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Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Argentina House in Israel

A site about Arabs in Latin America would not be complete without some references to Jews.

Argentina had a massive and influential Jewish community at one point. Though it has dwindled, it is still the sixth largest Jewish community outside of Israel.

This next video is by a shop called the Argentina House in Israel. They sell Argentina, and South American products in Israel. Obviously not all are kosher.

Forgive Translation errors.

But there has to be a large homesick (for South America) constituency of Latinized Jews who would buy these products in Israel.

Their website: (In Hebrew and Spanish)

edited Jan 15, 2013

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Arabic Dances In Barra World

Izlene Christina's Website

What is clear is that a lot of these people who embrace Arab dance are NOT Arabic.

The was done at a Syrian-Lebanese Restaurant in a shopping mall/theme park called Barra World (World Bar), in Rio de Janeiro. The Mall has streets with recreations of architecture from around the world. It was designed to look like Epcot Center.

Interestingly the entrepeneur who built the shopping mall/theme park is Joseph Koury. K(h)oury is Arabic for priest, indicating he was probably of Arabic Christian ancestry.

It seems to be a weekly show, performed every Saturday.

If you are in Rio, look it up.

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

The Arab in Lima. Closer Than You Think.

Used the Google Translation Engine because my Spanish is so so.

The Arab in Lima [Peru]. Closer than you think

Conocidos por nuestros abuelos llanamente como “los turcos”, la herencia cultural árabe y las olas de inmigrantes que llegaron al Perú trajeron consigo costumbres y usos que han calado profundamente en nuestra identidad cultural, como bien lo recuerda el sociólogo e historiador Nelson Manrique en entrevista con Perú21.

Desde la arquitectura colonial hasta los más queridos platos de nuestra “mistura gastronómica”, la III Cumbre de Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno de América del Sur y los Países Árabes nos da una excusa para revisar una vez más el legado de la cultura del Medio Oriente en suelo peruano.

Known by our grandparents simply as “Turks”, the Arab cultural heritage, and the waves of immigrants who arrived in Peru brought with them customs and practices that have penetrated deeply into our cultural identity, as recalled by the sociologist and historian Nelson Manrique in interview with Perú21.

From colonial architecture to the most beloved dishes from our “Mistura gastronomic [fair]“, the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of South American and Arab Countries gives us an excuse to once again review the legacy of the culture of the Middle East on Peruvian soil.

The webpage – with a video that would not embed, due to script problems – had a short discussion about Arab heritage in Peru in light of the 2012 Arab-Latin summit which was held in Peru in October, 2012.

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Arab Bread Commercial

The translation is not perfect, but you get the point. Arab food is totally mainstream in South America.

Of course, we in America know it as pita bread; but how often do you see Pita Bread commercials on American TV apart from some local bakeries or franchise restaurants. What is interesting is that they call it Arab bread; and that is advertised as such by a transnational conglomerate like Bimbo.

The commercial was from Colombia. Bimbo is a Latin American food giant.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Arab Restaurant, São Paulo

Arabic Restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil.

Arabic food is mainstream. Lebanese Kibbe has been adopted by Brazilians as a typical Brazilian dish.

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