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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Aymelek Ballet – Arab Dance Encounter


Posted on YouTube: May 17, 2017

The International Day of Dance.

A webpage about the impresaria: Natalia Hayat

She has a post graduate degree from the University of Chile.

So put aside that this is just merely bellydance. Apparently, this is taken quite seriously in South America.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Palestine Federation of Chile Supports Hunger Strikers


Posted on YouTube: May 10, 2017

And three major Politicians have come out to support the hunger strikers.

What I think he is saying:

From Chile – Deputy of the National Congress, I send my support to all the people, to all the women, to all the child, to all our fellow deputies [Israel has imprisoned Palestinian legislators] that today are imprisoned unjustly and for this, I put salt in my water and drink it in support

From what I can gather, he is a Deputy in the Chilean National Congress. He seems to be non-Palestinian, but his wife, Maria Yarur Arrasate is of Arabic descent. (Click Here). Deputy de Mussey was connected to a Chilean tax case – and called to testify. He asserts his innocence, and it looks like he might be.

To those unaware: At this time, Palestinian prisoners in Israel are hunger striking. Supporters are being asking to publicly drink salt water in support of them, as hunger strikers only take salt water to survive.

I am not saying I am in support of this, but the Palestinians in Chile are very anti-Israel; and they have brought in powerful politicians to their cause.

Here are two more politicians:


Posted on YouTube: May 10, 2017


Posted on YouTube: May 10, 2017

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Arab Welfare Union in Santiago


Posted on YouTube: Oct 2, 2014

Takes care of elderly Arabs in Santiago, Chile. Notice the centrality of the Christian Church. Arabs/Palestinians in Chile are mostly Christian.

Notice, also, that this is on an Arab TV network catering to Arabs in Chile.

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Chile’s Palestino Soccer Club Goes To The Holy Land


Published on YouTube: Mar 30, 2017

This Chilean Soccer (they would say: futbol) team now has an international following. Very popular with the Palestinians in the contested areas.

Monday, May 8th, 2017

The Skin of Palestine


Posted on Vimeo: January 22, 2017

Remember that even though the Palestinians in Chile tend to be radicalized against Israel regarding the Mideast, they are otherwise quite Christian, prosperous, upper middle class, and intergrated well into Chilean life. They would be a perfect immigrant group, except that they can mix support for the Intifada with their sports.

Baisanos – Chilean Soccer Intifada

Their fans call themselves Baisanos, which is a mispronunciation of Paisanos (Spanish: countrymen), because their Arab ancestors could not pronounce the letter P.

There was a massive immigration of Arabs to South America in the late 19th, and early to mid-20th century. Quite often, the impetus was persecution at the hands of the Muslims. There was a near genocide of Lebanese Christians at the hands of Muslims around 1860. The vast majority of Arab immigrants to South America were Christians. The few Muslims among the immigrants often converted to Christianity or married into it.

What distinguishes Chile (and Hondouras) is that Chile took in a large amount of Palestinians. Other nations took in Syrian or Lebanese Christians. Today, many of these Chilean “Palestinos” are part-Spanish, part-Italian, part-Basque, or part-German in blood. They are upper middle-class in Chile, and hold great economic and political power well above their percentage of the population.

The Chilean soccer team, Palestino, has a popular following in the contested areas.

What this means is that Arabs blend in well in South America, at least the Christian ones.

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