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Round Table Discussion On Armenia’s Ecological Terrorism

Dona Gracia Center for Diplomacy hears of deliberate damage to Azerbaijan lands

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Azerbaijani community members held a protest in front of Houston City Hall to show support for Azerbaijani eco-activists and civil society representatives taking action on the Lachin-Khankandi road. (Photo: Report.az)

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On January 30, 2023, about 30 people gathered to participate in a round table discussion on Armenia’s ecological terrorism in the Karabakh region at Netanya’s Park Hotel, the very same hotel where Palestinians massacred thirty Israeli civilians at a Passover Seder during the height of the Second Intifada.

The event opened up with my lighting two candles, one in the memory of the Azerbaijani security staff member who was murdered by the Iranian regime during the terror attack targeting the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran and the second one in the memory of the seven civilians who were killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem.  

Both terror attacks occurred on International Holocaust Memorial Day and both terror attacks were supported by the mullahs in Tehran. Israelis and members of the Azerbaijani Diaspora held a moment of silence in honor of the victims of both terror attacks. 

At the opening of the event, I explained that, “Iran is one of the greatest state sponsors of terrorism. They wantonly attacked the Azerbaijani Embassy because they are opening up a new embassy here in Tel Aviv. Because of that, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards went there and wanted to kill everyone inside of the Azerbaijani Embassy on International Holocaust Memorial Day, just because they wanted to have good relations with Israel. On the same day, a Palestinian terrorist slaughtered seven people in Jerusalem as they were leaving Friday night prayers. Iran came out with a statement saying that the terrorists were ‘martyrs” and it was an ‘act of resistance.’”

Iran has proxies and one of their proxies in Armenia, which they use to bypass the sanctions. They were complicit in Armenia’s war crimes in the Karabakh region. 

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In 2020, Armenian settlers as they withdrew from Karabakh and the seven Azerbaijani districts committed ecological terrorism of a similar magnitude to Hamas by burning down the homes of internally displaced Azerbaijani refugees, burning down agricultural fields, slaughtering cattle, cutting down trees, looting holy sites such as the ancient Caucasian Albanian Khudavang Monastery which belongs to Azerbaijan and robbing the area of cultural treasures. They did this to make the region uninhabitable for Azerbaijani internationally displaced refugees who wish to return to their homes that they were forcefully expelled from in the 1990’s. In fact, as Azerbaijan took over additional areas in the context of the peace agreement, the Armenian environmental terrorism that systematically left the region in ruins is blatantly there for all to see.  

I also discussed Azerbaijan’s desire to sue Armenia for war crimes, as well as the ongoing environmental protests along the Lachin Corridor, Russia’s being complicit in Armenia’s theft of Azerbaijan’s natural treasures, and the fact that Azerbaijani environmental monitors were denied access to the area. 

Afterwards, David Bedein, CEO of the Center for Near East Policy Research, discussed parallels between Armenian and Palestinian terrorism. He accused Russia of being involved with Armenia’s ecoterrorism and playing a key role in the exploitation of Azerbaijan’s natural resources in the Karabakh region. 

Bedein claimed that the KGB also played a role in radicalizing the Palestinians and transforming them into a major terror threat. He also claimed that environmental terrorism is just as bad as any other kind of terrorism: “The whole point is to destroy something.”

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Then, Raphael Nabizade, an Azerbaijani youth leader and a graduate student at Tel Aviv University, blamed the Russian peacekeepers being complicit in Armenia’s ecological terrorism for the current protests, and discussed the history of Armenia’s ecological terrorism in the region: “They completely destroyed Karabakh and ruined everything over their thirty year occupation.   Armenia’s aggression significantly destroyed the environment in the South Caucuses.   In fact, they burned forest, polluted rivers and destroyed fauna, and engaged in illegal exploitation of resources, which caused much damage. They have pocketed millions of dollars by squandering Azerbaijan’s natural resources in Karabakh in cooperation with the Russia.”

Noam Ezer is an Israeli youth leader and graduate student at Bar Ilan University, who discussed why Israeli youth should support the Azerbaijani youth protesting at the Lachin Corridor:

“Israel and Azerbaijan have been good relations since the 1990’s. They have saved the Israeli Embassy many time from Iranian attacks. We have good security cooperation on Iran.   We have achieved respectable results from a security point of view.  Furthermore, 40% of the oil in Israel is imported from Azerbaijan.   Israel also sells weapons to Azerbaijan.  When I see the relationship between the countries, I do not see it as something trivial that Israel would have such a relationship with a Shia Muslim country… As someone whose family immigrated from the Islamic world, this is something that should not be taken for granted.  Therefore, we should support the Azerbaijani people in their struggle against the Armenian ecoterrorism.”  

Ezer noted that the arson attacks that the Armenians implemented have an uncanny resemblance to what Hamas has done to Israel: “It will take the environment there years to recover. The Armenians used weapons that caused fires that it is difficult to control.  White phosphorous is an ecological weapon. An Israeli who sees what the Armenians did to Karabakh will view it like what Hamas did to Gaza. I see what the Azerbaijanis and Israelis are suffering.  Therefore, we have to stand by each other.”

Victor Zi, a prominent Israeli photographer, concluded by discussing Azerbaijan’s rich ecology: “Azerbaijan is an amazing country. The synagogues, the mosques, and modern architecture and old architecture I love. But it is not only architecture. The beauty is very important to the Azerbaijani people. The nature, the views, the landscape is very important. Everything should be done in order to maintain it and keep it as it. If we speak about the future, the nature is the future. We met the younger generation and they gave us a lot of good vibes and hope for the future.”

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.”  

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