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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

6th Arab Integration Festival in Chile

A festival honoring Arab integration in Chile. They are mainstream now.

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Palestinian Youth Orchestra in Chile

Can you imagine this in America?

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Dabke – Club Palestino

This is from the Club Palestino (Palestinian Club) in Santiago, Chile.

This is called Dabke de Beit Sahour. Beit Sahour is one of the 4 Christian towns (Bethlehem, Beit Shahour, Beit Jala, and Beit Safafa (now annexed into Jerusalem)) from which many of the Christian Palestinian in Chile are descended.

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Arab Dancing on Iquique TV

Channel 9, in Iquique, a Pacific coastal town in the tropical North of Chile.

A Christmas show. (Remember this is the Southern Hemisphere)

They brought in a dancing troupe of young Arab-Chilean ladies for TV.

This is gauge of how respected this is. You really would not see this so often on American TV.

As a side note: This would probably draw protests from the more conservative elements of American society; but it is apparently seen as cultural in South America.

Now, clearly, these Arabs are Christians. Jihadists shoot women for dressing like that.

All that aside, most Arabs are now intermarried, and what this shows is the mainstream penetration of Arab culture in South America.

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Arab Youth in Viña del Mar

I want you to see this:

Arab Youth of Viña de Mar/Valparaiso Chile

Viña de Mar is a resort town on the Pacific with a climate similar to Los Angeles. Valparaiso is the adjacent city and a major port town.

They both have significant Arab populations.

Arabic dancing is ubiquitous in South America, and culturally equivalent to Celtic dancing in America. America has more Celts; South America more Arabs. But the cultural penetration is similar. Both have become mainstream, and now have drawn in membership from outside the original communities.

Look at the dancers. These are from middle class or wealthier families. A glance at their complexions will show that many are only partly-Arabic. Yet, this is how mainstream Arabic Dancing has become in South America.

In America, this might draw suspicion. In Chile, it draws respect, and to a degree, envy.

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