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.
Well, each national FEARAB organization expresses itself differently. The website for Federation of Arab Groups – Chile has a header which denies the existence of Israel altogether. This indicates a radical viewpoint that is not seen on other FEARAB sites.
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.
NOTE: The map on Fearab website header – Chile replaces all of Israel with Palestine
In Chile, the Palestinian Christians are re-discovering their 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 over 99% Christians among the Arab community, one would think Christian Holy Sites would crop up more often.
Trans: Youth Group (Juach) Travel to Mideast – FEARAB – Chile
NOTE: Why would Christians show the Al-Aqsa Mosque?
(On lower left of their site)
Palestinian-Chileans are now directly involved in Palestine issues. This is something you do not see so readily in the Argentine Arabs, but as noted, Argentine Arabs are not heavily Palestinian.
Neither was this always so. It seems to have started with the first Intifada in the 1980s. 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; and by virtue of its majority among the Arab community, bringing the whole Arab community along with it.
Their influence seems to be major, and seems to go unnoticed in the USA by the media, but it is drawing lots of notice in the Mideast and in Israel.
Palestinians in Chile are starting to be a major player in the Mideast.
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.
Now, again, and again these Islamic symbols crop up in Chilean sites. It is understandable that Chilean Palestinians would embrace Palestine as a cause; but since they are over 99% Christian, I cannot understand why they would embrace Islamic motiffs.
I suspect Saudi oil money, or other Islamic Oil Money, is at work here. I am not suprised at Christian participation; I am surprised at the embrace of Islamic symbols among a Christian community.
What I suspect is that Arab oil money has gone into Chile to radicalize the community further than it otherwise would have been. The community was never going to be pro-Israel; but it now denies Israel altogether.
There is more discussion on other pages.