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Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Palestino Soccer Jersey Debate Continues


Gerardo Gorodischer, President of the Jewish Community in Chile, against the Palestino Jerseys

In this post (Click Here). we discussed how a Palestinian-Chilean soccer team had caused a controversy by adopting a soccer jersey that had a map of Palestine which wiped Israel off the map.

The Palestinians in Chile are about 500,000 in number, though because of intermarriage some sources give lower figures. They are the largest Palestinian community outside of the Mideast. They are the largest CHRISTIAN-Palestinian community in the world, surpassing even the number of Palestinian-Christians in the Mideast.

About half of the world’s Palestinian Christian live in Chile. They tend to form an elite, with power far above their numbers in the Chilean population.

At 3% of Chile’s population, the Palestinians are 10% of the Chilean Senate. Almost all are Christian. The majority have ancestors who went to Chile before 1947; and who fled Muslim tyranny, not Zionism. Though some were refugees after 1948.

Most are second, third, fourth, and fifth generation Chilean. Most are only part-Palestinian. Almost all (99%+) are Christian – usually Eastern Orthodox Christian, or Roman Catholic. Most do not even speak Arabic. Though Arabic classes are spring up and many are re-discovering the Arab roots.

Yet, they are highly radicalized against Israel. Since Chile is the economic powerhouse of South America, and the Palestinians are the elites of Chile, their influence can sway a continent.

The reasons for this integrated, intermarried, and assimilated Palestian community in Chile to adopt a Palestinian cause which is today associated with Islamic radicalism are manifold and various; but frankly just amazing.

Yet, it is so!

This Uruguayan News Source, Adinet (Click Here), is reporting that the Chilean team remains defiant.

The Jewish community is furious and fighting back. They have protested to the Chilean Soccer Federation. However, the Chilean Soccer Federation said that in order to sanction the Palestino Soccer Club, another team must protest – which has not happened, yet.

This is not going away.

Chilean Society has historically been very friendly to Jewish people. In fact, they were taking in refugees from the Holocaust as late as 1940, long after most nations shut their doors to the Jews.

The Jewish community in Chile, while small, is not powerless; though it has nowhere near the clout of America’s ADL or AIPAC.

16% of Chile is pro-Zionist Evangelical Christian; and they are growing in numbers and power, as well.

While Palestinian Christians are elite and rich, they are headed for a clash with a growing Evangelical movement. This will not go away.

We shall see what happens.

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Palestino Soccer Team infuriates Chile’s Jews

Chile’s Jewish community outraged over Palestinian soccer team’s jerseys

Many in Chile’s Jewish community are outraged over a Palestinian soccer club’s jersey that depicts all of Israel as Palestinian land.

Club Deportivo Palestino of Chile released its new jersey that includes the number “1” in the shape of Israel and the Palestinian territories, implying all of the land is Palestinian, The Associated Press reported.

The president of Chile’s Jewish Community, Gerardo Gorodischer, is demanding an apology from the club and asking Chile’s soccer association to pull the jerseys.

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Some of this reaches the absurd.

The ultimate answer to the Mideast may be to relocate the Palestinians out of the contested areas. I know that sounds awful; but the destruction of Israel would be worse.

I am not some heartless person. The Palestinians in the Mideast are besieged by both the Israelis and the Palestinian’s fellow Arabs. This abuse has driven the Palestinians nuttier and more violent than they were to begin with.

I am NOT going to diminish the Palestinian’s violence, nor the abuses the Palestinians are forced live under – whether under Israel’s harsh military control, or the even harsher Arab rule in Syria, Lebanon, Eygpt, etc.

However, there are 22 Arab states. Should Israel be destroyed to create a 23rd Arab state?!

I think not!

Compensated relocation of the Palestinians to elsewhere – as bad as that sounds – may be the only solution left, outside of eventual nuclear war.

There are no happy endings in the Mideast.

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Arab Dancers Furious at ChileVision

(Click Here) to see our previous LatinArabia post about an Arab Dancer who made it to Talent Chile. She was a big hit.
Note: There is a view of topless in the screenshoot, but the video itself is pixelated. Sorry, I usually do not post adult images, but this was for information purposes.
2nd Note: The protest was so furious, that the video has been pulled from the web. If you click the video start button, it now says private. I leave the link up only as a record.

Of course!  She was a big hit.   She went topless!

The problem is: Arabs, even Christian Arabs, are a morally conservative lot; and they are furious about this.  Chilean society is very conservative, even the non-Arab Christian majority.   This was not the country to go topless on a major TV program; and especially with a conservative Arabs, even though they are Christian.

This is not just Arab-Chileans.  A lot of non-Arabs take up Arab dancing as an art form.  They do not like it being degraded.  The art form has been embraced by Latin American women.   They are all furious.

This was put up on the web, two days ago.  They are furious about the incident.

Look at this:

Chilean Protest against Vulgar Dancer
I usually do not post adult images, but this is what the protestors posted on the net.

Calling all teachers and students of Arab  Dance in the country to a
PROTEST  at the offices of ChileVision to make it known to the executives
of this channel  and the country  that …

THIS  IS NOT ARAB DANCE

Enough of presenting the profession and passion of a decent people
as a nudist spectacular, vulgar, and of bad taste.

Date:  Thursday, October 31st.
Place:  Metro Manuel Montt
Time:  10:30 AM

They really were upset. Videos of Miss Gonzalez’s dance have been pulled from YouTube.

99% of Chile’s Arabs are Christian. So this is not Muslim outrage.  Many teachers and students of Arab Dancing are not even ethnic Arabs.  This is cultural outrage.

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