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Palestine historically recognized already in the 19th century in South america

Reader comment on item: From Time Immemorial

Submitted by Mike (Germany), Jun 22, 2012 at 02:04

It is an interesting article but I think it is missing some historical points

* Already since the middle of the 19th century, arabs did emigrate from "Palestine", a bigger wave in 1912. They did call themselves already Palestines. The biggest part did settle in Chile, smaller parts in Brasil, Argentina and Ecuador.

* In 1917 a palestinian cathedral named Iglesia Ortodoxa San Jorge was founded, in Santiago de Chile. Since 1920 the football "Club deportivo Palestino" exist, a stadium was build as well. Today around 300.000-500.000 Palestinian descendants exist in Chile.


* In Argentinia the number of palestinian immigrants are lower. But already in 1900 a village named "Colonia La Palestina" was founded. A street named Palestina is found in Bueonos Aires.

* In 1930 Ecuador did conduct a census, besides people from Libanon and Syria.....49 people were counted who were named as Palestinians.


I thought this should have been mentioned as well....


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