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Russia, 1905, hundreds of Jews are killed in Anti-Jewish riots (pogroms) (10.21.2002)


Jewish HistoryThe Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports on October 18, 1905, when hundreds of Jews were murdered by Russians in anti-Jewish riots:

1905: A week-long pogrom marking one of the bloodiest periods in Russian Jewish history begins, spreading to dozens of towns and villages throughout Russia. Hundreds of Jews are killed, thousands are wounded and over forty thousand homes and shops are destroyed in the rioting.


I copy below an article that gives an overview of the pogroms. For all of you racists that send me hate messages because of my support for Israel, hear this: we will never give up the State of Israel - we will always fight for its survival.

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Iraqi TV calls foreigners "descendents of pigs and apes" (11.09.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org) has translated a sermon that was delivered last Friday (11/8/2002) in the main mosque of Baghdad. This racist and fascist rethoric was also broadcasted on Iraqi television:

"...Brothers, today more than ever before, we need the grace of Jihad of the soul... particularly in this difficult hour in which the Islamic nation [is] experiencing, an hour in which it faces the challenge of [forces] of disbelief of infidels, Jews, crusaders, Americans and Britons. They challenge Allah, His Book, His Prophet, they challenge you the believers. They believe that their castles will protect them from Allah. They think that with their bombs, planes, missiles and advanced [weapons] they will scare us. By Allah, no!!! You [the West] are the real terrorists. We will scare you with the help of Allah. We stand strong; Allah will not allow the infidels to overcome the believers. Who are you, Oh foreigners. Who are you, Oh descendents of pigs and apes, to scare Muhammad, who is supported by Allah, as well as by Gabriel and the [other] Angels...??? Who are you, anyway, Bush [you] little dwarf to threaten Muhammad and his descendents!!?? We challenge you with our words, before challenging you with our weapons. Who are you to threaten us, our feelings and our holy places??!!" [...]

"Oh Allah, let the infidels fight each other, and dry their blood in their veins. Send Your soldiers against them; Allah, shake the ground under their feet; Allah, destroy their fleet and their weapons; fight their soldiers; Allah, and plant fear in them; Oh Allah, confuse their words; Allah, make them prey to the Muslims; Allah avenge Muslims' blood from them... Oh Allah, reduce the word of the infidels, and heighten the word of the believers. Oh Allah, raise the banner of monotheism, raise the slogan of monotheism... 'Allah Akbar' to the criminals; 'Allah Akbar' to America, 'Allah Akbar' to Britain... Oh Allah do not let the Jews or the crusaders overcome the Muslims... Allah, help the Jihad warriors everywhere... Oh Allah, for Thee we fight, we kill and are killed. Allah will settle His account with you, Bush! Allah will settle His account with you, Ariel Sharon; Allah will settle His account with you, Britons! Allah will settle His account with you, enemies of Allah... Our dead for the cause of Allah are Shuhada [martyrs] in paradise, while their dead are in hell..."


This thing with "pigs and apes" seems to be a common theme with Islamofreaks - click here to see how the Iman of the Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia also uses such enlightened arguments.

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Israel develops gun that shoots around corners (12.15.2003)


Hi-TechThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israel has developed a gun that can shoot around corners:



Murderous Bastards from the
Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Al-Qaeda
will not know what hit them


Shown to the public for the first time Monday, the "Corner Shot" is actually an apparatus containing a small, high-resolution camera that attaches to handguns. It allows the operator to stick the pistol around a corner without exposing themselves, aim and fire. [...]

The apparatus can house a variety of pistols, including GLOCK, SIG SAUER, CZ and BERETTA handguns. It can also be adapted to fit an M-16 rifle or tear gas launcher. The device swivels 63 degrees to the left or right and is the only system in the world that allows the shooter to keep their entire body around a corner and out of the line of fire, Golan told reporters.

"The Corner Shot weapon system can be extremely beneficial in the global war on terror. It protects soldiers' lives and increases their chances of survival, while drastically improving their ability to gather information," said Golan, 49, a former deputy commander of an anti-terror unit.

The unit was particularly suited to urban warfare or commando raids into airplanes, buses or trains, he said.

"The Americans are very interested in this," Golan said. "I believe from what I have seen and heard that it can be a big success in Iraq because the Americans are dealing with an urban area there."


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No peace is possible with murderous terrorists from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (08.21.2003)


OpinionThe Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com) has published an excellent article that clearly shows that Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian prime minister has to make a choice:

Tuesday night's suicide bombings in Israel powerfully demonstrated the failure of the current strategy of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas in implementing the road map. Unfortunately it had to take the death of 20 Israelis, and the injury of more than 100 others, to prove the point.

Central to the first stage of the road map is the requirement that the Palestinians dismantle their terrorist organizations. Mr. Abbas believed he could succeed in disarming them through negotiation, rather than force, and heralded a three-month cease-fire declared by the terrorists in June as a sign of his progress. Tuesday night (the second major attack in violation of the cease-fire) came ironically as Islamic Jihad leaders were meeting with Mr. Abbas to discuss their cease-fire. Islamic Jihad, along with Hamas, claimed responsibility for the killings (although Hamas incredibly denied the cease-fire was over). [...]

Like his long-time benefactor, Mr. Abbas speaks of "living in peace with Israel" and "dismantling terror." Arafat had a habit of then switching into Arabic and encouraging the suicide bombers in their deadly work, which was financed by Arafat's Palestinian Authority. So far Mr. Abbas has been more consistent. But he cannot straddle the worlds of jihad and international respectability.

For the first time in years, the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime, the refusal to deal with Arafat and the presence of a U.S. President committed to fighting terrorism have produced a glimmer of hope that the Israeli-Palestinian question can be resolved. Mr. Abbas has a chance to turn Palestinians away from terror and lead his people to statehood in peace with Israel. To do that, however, he must forcibly disarm these terrorists. If he doesn't, Israel has a responsibility to its citizens to do it instead.


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75% of Israel's residents are Jewish (05.16.2008)


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Keren Hayesod (www.kh-uia.org.il) has published the latest stats on Israel's population:

On the eve of 2008, Israel population reached 7.241 million residents. Of this figure, 75.6 percent are Jewish (5.472 million), 20% are Arab (1.449 million) and 4.4% (320,000) are ‘others’ — immigrants who are not registered as Jews in the Interior Ministry, non-Arab Christians and residents without religious classification.

During 2007, Israel's population increased by 1.7%, just one decimal point less than the population increase noted at the end of 2006. Also, 18,000 immigrants arrived in 2007, and 149,400 babies were born.

Overall, 124,000 residents were added to the country's population during the year. Eighty-eight percent of this figure were a result of natural growth (births minus deaths), and the remaining 12% from the immigration factor - the gap between the number of immigrants and the number of emigrants.

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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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Repulsive: many Palestinians celebrate murder, death and suffering (08.06.2002)


OpinionThe Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com) has a good article that describes how Palestinians that celebrate the deliberate murder of women and babies are repulsive to Israeli society.

In Gaza last week, crowds of children reveled and sang while adults showered them with candies. The cause for celebration: the cold-blooded murder of at least seven people -- five of them Americans -- and the maiming of 80 more by a terrorist bomb on the campus of Jerusalem's Hebrew University. The joyful response of so many to the death, suffering, and mutilation of students and university workers raises pointed questions about the health of Palestinian society, both mental and moral. It makes many Israelis ask whether, even if a cease-fire is reached and negotiations someday resume, peace with the Palestinians is possible.

There is, of course, nothing new about Palestinians applauding terror. During the Gulf War in 1991, they danced on rooftops in praise of Iraqi Scud missiles raining on Israeli neighborhoods. Again, in the mid-1990s, after bus bombs in Israel killed dozens -- one of them was my sister-in-law -- an estimated 70,000 Palestinians filled a Gaza stadium to cheer a reenactment of the massacre. The deaths of over 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11 was another cause for dancing in Palestinian streets, though Arafat's men suppressed foreign coverage of the fete. [...]

Such festivities contrast radically with the reaction of Israelis to the deaths of Palestinian civilians in a recent attack on a Hamas terrorist leader in Gaza. Though "collateral damage" is virtually unavoidable in battle, though the army apologized for its mistake, and though the terrorist himself bore some responsibility for the tragedy by hiding out in a densely populated area, Israelis were deeply disturbed. Many engaged in introspection over anti-terrorist tactics; some took to the street in protest. There was no gloating, no cheering, certainly, but rather nationwide expressions of remorse, even shame.

For all its anomalies, Israel is at base a healthy society. The reaction of Israelis to civilian casualties, even among their mortal enemies, is similar to that shown by Americans after the accidental bombing of villagers in Afghanistan. But the Palestinians are different. Though Palestinian spokesmen often seek to justify terror in terms of popular frustration and despair, there is no rational explanation for the outbursts of joy bordering on ecstasy at the dismemberment of innocent children, women, and men. Beyond the controversy over settlements and territory, beyond the bitter conflict over Jerusalem, there is something else at work in the delight displayed by Palestinians over slaughter -- something sick and perhaps even evil.


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Survivor of September 11 attacks tells his story (09.06.2002)


VictimsUSA Today (www.usatoday.com) has published an article that tells the story of Alan Mann, 35, who was inside an elevator in the World Trade Center on September 11, but managed to survive.

Alan Mann, 35, an executive vice president at Aon Corp., an insurance company, squeezed into an express elevator packed with 25 people evacuating the south tower. He was the last person in. The doors closed. The elevator descended normally for the first seconds of a ride to the ground floor that should have lasted 60 seconds. Then United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the south tower, tearing through the elevator machine room on the 81st floor. That cut most cables to the express elevators. Elevator No. 13 began a free fall from 900 feet above ground. [...]

Mann found himself trapped in a corner of the elevator, lying on top of someone. Debris and dust filled his mouth. Other passengers screamed and moaned. He heard other elevators crashing nearby. [...]

Mann helped rip off a piece of metal but cut his left hand badly. He stuck his head through a small hole near the elevator floor and tried to push himself through. He couldn't fit. He was 10 feet above the lobby floor but couldn't get out. [...]

The lobby was deserted. He walked through revolving doors and found four firefighters in the underground shopping mall. He brought them back to the elevator. "You need to help these people," he said. He fled the building and ended up in an ambulance.

Everybody else in the elevator died, including Friedlander and Giordano. Mann doesn't know what happened to the woman.


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Pakistani tennis player faces ban for partnering with Israeli (07.02.2002)


NewsThe BBC (www.bbc.co.uk) reports that Aisamul Qureshi, a Muslim Pakistani tennis player, may face a ban from the Pakistani Sports Board.

Pakistan's Aisamul Haq Qureshi has been condemned by his country's sports officials for partnering an Israeli at Wimbledon.

Qureshi, a 22-year-old Muslim, created history with the help of Jewish Hadad by becoming the first Pakistani player to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event.

But instead of being celebrated back in his home country, officials are considering imposing a ban over his choice of partner.

"Although he is playing in his private capacity, we officially condemn his playing with an Israeli player and an explanation has been sought from him," said Pakistan Sports Board director Brigadier Saulat Abbas.

"Since Pakistan has no links with Israel, Qureshi may face a ban."


The Sport Board from Pakistan joins the thousands of racists Muslim organizations and institutions that cannot even accept the idea of a Jew partnering with a Muslim to play tennis! These are some pretty narrow-minded morons.

Let's root for Hadad and Qureshi and hope they get far in Wimbledon - any Jewish/Muslim cooperation should be supported, not condemned.

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France will pay for its anti-American stance (02.28.2003)


OpinionThe Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) has a good article on how France will pay for its current anti-American stance:

It is only slightly less absurd that we should require the assent of France. France pretends to great-power status but hasn't had it in 50 years. It was given its permanent seat on the Security Council to preserve the fiction that heroic France was part of the great anti-Nazi alliance rather than a country that surrendered and collaborated.

A half-century later, that charade has proved costly. In order to appease the French, we negotiated Security Council Resolution 1441, which France has thoroughly trashed and yet which has delayed American action for months.

Months for the opposition to mobilize itself, particularly in Britain, where Tony Blair is now hanging by a thread. Months for Hussein to augment his defenses and plan the sabotage and other surprises he has in store when the war starts. Months, most importantly, that threaten to push the fighting into a season of heat and sandstorms that may cost the lives of brave Americans. We will have France to thank for that.

France is not doing this to contain Iraq -- France spent the entire 1990s weakening sanctions and eviscerating the inspections regime as a way to end the containment of Iraq. France is doing this to contain the United States. As I wrote last week, France sees the opportunity to position itself as the leader of a bloc of former great powers challenging American supremacy. [...]

First, as soon as the dust settles in Iraq, we should push for an expansion of the Security Council -- with India and Japan as new permanent members -- to dilute France's disproportionate and anachronistic influence.

Second, there should be no role for France in Iraq, either during the war, should France change its mind, or after it. No peacekeeping. No oil contracts. And France should be last in line for loan repayment, after Russia. Russia, after all, simply has opposed our policy. It did not try to mobilize the world against us.

Third, we should begin laying the foundation for a new alliance to replace the now obsolete Cold War alliances. Its nucleus should be the "coalition of the willing" now forming around us. No need to abolish NATO. The grotesque performance of France, Germany and Belgium in blocking aid to Turkey marks the end of NATO's useful life. Like the United Nations, it will simply wither of its own irrelevance.

We should be thinking now about building the new alliance structure around the United States, Britain, Australia, Turkey, such willing and supportive Old Europe countries as Spain and Italy, and the New Europe of deeply pro-American ex-communist states. Add perhaps India and Japan and you have the makings of a new post-9/11 structure involving like-minded states that see the world of the 21st century as we do: threatened above all by the conjunction of terrorism, rogue states and weapons of mass destruction. As part of that rethinking, we should redeploy our bases in Germany to Eastern Europe, which is not just friendlier but closer to the theaters of the new war.


I still have family and friends in France who are shocked by this racist and intolerant society - with 15% voting for the Communist and Trotsky parties, over 20% voting for the fascist "National Front" of Le Pen, and over 10% of Muslims, it's no wonder France has become a country that ignores the burning of synagogues and supports the butcher from Baghdad.

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Palestinian terrorist, member of Arafat's group, murders Israeli father of five (01.14.2004)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian murderer has killed an Israeli father of five:

The funeral of Ro'i Arbel, who was murdered when terrorists shot at the vehicle he was travelling in as near Talmon in Samaria will take place Wednesday at 1 PM, leaving the Talmon synagogue for the cemetery at Dolev.

Arbel, 29, the father of five was killed and two other travellers injured Tuesday night. The two injured Israelis are expected to be released from hospital later this morning. Soldiers searched the area for the perpetrators, who are believed to have fled toward Ramallah.

The attack was claimed by the Fatah's Al Aksa Martyr's Brigade. [...]

Also in the vehicle was Shuli Horowitz, 34, who suffered a leg wound. Horowitz, lightly to moderately wounded, was taken to Hadassah-University Hospital in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem. Solomon was treated for shock and scratches by paramedics.


The Fatah is headed by Yasser Arafat and is an organization made up of Palestinian terrorist groups - click here for more details.

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The Palestinian National Covenant is fascist (08.27.2002)


OpinionChuck Morse (www.chuckmorse.com) has published an article that goes over the Palestinian National Covenant.

The covenant views Palestine as "an integral part of the Arab nation" rather than as a potentially sovereign state in its own right. This position is reminiscent of Nazi claims of the right of Germans to control all Aryan peoples under one empire. The Nazis justified their expansionism, and the liquidation of non-Germans within their expanding borders, with the same premise as the one articulated in this Palestinian covenant.

In fact, Palestine hadn't been Arab since medieval times, but was rather an Ottoman Turkish sub-province for 400 years before the British Mandate. Most Arabs who now declare themselves to be Palestinian actually settled in the region around the same time as the Jews. [...]

Article 12 further reveals Palestinian identity to be a ruse with the statement that "The Palestinian people believe in Arab unity. In order to contribute their share toward the attainment of that objective, however, they must, at the present stage of their struggle, safeguard their Palestinian identity." This totalitarian notion finds its origin in Islamic teachings of a world divided into Islamic and infidel spheres with the Muslim commanded by Allah to engage in Jihad, or war against the infidels until the entire planet is subdued. The idea resonates as well with modern scientific socialism, which also believes, as an article of faith, in world revolution to create a utopian world government. Both Islam and socialism would view a Palestinian movement as a dialectical temporary device toward the greater goal.


I remember that after the Oslo agreements there was a lot of talk about Arafat and the PLO not cancelling the Palestine National Covenant. At least the Palestinians are consistent in their hate and wish for their destruction of Israel - you have to be blind not to see this today.

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Islamic Fanatics murder over 100 people in Nigerian riots (11.22.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Fresno Bee (www.fresnobee.com) reports that mobs of Islamic fanatics have murdered over 100 people in the last 24 hours in Nigeria. These barbaric excuses for human beings are on a killing rampage because a Nigerian newspaper suggested Mohamed would have approved of the Miss World beauty pageant.



A church is burned and destroyed
by Muslims in Nigeria


The violent demonstrators in the northern city of Kaduna burned churches and rampaged through the streets until hundreds of soldiers were deployed to restore calm and enforce a dusk-to-dawn curfew. [...]

In Thursday's rioting, more than 50 people were stabbed, bludgeoned or burned to death and 200 were seriously injured, Ijewere told The Associated Press.

At least four churches were destroyed, he said.

Many of the bodies were taken by Red Cross workers and other volunteers to local mortuaries. Many people remained inside homes that were set afire by the demonstrators, Ijewere said.

Shehu Sani of the Kaduna-based Civil Rights Congress said he watched a crowd stab one young man, then force a tire filled with gasoline around his neck and burn him alive. Sani said he saw three other bodies elsewhere in the city.

Alsa Hassan, founder of another human rights group, Alsa Care, said he saw a commuter being dragged out of his car and beaten to death by protesters.

Schools and shops hurriedly closed as hordes of young men, shouting "Allahu Akhbar," or "God is great," ignited makeshift street barricades made of tires and garbage, sending plumes of black smoke rising above the city. Others were heard chanting, "Down with beauty" and "Miss World is sin.


These Islamo-fascists are systematically attacking anything they believe is Christian. They would attack other "infidels" as well, such as Jews or Hindus, if there were any synagogues or Hindu temples in Nigeria. They are no differnet than Al-Qaeda, the Chechnean Islamo-freaks or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

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List of terrorist attacks against America (09.09.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismDaniel Pipes (www.danielpipes.org) has published an article in the New York Post that gives an overview of terrorist attacks against America since 1979.

America's war on terrorism did not begin in September 2001. It began in November 1979.

That was shortly after Ayatollah Khomeini had seized power in Iran, riding the slogan "Death to America" - and sure enough, the attacks on Americans soon began. In November 1979, a militant Islamic mob took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, the Iranian capital, and held 52 Americans hostage for the next 444 days.

In all, 800 persons lost their lives in the course of attacks by militant Islam on Americans before September 2001 - more than killed by any other enemy since the Vietnam War. (Further, this listing does not include the dozens more Americans in Israel killed by militant Islamic terrorists.) [...]

To which one of the century's great geostrategist thinkers, Robert Strausz-Hupé, adds his assent. Just before passing away earlier this year at the age of 98, Strausz-Hupé wrote his final words, and they were about the war on terrorism: "I have lived long enough to see good repeatedly win over evil, although at a much higher cost than need have been paid. This time we have already paid the price of victory. It remains for us to win it."


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Abba Eban, the father of Israeli statesmanship, dies at the age of 87 (11.18.2002)


NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Abba Eban has passed away at the age of 87:

Abba Eban, the father of Israeli statesmanship, former foreign minister and ambassador to the United States and United Nations died Sunday at 87 in the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva. As diplomat and author, he was throughout his long and brilliant career the voice of Israel, a profound interpreter of our national character and history.




Abba Eban, 1915 - 2002


Mr. Eban was a great man, someone who has been involved with Zionism and Israel from the beginning, from the roots of it all. I remember Abba Eban coming up with some incredible quotes when he served as Israel's ambassador to the UN:

Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today-and longed for them tomorrow.

Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine to rush into impulsive rejection, let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.

I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.


You'd think he said that after Arafat and the Palestinians rejected peace in October of 2000? He said the above 30-40 years before the thugs from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas started their current murdering spree of women and children. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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