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Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Re-Arabizing Chilean Palestinians

Published on YouTube: October 27, 2017

Note: Bottom Video is Translated to English

Latin American Palestinians met in Chile this weekend to inaugurate a new cultural event Taqalid (Traditions). A sort of Latin-Palestinian Congress to re-Arabize the Palestinians in Latin America, not just Chile.

Israel will have a real contest with this group. The Palestinians of Latin America (especially Chile) are very rich, prosperous, well-connected, and well-organized, as you can see: [Notice: The event was held at the elite social club: CLUB PALESTINO  (0:33) in the top video].

Though Latin-Palestinians are almost totally Christian, and though some of their ancestors fled the Mideast in the 19th century to get away from Muslim persecutions, they are incredibly hostile to Israel, today. Unlike Muslims, though, they can put on a good respectable face to this anti-Zionism.

Source: Santiago Times
October 26, 2017

SANTIAGO – Chile’s Palestinian community will celebrate its heritage with a cultural and sports festival organized in the South American country beginning Friday.

Under the name Taqalid, or traditions, the Central Bureau of Chilean Palestinian organizations will host a weekend event filled with food, exhibitions and musical performances from Palestinian artists, as well as, sports competitions including soccer, tennis and tawle, a traditional Middle Eastern board game.

“This is a chance to celebrate the Palestinian traditions in family and to get a little closer to our land in spite of difficulties and distance,” said Nadia Garib, president of the Palestinian Federation of Chile and Taqalid’s spokesperson.

Published on YouTube: August 8, 2017

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Brazilain Politican Visits the Land of His Ancestors

Brazilian politician visits ancestral home for first time
April 19, 2013 01:35 AM
By Mohammed Zaatari
The Daily Star

“This is the land of my father and mother, who were from the Hage and Homsi families. My father was a physician who graduated from St. Joseph University and emigrated to Bahia in Brazil in 1925,” Hage boasted to reporters.

Despite his Lebanese heritage, the head of the Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil is in Lebanon for the first time. Having attended a conference in Beirut with representatives of countries such as Egypt, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Algeria, Hage decided to extend his stay to visit Qaitouleh, the village of his ancestors.

Read more:
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

He found out that he was eligible to vote in Lebanon.

Turns out the Brazilian politician was Christian (read the article – at the source)

What is interesting is how matter-of-factly they refer to Palestine. The South Americans have recognized Palestine as a nation.

This would not be so commonly seen in American reporting.

Jorge Hage is the Comptroller-General of Brazil, which is a cabinet position in that country, roughly equivalent to our Secretary of the Treasury.

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Palestine in the South – Trailer

Again, we see the prominence of Palestinians in Chile has become the object of study, and policy.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Diaspora Palestinians Set up Network to Build State

They admit at (1:21): “With half a million people of Palestinian origin Chile represents the largest Palestinian community outside of the Arab world.”

I do doubt Israel will even allow a Palestinian state; but it does show the clout of the Chileans in the world Palestinian community.

What was not mentioned was the overwhelming Christianity of the Chilean Palestinians.

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