Arab Radio discusses the Arabs of South America Friday 8 am EST

Arab Radio discusses the Arabs of South America Friday 8 am EST
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Arab Radio discusses the Arabs of South America Friday 8 am EST

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Tune in to Yalla! Fight Back Arab Radio on Friday morning, August 24, 2018 at 8 AM EST on WNZK AM 690 Radio in Greater Detroit for a lively discussion about the history of Arab settlement in South America.

Radio host Ray Hanania will discuss how Arabs settled in South American countries including Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia and more, and how they have fared.

If you don’t live in the Greater Detroit area, you can listen to the radio show live online by visiting:

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The show can be heard at 7 AM in Chicago online, and at 3 pm in Occupied Jerusalem online.

Read Ray Hanania’s column published this week in the Arab News on the Arabs of South America and why the Arab World should help Venezuela survive its current crisis.

Palestinian Issa Kronfel standing in his store in Maracay Venezuela in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Palestinian Issa Kronfel of Bethlehem standing in his store in Maracay Venezuela in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

There are more than 32 million Arabs in South America with the largest settlement in Brazil, more than 12 million Arabs from Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. There are more than 1.6 million Arabs in Venezuela, and 1.8 million in Colombia. Most came to South America after World War I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, fleeing Western persecution as the West subjugated and then divided into political nations many of today’s nations. A huge surge of Arabs followed during and after Israel’s war against Christians and Muslims in Palestine and the Levant region in the 1930s and 1940s, and again in 1967 after Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Gaza, Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights.

Wars in Syria and Lebanon also fueled Palestinian flight to South America where may Arab communities welcomed them.

South American nations were welcoming and supportive of the Arab people, and many with only a few exceptions have supported Arab rights in Syria, Lebanon and in Palestine.

Many online publications have only skimmed the surface of Arabs living in South American, and the Arab communityin South America is often marginalized or ignored by the Arab World, as the Arab World often ignores and marginalizes the Arab American community. But, Arabs in South America and North America have achieved power through the building of successful businesses and by assimilating into South American government and society.

The son of Lebanese migrants son Michel Temer served as Brazil’s president. He is the son of two immigrants who came to Bracil from Btaaboura, which is 70 KM north of Beirut. They settled in São Paulo in 1925, according to published reports.

The main street of Btaaboura, which has a population of only 300 people, had been previously  renamed in President Temer’s honor when he was serving as Brazil’s vice-president.

Palestinian Assad Shorrosh in the early 1970s at his home in South America, one family of thousands that settled and worked in Venezuela. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Palestinian Assad Shorrosh in the early 1970s at his home in South America, one family of thousands that settled and worked in Venezuela. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

An Arab was elected president of Argentina, Carlos Menem, in 1989 and served until 1999. An Arab was elected president of Ecuador, Abdalá Bucaram, in 1996 and served until 1997. Arab Ecuadoran Jamil Mahuad served as president of Ecuador from 1998 until 2000.

El Salvador elected an Arab as president in 2004, Elías Antonio Saca,  who served until 2009. And Honduras elected an Arab president, Carlos Flores Facussé, in 1998. Facusse served until 2002. Julio César Turbay, who was elected president of Colombia in 1978 and served until 1982, was also from the Arab world.

In Central America, Carlos Slim, the son of Lebanese migrants and the sixth wealthiest person in the world according to Forbes, built his empire in Mexico City.

Hanania will discuss these and other immigrants during the radio show and take calls from listeners who have relatives living in South America.

The radio studio call in number is 248-557-3300.

Yalla! Fight Back Radio is a part of the US Arab Radio Network hosted by Laila Alhusini in an effort to energize and empower Arab Americans to stand up for their rights … for more information go to my website at The show is broadcast live in Detroit from 8 am until 9 am on WNZK AM 690 radio. It is also broadcast live online (see online links below).

The radio show call-in number is 248-557-3300

Go to and get info on the radio show, listen online, buy my new book Yalla! Fight Back, and standup and FIGHT BACK for Arab, Chaldean and Muslim rights …

To download or listen to Hanania’s podcasts, visit

You can read Hanania’s columns in English and Arabic online at the Arab News newspaper and online at the and at … Locally in Chicagoland I also write for the Southwest News Newspaper group … every week … doing my best to upset as many people as possible.

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Managing Writer at The Arab Daily News
RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, Middle East Monitor in London, the, and at He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper,, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website, Hanania's columns also appeare in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.

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One comment on “Arab Radio discusses the Arabs of South America Friday 8 am EST
  1. Colombia joined the movement for peace and justice by recognizing the state of Palestine, much to the ire of Israel’s Apartheid government which opposes Palestinian recognition. The United States are threatened to punish any country to recognizes Palestine or supports the Two-State solution …

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