Friday, May 3rd, 2013

The Four Georges

“Los patriarcas de la comunidad fueron los cuatro Jorges”, postula Eugenio Chahuán, profesor del Centro de Estudios Árabes de la Universidad de Chile y heredero de la tradición de uno de esos pioneros. Jorge Chahuán, Jorge Manzur, Jorge Yarur y Jorge Hirmas resultaron fundamentales, dice el profesor, para guiar a los recién llegados.

“The patriarchs of the [Palestinian] Community [in Chile], were the four Georges,” postulates Eugenio Chahuán, professor of the Center of Arab Studies of the Univerity of Chile, and inheritor of the traditions of one of these pioneers. Jorge Chahuán, Jorge Manzur, Jorge Yarur and Jorge Hirmas turned out to be critical, says the profesor, in guiding the recent arrivals.

The Palestinians in Chile trace their roots back to four leaders: The Four Georges (Jorges).

Palestinians in Chile tend to come from four Christian towns: Beit Jala, Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, and Beit Safafa (after 1967, annexed to Jerusalem).