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86 Cowardly Dopes

April 29, 2016

As usual it takes a brave Israeli columnist to tell the truth to 86 American politicians who bend the knee to the Israeli lobby. Gideon lLvy writing today in Haaretz  is justifiably appalled at the waste of American money on  Israel’s putative defense needs.

Levy writes with thinly disguised disgust at these ignorant politicians

The 83 U.S. senators who urged the president to increase military assistance to Israel are 83 ignoramuses and their letter is a disgrace. Israel of all countries? Military assistance of all needs?
Increasing military aid won’t add one iota of security to Israel, which is armed to the teeth. It will harm Israel. Those 83 out of 100 senators base their extraordinary demand on “Israel’s dramatically rising defense challenges.”
What are they talking about? What “rising challenges”? The rise in the use of kitchen knives as a deal-breaking weapon in the Middle East? The challenge for one of the world’s strongest armies to survive against young girls brandishing scissors? Hamas’ tunnels in the sand? Hezbollah, which is bleeding in Syria? Iran, which has taken a new path?
It’s time they expanded their narrow view and reduced the enormous aid they shower on Israel’s arms industry – one of the world’s largest weapons exporters – and its army.

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The United States is allowed, of course, to waste its money as it sees fit. But one may ask, senators, if it makes sense to invest more fantastic sums to arm a military power when tens of millions of Americans still have no health insurance and your senate is tightening its purse strings despite the challenges of climate change.
A world power is arming a regional power as part of a corrupt, rotten deal. Your money, senators, is largely being spent on maintaining a brutal, illegal occupation that your country claims to oppose – but finances.

Alice Rothschild Jew of Conscience pt. 1

April 25, 2016

Alice Rothschild is a 68 year old Jewish-American physician, author, filmmaker, and peace activist. Raised in an Orthodox Zionist family in Boston, she became active in feminism and health care reform, especially for poor and marginalized women. In 1997 she turned her abundant intelligence to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Rothschild like many “Jews of conscience” has tried to understand how Jews, with a long history of justice-making could become so blind to the oppression of Palestinians. Her thinking out loud produced two books Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Israeli and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience and On the Brink, written in the summer of 2014 while she was in the West Bank during the events leading up to the massacre in Gaza. Rothschild has also produced the documentary Voices Across the Divide an attempt to understand Israel’s shocking behaviour rooted in fear and trauma.

 

Recently Rothschild appeared on Israeli television and spoke forthrightly about her experience in Israel. As per usual her Facebook page was deluged by vitriol and personal attacks by fellow Jews with absolutely no experience in the west bank or Gaza .None of her detractors has had the open-ended history that Rothschild has had in Palestine. This is part of her experience:
I traveled last spring—and will return next month—to the West Bank to work on art projects in a refugee camp in Nablus and a small Palestinian agricultural village in the Jordan Valley scheduled for demolition by the Israelis. Once there, one cannot help but see the ugly face of the occupation: the mammoth indignity of the separation Wall, the steady encroachment of the Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, the appropriation of Palestinian water and resources, the omnipresent military checkpoints, the house demolitions, the constant humiliations. All of this being done with the help of U.S. weapons and equipment. But most of all is the overriding clarity that there is not now nor has there ever been any desire for or possibility of a Palestinian state. When Netanyahu said recently that he had no intention of allowing a two state solution, many people in the US were shocked. But, in fact, that has been the policy all along. The “peace process” has been a mirage manipulated by the Israelis to defuse criticism. And the U.S. has played magician’s assistant in pretending the mirage was real.

 

And this is a précis of her TV appearance

 

I elaborated on the clash between progressive Jewish values and history in the US and the indefensible occupation and the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza that I had personally witnessed in 2015 and on annual visits since 2004. I explained that BDS is a response to Israeli policy, growing racism in the society, and the death of a functional peace movement. I explained that the core issue is that Israel is the last colonial project in a post-colonial age, that having a country symbolized by a tank with Star of David is dangerous for Israelis (Jews and Palestinians) as well as our respective Diasporas.

The narrator ended the episode reflecting on the changes between older Zionist families and their children and grandchildren and expressed astonishment that there appeared to be a connection between blacks and minorities in the US and Palestinians. Who would believe this could happen? Perhaps this is the new audacious cool thing to do? As usual, Israelis were described more as passive victims than active participants in whatever was happening. So maybe Omri didn’t really get it, which is of course why I support the strategy of BDS.

Zionist thought police in action

April 22, 2016

Simone Zimmerman could be the type of millennial to help save Judaism from a Zionist takeover.

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She is the 25 year old young woman who was unceremoniously booted from the Bernie Sanders campaign as a jewish outreach coordinator for some negative comments about the hapless Netanyahu who appears to be driving Israel into an ultimate outlier on the international stage.

Here is Zimmerman last year on a Facebook rant: for Netanyahu was “an arrogant, deceptive, cynical, manipulative asshole. He is the embodiment of the ugliest national hubris and tone-deafness towards the international community. F**k you.

After effing up Bibi, Zimmerman erased her comment (what the hell she was 24!) from Facebook 10 hours later but alas the damage was done and the zionist thought police pounced on her and went full bore at Sanders.

Peter Beinart, a liberal Zionist and regular contributor to many Jewish publications wrote: Perhaps Simone chose the wrong words. Perhaps she should have called Netanyahu “one of the most obnoxious individuals you’re going to come into – just a liar and a cheat,” as former Clinton administration press secretary Joe Lockhart did. Or she could have simply called him a “liar,” like former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Or she could have used the term popular in the British foreign office: “armored-plated bullshitter.” Or she could have called him a “corrupt individual, a contentious liar who is ruining everything that is good about our society.” Those words came from Leah Rabin.
Zimmerman’s trajectory from young Zionist defender of Israel fell apart when she came to Berkeley and met Palestinians—which most israelis and American jews never do.She had to confront the ugly face of Zionism as Beinart described “interactions that made them confront the human consequences of holding millions of people as non-citizens, without free movement, under military law, for almost fifty years.

 

Something had to give: Zionism or biblical Torah justice.

 

More next time.

Israel descends

April 6, 2016

The facts are clear. An Israeli soldier, a medic no less, shot dead a young Palestinian man as he lay wounded and unable able to move. On March 24 Abdel Fattah AL Sharif was shot at a chekpoint in the largely Palestinian city of Hebron. This cowardly action, a war crime, was filmed by the human rights organization B’Tselem.
It is in the response to such shocking barbarity that we see the hope and despair that is modern Israel. In this regard we can trust the sterling newspaper Haaretz to help us understand the present-day morass and ethical disintegration in Israel.

 
Two regular writers help us in this regard. The first is the contemporary prophet (and I do not throw around this descriptor lightly) Gideon Levy, oft quoted in this blog. The second to be dealt with later is  Ari Shavit—and who knows there may be more.This war crime has impacted thousands.

 

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Delirious supporters ofthe IDF soldier

 
Such callous disrespect for Palestinian life has been going on so long, Levy suggests that this latest act reflecting Israeli identity, the old one was problematic too, but the new one is incorrigible. It’s not a passing fancy, it’s the zeitgeist and the ortgeist, the spirit of the place, and it is patently irreversible that “ the new situation, of which the the soldier in Hebron is just one symptom, is irreversible, because there’s no one to change it.

 
He lists the media, the army the government, the Supreme Court…all are complicit.They are going to stop this madness? “Don’t make me laugh.” He names the the low points of Israel’s disintegration

 
After the orgy of 1967 came the turning point of Operation Protective Edge: In the summer of 2014, tolerance died, replaced by violence. The Zionist-religious demon genie escaped, and there’s no one to recapture it

 
In ages past one might have hoped for the deep universal and humanistic values of Judaism to speak publicly about such a profanation.well, don’t make me laugh.

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Two weeks ago, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said that it’s a “mitzvah” (religious commandment) to kill armed Palestinians.

Another well known Zionist rabbi and head of a Jerusalem yeshiva Uri Sherki said in January that there is an “obligation for Jews to kill terrorists before they kill us.”

In that ancient centre of Kabbala learning Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu said last October “ It is forbidden to leave a murderer alive.”

Rabbi Benzion Mutzafi a year ago when asked “Am I allowed to kick the insurgent, hit him or shoot him in order to kill him after he has been arrested or is this prohibited?”

The answer

“It is not only desirable to do so, but it is a religious duty that you hold his head down to the ground and hit him until his last breath.”

Not much hope here.

Levy is close to despair

It’s doubtful that a nation so corrupt can be brought back to the straight and narrow. A people that has lost its moral compass, even its shame, will never find them again. How would it, and why? No one even seems to be trying.

More next time.

If Americans knew….

April 3, 2016

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Walnut Creek is a lovely community of elders near Frisco. Recently Alison Weir one of the great researchers on American collusion with Israel’s long history brutalization of the Palestinian people gave a talk in the community lecture hall. Weir’s book Against Our Better Judgment is an excellent primer on the US role in creating and still funding Israel. Weir is noted like Norman Finkelstein for her careful documentation of the said issue.Her organization If Americans Knew recently began putting up billboards on the shocking Israel attack on the USS Liberty during the 6 Day War.

 

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As Israel more and more devolves into a racist state and as Americans are asking why they are funding to such an extent ($4 billion a year) such a developed country, an international outlier notorious for its discrimination and flagrant violations of UN resolutions.
The inevitable is happening. Zionist supporters are becoming more desperate, and more more ugly.
Many American Jews are also waking up to the fact of the “slow motion genocide”(Pappé) of more land for Israel with less Palestinians on it which has been going on under the radar for years. Recently on April 1 Birthright the organization which for decades has indoctrinated young American Jews into the one-sided Israeli narrative by giving free trips to Israel(but never to Gaza or the West bank) announced it was pulling out.Birthright CEO Gidi Mark explained, “Given the rightward, and frankly racist, turn in Israel we could no longer conduct a trip that would present the country in the most flattering light. We determined that in order to build support for Israel, young people are best off leaving it to their imagination.”
According to Weir’s website (http://www.ifamericansknew.org) the Walnut Creek Police Department had phoned Weir ahead of time, concerned over a hate attack posted online a few weeks before the lecture inciting people to disrupt the talk. Similarly, the Walnut Creek Parks and Recreation Department had received phone calls from Israel partisans saying they were planning a protest. They were true to their word.
Stand With Us (SWU) is a well-funded international Israel propaganda organization with adherents throughout the United States passed out flyers and took seats in front of MS weir ready to sabotage the event.. 


As expected, these Israel partisans then carried out their plan to try to sabotage the event. They partially succeeded.and then at the end she received a standing ovation from the audience.

 

After one of the disrupters – a prominent Israel partisan named Helen Loewenstein – had been removed and used an obscene epithet outside the room, Loewenstein hit an audience member who was videoing her behavior with an iPad. Since this assault occurred right in front of several police officers, the police took Loewenstein away in handcuffs, all caught on video.

Loewenstein is a major donor to the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and member of the Sapphire Society ($5,000 membership dues), which, according to its website, is “an exclusive group of leaders helping to strengthen the homeland of Israel. The women of the Sapphire Society have raised over $50 million in 10 years.”

 

Weir was lauded for her patience and equanimity during the typical extreme Zionist bullying which we can expect to get worse in the days to come.

Be out of Israel!

March 31, 2016

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Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said on March 26 that many non-Jews should be forbidden from living in the Land of Israel according to Jewish law. Thanks to Haaretz for exposing this lunacy.

Yes, you heard it right.

This is what passes for intelligent rabbinic thought among too many rabbis. And Yosef is the chief Sephardic rabbi!

“According to Jewish law, it’s forbidden for a non-Jew to live in the Land of Israel – unless he has accepted the seven Noachide laws.” f he’s not willing to accept one of them, [which is] not to commit suicide, if he’s not willing to accept this, you send him to Saudi Arabia,” Yosef continued, apparently referring to suicide attackers.

The seven Noachide laws include prohibitions on idolatry, blasphemy, murder, illicit sexual relations, stealing and eating the limb of a living animal, plus a positive commandment to establish court systems.

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“If our hands were strong, if we had governing power, then non-Jews shouldn’t live in the Land of Israel,” Yosef added. “But our hands aren’t strong. We’re awaiting our righteous Messiah, who will be the true and complete redemption, and then they’ll do this.” The reason some non-Jews are allowed to live in Israel, Yosef continued, is to serve the Jewish population. “Who will be the servers? Who will be our assistants? Therefore, we leave them here in the land,” he said.

Two weeks ago, Yosef sparked a storm when he used his weekly lecture to discuss the recent wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks.

“If someone is coming with a knife – it’s a commandment to kill him,” Yosef said. “If someone is coming to kill you, kill him first. Don’t start being afraid of all kinds of … that they’ll make a court case against you afterward, or that some [Israel Defense Forces] chief of staff will come and say something different.”

“This also deters them,” he added. “The moment a terrorist knows that if he comes with a knife, he won’t return alive, this will deter them. Therefore, it’s a commandment to kill him.”

In that lecture, Yosef was responding to remarks made by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said,” I don’t want a soldier to empty a clip into a girl with a pair of scissors.”

Several Knesset members from the Likud and Habayit Hayehudi parties criticized Eisenkot for that statement. Haaretz

 

Jewish National Fund exposed

March 29, 2016

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The Israeli army expelled Heidar Abu Ghosh from his hometown of Imwas, the biblical Emmaus in 1967. It was subsequently demolished along with two other vilages, and covered over by “Canada Park”. Heidar is touring Canada to uncover this crime for Canadians, and suggesting a path towards justice and peace.

Tonite at 7 PM – 10 PM
College Street United Church
454 College Street, at Bathitrst

All proceeds will go towards the campaign to challenge the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund of Canada (JNF Canada). JNF Canada is responsible for using tax-deductible donations to cover over the ruins of depopulated and demolished Palestinian villages, erasing them from space and consciousness.

Tyler Levitan of Independent Jewish Voices (http://ijvcanada.org) exposes the hypocrisy of Canada allowing tax free charitable status to the Jewish National Fund

“Our aim is to expose the JNF to the broader Canadian public, since as Canadians, were all implicated in the activities of the JNF by virtue of the fact that the JNF’s branch in Canada has charitable status with the CRA. We are therefore subsidizing the very unethical and illegal activities of this organization.

“The JNF Canada’s flagship project is called ‘Canada Park’, and it sits over the ruins of the Palestinian villages of Yalu, Imwas and Deir Ayub, as well as on the lands of Beit Nuba. All of these villages were depopulated and demolished by the Israeli military in direct contravention of international law. Our reputation as Canadians is tarnished by the existence of this park on the ruins of people’s homes.”

“Our ‘Expose the JNF’ campaign has three primary objectives:

1. To expose the JNF’s activities to Jewish and other Canadians through raising awareness about the issue.
2. To expose the hypocrisy of the Harper government and the Canada Revenue Agency in defunding, auditing and even criminalizing organizations that go against the destructive political agenda of the Conservatives, while singling out for exemption the JNF Canada.

3. To have the Canada Revenue Agency determine that the JNF Canada’s activities are not charitable under Canadian law, and that their registered status should therefore be revoked.”
The JNF Canada should lose its charitable status because its funds go towards the institutional discrimination of Palestinians at the hands of the JNF in Israel and Occupied Palestine. As Canadians, we should not be subsidizing the JNF’s projects, that aim to dispossess the native inhabitants of the land—the Palestinians—and to cover up the displacement of Palestinian villages with forests and Jewish-only settlements.

The JNF’s mandate is to reserve land for the exclusive use and benefit of Jews in Israel, even though 20% of Israel’s citizenry is made up of Palestinians. The JNF owns 13% of the land in Israel and controls an additional 80%. Palestinians are barred from leasing or purchasing the JNF’s lands, on the sole basis of their ethnic and religious background. It is illegal in Canada to restrict the ownership of land to one ethnic or religious group. The JNF Canada’s activities violate the Canada Revenue Agency guidelines for what is considered charitable, in addition to contravening Canadian public policy and numerous conventions under international law.”

The stunned Liberal minister

March 24, 2016

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Somebody needs to help Navdeep Bains the Minister of Innovation in the new Liberal government. This Canadian cabinet minister seemingly has no grasp of history.He had the utter stupidity at the White House State dinner on March 11 to have his picture taken with Henry Kissinger and then he proudly tweeted “an honour to meet Henry Kissinger at the State Dept luncheon.” Some honour. Some cabinet minister.

This sent citizen Matthew Behrens into overdrive and he started a petition demanding that Bains apologize to the many victims of Kissinger’s manifold crimes. A fine summary of Kissinger’s criminal service of the American empire was summed up on the Intercept (https://theintercept.com)

Many consider him an amoral egotist who enabled dictators, extended the Vietnam War, laid the path to the Khmer Rouge killing fields, stage-managed a genocide in East Timor, overthrew the democratically elected left-wing government in Chile, and encouraged Nixon to wiretap his political adversaries.

Behrens is one of the finest public citizens in this country who unlike the hapless Bains, actually studied history and has a long memory. He asks Bains:

Why is it “an honour” to meet a man with the blood of millions on his hands? Would it be an honour for you to take a selfie with Kissinger-supported dictators like Pinochet, Suharto, Hussein, or the Shah of Iran? Where do you draw the line?

Why is it “an honour” to sit with a man who, in 1969, encouraged mass slaughter of Cambodian people with the order, “Anything that flies over anything that moves?” A former Khmer Rouge official described how the survivors “froze up and they would wander around mute for three or four days. Terrified and half-crazy, the people were ready to believe what they were told… That was what made it so easy for the Khmer Rouge to win the people over.”

Kissinger is a war criminal, and if you are unfamiliar with his history, do a quick search and realize how insulting you have proven yourself to the millions of victims of torture, genocide, and carpet bombing this man is responsible for. The fact that he has not been charged does not mean he is somehow innocent of this criminality; rather, it shows that we live in a world where the most powerful, especially if they come from the so-called “West,” are never held accountable by the laws they are supposed to uphold.

So far Behrens has garnered 348 signatures

His petition is found at

https://www.change.org/p/navdeep-bains-navdeep-bains-apologize-to-victims-of-kissinger-s-torture-war-and-genocide

The Grovel continues at AIPAC

March 21, 2016

The 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference got started yesterday with Hilary Clinton’s utterly despicable grovel to the formidable Israel lobby group. Clinton has long been in the pocket of Jewish American billionaire Haim Saban’s whose famous quote—as an American! is : “I have but one issue: Israel. “ Saban is among the worst of the those who espouse “cheque book Judaism’ substituting the the State Israel as the new deity and throwing millions at it with nary a mention of the shocking decades of humiliation and occupation.

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So Clinton like the Republican idolaters joins the drumbeat of total support for Israel—no matter what. The rest of these pretenders for high office have also come to AIPAC on bended knee to pledge their eternal fealty to Israel. All except the lone Jew, Bernie Sanders.How’s that for irony?
Clinton is fanatical on the BDS movement linking it to anti-Semitism. how pathetic is that and how weird today the US giving $4 billion to such a developed country. More and more people are smelling a rat.
Ari Wohlfeiler is one of them.

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Obviously a “self hating Jew”, Wohlfeiler is the deputy-director of the Jewish Voice for Peace a prophetic lobby group for real Jewish values and justice for Palestinians. He writes about AIPAC’s “sorry track record which has “peddled Islamophobic and racist stereotypes for literally decades. It is fundamental to how they’ve built power and influence. It’s who they are.
Wohlfeiler continues:
“You probably know that many of Trump’s most appalling policy suggestions for the US are already law in Israel, celebrated and protected fiercely by AIPAC. Israel already refuses to open its doors to refugees — Syrian, Ethiopian, or Palestinian; allows privileged immigration status for one religious group over others, is building highly militarized walls on all of its borders, and has elected and re-elected a demagogue leader who wins votes with blatant appeals to racism.
And over and over, Jewish communal organizations have co-signed on that racism by ignoring, or just plain silencing, criticism of AIPAC’s demonization of Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians in order to secure unconditional U.S. support and military aid for Israel.
But there are rays of hope. Even as some pro-Israel Jewish “leaders” try to muzzle them, intersectional movements are also rising — for Black lives, for economic justice, for Palestinians. From the halls of Chicago to the streets of Phoenix, people are standing up and speaking out. And it is that power that can beat back the dangerous slide that’s happening in this country and Israel.
Back to Clinton. The Israeli writer and prophet (my designation) Gideon Levy gets right to the point about Clinton
Hillary Clinton’s election as U.S. president would ensure Israel’s continued decline and degeneration. And so she is not a friend, but an enemy. She must not be allowed to deceive and present herself as a friend of Israel, …She and those like her – false friends of Israel – have been one of the curses on this country for years. Because of them, Israel can continue to act as wildly as it likes, thumbing its nose at the world and paying no price. Because of them, it can destroy itself unhindered.as

 

Whether Clinton believes what she wrote or simply wanted once again to sell her soul for a fistful of dollars from Haim Saban and other Jewish donors, the result is extremely embarrassing. A love letter to Israel, the likes of which no U.S. statesman would ever write to another country. Americans believe “Israel is more than a country – it’s a dream,” she states. Most of the world calls it a nightmare, yet Clinton says a dream. What dream exactly? The dream of tyrannical control over another people? Racism? Nationalism? The killing of women and children in Gaza?

Joe Biden really loves Israel

March 18, 2016

US veep Joe Biden’ visited Israel last week and made it clear just how far Israel and holocaust guilt has permeated America. His meeting with Israel PM Bibi Netanyahu was beyond embarrassing.

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“When we get together, our key staffs have heart attacks,”. I guess they fawn over each other. Joe seems to be stuck in a 50s time warp always going overboard to show Bibi how he loves Israel and Jews. Then Joe utters this banal,cliché ridden bromide: “Get over it, it’s the Jewish state of Israel.’ Maybe unlike another democracy the USA where people are citizens beyond their ethnicity or religion.Or is America “the Christian state of the USA”?

Joe has yet to twig to the obvious fact that a state is the state of its citizens not the state of one particular group. There is no Israeli citizenship. Either you are “Jewish” or a second class citizen. That’s what democracy entails.

In 1948 Israel refused to recognize an Israeli nationality making an unusual distinction between “citizenship” and “nationality.” Jewish nationality trumps the citizenship rights of non-Jews, currently one-fifth of the population. This of course privileges Jews. Quite a democracy. Although all Israelis qualify as “citizens of Israel,” the state is defined as belonging to the “Jewish nation,” meaning not only the 5.6 million Israeli Jews but also more than seven million Jews in the diaspora.

In 2013 Uzi Ornan, a retired linguistics professor, headed a campaign for israeli nationality (which lost in the Supreme Court).He said: “It is absurd that Israel, which recognizes dozens of different nationalities, refuses to recognize the one nationality it is supposed to represent.”

When Israelis travel their passports say “Israeli” but at home in the Population Registry, they are registered as “Jews.”

But as Joe Biden assures us “Get over it, it’s the Jewish state of Israel.”

And by the way, Joe really loves Israel.

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