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Monday, May 6th, 2013

DOTD – 004 – Gloria Amparo Chacon Botia

From Colombia

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

DOTD – 003 – Juanita Bernal – Dance of Wings

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

An Opinion on the Palestinian State by a Colombian

A private analysis by a Colombian – April, 2011

When the rest of South America recognized Palestine, Colombia did not in 2011.

On the vote to admit Palestine to an observer status in 2012, Colombia abstained.

So Colombia while not being outstandingly pro-Israel, is on the record as not being Pro-Palestine.


There are at least 700,000 Lebanese in Colombia. I estimate probably an equal number of Orthodox Christians from Syria as well.

But again, remember that Lebanese Christians would often be Maronites, and hostile to Islamic agendas. They may have had no bearing on the matter at the UN, though; but it does mean that Lebanese Arab-Chrstians would not probably be actively pro-Palestine.

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Elite in Colombia

From a wonderful article I found.


Colombia awakens to the Arab world


Colombia, like all Latin American countries, houses large communities of Arab origin. What do these groups represent to your country, and what do they represent in terms of closer ties with the Arab world?

Yes, we have significant Arab communities in our country, particularly of Lebanese origin. Currently in Colombia we have approximately 700,000 people of Lebanese origin, who are descendents of the 30,000 immigrants who came from Lebanon to settle in Colombia in the late 19th century. Ten percent of the members of the Colombian Parliament are of Arab origin. We also have great businessmen, scientists, etc, of Arab origin. I have just visited Lebanon because I think that we should start to boost our relations and our blood ties.

Arabs are less that 3% of the population but 10% of the Senate in Colombia.

Palestinians are less that 3% of the population but 10% of the Senate in Chile.

Do you see a pattern here.

The Arabs are elite in many countries in South America.

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