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New Left Review I/57, September-October 1969


Fawwaz Trabulsi

The Palestine Problem: Zionism and Imperialism in the Middle East

The Fundamental Contradiction

At present, the fundamental contradiction in the Arab Middle East can be seen as one opposing the Arab peoples—including the Palestinian people—to both Zionist territorial colonialism, represented by the state of Israel, and Western neo-imperialism, represented by the ruling Arab oligarchies. As such it is the condensation of the two contradictions (the national and the class contradictions) into one fundamental one. These two contradictions are:

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