From Counterpunch: The End of Traditional Alliances

By BOUTHAINA SHAABAN

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These headlines cannot be described as familiar in the annals of the Arab – Israeli conflict which has been portrayed in the past decades as a conflict between Jews and Arabs.  Such headlines actually mark the end of traditional alliances and positions and the beginning of a new international awareness of the truth about this conflict, which is that an unarmed people is suffering under a racist military occupation which is inflicting destruction, displacement, torture and blockade on this people. 
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What became clear towards the end of 2009, is that it is not a religious conflict; it is rather the conflict of humanity against an Israeli military occupation of the land and people of Palestine.  The fact that non-Arabs have come, with this momentum, to the defence of the people of Gaza, puts things in the right context.  Followers of the three monotheistic religions all reject killing, displacement and occupation.  They lived on the land of the monotheistic religions for thousands of years until the Zionists created their racist entity taking advantage of the world’s sympathy with the Jews after World War II and stoking this sympathy once again with a heinous campaign against Muslims.  The campaign started immediately after 9/11 with their attempts to identify Islam with terrorism in order to mobilize public opinion and silence it when it comes to Israel’s war crimes.
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http://www.counterpunch.org/shaaban01062010.html

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