A Visit to Chile’s Little Palestine – Christine Legrand
(dailyalert.org, Nov. 28, 2014)
In the Santiago, Chile, neighborhood of Patronato, the walls of Cafe Beit Jala are covered with pictures from Beit Jala, the village from which many of the Palestinian families living in Chile emigrated. Chile is home to the largest Palestinian community outside of the Arab world, which some estimates put at 400,000; 95% are Christians. More than 80% arrived between 1900 and 1930, mostly from Bethlehem, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and Beit Safafa.
Chile’s deputy interior minister is of Palestinian descent, as are 10% of the country’s senators and 11% of the lower house deputies. Some Palestinian families are now among the wealthiest in Chile. More than two-thirds of marriages now involve a non-Palestinian partner. (Worldcrunch)
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