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Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Lutheran Church – Bethlehem

Lutheran Church in Bethlehem

Bethlehem Christian scouts

In 1948, the city of Bethlehem was 85% Christian. By 1967, the population was 46% Christian. Recently, the Christians have dropped to 10% of the population in the metro area. Clearly, the flight of Christians was primarily during the era of Muslim control during the time of Jordanian rule.

There is also a large anti-Christian element in the Muslim community.

Violence against Christians

This is a very beleaguered community. Israel should be doing its best to reach a deal with them, rather than treating them to restrictions more appropriate for the Muslim community.

Sometimes the Christians don’t act Christian

There are Armenian, Coptic, Greek, Protestant, and Roman Catholic, and Syrian denominations in the city.

It is from this stock that Palestinian Arabs in Latin America primarily sprang.

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Loss of Memory

Youth1 Trip to the Mideast
Jan 2012 Fearab Chile

Take a look at the picture to the right. This is a notice for trip to the Mideast by a Chilean Arab Youth Group in January 2012.

This was sponsored by the FEARAB-Chile (Federation of Arab Societies – Chile).

Notice the picture of the Islamic Dome of the Rock.

Muslims are an almost imperceptible 0.025% of Chile’s population. Over 99% of Chile’s Palestinians alone (I am not even including the other Arabs), are Christian. So why this is the Islamic Dome of the Rock on their image? Why not a picture of a Christian Church; the ones their ancestors attended back in the Holy Land? Isn’t the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem worthy of a photo for a Christian people?

Time and again, you will find that Chilean Palestinians, though Christian, are adopting Islamic motiffs. This is the product of radicalization.

Most Arabs in Chile arrived long before 1948. A good portion were fleeing Turkish, not Zionist, oppression. A second group came during the Mandate era for economic opportunity. These left voluntarily; and not due to the Nakba. It is as if the Palestinians in Chile have forgotten their history, only to replace it with a false memory forged by Mideast propagandists.

This virulent anti-Zionism is a relatively recent development.

Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism – 2001-2 Report about Chile

The Palestinians, who began arriving in the country at the beginning of the 20th century, are well integrated into Chilean economic, political and cultural life. Until the outbreak of the first intifada there was no evidence of Palestinian antisemitic or anti-Zionist activity.

Until the first Intifada, which started in December 1987, there was no major Palestinian-Chilean activity in the arena of Mideast political involvement.

In their 1997-8 Report, the Stephen Roth Institute does not mention Palestinian activity in Chile.

However, when one reads more recent reports from the Stephen Roth Institute, incidents involving members of the Palestinian community are being noticed.

From a Jerusalem Post article in 2010:

Police in Chile guard Jews after anti-Semitic attacks

The president of Chile’s Jewish community has been given police protection following a spike in anti-Semitic attacks across the country.

Zaliasnik said attacks on Chile’s 20,000 Jews were relatively rare in comparison with other Latin American countries, but that there had recently been an outburst of anger against Israel following its interception of the Gazabound flotilla, an incident that left nine activists dead two months ago.

Public opinion in Chile is often influenced by the country’s politically powerful 200,000 Palestinian immigrants and their descendents.

The Palestinian community is to Chile what the Jewish community is to the US,” Zaliasnik explained.

(emphasis in red was mine)

The Jerusalem Post article grossly underestimated the number of Palestinians in Chile – the real number is approx: 450,000; but it does correctly assess the power of the Palestinian elite in Chile. It is akin to power of Jewish lobbies in the USA.

The Palestinians can drive a lot of Chilean government policy.

However, what is amazing is that the Palestinians in Chile forget that their ancestors primarly came to Chile to escape Islamic tyranny, NOT Zionism.

Clearly Arab Oil Money is driving some of this. But what does it say about human psychology that Chilean Palestinians have opened themselves up to this.

I do not expect Palestinians to be Zionists. Yes, there is nothing wrong with being concerned for their distant cousins back in the contested areas of the Holy Land. But this virulent anti-Semitism indicates not merely a loss of historical memory; but a replacement of historical memory by a great lie: as if the community had been subjected to hypnotic suggestion.

The Palestinians of Chile could be a force for mediation, but instead they are being manipulated by outside influences whom their ancestors would have rejected.

Instead of working with Israel to lighten the load for the Christians in the contested areas – maybe getting Jerusalem visiting rights; even an offer of enfranchisement – Palestinian Chileans seem to be supporting an agenda of jihad.

No good will come of this.

The Palestinian Ambassador visits the Arab community and lays down
a monument, dedicated to the Palestinian struggle, in Iquique – a city
with a large Arab community in the semi-tropical north of Chile.
CNN showed up.

1JUventud Árabe de CHile (Arab Youth of Chile).

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The King Fahd Mosque

The King Fahd Mosque was built on eight acres of downtown Buenos Aires on land donated in 1995 to the Saudis by Carlos Menem, the president of Argentina, and the Argentine Congress. Menem was a nominal convert to Catholicism, being himself the son of Syrian born Muslim immigrant parents.

In the 1990s, Buenos Aires was a boom city, and one of the most expensive places on the planet to live (This was before their currency collapse). So donating eight acres was equivalent to donating Bryant Park in Manhattan to the Saudis. One wonders what possessed the Argentine government to donate such prime real estate to the Saudis.

A Tour of South America’s Largest Mosque

Non-Muslims in Argentina don’t seem to know much about this complex other than that former President Carlos Saúl Menem (himself of Syrian descent) was responsible for it. This is somewhat true. King Fahd of Saudia Arabia financed the construction, which totaled some U$15m. Menem’s contribution was arranging the donation of the land, which has been valued at around U$10m. Congress passed a national law in 1995, giving the land to the cultural centre. The first stone was laid on 7th December 1998, not without some slight controversy: neighbours were unsure about the increased traffic and architectural disharmony, among other issues. But the centre opened on 25th September 2000 with much fanfare as King Fahd himself and 250 other dignitaries came from Saudi Arabia to celebrate the opening.

It is architecturally beautiful, and positively enormous. – it is the biggest Mosque in South America. But there were only 4,500 practicing Muslims in Buenos Aires, at that time, and there was no need for it. It has given the Saudis a door into Argentina to create future headaches.

Source: The Muslim Community of Argentina

… a realistic guess for the Muslim population of Buenos Aires might be around 4,500, far fewer than the number projected by some Muslim officials.

Already the Mosque’s Islamic Center has caused some controversy. A very popular secular Arab-Argentine show, Desde El Aljibe (From the Well)1 was cancelled to make way for Muslim programming that no one wanted – rumors flew around as the to the reason; but what is interesting is that Argentina’s Arab Community, which is 90% or more Christian were among the loudest to complain.

Islam is roughly 1% of the population in Argentina, but even that number may be grossly exaggerated. As academics have noted, the vast majority of Muslims in Argentina do not practice their religion; and were historically inclined to marry into Catholicism. This mosque may slow or halt that process of assimilation.

Until recently, much of South America was content to remain out of Mideast politics. However, now Iranian and Arab Oil Money have infiltrated this very Christian continent. Every nation in South America, except Colombia, recognized Palestine as a nation and set up embassies.

If the USA and Israel do not wake up, the Arabs will turn South America against Israel. Certainly the Saudis and Iranians won’t convert the mass of the Latins to Islam; but they will spread a virulent anti-Zionism.

1Desde El Aljibe (From the Well) was a generic show about Arab culture, music, cooking, dance, history and travelogues. They even had short lessons on the Arab language, geared to teach the Spanish speaking audience a few phrases.

Music and singing were common on Desde el Aljibe (From the Well).
Source: ElAljibedetodos, a viewer who assembled hundreds of these videos on his YouTube channel.

The hosts were Christian, but the show was secular. The show had Muslims and Jews on regularly. It was aimed at a generic audience, not just Arab-Argentines. A typical show might have a cooking lesson, some history, maybe a travelogue about Jordan or Syria, etc. There might be a discusson of politics. And it would have Arab or Arab-Latin music; and often close with an Arab folkdance troupe. It was on Argentine Public TV, and their old webpage is still up though the show has been cancelled. The show was primarily harmless and pushed no strong agenda. Palestine might be mentioned from time to time, but the show did not beat a war path.

No one wanted this but the Saudi financed Islamic Center

When Desde El Aljibe got cancelled to make way for a blantantly religious Muslim show, centered from the King Fahd Mosque, there was a degree of community protest. Was this due to money or bribes? Did the ratings drop that much because a popular host on the show died? But even if the ratings dropped, why would the show be replaced with a show geared to Muslim prosyletization to a Catholic country?

The fate of Desde El Aljibe seems to be symptomatic of a general trend of growing Arab Oil Money influence in the continent. The issue was not so much that it was cancelled, but that is was replaced by Muslim programming nobody seemed to have wanted but the Islamic Center.

When news got out about the cancellation, FEARAB Argentina (Federation of Arab Societies in Argentina) put out a protest video to stop the cancellation. No one listened, but it does show that the Arab community in Argentina had enough guts to stand up to Islamic encroachment which did not represent them.

Their video – which I translated – is worth watching as it shows a gutsy political incorrectness missing in American political dialogue

The background music is Awal Sahur
a piece by Mario Kirlis, an Arab-Latin musician,
and it was Desde El Aljibe‘s closing theme

Sadly, their request was ignored.

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

The Flight of Syrian Christians

While everyone acknowledges that the Bashir Regime is abject tyranny, it at least protected Christians, Alawites, Druze, and minorities.

Now that the FSA (Free Sryian Army) is in control of much of the country, Salafis (Wahabbi extremists) are taking over; and Christians are being persecuted and having to flee.

This is typical of so much of Mideastern history where Christianity has been slowly withered down throughout the ages since Islam took over.

What we may be watching is the last ethnic cleansing of Christians from the Mideast. Christians have already had to flee Iraq after Saddam was toppled. Whatever the faults of Ba’athism, it protected the Christians. As Syria’s Ba’athists are falling, Christians are now being driven out of Syria. Christians are losing their power in Lebanon. The end game is over and Christianity has lost.

This has been a long war. When Islam first took control of Egypt, Christians were the majority for centuries afterward, with only an Islamic elite in power. But Islam sets up disciminatory tax laws which unfairly burden those who refuse to convert. Moreover, any interfaith marriages must be set up where the kids will be Muslim. For ex: Muslim men can have Christian wives, but not the reverse; since religion is determined by the father. Even today in Egypt, a Christian can convert to Islam, but not the reverse.

Slowly, this tyranny erodes Christianity until Islam is demographically set.

Predatory laws like that have whittled away at Christians for centuries. It has been asserted that at the time of the Crusaders, the majority of people in the area were still Christian, and the Crusaders were seen as liberators, contrary to historical revisionism. Yes, the Crusaders acted viciously and badly; but some of the population – certainly the Maronites – preferred them to Muslim rule.

It has been a long slow process, but a determined one. Now, Islam is about to ethnically cleanse the Mideast of the remaining Christians.

There are not that many left.

Between Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, there are probably 5 million Christians left.

Maybe the West can set up funds for their flight. Latin America could easily absorb a lot of them. They already have. The USA, France, and Spain could take some more in.

These Christian Arabs would constitute 1% of the population if they all went to Latin America. Not enough to create a demographic shock.

Maybe it is time that the Christian world acted in concert to help their own, just like Jews and Muslims do.

NOTE: I am not including the Christian Copts of Egypt who are also under threat. They are eight to nine million strong and may be too many to bring out. They are also the core remnant of the original pre-Islamic Egyptians, and there is something obnoxious about surrendering to Islam in Egypt, when Egypt used to a major center of Christianity.

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