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Les Palestiniens sont responsables de leur sort (French) (08.24.2002)

OpinionLe site DesInfos.com a publie une traduction d'un article parut dans le journal Israelien "Yediot Aharonot" qui decrit comment les Palestiniens sont responsables de leur sort.

La deuxième Nekba palestinienne (catastrophe)
Guy Bechor (Yediot Aharonot) - traduit par le service de
presse de l'Ambassade de France en Israël.

Voilà plus de 54 ans que les Palestiniens crient au scandale de leur pays spolié et qu’ils accusent les Juifs, Israël, les Britanniques, les Nations Unies et les Etats arabes, prenant un soin tout particulier à s’épargner et à apparaître “ blancs comme neige ”.

Mais en 1947, c’est bel et bien leur radicalisme et leur maximalisme qui contribua à leur malheur, la Nekba.

Aujourd’hui, nous assistons à la deuxième Nekba palestinienne. Une fois de plus, les Palestiniens ne doivent s’en prendre qu’à eux-mêmes. Le bilan de la nouvelle Intifada est lourd : des milliers de victimes, et par-dessus tout, une société palestinienne sacrificielle n’ayant d’autres objectifs que la mort et la ruine.

Il y a deux ans, les Palestiniens pouvaient, comme en 1947, obtenir un Etat indépendant. Le gouvernement Barak leur avait alors proposé 98% des Territoires occupés en 1967 ainsi que le démantèlement de la plupart des colonies, et la division de Jérusalem. Comme en 1947, ils ont refusé l’offre et ont choisi de danser la danse de la mort. Comme en 1948, les Palestiniens se sont trompés en imaginant qu’ils obtiendraient par la violence ce qu’ils n’avaient pas réussi à obtenir autrement. Une fois de plus, ils sont victimes de leur choix.

Les Palestiniens sont parvenus à changer leur image de peuple sympathique et pourchassé en un peuple de barbares terroristes. Même les Européens commencent à émettre des réserves à l’encontre des Palestiniens.

Les Arafat, Barghouti, Rantissi et Rajoub ont semé le vent et récoltent aujourd’hui la tempête.

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Righteous Gentile: Polish catholic helps save 4,000 Jews during the Holocaust (12.13.2002)

Jewish HistoryThe Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) has an incredible story on Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, ex-Foreign Minister of Poland, who helped save 4,000 Jews during the Holocaust, including 2,500 children:

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski has seen it all.

At 80, he has outlived most of the friends who shared his intense experiences, those miraculous moments of carving life out of the wreckage of war, while risking death.

Twice the foreign minister of Poland, an author and historian, an anti-Communist dissident and ideologue of the Solidarity movement, a prisoner in Communist jails for seven years, an activist in the Polish underground, a survivor of eight months at Auschwitz, Bartoszewski is also the last prominent founder of a movement that clandestinely rescued, hid and smuggled Jews to safety in Nazi-occupied Poland. [...]

In 1940, when he was 18 and about to enter college, the Nazis were rounding up thousands of young Polish men, and he landed in Auschwitz three months after the camp was established. "That beginning of my adult life was in a Nazi camp. Eighty-five percent of the prisoners who arrived did not survive. I was stronger, more resilient; I was younger.

"We were beaten every day with clubs, fists, shoes, anything to break our spirit, our backbone. I was one of the lucky ones: Because they did not hit my head, my skull did not crack," he said animatedly. "When I was released, I dedicated myself to working against such a threat to humanity," he said. "Their treatment of me backfired into the exact opposite of what they intended."

The ghetto in Warsaw was about 840 acres in the middle of the city, surrounded by walls about 13 feet. Access was limited, he recalled, but some people managed to get telephone calls in, and city gas workers who were sent in for repairs brought out news.

Over several weeks, the Nazis deported 310,000 people from Warsaw, where every third resident was a Jew. "Everyone knew what was happening, but not everyone found the courage to counter it," he said during an interview Tuesday, alternating between Polish, through an interpreter, and German.

Zegota was financed by and functioned as an agency of the Polish government-in-exile. It saved and helped 4,000 Jews, including 2,500 children. The goal of the group, he explained, was to arrange for escapes, secure forged documents, find overnight shelters and ensure fugitives were fed.

On Tuesday, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the museum's governing board, honored Bartoszewski with a special certificate commemorating Zegota's 60th anniversary.

Many people in Poland hate Jews with a passion (see this example) - Mr. Bartoszewski is an inspiration to humanity.

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We'll Go Forward From This Moment (09.11.2002)

OpinionOn September 12, 2001, Leonard Pitts Jr., a columnist from the Miami Herald, wrote an article that moved me to tears:

We'll Go Forward From This Moment
By Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald

It's my job to have something to say.

They pay me to provide words that help make sense of that which troubles the American soul. But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that seem to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering.

You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard.

What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our World Trade Center, our Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn? Whatever it was, please know that you failed.

Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause.

Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.

Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.

Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae - a singer's revealing dress, a ball team's misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We're wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are fundamentally decent, though - peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.

Some people - you, perhaps - think that any or all of this makes us weak. You're mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be measured by arsenals.


Yes, we're in pain now. We are in mourning and we are in shock. We're still grappling with the unreality of the awful thing you did, still working to make ourselves understand that this isn't a special effect from some Hollywood blockbuster, isn't the plot development from a Tom Clancy novel. Both in terms of the awful scope of their ambition and the probable final death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of terrorism in the history of the United States and, probably, the history of the world. You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied before.

But there's a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making us fall. This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the last time anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such abrupt and monumental pain. When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force. When provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any suffering, pay any cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice.

I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as you, I think, do not. What I know reassures me. It also causes me to tremble with dread of the future.

In the days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation, fingers pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. There will be heightened security, misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms. We'll go forward from this moment sobered, chastened, sad. But determined, too. Unimaginably determined.


You see, the steel in us is not always readily apparent. That aspect of our character is seldom understood by people who don't know us well. On this day, the family's bickering is put on hold.

As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish.

So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that's the case, consider the message received. And take this message in exchange: You don't know my people. You don't know what we're capable of. You don't know what you just started.

But you're about to learn.

May God bless the memory of the victims of the heinous attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Let's also be strong and fight the Islamic terrorists that are a threat to our countries, our freedoms, our lives.

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Palestinian terrorist organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, is destroyed (08.30.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israel has succeeded in wiping out the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) a communist terrorist group responsible for hundreds of attacks against unarmed civilians.

Earlier this week the IDF arrested another two of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's top leaders in the West Bank.

The two were caught just as the PFLP, the second largest faction in the PLO after Fatah, was preparing to mark the first anniversary of the killing of its secretary-general, Abu Ali Mustafa.

With their arrest, Israel has effectively succeeded in eliminating the entire political and military branches of the hard-line Marxist group. [...]

The PFLP, which is strongly opposed to the Oslo Accords, has vowed to pursue the fight against Israel and has been very critical of Arafat's peace strategy. A strong PFLP could only pose a bigger threat to Arafat.

Now that we've eliminated the threat from the PFLP, let's move on to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and then to Hamas and Al-Aqsa Brigade, Arafat's terrorist group (see the Palestine page for details).

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Fact 5: Israel's borders at its shortest distance is 9 miles (05.12.2002)

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Fact Number 5
Israel's borders at its shortest distance is 9 miles

Israel's borders from West to East is 9 miles at its shortest distance (from the West Bank to Netanya, borders of 1948)

I was in Israel from 1987 to 1997, and lived in Netanya and Even-Yehuda, two great towns.

This short distance, makes it very easy for Palestinian homicide/suicide bombers to attack innocent civilians. Netanya was the site of the massacre of Passover, where 30 Israeli civilians were killed as they were getting ready for a holiday meal. Many were elderly and this week's victim, Eliezer Korman, 74, was a grand-father of five who died as a consequence of this Palestinian homicide/suicide bombing.

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In the year 2000, 75% of religious based hate crimes committed in the United States were against Jews (12.13.2002)

Anti-SemitismIn the year 2000, 75% of religious based hate crimes committed in the United States were directed against Jews.

If you listen to NPR (National Public Radio) and other leftist media outlets, you would think that the majority of hate crimes in the US are committed against Arabs/Muslims.

Ted Belman from Israpundit has a good analysis of the truth behind the numbers:

When Jews are being killed its old news or not even news.

An Associated Presswire story with the headline "FBI: Surge in crimes against Muslims" drew an interesting conclusion from the FBI's annual report of hate-crime statistics:

"Incidents targeting Muslims, previously the least common involving religious bias, increased from just 28 in 2000 to 481 in 2001 a jump of 1,600 percent."

Most major media outlets picked up on this and reported on this highly disturbing trend in American life since September 11, 2001.

But as always what was not raised in the media but which was a key finding of the FBI's annual report:

Of the 2,118 victims of hate crime in 2001, 26% were Muslims, but 56.5%were Jews.

In 2000, there were 1,699 victims of a hate crimes based on religion. Of those, 1,269 (approximately 75% ) were Jews.

In 1999, the numbers are similar, with a total of 1,686 reported victims of hate crimes, 1,289 of whom were Jewish.

In 1998, it was a total of 1,720 victims, 1,235 of whom were Jews.

I don't know about you but I was astounded at these numbers.

One of the explanations for such a high number of hate crimes against Jews is simple: we have to worry not only about the Nazis and the extreme right, but today we also have to worry about the fascist left - double the fun.

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Poland, 1407, Jews are burned alive after blood libel accusations (10.25.2002)

Jewish HistoryThe Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports on October 26, 1407, when jews are burned alive in Cracow, Poland:

1407: Jews are persecuted in the Cracow Accusations, one of the first blood libels to be recorded in Poland. The Jews try to defend themselves and ultimately take refuge in the Church of St. Anne which is surrounded and then set afire. Any children left alive are forcibly baptized.

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Why are certain Muslims racist, violent, mass murdering bastards? (06.05.2004)

OpinionFront Page Magazine (www.frontpagemag.com) has a good article on the reason some Muslims are racist, violent, mass murdering bastards:

E.W. Lane wrote an informative firsthand account of life in Egypt, particularly Cairo and Luxor, composed after several years of residence there (first in 1825-1828, then in 1833-1835). [...]

3 Egyptian Muslims, Lane explains, regarded "persons of every other faith as the children of perdition; and such, the Muslim is early taught to despise…I am credibly informed that children in Egypt are often taught at school, a regular set of curses to denounce upon the persons and property of Christians, Jews, and all other unbelievers in the religion of Mohammad.” 4

Lane, who had perfect command of Arabic and went on to write a colossal Arabic-English lexicon, translated the prayer below from a contemporary 19th century text Arabic text. It contains curses on non-Muslims, “which the Muslim youths in many of the schools in Cairo recite, before they return to their homes, every day of their attendance.” 5 One typical curse is:

[...] O God, assist him, and assist his armies, and all the forces of the Muslims: O Lord of the beings of the whole world. O God, destroy the infidels and polytheists, thine enemies, the enemies of the religion. O God, make their children orphans, and defile their abodes, and cause their feet to slip, and give them and their families, and their households and their women and their children and their relations by marriage and their brothers and their friends and their possessions and their race and their wealth and their lands as booty to the Muslims: O Lord of the beings of the whole world.”

With conflicts in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, where racist, violent mass murdering bastards from Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other Islamic fascists, it seems there's a pattern here: fanatical Muslims and their ideology of hate and destruction, with a thirst for social, religious and political power.

Note: let me point out once again that I don't believe that all Muslims are fanatical mass murdering bastards. Certain folks always negatively comment on such articles that point out the inherit racism in parts of Islam. These comments come mostly from the racist Muslim bastards themselves or from European or American leftists who are so afraid of being intolerant they become tolerant of intolerance.

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Ed Koch's New Year Commentary: "Avoid France as a place to vacation" (12.27.2002)

OpinionEd Koch was the outspoken mayor of New York City for twelve years. He never minced words. The following is to be his New Year Commentary prepared for Bloomberg Radio (which, coincidentally, is owned by the current mayor.) Koch's 2003 resolutions are worth heeding - perhaps even following ourselves.

This is a sobering yet in a way optimistic analysis by one of our own "elder statesmen":

We are now going through the most virulent anti-Semitic period since Hitler and Stalin. Nearly 60 years after the end of World War II almost every country on the European continent, including England, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and the Scandinavian countries, has seen major outbreaks of physical violence against their Jewish citizens, and against Jewish institutions, including synagogues and cemeteries. At the same time, open
hostility toward the State of Israel is at an all-time high. Only in the United States have we seen a full acceptance of Jews as citizens and the Jewish state treated as a friend and ally by an overwhelming number of fellow citizens. In the U.S., Jews have been permitted to rise and fall based on their individual talents, virtues and faults. In one elite bastion after another, Jews have been selected to head institutions heretofore seen as beyond their reach. [...]

Now to my personal New Year's resolutions. I will avoid France as a place to vacation. France leads those countries in the Security Council who are the enemies of the State of Israel. So too is Mexico, joining as a consistent supporter of resolutions unfairly denouncing Israel at the U.N. Security Council.

I will not support National Public Radio in any way. NPR's reporters and management delight in unfairly attacking Israel. I will no longer lend financial support to New York's Channel Thirteen public television station. That station recently showed a documentary that was blatantly biased against Israel and has refused to acknowledge the bias or to try to correct it.

I will not watch ABC's World News Tonight anchored by Peter Jennings. For many years, Jennings has specialized in vicious and unfair portrayals of Israel intended to injure the Jewish state and lionize Palestinians. BBC News is horrifically anti-Israel and I will shun it completely. Susan Sontag will occupy the Ninth Circle of Hell for her outrageous assaults on Israel. I will no longer read her works.

On a personal note, I had the oppurtunity to go to France a few weeks ago. I turned it down, and will avoid France like the plague - do not help the French and other Europeans in their support and financing of Palestinian terrorism.

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28-year-old Israeli woman murdered by Palestinian genocide bomber (07.11.2002)

VictimsFaces of the victims has published the story of Orit Ozerov, 28, an Israeli woman who was killed after a Palestinian genocide bomber blew himself at a cafe in Jerusalem.

Orit Ozerov, 28
Murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber

Orit Ozerov, a Foreign Ministry employee, was was born in 1974, and grew up in Jerusalem. Orit joined the Foreign Ministry about four years ago, and worked as an office manager while studying for her Master's degree.

Her colleagues at work describe her as always having a smile on her face, possessing a contagious cheerfulness, and an aura of friendliness which affected everyone around her. Her sense of humor and kindness were matched only by her grace, and her charming childlike features.

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U.S. President Bush supports Israel in her war against Islamic Terrorism, receives huge applause (08.30.2004)

NewsI was listening a few minutes ago to an event where President Bush answered questions from Americans living in Nashua, New Hampshire. One of the topics that came up was the Israeli war on Palestinian Terrorism. President Bush said:

"A trouble spot in the Middle East is obviously the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We're strong supporters of Israel. Israel is our ally. And I believe the best way -- (applause.) "

The applause came after the great American folks present at the event heard the phrase "We're strong supporters of Israel. Israel is our ally." But as in any event, you will find racist bastards, Nazis, or intolerant Muslims spitting up their bile. One such woman then asked the following question:

"Q (Inaudible) [Woman]: How can Ariel Sharon, as you've said, be a man of peace if he causes death and torture among innocent Palestinians every day? How can Ariel Sharon be a man of peace if he fits your definition a terrorist? I'd be curious to hear how you plan to carry out the two-state solution. "

President Bush then replied:

THE PRESIDENT: [...] First of all, Ariel Sharon is defending his country against terrorist attacks, just like we will -- (applause.) [...]

I also believe there's a leadership question involved with whether or not a Palestinian state will emerge. See, I think in order for a Palestinian state to emerge, there must be leadership that believes in the hopes and aspirations of the people, and are willing to put institutions in place that are larger than mankind -- in other words, willing to have a system based upon law and institutions that survive the people, as opposed to a system in which one person pretty well dictates the fate of the Palestinian people.

And so the real challenge is to not only stay on the road map, which is institution-building -- and, by the way, there's also a commitment to fight off terror -- but it's for leadership to emerge that is committed to the aspirations of the people.

Ariel Sharon is a duly-elected official in a democracy. In other words, Israel is a democracy. (Applause.) We would hope that the Palestinians would have that same kind of democracy which would lead to a more peaceful world.

I applaud President Bush for the clarity of his vision. I applaud the American people for the clarity of their vision and their wisdom in getting the best man for the job elected.

It is clear that President Bush was directly talking about Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian excuse for a leader, when he mentioned "a system based upon law and institutions that survive the people, as opposed to a system in which one person pretty well dictates the fate of the Palestinian people."

Standing up to Islamic intolerance, hatred and violence and stopping the mass murdering freaks from Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigades is not easy. That said, both Israel and America's current leaders have the right approach and attitude towards ending the threat of Islamic Fascism. We will win this war.

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Tutorial to implement Category Icons in 'Movable Type' (07.07.2002)

AnnouncementIf you don't manage a website or a blog, please ignore this posting.

For those of you who use 'Movable Type', I have created a tutorial that will go over the steps on implementing Category icons.

After using Movable Type for a couple of months, I decided that on my index page, an image corresponding to the post's category should be shown, making it easy for the reader to automatically look for their favorite types of articles (this is similar to what is displayed on Slashdot.org).

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Palestinian Authority and Yasser Arafat encourage terrorism, Bush calls for a new Palestinian leadership (06.24.2002)

OpinionAfter a much awaited speech on his vision on the Middle East, Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that US President George Bush has called for the removal of Yasser Arafat and his thugs of the Palestinian Authority.

Yasser Arafat, the seemingly immortal leader of the Palestinian national movement, was politically assassinated Monday by President George W. Bush.

His role as Israel's prospective partner in any future diplomatic process was effectively snuffed out by a stern-sounding American president, delivering his verdict on two years of violent intifada and his recipe for a turnabout towards peace in this war-torn region.

Bush's verdict: Arafat is the guilty party. "Today," he asserted, "the Palestinian authorities are encouraging, not opposing, terrorism." The Palestinian Authority, he added, had "rejected [Israel's] offered hand and trafficked with terrorists."

Bush's sentence was brutal and unequivocal: "Peace requires a new and different Palestinian leadership," he pronounced.

This is good news for anyone who supports Israel and is against Palestinian terrorism. In the last few days, there was much talk about US President Bush declaring his acceptance of a Palestinian State without pre-conditions (end of terror, end of Arafat's brutal and corrupt regime, etc...) and therefore rewarding the current wave of Palestinian barbaric terror.

Instead there's no mention of the "cycle of violence" and there's a clear message to Arafat and other supporters of terrorism: your deliberate killing of unarmed civilians gets you nothing, and politically you're history.

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Chutzpah (09.27.2007)

HumorThis one is from my friend Peter; it's funny if you've ever prayed in Hebrew:

Bill Gates advertised for a new chairman of Microsoft Europe. The 5000 candidates are assembled in a large room. One of them is Moishe Cohen, a Jewish Parisian who was born in Tunisia.

Bill Gates thanks the candidates for coming but asks all those who are not familiar with the JAVA programlanguage to leave. 2000 people rise and leave the room. Moishe Cohen says to himself, "I do not know this language but what have I got to lose if I stay? I'll give it a try."

Bill Gates then asks all those who have no experience of managing teams of more than 100 people to leave.Another 2000 people go. Moishe Cohen says to himself, "I have never managed anybody but myself but what have I got to lose if I stay ? What can happen to me?"

Then Bill Gates asks all candidates who do not have outstanding academic qualifications to rise and leave.500 people remove themselves. Moishe Cohen says to himself, "I left school at 15 but what have I got to lose if I stay?" So he stays in the room.

Lastly, Bill Gates asks all of the candidates who do not speak the Serbo-Croat language to rise and leave. 498 people rise and leave the room. Moishe Cohen says himself, "I do not speak Serbo-Croat but -have I got anything to lose?"

He finds himself alone with one other candidate. Everyone else has gone. Bill Gates joins them and says: "Apparently you are the only two candidates who speak Serbo-Croatian. I'd like to hear you converse with one another in Serbo-Croatian."

Calmly Moishe Cohen turns to the other candidate and says to him: "Barouch ata Adonai."

The other candidate answers: "Elohaynou melekh ha'olam.".

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Both left and right Brazilian presidential candidates are anti-Israel (09.27.2002)

NewsForward (www.forward.com) has an article that describes how all candidates in next week's elections in Brazil are anti-Israeli:

The running mate of the frontrunner in Brazil's upcoming presidential election has a novel solution to the Middle East crisis: "The State of Israel," said José de Alencar, "should move somewhere else."

His rival for the vice presidency has her own opinions. "I am attracted to important subjects," Brazilian Social Democrat Rita Camata told a magazine, "like the contentious relationship between rich and poor countries, the new economic world order, the criminal way Israel behaves toward Palestinians, and Brazil's participation in the globalized economy."

I am Braziliam and I love Brazilian food, music and the friendliness of her citizens, but as a Jew, I am certainly happy I left it a long time ago.

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