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Burchill's view of the Arabs is offensive

The Arab world awakens hopefully to a new hopeful dawn.

But there can be no excuse for Julie Burchill's offensive and ignorant remarks (Comment, February 25).

Whatever ails the Arab world, it has offered over the centuries a haven and a home to waves of immigrants fleeing persecution.

Minorities, who originally came from various corners of the world, such as Armenians, Circassians, Greeks and others, still live there in harmony.

I was not surprised to see Egyptian crowds spilling onto the streets to articulate their desire for political freedom, making a point of showing their unity as Christians and Muslims in the wake of the recent disgraceful attacks on Coptic churches.

Those less ignorant of history will know that Damascus is as important to the history of Arab civilisation as Venice was to the European renaissance.

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