Popular Articles

Armenia’s Support For A State Sponsor Of Terrorism

Via their support for the Islamic Republic of Iran, they assisted in creating an atmosphere ripe for terror attacks

Click an icon above to share, email, or save this article

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had a meeting with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ebrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. (Photo: radar armenia) 

Click an icon above to share, email, or save this article

At least one person was killed and 19 others were injured in two separate bus explosions this morning in what police are referring to as a double terror attack.  Both terror attacks, one near the Jerusalem Central Bus Station and one in Ramot, occurred at bus stops near the morning rush-hour traffic. Both bombs were exploded remotely via bags that were left at the bus stops. Although no terror group has claimed responsibility yet for the double bus bombings, both Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, who are both proxies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, have praised the double terror attack.

“The operation in the occupied city of Jerusalem is a natural response to the occupation, its terrorism, and its criminal practices against the defenseless Palestinian people and their holy sites,” the Palestinian Islamic Jihad said in a statement. “The operation says to the leaders of the occupation and the leaders of the settlers that none of the policies of your criminal government will protect you from the strikes of our people’s resistance.”

Hamas, another proxy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, added: “The Zionist occupation is paying the price today for its crimes and aggression against our people and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and we have warned about this repeatedly. Our people will not remain silent in the face of this, and the outrage at Al-Aqsa will explode and spread in all regions.”

Previous slide
Next slide

These double terror attacks occurred about one week after MEMRI reported that Abbas Haji Najjari, who serves as an advisor to the cultural deputy of the Iranian Chief-of-Staff, indicated that Iran will attack the State of Israel in response to their support for the Iran protests against the mullah’s regime, which show no sign of abating: “The exact goals for the recent riots in Iran were set by the [Western] powers of arrogance. They seek to crush the Iranian power in the region to target Iran’s capabilities, and to destabilize its national unity. The Zionist entity is extremely afraid. In the last maneuvers we held, the Dimona nuclear reactor was one of the main targets. We made a model of it and hit it. The Zionist entity is a simple target for us. All the sensitive facilities of the Zionist entity are within our direct reach.”

While it is clear that Iran at the very least provided verbal support for the recent Jerusalem terror attack and very well could have played a larger role, the question remains, what role did Armenia play in all of this?  So far, although Armenia’s government has remained silent about the Jerusalem terror attack, the Public Radio of Armenia did write an article about the terror attack, where they claimed it was a “suspected Palestinian attack,” similar to how Al Jazeera covers Palestinian terror attacks. They also called Ramot a settlement, thus lending justification for one of the recent terror attacks in Jerusalem. 

Earlier this month, there were Armenians on Twitter who attacked Israel for supporting Azerbaijan and they claimed that the future of Iran could be very similar to Armenia’s in the wake of “Aliyev’s attacks backed by Israel.”  Furthermore, Armenia did officially support Iran at the UN when a resolution was put up for a vote regarding the human rights violations in the country following the Iran protests.

After the Iranian government tweeted that Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited Tehran, many Twitter users tweeted: “Two states, one nation.”  A couple of years ago, Advisor to the Chief of the #Armenian Army General Staff Vladimir Pogosyan likened Israel to Nazi Germany and vowed vengeance for its support of #Azerbaijan in the conflict over Karabakh.  

Get thej.ca a Pro Israel Voice by Email. Never miss a top story that effects you, your family & your community

A report in the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies (BESA) noted that Hagop Hagopian, who later became the chairman of ASALA, an Armenian terror organization active in the 1980’s, worked closely with Abu Iyad of the PLO and was considered a “muhajeed” by that group: “The PLO and its smaller but more radical faction the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine led by George Habash provided generous training and logistical support for ASALA.” In fact, ASALA terror leader Hagopian claimed, “Many Armenians since 1966 participated in the Palestinian struggle from which they learned many things.”  

In fact, it has been reported that Palestinian terror groups assisted ASALA in their attack upon Ankara’s Airport in 1982, which killed nine and injured 80.  According to Turkish Jewish journalist Rafael Sadi, “Even today, you see that the Palestinian Authority leaders are remarkably close to Armenia.”     

According to Taras Kuzio, a professor at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, there is also a strong military alliance between the fundamentalist Shia regime in Tehran and Christian Armenia, which has been cemented in three ways

The first was Armenia assisting Iran and more recently Russia to evade international sanctions. The second was to act as an intermediary in the supply of drones and missiles to Russia that the Kremlin uses in its terror attacks against Ukrainian civilian targets. The third was for Armenia to diplomatically support Iran at the UN and in other international organizations. The US imposed sanctions on a number of Armenian companies who they accused of constituting a trans-national network that was buying technology for Russia’s military industrial complex. The latest Armenian company to be sanctioned was Milur Electronics.”

According to him, “Iran’s growing bellicosity is due to the defeat of its close ally Armenia as well as because of the strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Turkey, as seen in the June 2021 Shusha Declaration. Iran saw that it had lost influence to Turkey and its neighbor had come under Turkic influence. Iran seeks to counter Turkey through a close alliance with Armenia and Russia.”  

Damage can be seen on a bus that was at the site of the terrorist bombing (Photo: ILTV)

However, Azerbaijan refuses to remain silent on this, as indicated by the recent decision to open up an Azerbaijani Embassy in Israel. After an Iranian spy ring was discovered in Azerbaijan, after Iran opened up a consulate along the Azerbaijani-Armenian border and even held military exercises along the Azerbaijani border, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev condemned the military support that Iran has given to Armenia.  After all, it is well documented that Iran assisted Armenia militarily during the First and Second Karabakh War, as well as throughout the thirty years where Armenia occupied Karabakh. When the Armenians destroyed Aghdam, they sold everything of value to the Iranians, who were the main profiteers from Armenia’s illegal occupation of Karabakh in violation of four UN Security Council Resolutions over the course of thirty years.  

Azerbaijanis know that throughout the Second Karabakh War, Armenians were permitted to protest in solidarity with Armenia, but Azerbaijanis in Iran were not given the same privileges.   Ambassador of Iran to Armenia Abbas Badakhshan Zohouri said recently that Iran opened up its consulate in Kopan in order to prevent Azerbaijani claims to the area, noting: “the 3,000-year-old historical and cultural ties between Iran and Armenia are a good base for the development of the relations in all directions.” The Armenian media noted that Iran considers their relationship with Armenia to be of great importance. At the same time, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi threatened to attack Azerbaijan if they “cut off the land bridge between Iran and Armenia” and they accused Azerbaijan of being a “Zionist puppet.”

Considering these facts, although Armenia did not play a direct role in the Jerusalem terror attack, as a proxy state of the Islamic Republic of Iran who likely is greatly disturbed by Baku opening an embassy in Israel, they did play a role in supporting a state sponsor of terrorism, who has other proxies who did directly praise the recent Jerusalem terror attack. In this way, via their support for the Islamic Republic of Iran, they assisted Iran in creating an atmosphere ripe for these kind of terror attacks to occur.   

After all, if Iran is not to be held accountable at the UN for murdering, torturing and raping its own civilians en masse and the Armenian media portrays terror attacks against Israelis as “suspected attacks,” then they do help to create an atmosphere of impunity where terrorism can flourish.  Thus, given this, the silence of Armenian leaders regarding the Jerusalem terror attack is quite eerie.     

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

Click an icon above to share, email, or save this article

Click an icon above to share, email, or save this article

Previous slide
Next slide

Read More

Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your HELP!

Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

Monthly support is a great way to help us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make to support Jewish Journalism.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

Happy reading!

Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your HELP!

Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

Monthly support is a great way to help us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make to support Jewish Journalism.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

Happy reading!

cOMING SOON…….

Breaking News

Recent

Features

News

Current Events

Opinions

Politics

Religion

Culture

Memoriam and Obituaries

PodcastS

Terms and Conditions

Privacy Policy

About Us

Advertise with us

contact 

Subscribe Now

Receive the latest in community & international Jewish news direct to your inbox

© 2020 THEJ.CA, All Rights Reserved

Terms and Conditions

Privacy Policy

About Us

Advertise with us

contact 

Subscribe Now

Receive the latest in community & international Jewish news direct to your inbox

© 2020 THEJ.CA, All Rights Reserved

Subscribe Now

Receive the latest in community & international Jewish news direct to your inbox

Terms and Conditions

Privacy Policy

About Us

Advertise with us

contact 

© 2020 THEJ.CA, All Rights Reserved