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PA daily op-ed: “Colonialist” Israel was created to stop Arab countries from developing and to fragment them

Headline: “Problems of the Arab democracy”

Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily, in which he describes 10 obstacles that the development of democracy in Arab countries faces. Following is one of them:

“The colonialist state of Israel which expels [the local inhabitants] and settles [in their place] was created at the heart of the Arab world on the ruins of the Palestinian people’s Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel). This state is a time bomb exploding incessantly in colonial wars. The purpose of its creation was to consume the Arab peoples’ potential to develop, to thwart and neutralize every option of development in every country of the Arab world, to damage the project of complete liberation from subordination to colonialism in its old and new forms, to prevent the pan-Arab revival project from achieving its goals – unity, freedom, justice, and sustainable development – and to act to deepen the process of fragmentation in Arab countries.”

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