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Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Radicalization of Chile’s Arabs Again

NOTE: This post was originally made on June 7, 2013. I have updated the information, and reset the date, because this is critical information that needs to be re-examined.

I have reported before on the radicalization of Chile’s Palestinian Population.

Their statistics:

1) The Palestinians in Chile number roughly 500,000.
2) They constitute the largest number of Palestinians outside the Mideast.
3) More Palestinian Christians are in Chile than in the Mideast.
4) The Palestinians in Chile are roughly 99% CHRISTIAN.
5) Many have ancestors who arrived before 1930, before Israel; so they can’t blame all of their predicament on Israel.
6) They are often very rich, elite in Chile; so they can’t complain that their lives are worse off.

You would think such a group of Christians would not espouse the Islamicized cause of Palestinian nationalism; but you would be wrong. In 1947, though the government of Chile was initially predisposed to vote for the partition of Palestine in the UN vote, creating a Jewish state; but the Palestinians in Chile were so powerful, even at that early date, that they forced the government of Chile to abstain. One Chilean government official resigned in protest.

Today, the Palestinians in Chile are very radicalized against Israel.

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2013 UGEP webpage – No longer online

Take a look at the 2013 home page for the website for the Union General de Estudiantes Palestinos (UGEP) [General Union of Palestinian Students]. It is no longer online, but the UGEP has not disappeared in Chile. The UGEP still runs a prominent Facebook Page; and they work with other anti-Israel groups in Chile.

But, notice the prominent placement given the Dome of the Rock, a Muslim Shrine, on their homepage banner for the 2013 Website.

Yet, almost all these Chilean students are Christians. Their ancestors came from Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, and Beit Jala … all of which were heavily Christian when their ancestors left.

Why didn’t a picture of a church figure prominently in their banner image? I know the Dome of the Rock is an impressive site which defines the image of Jerusalem; but these Palestinian-Chileans are primarily Christian.

When you study the activities of Christian-Palestinian-Chileans, they will often be using Islamic imagery. It is scary.


Yo Soy Palestino (I am Palestinian) – 2016
by Federación Palestina de Chile.
The music in the background is the
Palestinian national anthem: Biladi

The most prominent of the Palestinian-Chilean groups is the Federación Palestina de Chile (Palestine Federation of Chile). They run charities, education programs – see video to the side, where the educate the children – and they have massive political clout.

The radicalization of Chile’s Palestinians is a growing phenomenom in the West. Yet, the United States and Israel, while complaining, are doing very little to counter this. A big mistake.

Chile’s Palestinians are the vanguard of anti-Israel propaganda in South America. Because Chile’s Palestinians are so rich, they have clout in a country which is South America’s rising economic star. They have the power to change a lot of public opinion in the Latin world.

Latin America is now becoming an economic powerhouse. It can no longer be ignored. Something has to be done to counter the strident anti-Israeli bias of Palestinian-Chileans. Now is the time to deal with this.

But to get a sense of this, please take a look at these prominent Chilean politicians visiting Palestine in 2016. There is nothing like this in the United States.


I was only able to translate the titles at the beginning and from (4:41) towards the end.
Still, you can see they are getting the Palestinian line.

This phenomenom seems to be growing. Websites groups may come and go, but the the Federación Palestina de Chile seems to be the central organizing agency, now. It has massive political clout, and merits watching.

Federación Palestina de Chile – YouTube – Lots of videos, often with prominent people.

Federación Palestina de Chile – Website – Their blog/newssite.


June 7, 2013 – Date of original post, before update.
November 23, 2017 – Edited, updated, and corrected an error.
November 23, 2017 – Removed Beit Jala video (Click Here), and installed a video by Federación Palestina de Chile. (2016)

Friday, May 12th, 2017

THE PALESTINIANS

When dealing with Latin America, most of the Arab ethnicities in those countries are either of Lebanese Christian or Syrian Christian extraction. Yes, there are other ethnicities as well; but they tend to be smaller.

IN CHILE, THE PALESTINIANS ARE THE MAJORITY OF ARABS.

Not just Chile, but Honduras and El Salvador has a prominent Palestinian population as well.  However, since Chile is now a first world nation, and since Chile is an economic powerhouse in Latin America, it is Chile which we will pay attention to the most, in this series.

What one has to know is that Arabs are roughly 5% of Chile’s population;  but in Chile, the Palestinians are roughly 60% of the Arabs or 3% of Chile’s population.

They are rich, well-connected, powerful, and influential. They are also Christian, about 99% Christian, often Orthodox Christian.

THOUGH CHRISTIAN, PALESTINIAN CHILEANS SUPPORT THE STRUGGLE AGAINST ISRAEL.

I am not saying this in support of the Palestinians; but it is just a statement of fact. Palestinian lobbies in Chile are extraordinarily powerful, and they work against Israel.


PALESTINE FOREVER Part 1 – Federación Palestina of Chile – Posted on YouTube: March 23, 2015

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Palestine by the Numbers


Posted on YouTube: June 6, 2016

America is ignoring this. There is a large and growing anti-Israel feeling among the Latins. Some of this is fueled by Palestinian immigrants to Latin America, but a lot of it is subsidized by Arab and Iranian money.

From the Federación Palestina de Chile.

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Radicalized?!

In Latin America there are various national umbrella groups called FEARAB, which means the Federación de Entidades Arabes (or roughly translated: Federation of Arab Groups/Societies). The ACRONYM only looks bad in English.

Each national FEARAB organization expresses itself differently. But, the website for Federation of Arab Groups-Chile used to have a header which denied the existence of Israel altogether. This indicated a radical viewpoint that is not always seen on other FEARAB sites for other Latin countries.

In fact, FEARAB-Chile, due to the high percentage of Palestinians among the Arabs in Chile, seems to be more involved in the Mideast conflict than the Arab organizations in other countries.

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NOTE: This was a map on an earlier FEARAB CHILE website. Notice how Israel did not exist on their map.
They now run a website page with a different header: FEARAB

In Chile, the Palestinian Christians are re-discovering their Arab roots, and using their economic and political influence to shape society, and change policy.

What is noticeable with the FEARAB-Chile site is how often Islamic motiffs crop up, even though there are so few Muslims in Chile, even among the Arabs. At a rate of over 99% Christian among the Arab community, one would think Christian Holy Sites would crop up more often in their images.

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Trans: Youth Group (Juach) Travel to Mideast – January 2012 – (No longer on site)
NOTE: Why would Christians show the Al-Aqsa Mosque?
Present: FEARAB-Chile website

Palestinian-Chileans are directly involved in Palestine issues. This is something you would not see so readily among the Argentine Arabs – but as noted, Argentine Arabs are not heavily Palestinian, but more Lebanese Maronite Christian, and Syrian Christian.

There was always an aspect of this in Chile. In 1938, Palestinian-Chileans created Club Palestino in the center of Santiago, Chile, apparently working out an arrangement with the British Mandatory authorities as well. In 1947, Palestinian-Chileans persuaded the Chilean government to abstain on the vote to create a Jewish state.

However, concern with Palestinian issues really seems to have taken off with the first Intifada in the 1980s, as TV images of the fighting were broadcast to Chile. Prior to this, the Palestinians in Chile had been social climbing for the most part until the 1960s; and in the 1970s were probably suffering under the Pinochet dictatorship like everyone else.

By the late 80s, the start of the Intifada, Chile was back to democracy, and prosperity; satellite TV was becoming common, and the Palestinian community was starting to get involved. By virtue of the Palestinian majority among the Arab-Chilean community, Palestinian-Chileans could swing the whole Arab community along with it.

This is often not so in other Latin countries, where Westernized Maronite Lebanese-Christians tend to have numbers and clout.

The influence of Palestinian-Chileans seems to be major, and seems to go unnoticed in the USA by American media, but it is drawing lots of notice in the Mideast and in Latin America.

Palestinians in Chile are starting to be a major player in Mideast politics.

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Trans: Palestinian Congress
Arab Youth of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
Inviting all Arab youth in the area to participate
in this Congress in order to unify criteria and
participate in the national decisions concerning
the Palestinian Cause and your community in Chile
NOTE: Notice the Islamic Symbol on the lower left
But 99% of Arabs in Chile are Christian
.

Notice how these Islamic symbols crop up in Chilean sites. It might be understandable that Chilean Palestinians would embrace Palestine as a cause; but since they are roughly 99% Christian, I cannot understand why they would embrace Islamic motiffs.

One has to suspect Saudi oil money, or other Islamic Oil Money, is partly to blame here. But these Christian-Palestinian-Chileans are prosperous enough that they could finance a lot of this by themselves. I am not that surprised at Palestinian-Chilean participation; I am surprised at the embrace of Islamic symbols among their Christian community.

The Palestinian-Chilean community was never going to be pro-Israel; but now it seems to deny Israel altogether.

There is more discussion on other pages.


24 November 2017 – Made edits, corrections, and updated links.

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