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.
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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.