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Fact 52: Palestinians refused peace and an independent state in October of 2000 (05.26.2002)

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Brave Somalian woman uncovers beatings, incest and sexual abuse of Muslim women in Holand; receives death threats and is forced into fleeing the Netherlands (11.09.2002)

NewsThe New York Times (www.nytimes.com) has a story on Ayaan Hirsi, a Muslim refugee from Somalia, who had to flee Holand after receiving death threats from the local fundamentalist Muslims:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali had done well in the 10 years since she arrived in the Netherlands as a young refugee from Somalia and, until a few months ago, she lived a quiet life in her adopted land. Never did she intend to create a national commotion.

She studied Dutch, took on cleaning jobs, went to university and worked as a political scientist. She made a name for herself pressing for the emancipation of Muslim women and documenting how thousands, living even here, were subjected to beatings, incest and emotional and sexual abuse. [...]

Then Ms. Hirsi Ali, 32, began receiving hate mail, anonymous messages calling her a traitor to Islam and a slut. On several Web sites, other Muslims said she deserved to be knifed and shot. Explicit death threats by telephone soon followed. The police told her to change homes and the mayor of Amsterdam sent bodyguards. She tried living in hiding. Finally, last month, she became a refugee again, fleeing the Netherlands. [...]

She was shocked when, as a university student, she held a job as an interpreter for Dutch immigration and social workers and discovered hidden "suffering on a terrible scale" among Muslim women even in the Netherlands. She entered safe houses for women and girls, most of them Turkish and Moroccan immigrants, who had run away from domestic violence or forced marriages. Many had secret abortions. [...]

What Mr. Fortuyn did on the right, Ms. Hirsi Ali has done on the left. Many in the Labor Party, where she worked on immigration issues, were shocked when she told reporters that Mr. Fortuyn was right in calling Islam "backward."

"At the very least Islam is facing backward and it has failed to provide a moral framework for our time," she said in one conversation. "If the West wants to help modernize Islam, it should invest in women because they educate the children."

Good for her - I hope she continues to speak her mind and help the poor Muslim women who are hostage to this "religion of peace", this part of Islam that seems stuck in the 14th century. That's not politically correct? Well, after reading what these poor women have to endure, I'm not in a PC mood.

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Palestinian terrorist murders elderly couple and 18-year-old woman (03.31.2006)

Palestinian TerrorismJTA.org reports that a Palestinian terrorist has murdered three Israelis:

Suicide bomber kills four

3/30/2006, Link

A suicide bomber disguised as an Orthodox Jew killed four people in the West Bank.

An elderly couple had picked up the man, who was hitchhiking. The bomber killed the couple and an 18-year-old woman Thursday night as their car approached Kedumim, a settlement in the northern West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority had released the bomber from jail weeks earlier, said Gideon Meir, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman. “Not only are they doing nothing to counter terrorism, they are encouraging it,” Meir said.

P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, carried out by the Al Aksa Brigade, a terrorist wing of Abbas’ Fatah party. Officials of Hamas, the P.A.’s new ruling party, said they would not arrest terrorists who plan and carry out attacks.

Doing a search on news.google.com on this terrorist attack only returned 10 results. I guess a murdering Palestinian bastard killing someone's grand-parents and an 18-year old girl is not news.

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Arafat chose terrorism and suicide bombings instead of peace (07.29.2002)

OpinionThe Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) has a good article on how Israelis and Palestinians see the peace talks at Camp David differently.

Right or wrong, interpretation has a way of creating its own reality. For Sharon, Bush, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, and perhaps the majority of Israelis, the breakdown of the Camp David talks was an indictment of Arafat, the Israeli left and the entire Palestinian people. Barak had made unprecedented concessions, accepting a redivision of Jerusalem, shared power in the Old City and Israeli withdrawal from more than 90 percent of the occupied territories. Barak's line afterwards, that Arafat was offered the moon and turned it down, renders further negotiations pointless. The charge that Arafat chose terror over a generous peace has transformed the Palestinian leader from a frequent White House guest under Clinton to White House pariah today, from an interlocutor with Israel to its virtual prisoner. And it made Israel's peace proponents a quixotic, and irrelevant, group. [...]

"Arafat's credentials as a serial liar are impressive," Morris wrote. "It is time that the West's leaders, who initially dealt with Saddam [Hussein] and [Slobodan] Milosevic as acceptable, responsible interlocutors, now treat Arafat and his ilk in the Palestinians camp as the vicious, untrustworthy, unacceptable reprobates and recidivists that they are."

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* Arafat and Palestinians refuse peace, wish for destruction of Israel, an interview with Ehud Barak, who was Israel's Prime Minister at the Camp David peace talks.
* Why did Arafat refuse an independent Palestinian State in October 2000?, an interview with Shlomo Ben-Ami, who was Israel's Foreign Minister at the Camp David peace talks.
* Arafat did not come up with one idea at Camp David, by Dennis Ross who was one of the main mediators between Israel and the Palestinians under former U.S. presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton.

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Palestinian homicide bombers murder 14 Israelis and injure dozens (09.09.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismFox News (www.foxnews.com) reports that two Palestinian mass murderers have blown themselves up in separate homicide bombings, killing 14 and injuring dozens of Israelis:

Twin Palestinian homicide bombings — one at a bus stop crowded with soldiers near Tel Aviv, the second five hours later at a popular Jerusalem nightspot — killed at least 14 Israelis and wounded and maimed dozens as the region grappled with a new wave of savage bloodletting. [...]

In one Gaza neighborhood, Palestinians fired assault rifles in the air and about 100 took to the streets in celebration after the attack on the cafe. In the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, some Hamas supporters celebrated by distributing candies to the families of those killed in previous violence.

Haaretz (www.haaretz.com) reports that among the victims of today's homicide bombings was the head of Shaarey Tzedek hospital's emergency room and his 20-year-old daughter who was going to get married later in the everning:

Appelbaum was identified at the scene by one of his colleagues, Dr. Yitzhak Glick, from Efrat.

Glick arrived at the site of the attack with his emergency team, in order to help with the evacuation of the wounded, and recognized Appelbaum almost at once.

A little before midnight the word began spreading through the corridors of Shaare Zedek. Doctors, nurses and staff members cried bitterly. Within minutes, Appalbaum's children began arriving at the hospital, and later joined by his wife.

The family was greeted by the hospital director, Professor Jonathan Halevy, and other members of staff. Several minutes later, they received more terrible news: with Appaulbaum was his 20-year-old daughter, Nava, who had been due to get married that evening.

Once again, many Palestinians in Gaza were celebrating the deliberate murder of women and children:

Hamas supporters celebrate in the streets of Gaza City
after a suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem September 9,
2003. The military wing of the Islamic militant group
Hamas hailed two suicide bombings in Israel in a
statement sent to Al-Jazeera television on Tuesday.
Picture taken September 9. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

And here's a message I received a few minutes ago:

From: Suicide Bomber "suicidebomber@heaven.com"

The message was traced back to France but there's not much I can do - I have never received a response from French ISPs.

Two friends today asked me what I thought of the new Palestinian "Prime Minister". Here's what I think: I'm too busy worrying about my friends and family to pass judgement on a Palestinian politican. If he wants peace we'll accept him with open arms.

That said, right now, it's clearly time to stop the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades - waiting for more Palestinian talk of "cease fires" is simply useless.

Let the tanks roll and the airstrikes hit the Islamic barbarians - let them beg for peace.

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French Arab Muslims attack Jews in Paris (03.24.2003)

Anti-SemitismNewsmax (www.newsmax.com) reports that French Arab Muslims, pro-Iraqi and pro-Palestinian "peace" protesters, attacked a group of Jews in Paris, France:

Somebody said, 'There are Jews,'" said Duprat, "and a few seconds later, individual groups of Arabs left the march to follow the anti-Jewish call. They chased and hit the Jewish students and pushed down an older woman who tried to intervene. [...]

The assault was videotaped by Digipresse, a small French news agency, but France's two state television stations, France 2 and France 3, refused to broadcast it on their evening news shows.

You may watch the video below. Here's a partial translation from this article on Yahoo France describing what the Muslim and French "peace" protesters were saying and doing:

About a dozen Arab Muslims start pushing everyone around. They carry metal pipes and wear their "keffiehs" around their faces. They run from the back of the crowd and seem very angry. Their shrieks sound horrible to us and are something we thought we'd never hear again in public in Paris:

"There are Jews there!" [...]

Two hundred meters away, the gang turns into Saint-Claude street while other protesters, carrying the Palestinian flag, violently attack someone on the ground. A courageous Canadian man and a few women try to help the man on the ground. He gets up in a haze. He's 14-years-old and his face is completely bloody. His only sin: to be Jewish. [...]

On top of a car, a young Arab Muslim excites the crowd with a megaphone:

"We, the Muslims, we the Arabs, we can proudly walk in the street. They (the Jews) are forced to hide! The Coran says: whatever pain you have received, you can inflict. But patience is a virtue. Let's wait, the wheel will turn (see video).

Even if you don't speak French, watch the video below (5.5 Mb) - you can feel the intolerance, hate and violence coming from the French and Muslim "peace" protesters (thanks to SL for the link to the video).

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Le Jihad a l'ecole (French) (08.26.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismLe site DesInfos.com (www.desinfos.com) a publie un article du porte parole de l'armee de Defense d'Israel qui decrit comment les Palestiniens apportent le Jihad a l'ecole:

Membres du Jihad Islamique
Heros des jeunes Palestiniens

Le Jihad à l’école

Dans la photo ci-dessus, publiée le 21 août 2002 dans le journal palestinien Al-Ayam, sont présentés quelques-uns des portraits de l’exposition.

Parmi ces photos se trouve le portrait de Shadi Alkhalot (deuxième en partant de la gauche), membre du Jihad tué alors qu’il s’apprêtait à perpétrer une attaque suicide en Israël, le 4 février 2002. Il portait une ceinture piégée composée de 15 kg d’explosifs.

Shadi Alkhalot est supposé être le troisième terroriste impliqué dans l’attaque de Beit Lid (35 km au nord de Tel Aviv) survenue il y a quelques années et lors de laquelle 22 Israéliens avaient été tués par deux terroristes kamikazes du Jihad Islamique. Au dernier moment, il avait refusé de se joindre à ses comparses et demandait depuis à perpétrer une attaque-suicide. Sa famille l’a soutenu dans ses choix.

Lors d’une cérémonie commémorant l’année de sa mort, un membre de sa famille lui a assuré [dans un éloge] que sa famille n’aurait de cesse d’agir pour la naissance de l’Etat palestinien, et n’hésiterait pas à envoyer d’autres enfants perpétrer des attaques-suicide.

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Palestinian Alarm Clock (11.28.2009)


Here's a great clip from "Family Guy" on Palestinian alarm clocks:

"Family Guy" is one of my favorite shows - a great adult animated series that has no respect or reverence for anything.

I'll never buy a Palestinian alarm clock.

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Terrorist from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad murders 7-month-old Israeli baby girl (10.01.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that a terrorist from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad has deliberately murdered a 7-month-old Israeli baby girl:

Shaked Avraham, 7 months
murdered by a terrorist from
the Palestinian Islamic Jihad

A terrorist infiltrated the settlement of Negohot in the Hebron Hills through an unfenced area. He knocked on the door of a pre-fab home during the Rosh Hashana meal, after 9 pm. When Eyal Yiberbaum, 27, asked who was there, there was no answer. Finally, after additional knocking, and the sound of a mumbled voice from outside, Yiberbaum opened the door a crack.

The terrorist, armed with an M-16 rifle and four ammunition clips then shot twice, mortally wounding the man, who nevertheless prevented the gunman from entering the house. A reserve soldier in the home pursued the terrorist, as did other soldiers who had been eating the holiday meal in the community's dining hall.

Within two minutes, they had arrived at the scene of the shooting, but in the meantime the terrorist had sprayed gunfire at the surrounding pre-fab homes, penetrating their thin walls with bullets. One of the bullets entered the home he had first attacked, mortally wounding Shaked Avraham, a seven-month-old girl, in her baby carriage. Resuscitation efforts failed.

Don't expect to hear much about the murder of little Shaked in your local news. After all, for media outlets such as NPR, Shaked is just a "settler" (click here for more examples of NPR bias - and please do not give PBS any money).

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Palestinian family dresses up baby as genocide bomber (06.28.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismI was watching a report on Israeli TV last night. The journalist was describing how Israeli soldiers were going from house to house looking for Palestinian terrorists from the Islamic Jihad when they stumbled upon a picture of a Palestinian baby dressed up as a genocide bomber.

A Palestinian baby dressed
up as a genocide bomber

Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that a Palestinian journalist in the Hebron area said she did not believe the picture was a fake and expressed surprise at the furor it caused in Israel.

"I can find you many, many photos like this," she told DPA. "Many kids imitate adults and wear toy masks and guns, especially during marches. It's not strange at all.

She added that she had seen children as young as the one in the photograph wearing similar costumes. "In our society it happens a lot. It's a kind of phenomenon," she said.

"What is obvious is that Palestinians are feeding the hatred of Jews and Israelis to their children at the earliest possible age," said David Baker, an official in the office of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

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Video: Palestinian murderer massacres 21 Israeli children (06.17.2002)

MultimediaOn June 1st 2001, a Friday night, a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber exploded himself in front of a disco in Tel-Aviv killing 21 Israeli children and wounding 120 (most of the killed were in their teens, including many 14 and 15-year-old girls).

21 children massacred by a Palestinian
homicide/suicide bomber in a Tel-Aviv Disco

Mideast Truth (www.mideasttruth.com) has released a video that describes this homicide/suicide bombing with interviews and footage of the Palestinian killers and a mother of some of the victims.

These Palestinian murderers are proud of killing unarmed Israeli kids and they regularly tape videos of themselves before conducting their massacres. This video shows the Palestinian slime saying:

"I will make myself a living bomb.
I will explode myself in the heart of the Zionists."

The video also shows how these Palestinian murderers become "martyrs" - their killings are celebrated in Palestinian towns and cities. There's also footage of what can be regularly heard in Palestinian mosques:

"Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans."

If you are a Palestinian reading this, mark my words: you will get nothing out of such despicable acts! You will only reinforce the Israelis' love for life and their struggle against your terror. You will not get a Palestinian State and your terrorist organizations, the Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and Arafat's terror groups (e.g. the Al-Aksa brigades, the Tanzim) will be destroyed.

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To see the faces of the Israeli children massacred by this Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber, click here.

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Clinton confirms Arafat rejected peace and chose terrorism (08.03.2002)

NewsVoice Of America (www.voanews.com) reports that former US president Bill Clinton has declared he would personally defend Israel if Iraqi troops invaded the Jewish State. He also confirmed the fact that Arafat refused peace and a Palestinian State at Camp David in 10/200:

Clinton Says He Would Fight For Israel
VOA News, 8/3/2002

Former President Bill Clinton said he would personally rush to protect Israel if Iraqi forces ever invaded the Jewish state.

Speaking to supporters of the Jewish group Hadassah in Toronto this week, Mr. Clinton said that if Iraq attacked Israel, he would grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die. A Toronto newspaper that reported the comments said the crowd broke out into applause.

The former president also said that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat made a "disastrous mistake" in turning down Israeli peace offers during the final months of his presidency. But he said he still sees reason to hope for peace in the Middle East.

During his first run for president, Mr. Clinton was heavily criticized for avoiding military service during the Vietnam War. As a young man, the future president received a draft notice but managed to get a deferment that enabled him to stay out of the army.

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United Nations, 1947, Resolution 181 approves the creation of Israel, the Jewish State (11.29.2002)

Jewish HistoryIsraPundit has an excellent article on UN resolution 181 that brought into existence the State of Israel. United Nations General Assembly resolution 181 called for the partition of the British-ruled palestine mandate [the 25% that was left of the mandated land, see the History page for details] into a Jewish State and an Arab State.

David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister
Israel's Independence, 1948

Today is the 55th anniversary of the UN vote on resolution 181, which approved the partition of the western part Palestine into a predominately Jewish state and a predominately Arab state. (It is vital to recall that the UN partition plan referred to western Palestine, to underscore that in 1921 the eastern part was ripped off the Jewish National Home by the British Government and handed over to the then Emir Abdullah.)

The partition plan was approved by 33 to 13, with 10 abstentions.

The 33 countries that cast the “Yes” vote were: Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Byelorussia, Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, Union of South Africa, USSR, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela. (Among other countries, the list includes the US, the three British Dominions, all the European countries except for Greece and the UK, but including all the Soviet-block countries.)

The 13 countries that chose the Hall of Shame and voted “No” were: Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen. (Ten of these are Moslem countries; Greece has the special distinction of being the only European country to have joined the Hall of Shame.)

The ten countries that abstained are: Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.

On November 30, 1947, the day following the vote, the Palestinian Arabs murdered six Jews in a bus making its way to Jerusalem, and proceeded to murder another Jew in the Tel-Aviv - Jaffa area. This was a prelude to a war that claimed the lives of 6,000 Jews, or 1% of the total Jewish population in 1948. This toll is the per capita equivalent of today’s Canada losing 300,000 lives, or the US losing 3,000,000. In addition, immediately after the UN vote, Arabs attacks their Jewish neighbours in a number of Arab countries, the murders in Syria’s Aleppo being the best known.

Bruised and bleeding, Israel prevailed nonetheless. May our sister-democracy thrive and flourish.

Many racists anti-Zionists believe that Israel came into being only after war and bloodshed. Indeed her Arab/Muslim neighbors did attack and lost many wars since 1948 (see the History page for details), but the State of Israel was created with the United Nations blessings.

The resolution was accepted by the Jews in the British mandate of Palestine, yet rejected by the Arabs in the mandate and the Arab states. Thanks to Nicole D. for the excellent tip on posting the details of UN resolution 181 and thanks to IsraPundit for the great research.

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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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Arafat sets up factory of explosives (11.24.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that Arafat and his thugs from the Palestinian Authority wish to implement the "peace of the brave" by setting up a factory to produce bombs:

The Palestinian Authority's Preventive Security Organization in the Gaza Strip has set up a factory for producing large quantities of nitric acid, the most important chemical in making explosives, according to a secret PA document seized in an IDF raid last week.

It appears that the factory was set up to bypass the obstacles facing militant organizations in producing or acquiring explosives. Most of the chemicals used by the Palestinians to produce homemade explosives are acquired from Israel. However, in recent weeks the Palestinians have managed to produce explosives with an efficiency near that of military-grade materials.

During an IDF operation in the Gaza Strip last Sunday, a document was seized in the Preventive Security Organization's headquarters in Tel al-Hiweh describing the setting up of the factory as a "strategic project." The document, classified by the organization as "secret," was addressed to the deputy head of preventive security in Gaza, Rasheed Abu Shubak. An analysis of the document revealed that the plant's annual production capacity of nitric acid was to have reached 15 tons. Successful production at such levels could lead to the production of military grade explosives, such as TNT or RDX. [...]

Bardawil said that "in order to retain the secrecy of the project, I recommend that they [the workers] will not be identifiable as belonging to [Arafat's Palestinian] Preventive Security Organization, and that I determine the qualifications required for this job.

A few weeks ago I had a big fight with a poker buddy on Israel's war on Palestinian terror. It all started when Ethan said that "Israel is acting like the Nazis" and it went down the hill from there. Ethan is Jewish but is also a San Francisco leftist fanatic. Amonth other things, he refused to believe me when I said that Arafat supports, finances and is directly involved in terrorism and the deliberate murder of women and children.

Well Ethan, here's one more proof - and stop repeating the fascist statements from the ultra left like a parrot.

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