Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Argentina is Relatively Quiet over Gaza War

Argentina is having a major economic crisis.

The population of Buenos Aires went out on the street to protes the government polices. Gaza must have been low on the list of things to consider.

Little time for Palestine. The Argentines are too busy protesting their own Argentine government.

This is amazing. Argentina is about 9% Arab; and it has a considerable Jewish population; but the immediate concern in Argentina is their own economic crisis.

Most Arabs in Argentina are Maronite Lebanese Christians (who would not be partial to Muslim Palestinians) and Syrian Orthodox Christians. These might have sympathy for the Gaza Palestinians – though the Maronites might actually support Israel – but no so much to bring them out into the street in large numbers. There is a negligible Palestinian population among them; and the Palestinian-Argentines would not set the tone.

They are probably more upset at Cristina Kirchner’s administration in Argentina than a war 7000 miles away.

The response in Argentina to the new Gazan War seems to be muted.

Chile (see previous posts) however has a notable, prosperous, and influential Palestinian community. Palestinian-Chileans have reacted more strongly, as would be expected.