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Monday, May 8th, 2017

Aljazeera on Palestinians of Chile

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA January 15, 2017

Chile: Palestinians gather to forge unified diaspora
‘Developing international leaders is going to help us to achieve things, but it won’t happen overnight.’

Santiago, Chile – In Santiago’s Patronato neighbourhood, the green, red, white and black of the Palestinian flag can be found on almost every corner. The words “Free Palestine” are etched on restaurants selling falafel and shawarma. The heady aroma of cardamom coffee drifts from corner bakeries serving baklava and the best pitta and rugag bread in town.

Chile is home to the largest – and one of the oldest – Palestinian immigrant communities outside of the Arab world. An estimated 350,000 immigrants and their descendants live here.

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Now, the happy thing is that almost all of Chile’s Palestinians are Christians, are prosperous, and are well assimilated in Chile. This is so common of much of South America’s Arabs. South America should be encouraged – with compensation, of course – to take in some of the Arabs from the contested areas.

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

1941 Social Guide to the Arab Colony in Chile

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Social Guide to the Arab Colony in Chile
Syrian – Palestinian – Lebanese

Notice: It was published in 1941, under the Auspices of The Palestinian Club. This community was already rich and influential by the 1940s.

Notice also that they did not call themselves South Syrians.  I have nothing against Israel, but the Palestinians had a Palestinian identity by that time. It was not invented in 1964 as some claim it was. Look at the booklet cover. It says Palestina, not Sursiria (South Syrian).  Palestinian is clearly called out as their identity.

Again, it is not anti-Israel to admit the truth. They had a collective identity even by that early date.

From the National Library of Chile

 

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

CNN Chile Talks About Arab Dance


Posted on YouTube: July 3, 2016

Click here: Facebook Page of Berni Allen.

This is quite mainstream in South America.

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

An FIFA History of CD Palestino


Posted on YouTube: January 18, 2016

This is reasonably accurate. CD (Club Deportivo/Sports Club) Palestino is an international phenomenom.

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Much More than Soccer


Published on Jul 10, 2013

I know this is a three year old video, but the Palestino Soccer Club in Chile is an international phenomenom. Some of their players also play on the Arab (Palestinian) team, and they coach there.

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