establish Agence Cameroun Presse a mere three months before the Cameroon election?
How did Dayan, who invited the monitors, pay their expenses?
If the monitors were paid, how much were they paid and by whom?
Why were all the monitors Jewish?
Many questions but no answers.