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Why have some Latin American governments turned against Israel?

by 1389AD ( 148 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-semitism, Brazil, Dhimmitude, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians at August 14th, 2014 - 10:00 am

(h/t: Gramfan)

American Thinker: The spin of things to come

By Mike Konrad

Five Latin American nations pulled their ambassadors from Israel over the recent Gaza war. Fear not for Latin America. Rather, fear is what is coming to the United States.

El Salvador recalled its Israeli ambassador from Tel Aviv on Wednesday to protest the military operation in Gaza, making it the fifth Latin American country to do so.

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have already recalled their ambassadors. – Haaretz

Why? Latin Culture is based on the Reconquista; the war against Islam. Why on earth would they support Islamist Hamas?

Two of the five nations stand out: Chile, and El Salvador. Both have elite, very influential Palestinian populations. Chile and El Salvador might have been expected to do something.

Or maybe not?

The Palestinians in Chile and El Salvador are almost all Christian. Yes, El Salvador had a Palestinian president, Antonio Saca, but he was an Evangelical Christian. How on earth are these nations supporting an Islamist regime like Hamas in Gaza?

Moreover, there is a massive pro-Zionist Evangelical revival in Latin America, especially strong in Guatemala, Chile, and Brazil.  Guatemala is 40% Protestant; Chile 15%, and Brazil 22%. What on earth is happening?

Even the history flabbergasts us. Arab-Latins fled Muslims.

There was an enormous flight to Latin America from the Mideast after a series of genocidal anti-Christian pogroms occurred in Syria and Lebanon from 1840-60. By 1890, floods of Arabs went to South America. Over 80% of all Arabs who immigrated were Christian. Those few Muslims who did arrive either converted or married into Christianity.

Some 40% of all Arab-Argentines have one Muslim ancestor, yet only 10% or less of Arab-Argentines are Muslim. Conversion, until recently, was the norm. In other countries, almost no Muslims arrived at all. Chile’s Palestinian Arabs are 99.1% Christian. Though Muslims have recently started to arrive and set up mosques in Chile, there still may be less than 10 mosques in the whole country.Yet, small though they are, they are at the center of smuggling in Iquique, Chile, a major Pacific seaport.

Christian Arabs rose to be elites in South Americ;a; captains of industry, bankers. They have their own Arab Ethnic TV internet network. They have massive power, far above their numbers.

“The Palestinian community is to Chile what the Jewish community is to the US,” – Gabriel Zalisnak, Chilean Jewish leader – Haaretz

One would expect the Arabs to take pride in their Arab power, but why would these Arab Christians support an Islamic revolt, just because their ancestors shared a geographic connection with the Muslims? American Jews never supported the Nazis, even if their ancestors came from Germany. Yet, Arab-Latins are supporting the very same people who slaughtered their ancestors, and who persecute Christians in Gaza, today. Christian Arab-Latins now support Hamas. They have forgotten their own history.

Most of these Arab-Latins are third- and fourth-generation Latino. The majority are intermarried with Spanish-, Indio-, Italian-, French-, or German-Latins. Yet, now, they’re suddenly deciding to rediscover long lost Arab roots and learn the forgotten Arabic of their ancestors! How many Scottish-Americans do you know who are interested in learning Highland Gaelic? Or Shetland Norse?

Even more incomprehensible, depending on the country, roughly half of Arab-Latinos are Maronite Lebanese Catholics, who have no historic animus towards Israel at all; and who have every reason to hate Islam. Palestinians are strong only in Chile, El Salvador, and Honduras. So how did the moderate Maronite voice get drowned out, and the Palestinian voice gain supremacy?

There are four reasons:

1) There is almost no strong Jewish lobby anywhere in South America, except possibly Argentina. There is no equivalent of an AIPAC or ADL to contest the rising tide of anti-Israelism. Yes, there are Jews in South America, and yes, they contributed mightily, but their numbers were fewer; their influence was muted by a very powerful Catholic culture. They have power, but it is far weaker than they have in America.

The only exception might have been Argentina, which once had a very large Jewish population. However, Argentina’s instabilities in government and economy have persuaded almost half of Argentina’s Jews to leave. Once 2% of Argentina (similar to the USA), Jews are now ½%. They wield a shadow of their former clout.

In Chile, the small Jewish community is fighting a losing battle against Palestinianism.

2) A powerful, incredibly rich Arab community, especially among the subset of Palestinians. Though only 3% of Chile, Palestinians are 10% of the Senate. They have strong armed the Chilean government into positions no other government would have taken. When the rabble-rousing Palestinian-Chilean Maurico Abu Ghosh was stopped at Ben Gurion airport, and prevented from entering the contested territories, and deported, it was headline news in Chile. The Chilean government protested. No other government would have done this. It certainly is not national news in America when Israel deports American activists. Our government would have kept quiet.

3)  Saudi and Iranian oil money have been allowed to go into Latin America uncontested. While Israel and America slept, the Arabs pumped in tens of millions of dollars to swing a continent. And it has worked. Arab language courses subsidized by the Saudis. A gigantic mosque in downtown Buenos Aires that almost no native Argentine attends.Saudi financed Islamic schools offering quality education to Christian children. They rarely make converts but they do impart a worldview.

Islamic TV shows on Argentine public TV which the locals are convinced are the results of bribery.

Venezuela allowed in Iran’s HispanTV to broadcast to a continent, even though European countries like Britain and Spain banned Iranian propaganda.

The Arabs focused heavily on South America for decades, and it paid off.

4)  A Latin fascination with leftist ideology which views anything American or Israeli as retrograde. Forget Arab brutalization, mutilation, and murder of women. Forget Islam’s retrograde tyranny. It has to be the fault of los yanquis y israel.

Meanwhile Israel has yet to learn. Israel’s  I24 TV News broadcasts in English, Arabic, and French. Why no Spanish? Even now, Israel is ignoring a rising Latin power.

The head of the Yesha settler movement is Dani Dayan, a tri-lingual Argentine-born Jew. Urbane and persuasive, he has written Op-Eds in the New York Times. I have to assume he has been pleading with Israel to do something. Yet, Israel ignores South America, and seems surprised at the present results.

Give Dani Dayan a show on I24, for crying out loud. He could be the voice of Israel in South America, in their own accent. There are 70,000 Argentine Jews in Israel. There is no excuse for Israel to have allowed this to happen.

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Latin Americans lecture Obama on Debt

by Phantom Ace ( 4 Comments › )
Filed under Brazil, Economy, Special Report at July 20th, 2011 - 6:47 pm

Talk about a turn of events. I remember a time back in the 80’s and 90’s when Latin American nations would default on their debts. Another tactic they would use is monetizing their debts, sound familiar. Now most Latin countries have their fiscal house in order, The result is economic growth. Buoyed by their new found success, they are now lecturing the Obama Regime about debt and fiscal responsibility.

SAO PAULO, July 20 (Reuters) – After three decades spent battling their own debt crises and getting constantly lectured about them by Uncle Sam, many Latin Americans are watching the countdown to a possible default in Washington with a mix of schadenfraude and fear of what a collapse might mean for them.

For everybody from presidents on down to street vendors, seeing U.S. politicians argue over where to make painful budget cuts has also been a reminder that those days are over in Latin America. For now, at least, as most of the region enjoys an era of economic prosperity and comparatively tiny deficits.


Brazil, the region’s economic powerhouse, which just a decade ago had to come to Washington to ask the International Monetary Fund for a bailout, is now the United States’ fourth-biggest sovereign creditor — holding about $211 billion in U.S. Treasury securities, according to U.S. data from May.

This is unacceptable. America is becoming the economic laughing stock of the world. When you have former debtors telling us to be responsible, it’s embarrassing.

Immigration from Mexico and Latin America falls

by Phantom Ace ( 3 Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Headlines, immigration, Mexico at July 10th, 2011 - 2:59 pm

Due to a combination of a declining American economy, declining Latin American birthrates and Improving Latin economies, Immigration from those nations have fallen sharply. In the case of Mexico, it has crawled to zero. This changes the whole equation in the illegal immigration debate. If the legal numbers are down, that means those who are coming here illegally now are not doing it to seek jobs. They are coming here for drug distribution. If there are available visas slots from Mexico, that means those seeking work are not coming.

Immigration from Mexico to the United States has slowed down toward zero: that’s the thrust of an excellent story by Damien Cave in the New York Times (complete with excellent interactive graphics). I plan to write a column on that subject, but I can’t resist pointing out that I have been predicting this trend for more than two years now.


June 7, 2009 blogpost. “There’s a need on all sides to rethink immigration policy. Both advocates and opponents of comprehensive bills have based their arguments on the assumption that large-scale immigration from Latin America and parts of Asia will continue indefinitely. But what if that assumption is false? Yes, our current recession is presumably temporary. But there is at least one other reason to assume that immigration from Latin America may not resume at previous levels: birth rates in Mexico and other Latin countries fell sharply around 1990.” The decline in Mexican birth rates is mentioned in the New York Times story.

This takes away a weapon from the Amnesty crowd. I have in my personal observation a decline in legal immigration from Latin American nations. As mentioned declining birthrates lowers the immigration poll. The improved economies in Latin America give people an incentive to stay home. Hence the call for amnesty is nonsense at this point. It’s not workers that will be legalized, they can apply for visas now due to the declining numbers. It will be cartel lackeys and drug runners.

On a flip side, the United States has a set quota of visas for Immigrants to enter per year. If Latin and Asian immigration have declined, who do you think are filling up the slots?

You know the answer.


Latin American nations having 2nd thoughts on UN Palestinian statehood vote

by Phantom Ace ( 7 Comments › )
Filed under Dhimmitude, Headlines, Islamic Supremacism, Israel, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Mexico, Palestinians, United Nations, Venezuela at June 12th, 2011 - 11:04 pm

Several Latin American nations had recognize a fictitious Palestinian state. This was the work of the Obama Regime and their Brazilian allies. Even Pro-Israel nations like Chile and Peru recognized a Palestine. However, unlike the other countries, they didn’t recognize the 67 borders and said that the borders should be determined by negotiations favorable to Israel. Colombia refuses to recognize a Palestinian state and might even sue that entity should it arises. The PLO trained the FARC in the 70’s and 80’s, so the Colombians have a grudge. Now they are having 2nd thoughts for a variety of reasons and may not back a Palestinian statehood vote at the UN.

A majority of the 35 countries in Latin America are either against recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN in September, or are having second thoughts, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Sunday.

Ayalon, who returned over the weekend from attending an Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in El Salvador, told The Jerusalem Post “we certainly stopped the [Palestinian] momentum in Latin America.”
Among the countries which are not expected to support the PA move at the UN in September are Jamaica, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Colombia.

Ayalon began his trip in Mexico, which is among the most influential countries in Latin America, along with Brazil and Argentina, and which has been the focus of intensive Palestinian efforts to get them to recognize a Palestinian state even before the UN vote – as all of South America – with the exception of Colombia, has done.

The only reason the Palestinians go any sympathy was because some of these countries are under 3rd World Liberation governments. Also, Israel had not  cultivated ties with these nations. Clearly realizing this, they sent Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon t0 the OAS meeting and he was able to change some minds.

Israel needs to keep this momentum going and continue cultivating ties with the Latin American nations. Colombia is right now theie closest ally. Using that alliance can open doors to other Latin countries. Unlike the Arabs, Israel has much to offer these nations. As a person with part of my roots in Latin America, I have more in common with an Israeli than an Arab Muslim. I hope these nations do the right thing and don’t reward Arab aggression.