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Hundreds of Letters Slam Montebello Councilman Jack Hadjinian for Azerbijani ‘Terrorist’ Post on Facebook

BY BRIAN HEWS • August 14, 2020

A Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community News article published yesterday has spawned an angry reaction from over 500 Azerbaijanis who wrote letters to HMG slamming Montebello Councilman Jack Hadjinian for his remarks in a Facebook rant posted yesterday.

In that post, Hadjinian resigned his board of director position on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation because of what he called L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s “reckless behavior.”

Hadjinian stated, “I can no longer support such a reckless leader as Sheriff Villanueva.”

“He [Villanueva] continues to challenge the [Los Angeles County] Board of Supervisors and now has planned an event with a terrorist group known as the Azerbaijani Community.”

Hadjinian continued, “The Azeris are spreading anti-Armenian propaganda and Sheriff Villanueva is giving them a platform to further extend their lies across the county of Los Angeles. I will never compromise my principles just to carry a badge or an ID card.”

Hadjinian cited several recent examples of aggression by the Azerbaijanis against the Armenian-American community, including the July 24 vandalism at the Krouzian-Zekarian Vasbouragan Armenian School in San Francisco, where the building was spray painted with crude pro-Azerbaijani graffiti.

The incident is still under investigation and no proof has been brought forward proving it was Azerbaijanis.

Hadjinian failed to mention the incident where thousands of Armenian nationalists  just last month stormed the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles and attacked Azerbaijanis who were peacefully protesting Armenia’s recent provocation, which led to border clashes with Azerbaijan.

On their way to the consulate, a furious crowd of Armenians attacked  a handful of peaceful Azerbaijanis who gathered in front of the consulate. Seven Azerbaijanis were injured in the attack and four of them were hospitalized, while a Los Angeles police officer suffered a head injury and cars were vandalized.

The letter stated:

Dear Editor:

With increasing level of racism and hate crimes in America, it is imperative for everyone to condemn, decry and shame individuals who exhibit racist behavior against any members of our society. America has fought for too long to eradicate remnants of intolerance and racism, and although in many parts of our great country racism persists, we as the members of a politically active civil society are consistently battling to suppress it.

It is especially unfortunate and frustrating when this racist behavior against parts of our peaceful society is displayed in actions of our elected officials. One such public official is Jack Hadjinian, Councilmember of the City of Montebello, CA. On August 12, Mr. Hadjinian posted on his public Facebook page a “note of resignation” from the Board of Directors of Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, in which he chastised LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva for planning an online community event with the Azerbaijani American community to discuss issues and concerns for personal safety in the wake of hate crimes against the members of the community.

Apparently, as a courageous professional who serves and protects, Sheriff Villanueva wants to provide updates to the members of Azerbaijani American community about hate crimes and aggravated battery against three members of this community (Please see LAPD statement on hate crime investigation here: https://www.lapdonline.org/home/news_view/66776). One person of interest (allegedly from the Armenian American community) is already wanted and LAPD has publicized his photo in local news. (Please see CBS News report here: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/08/12/man-wanted-assault-armenian-protest-azerbaijani-consulate/)

This is where Mr. Hadjinian comes in. Irritated by Sheriff Villanueva’s plans to hold an online Q&A session with the Azerbaijani American community, Jack Hadjikian went into a tirade accusing Mr. Villanueva and called the Azerbaijani American community a “terrorist group” which is indicative of ethnic intolerance and can potentially incite violence from the radical elements within the Armenian community against Azerbaijani community members, and even against Sheriff Villanueva himself. 

The full text of Mr. Hadjinian’s message is below:

“Effective immediately, I have tendered my resignation to the Board of Directors of the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. I can no longer support such a reckless leader as Sheriff Villanueva who continues to challenge the Board of Supervisors, and now has planned an event with a terrorist group known as the Azerbaijani community. The Azeris are spreading anti-Armenian propaganda and Sheriff Villanueva is giving them a platform to further extend their lies across the County of Los Angeles. I will never compromise my principles just to carry a badge or an ID card.”

This isn’t the first time that Mr. Hadjinian made the bad press. Some shady deals in which he was involved were reported by Los Cerritos Community News: https://www.facebook.com/169441400643706/posts/623756351878873/.

Racist and hateful messages calling a community a “terrorist group” have no place in our society, let alone in our government, local and federal alike. My family and I are calling you to decry, condemn and shame Mr. Hadjinian for racism, and calling the DA and Montebello Police Department to investigate this an action inciting violence!

See all Los Cerritos News articles on Hadjinian


Montebello Hadjinian resigns

  • Nazrin Baghirova says:

    Thank you so much for spreading the truth and best my objective. This is do important in nowafays. I believe and appreciate American democratic liberties and values that America have been teaching to its sitizens. I wish every country had this principles. But Mr. Hadjinian has clearly demonstrated so much disrespect towards the believes that the American founding fathers were fighting for. #JusticeforAzerbaijan, #Azerbaijanilivesmatter #justforkarabakh #StopArmenianaggression.

  • Kristine says:

    Thank you Mr. Hadjjinian for resigning because you deserve better job. The corrupt LAPD does not deserve you. God will take care of the enemy.

  • Nigar says:

    Dear all!
    Mr. Hadjinian steals voices of community members! Does not let the truth to be heard! Looks like he has his own agenda. Please, investigate his actions.
    Why would someone be angry if Sheriff wants to hear the voices of community?
    I hope Mr. Hadjinian has an answer to this question?

    Thank you.

  • Tunzala Eynula says:

    Azerbaijan is rich with OIL and GAS. We are surrounded by unfriendly countries Armenia, Iran, Russia… Each of them wants something to take from our country. Obviously, a main key player is Russia.

    The war on July 12 between Armenia and Azerbaijan had two major points: 1) on the territory where the war broke, we have gas and oil pipelines transporting raw material through Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey-Europe.

    Russia is not a part of these projects.

    Russia wants to capture this specific region with pipelines using Armenian forces like always and staying incognito. By capturing this region, Russia, NOT Armenia, will control the supply of energy to Europe. Also, Russia will suffocate Georgia even more by controlling a border between Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    Russia wants to control the valve of oil/gas supply to Europe, basically to control the economy of Europe.

    This was the main reason of the war, to REDIRECT transportation of oil/gas through Russia. What was the role of Armenia in this situation? Russia used Armenia like always in their plan to create this war.

    As a result:
    1. The transportation of crude oil/gas through Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey-Europe was stopped and Azerbaijani government opened a pipeline through Russia.
    2. Some ordinary Armenians and Azerbaijani people died in this war.

    Russia wants to keep the VALVE of energy supply in his solely hand. Whenever they want, they can suffocate European countries.

    Just recently Russia shipped 400 tons of weapons to Armenia.

    Two days ago, BBC had an interview with the prime minister of Armenia:

    1. Full interview 24 min: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t2ABO8abEA&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR09AlzNSLEw3nxtgItejyk4W6q7Ygsg7KuNxs66wiGIhAabNnwcanGZx8Q
    2. Partial interview 56 sec: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoEMMyV-RC0
    3. Read the Armenian media outlet “Zartonk” how they describe this interview you will understand our frustration.
    They are talking, only talking about several thousands of years ago, but completely ignoring about current realities.

    Europe tired of Putin’s games. American politicians should know the facts and stop taking donations from Armenian lobby and promise/support Armenian occupation of Azerbaijan. They need to understand that they are working AGAINST national interests of United States. These corrupted politicians wants another new USSR under Putin with Russian Empire.

    Russia already occupied: 1) from Ukraine: Crimea, and two other regions 2) 20 % of Azerbaijan Nagorniy Karabax and seven adjacent regions using Armenia forces 3) from Moldova – Pridnestrovye region 4) from Georgia two large regions as well.

    As an elected person look how much this person brainwashed with his lies the youth generation. How many of young people see him as a leader? We just tired to carry so much lies on our back for so long. We provide and have FACTS!

  • Irada akhoundova says:

    I agree with you ! We are tired to carry so much lies ! Thank you for your comment !

  • Tunzala Eynula says:

    My response is to Manouk Michael BagdasaryanIt’s, because you or someone reported the videos/PROVES!!!!! from and the comment was removed.

    So, I am posting here and you can’t complain to Facebook!

    It is very strange that NOBODY has any records/videos/image when there were so many people recording… and btw, this is the girl’s video.

    FACTS are not empty conversations!

    1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqT6ill84cw 2) same girl f…… all Azeris

    2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaJlStyMKEQ What ever you say, but lies will end when we provide FACTS!

  • Mrs. Rojas says:

    This is not the first time Mr. Hadjinjin has acted racist by His comments. I used to live in Montebello and cannot believe that man is running for re-election after all the illegal corrupt things he’s done. When he was first elected he had no money and was a nobody, but after all the money he gets under the table he finally moved out of his Mother’s house. It makes me sad he drags the City of Montebello into the news because of his stupidity.