Arabs and Jews Mix and Mingle in Brazilian College

    Brazil's College FAAP

    Brazil's College FAAP Brazil's Fundação Armando Àlvares Penteado (FAAP) exchange course agreement, started in  2002, had not received as many Arab students as it is receiving this year. The number is still small, but already shows that the Arabs are also curious about Brazil. This term, there are two Moroccans and one Lebanese in São Paulo college.

    In August, the arrival of an Egyptian is scheduled. "I believe that they are seeking a peaceful place to study, where they will not be discriminated. Here we have rooms with Jews and Arabs and they all get on well together," stated a spokesperson for international relations at FAAP, Lourdes Zilberberg.

    According to her, FAAP has agreements with over 200 schools from 36 countries and receives, on average, between 60 and 70 foreign students per term. However, in the first term of this year alone, the college received 90 students.

    "The figure surprised us. FAAP has been participating in many international fairs and has been working on great promotion abroad. I believe that this contributed to the increase in the number of students," stated Lourdes.

    The students from Morocco arrived at FAAP through an agreement between the college in São Paulo and ESC Clermont Graduate School of Management, in France, where many Moroccans go to school after finishing secondary school.

    The Lebanese student, in turn, came on his own accord. "These agreements are for student exchange. We send students abroad and they send students here. Here we offer a scholarship, and they do too," explained Lourdes. The agreement is both for graduate studies and post-graduate studies.

    "I chose Brazil because I wanted to learn more about the country. I only knew what I had seen on television. I like the country very much, especially the people, beaches and caipirinhas (a traditionally Brazilian lemon and cane spirit beverage)," said Moroccan student Othman Rouissi in Portuguese. He is studying business administration, having arrived in Brazil in January and scheduled to stay until June.

    According to Rouissi, who intends to work in the area of finance, during the four months he has spent in São Paulo he has already made many Brazilian friends, and has even travelled to different states, having visited Rio de Janeiro and Florianópolis (respectively in the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina, in the south).

    When the term finishes, Rouissi will return to France to do an internship and then will travel to Canada, but, according to him, this will not be his last visit to Brazil. "I intend to return on my own accord. I want to show my parents that Brazil is not as violent as is shown on television," he said.

    The choice of studying in Brazil is not only for the fact of visiting a different country. In the case of Moroccan student Hoyam Louassit, 23 years of age, the main reason for her trip was to learn Portuguese.

    "I intend to work for a multinational in the foreign relations area and for this reason I need to learn various languages," stated the student, who already speaks Arabic, French, English and a little Spanish and Portuguese.

    Hoyam is also studying administration at FAAP, but her favorite subject is marketing. She is also returning to France in June to do an internship, but before returning, Hoyam wants to travel around Brazil. "Brazil is very beautiful. The beaches are lovely and the people are friendly," she said.

    According to her, up to the end of her stay in Brazil she should be speaking Portuguese better. "I speak in the group work and in the streets. I think I am going to manage to reach my objective, but I am afraid of returning and forgetting it all," stated Hoyam.

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    • MS

      I drawn my conclusion
      I’m very sorry having to repeat again and again, but…. there are some racists in Brazil. Isn’t it natural in a country with almost 200 million people to find every kind of person? What I’m trying to say is that Brazil is, for sure, one of countries where there is less racism, and those who disagree would do us a favor naming where they think it’s less of a problem than here. May be there are some, but not more than half a dozen if so.
      About your two experiences a jew I pass the first one. It would be far too complicated to discuss it here. On the second, thank you very much. You proved much better than I’d ever be able that corruption is a problem, not racism. You made my day!

      If the inspector was an anti-semite, he could easily confiscate all your food without even doing anything wrong. You simply cannot bring food from abroad! Im my opinon he was nice to you, may be because he enjoy jewish food. I don’t know. Are you serious when you try to label his atitude as anti-semitic??????
      PESSACH SAMEACH.

    • a jew

      no racism is brazil? why such denial?
      when i grew up in brazil, i experienced lots of minor anti-semitic incidents. however, two major experiences stayed with me:

      in the mid-80s i attended the “escola tecnica federal de sao paulo” (a.k.a. etfsp) and as an orthodox jew i experienced a daily stream of invectives and catcalls about my jewishness. they went from seemingly harmless comments about my head covering (“hey, you with the helmet” – “oi, voce do capacete”) to blatantly calls for crematory ovens and “heil hitler” cries. the school did little or nothing to investigate the incidents, once they even accused me of “crying wolf” – so after a while i learned to not respond and just ignore it all.
      during that time, i also had to arrange with the school to reschedule the saturday classes and be excused from the jewish holidays (which is legal to do in brazil). the first comment from the student liaison was “but we have other jewish students here, why are you better than they are?” and they gave me an extremely hard time to get it done (although in the end it was done – after six school weeks or so – meaning i lost half the classes before the first test season arrived). but the incident i will never forget or forgive is the chemistry teacher who scheduled her test for the first day of a jewish holiday (incidentally, passover that we celebrate now). i went to her with letters from my rabbi and from the administration excusing me from classes and tests on those days, asking her to reschedule the test for the intermediate days of the festival (the first two days and last two days are days when all work is forbidden, including writing a test). she immediately told me to take the test a week later, on the 8th day of the festival. i pointed to her that the date was also one of the days when i was excused. her response? “school rules say we have to reschedule the test once and if you cannot make it then, you automatically get a zero.” she had considered the date she threw at me as the rescheduling date, and did not want to consider that i take the test with another class on the dates which i could use. the student liaison office did not help me with that, saying they had already done for me more than for anyone else in the school’s history. (by the way, i did indeed fail that term due to that zero, but i got straight 100 on the other 3 terms and made the passing average on the 3rd term – i could see the teacher wasn’t happy).

      another incident was at the airport customs, in the late 80s when as a student coming home from the u.s.a. on a visit (again, for the passover holiday) i was detained for inspection. we all know that the inspections aren’t based either on the honesty of the traveler (“nothing to declare”) nor on a random basis – but rather on what the inspector considered to be suspicious. at that time there was the doorway with green and red lights and an inspector standing next to it with a hand in a pocket to trigger them. red meant inspection.
      walking to the inspection table, i saw that several other jewish students arriving from elsewhere (europe, israel, other u.s. areas) were also detained. we all started talking about how strange this was. and then the inspector arrived to check out suitcases. we all opened them, and we all had brought different items of kosher for passover food (many of which are still not manufactured in brazil) but it was clear that it was for our family only. being of a small family, i had the least amount of everyone there. the inspector then proceeded to go through each suitcase, take one or two items from each one, and tell the person to go home. one of us asked if he was jewish and wanted to celebrate passover with his family (his father is a rabbi working in outreach), he just said “no, i am not jewish, but i really like these foods and this is the only way i can get them.”

      draw your conclusions, ladies and gentlemen!

    • MS

      Probably useless, but I’ll try it anyway
      OK ch.c, let’s try to focus a little more.

      How stupid is a statement such as : Brazil is not a racist country, period.
      I don’t know how stupid it is, but it’s true. I never said we don’t have ANY racist here. Let me try to make it clearer to you: if you say crime is not an issue in
      Liechtenstein, doest this mean there was never a crime there? My point is, Brazil is one of the less racist countries in the world, if not the one.

      Why dont you ask to Brazilian Blacks themselves ? Did you? Who told you they think there is? Most of them don’t think so.

      Their answer will no doubt have more value than YOUR OR MINE statements !
      Would that seem to be fair to you ? Fair enough.

      Strange that the only ones saying there is no racism in Brazil are the Brazilians Whites !!!!!!!!
      Not at all !!!!! Not true.

      Better yet, you can ask Lula is there was vote buying corruption ! He said NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I hate Lula, his party and his government with all my guts, and yes, there is a lot of corruption going on. What I don’t understand is how does this prove there is racism too.

      the end result being that the guiltys were PARDONED, in a secret vote, by politicians as much corrupted as the ones they PARDONED. Very true

      But impunity was generalized….of course….and as usual ! True.

      If there was a anti racist campaign, it means there is racism…..by definition ! Otherwise why such a campaign ! Some people make a living of those camapaigns.

      À¢€œThis racism cannot exist without racists,À¢€Â campaign coordinator Fernanda Carvalho said.
      Thus it looks like that it is YOU…..MS…… who doesnt know what is happening in your own country….or that you cheat, hide and lie just as MOST brazilians do on a daily basis!
      1) I know very well what is happening here
      2) I don’t lie. Btw, is Fernanda Carvalho one of those few brazilians who speaks the truth? Why do you trust her?

      There is a lot of corruption in Brazil, there is ALMOST no racism in Brazil. May be you are too stupid to understand that a country may have a lot of faults and even so be a model on some issues.

    • CH.C.

      May be so, but it stil exist. How about the creationists? The KKK?
      How stupid is a statement such as : Brazil is not a racist country, period. Why do you make a point on this issue?

      Why dont you ask to Brazilian Blacks themselves ?
      Their answer will no doubt have more value than YOUR OR MINE statements !
      Would that seem to be fair to you ?

      Strange that the only ones saying there is no racism in Brazil are the Brazilians Whites !!!!!!!!

      It is like asking the KKK if they are racists ! I bet they will say NOOOOOOOO, Not at all !!!!!
      Or you also can ask to brazilians criminals if they are criminals. I BET they will tell you they are NOT REAL CRIMINALS !!!!!
      Better yet, you can ask Lula is there was vote buying corruption ! He said NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ! Still the investigators, named by the government, said YESSSSSSSSSSS. The Ethic Comittee at the Senate said YESSSSSSSS there was vote buying corruption.
      the end result being that the guiltys were PARDONED, in a secret vote, by politicians as much corrupted as the ones they PARDONED.
      So disgusting that most investigators resigned !!!!!
      I even remind you that Lula said : Impunity will not be tolerated !!!!!!! But impunity was generalized….of course….and as usual !
      And Lula did not criticize the Impunity to the guiltys……as usual !

      Laugh…..laugh…..laugh….. !!!!!!!

      Thus as to the question of Brazilian racism or vote buying corruption, even Lula said/says/will say ::::::::in Brazil there was NOOOOO vote buying corruption and there is NOOOOOO racism !

      And your statement that there is no racism in Brazil, period……..is simply totally innacurate ! Please just refer to the anti racism cmpaign done in your country in 2005 !!!!!!!!!!!!
      If there was a anti racist campaign, it means there is racism…..by definition ! Otherwise why such a campaign !
      Sadly for you JUNKIE, you better read the following :

      A survey by the Perseu Abramo Foundation of more than 5,000 people across Brazil showed 87% of respondents said Brazil suffered from racism. But only 4% acknowledged they behaved in a racist way.

      À¢€œThis racism cannot exist without racists,À¢€Â campaign coordinator Fernanda Carvalho said.

      Thus it looks like that it is YOU…..MS…… who doesnt know what is happening in your own country….or that you cheat, hide and lie just as MOST brazilians do on a daily basis!

      And wether it pleases you or not, I have personally nothing to do with this organization and was not involved for their statement as shown above !!!!!!

      Ohhhhh MS is your father or one of your uncle not LULA himself, when he insisted there was NOOOOOOOO vote buying corruption, period ?????????

      Laugh……laugh……laugh !!!!!!

      And to my knowledge the KKK was formed decades and decades after the Brazilian racism !!!!!
      Thus the creationists as you call them have been the Brazilians, not the KKK , who just copied Brazilians !

    • MS

      A few questions for ch.c
      ch.c, Brazil has so many faults, why do insist one it doesn’t? Brazil is not a racist country, period. Why do you make a point on this issue? Have you ever been here? Do
      you have ACTUAL FACTS on the subject? That being asked it’s my turn to reply

      And if Arabs and Jews Mix and Mingle somewhat, how about African students in Brazil ??????? How about them?
      Brazilians repeatedly say there is no racism in Brazil ! CORRECT ????????? Correct, there isn’t. There are very few racists, and that’s all

      But nearly 120 years after Latin America’s largest country abolished slavery, Afro-Brazilians still suffer social and economic discrimination Not true.

      It said blacks earned an average of US$74 (À¢‚¬55.42) a month in 2000, less than half of what whites earned two decades earlier, and fewer black men had college diplomas in 2000 than white men had in 1960 Probably true, but that’s not discrimanation at all.

      We all know how Brazilians ENJOY burning people in buses, doing horribles crimes, and now trying to burn African students Some enjoy. Would it be fair to say americans enjoy entering a school and firing young students? Would it be fair to say americans enjoy bombing federal buildings? I’m sure even you realize how stupid is your statement.

      More archaÀƒ¯c and medieval than Brazil, it is hard to find on this planet. May be so, but it stil exist. How about the creationists? The KKK?

    • Brasileiro

      So much distorted information
      Come to Brasil and you’ll see jews going to arab restaurants and nobody even know what they are. People marry and don’t ask these kind of of questions(about race). It’s really weird for a brasilian to read all this discussion…

      And about the african students, there was a fight between then and brasilian students because of…LOUD MUSIC! and things ended up over the edge,hehehe…

      One last thing: About foreign students in Brasil, at my school there’s two americans, three germans and one australian… AND LIVE IN A CITY OF 25.000 PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH…

    • Ric

      Next thing you know
      All the coeds will be wearing wimples and maybe even prinking.

    • Professor

      Whats the point?
      [quote]Arabs and Jews Mix and Mingle in Brazilian College [/quote]
      Nice title for an article! But where is the article, that relates to the title?
      Ahhhhhh forget it!! Just read the title and go have “a traditionally Brazilian lemon and cane spirit beverage!”

    • ch.c.

      To A proud Brazilian
      Ohhhhh and by the way…….
      I was also not responsible for the U.N. report ! sorry….for you !
      In my view it is better to discredit Brazilians criminals and corrupted government officials and politicians than me !
      They arm your society far more than I do ! And brazilians criminals and corrupted government officials and politicians have a few things in common : they both steal…….YOUUUUUUU…….but not me !!!!!!

      And these people expect you to remain idiots and blinds….so that they can continue stealing for their own benefits !!!!!!

    • ch.c.

      sorry JUNKIES !!!!!!!
      I was not the one who put fire in the african students dorm. But brazilians are involved !!!!
      I was not the one who has written the article in the IHT.

      And sorry to the idiot who is mixing up a natural disaster from a Tornado and a fire made voluntarily from Brazilians racists !!!!!!!!
      And sorry for a stupid Vice President saying there is no racism in Brazil….when Brazilians WROTE :”Death to foreign students” with Red Crosses ! If that is not racism, what is racism for such an idiot preferring to get heart surgeries in the USA instead of in his own country with so much technological knowhow and skills in healthcare….may be not so advanced…..after all !!!!!!!!

      I bet these idiots can be only Brazilian, just as your pampers wearing Defense Minister…..still denying and not recognizing that Brazil territory is full of blindspots…..as acknowledged by your air defense military Generals and Brigadiers !!!!!!!
      In my view the army knows better than a cheating politician !

      Yessssssss Fellows……cheating, hiding and lying is a Brazilian specialty in which you excel !!!!!!!

      Patriotism and nationalism is fine up to a certain point. After that point it just makes you blind and ready to swallow all lies from the people YOU ELECTED AND RE-ELECTED !!!!!!!!!

      And racism and slavery are not a world apart and they are closely linked. Has Brazil no more slaves….in 2007……despite slavery was abolished 120 years ago ????????

    • A proud Brazilian… ever!!!

      [quote]But nearly 120 years after Latin America’s largest country abolished slavery, Afro-Brazilians still suffer social and economic discrimination, according to a 2005 report by the U.N. Development Program. It said blacks earned an average of US$74 (À¢‚¬55.42) a month in 2000, less than half of what whites earned two decades earlier, and fewer black men had college diplomas in 2000 than white men had in 1960.”””””

      We all know how Brazilians ENJOY burning people in buses, doing horribles crimes, and now trying to burn African students !!!!! [/quote]

      Oi! We all saw a small sample of how the black americans live: the new orleans tornado showed the world.
      Please stop being so obtuse!

    • A proud Brazilian… ever!!!

      ch.c.
      Ok ch.c. that’s you again! Who cares about what you have to say. You are an obsessed person who spends all your time doing nothing also other then to rassle Brazil.

      Sorry, your comment cannot be take seriously.

    • ch.c.

      Impressive !!!!!!
      Yesss Impressive…a total of 90 foreign students….in a country with a population of 185 millions !!!!!

      And if Arabs and Jews Mix and Mingle somewhat, how about African students in Brazil ???????
      Brazilians repeatedly say there is no racism in Brazil ! CORRECT ?????????
      Laugh…..laugh…..laugh….laugh !!!!!
      Everyone in this planet know how Brazilians are cheating, hiding and lying on the sad truth !
      Please read the following recent article from International Herald Tribune….carefully :

      “””””” Black university students were attacked in their dorms on the very day the Brazil’s vice president denied racial problems exist in the country, feeding a debate about Brazil’s treasured self-image as a land of racial equality.

      Assailants placed flaming gasoline-soaked towels against the doors of three dormitory rooms occupied by west African students at the University of Brasilia on Wednesday. While none of the 10 students from Guinea-Bissau were hurt, police are investigating whether it was a hate crime.

      The university’s president condemned “all forms of aggression and discrimination,” and Foreign Minister Celso Amorim spoke out as well on Thursday, saying “The incident fills us with shame. I hope that this kind of absurd incident never repeats itself.”

      Red crosses and the phrase: “Death to foreign students” were painted on the same three doors last month, said 26-year-old Samory de Souza, one of those targeted at the federally run university, where only 380 of 21,000 students are foreigners.

      Brazil was already roiled by controversy over comments by the racial equality minister, Matilde Ribeiro, who said in a BBC interview, “It is not racism when a black person lashes out against a white person.”

      Racism, she said, is when a white elite with economic and political power “represses or vetoes the rights of others.”

      Vice President Jose Alencar responded Wednesday by declaring that “there is no racial problem in Brazil, which is a mixed-race nation.”

      He added that “there is, however, a need for the social inclusion of the underprivileged and of better income distribution.”

      Brazilians of African descent account for nearly half of the 187 million population in Brazil, which has more people of African heritage than any country outside of Nigeria.

      But nearly 120 years after Latin America’s largest country abolished slavery, Afro-Brazilians still suffer social and economic discrimination, according to a 2005 report by the U.N. Development Program. It said blacks earned an average of US$74 (À¢‚¬55.42) a month in 2000, less than half of what whites earned two decades earlier, and fewer black men had college diplomas in 2000 than white men had in 1960.”””””

      We all know how Brazilians ENJOY burning people in buses, doing horribles crimes, and now trying to burn African students !!!!!

      More archaÀƒ¯c and medieval than Brazil, it is hard to find on this planet !!!!!!
      Your society is totally sick and full of perverted people !

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