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Yet Another War for IsraHell

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by William A. Cook

“Men use thought only to justify their injustices, and speech only to conceal their thoughts.”
  (Voltaire: Dialogue XIV, Le Chapon et la Poularde)

Voltaire’s wit often illuminates truth. Consider this revealing “thought” as expressed recently in Alert, the voice of AIPAC to its membership: “Some Americans believe if the Israelis strike Iran, the U.S. will pay the political costs anyway, so it would be better for the Americans to do the job and do it properly. Their clock is a bit different from the one the Israelis hear.

Because of their vastly superior firepower, the Americans could strike Iran later, more devastatingly and more sustainably.” How just is it for AIPAC’s mouthpiece to declare that America should “devastate” Iran because it has “vastly more firepower” than Israel and could “do a better job” and “do it properly,” as though this were a clean-up “job” of a waste dump and not an illegal invasion of a member country of the United Nations that has done nothing under international law to threaten the U.S. much less attack it, while the Israeli government and its IDF look on happily content that it is American boys and girls suffering the consequences of the unwarranted attacks and not Jewish boys and girls? Has it come to this, that unnamed Israeli spokespeople, voicing AIPAC’s policies, determine what nation the U.S. should invade without consultation with the representatives of the American people?

Not that this sentiment has not been expressed before. Netanyahu told Piers Morgan the same thing in an interview last year, as I have quoted in previous articles, noting Israel’s Zionist government’s desire to use America’s military as their own claiming that what is good for Israel is good for America. That protestation completes the wit contained in Voltaire’s quote: because Israel is America’s only friend in the mid-east, and the only Democracy, and the only nation in that part of the world aligned with the west, it alone deserves America’s “unquestionable” and “unbreakable” support.

Speech that conceals fails to mention that being Israel’s “only friend” has made the U.S. a pariah among nations in the world and made its touted “Democratic freedoms” a laughing stock as the other nations in the UN watch America “support” the Zionists’ agenda to attack Iraq and Lebanon and Gaza, abort international law as it, like Israel, commits extrajudicial executions in foreign states, equips Israel when it invades its neighbors to the north and attacks peace activists aboard vessels from peaceful nations including Turkey, and, ironically sits silently by as Israel dismantles what little of a democracy existed in that nation by creating new laws that deny full citizenship to anyone not a Jew.

Thus have we become a nation supportive of a militaristic Theocracy while we continue to mouth the principle of separation of church and state, a principle founded on tolerance, concealing the truth that there are more than 20 great religions with well over a billion people who accept no religion (Adherents.com) all of whom deserve recognition and, as necessary, support from America.

Clearly Israel’s needs are not America’s needs if we mean by that more war in the mid-east. Have we pulled our troops from Iraq just to move them into Iran? Does any sensible person believe that the Iranians have a “need” or desire to attack the people of the United States? Our forces completely surround Iran. We are the nation with atomic weaponry, not Iran. What possible good would Iran achieve by having a nuclear weapon? Hasn’t Iran signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreement while Israel, who damns Iran for its nuclear “ambitions,” has an arsenal of nuclear bombs and has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreement. Which of these nations is to be feared? Iran has never attacked a neighbor; Israel attacks and occupies its neighbors at will.

Have the Iranians reason to fear control of the U.S. military by Israeli operatives using this nation as its power because Israel wants to devastate Iran the way Iraq has been devastated? Yes. Israel’s ultimate goal is control of the mid-east by surgically cutting it into small indefensible sections that can be dominated by Israeli money and American forces. It would appear, however, that Israel fears America does not desire to follow Israel’s advice to “take out” Iran the way they convinced the Bush administration to “take out” Saddam Hussein. Hence the constant barrage that characterizes Iran as a warlike state set on wiping Israel off the map and becoming the dominant power in the mid-east.

It’s time, I believe, for the U.S. and the UN to consider how to avoid yet more devastation in the mid-east, not by expanding military operations there but by seeking peace through negotiations and cooperative support for the people of the mid-east. Both Israel and the United States must confront the reality on the ground today that they no longer have control over the people of the mid-east, and recognize the colonial drives that Zionism had designed for Israel are no longer tenable.

While Israeli control of America in the form of Las Vegas billionaires buying the presidency continues in the United States, and Republican candidates crawl to the altar of Mammon to remove Obama, who has already sold his soul to the forces of Evil, the people of the world look on in disbelief, having witnessed for sixty years the dominance of Zionist deceit, treachery, and manipulation of America as it savaged the mid-east in the name of friendship, democracy and shared values. But now, they have moved to take control of their own lives as they watch Israel corrode from within as it metamorphoses into a tribalistic, superstitious people further isolating themselves from the community of nations.

Can they not see that the people in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and, arguably, in Yemen and Saudi Arabia have had enough of dictators imposed by the U.S. and Israel to control their governments; can they not see that Turkey broke with the Zionist forces that demanded compliance with their rule regardless of international law and due respect for neighboring nations; are they blind to the Jordanian efforts to take seriously their role as a Palestinian neighbor; do they not see that the people of Egypt have made possible the opening of Israel’s illegal siege of Gaza, that the people of the world have given notice that they will not cease to break that siege with boats entering Gaza through international waters, that the Iraqi people have made clear that they will not cave in to America’s continued control of their country by proxy power, that the peoples of Britain, the United States, Canada, and Australia have openly condemned Israel’s injustices to the Palestinian people regardless of their governments paid presidents and prime ministers that claim otherwise; have they stood by blind to the French Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee issuing its recent report condemning Israel’s apartheid practices against Palestinians in the West Bank, blind to Secretary Ban’s clear call to Israel that it must withdraw from the occupied territories, blind to the European Union as it issued its recent report critical of the Israeli government’s on-going occupation and settlement of Palestinian land, blind as well as Russia, China, Iran and numerous other mid-east nations put into practice what they have agreed upon by resorting to other currencies than the dollar to be the international means of finance; unable to see that once the people of the world have had an opportunity to view the critically acclaimed, dramatically powerful, passionately presented film, The Promise, by director Peter Kosminsky of the United Kingdom, where the inhumane policies of the Zionist criminals erupts in all its unguarded ferocity, the veil of respectability will be removed from Israelis’ atrocities for all, and blind, totally blind to the United Nations as it acts upon a resolution to recognize the rights of the Palestinian people to a state of their own, must they not see, both Israel and its people, as well as all Americans, that they must accept the reality that no single nation can force its will on all other nations with impunity; that time is over.

Clearly Israel’s militaristic approach to neighborliness does not work. Israel fears “delegitimization,” it fears boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), and it fears total isolation from the world’s communities. Should the U.S. become financially incapacitated through the devaluing of its currency, should it not be able to create adequate jobs for its citizens, should its investment in Israel estimated at $8.2 million per day for a population that is approximately 7 million impair its stability, should the people of America awaken to the control AIPAC has over their President and representatives and the total disregard of America’s security as a result, then Israel could lose both the American veto that has protected it from world condemnation of its policies and America’s military support for its aggressiveness against its neighbors.

That would leave Israel isolated, wrapped in fear, and psychologically unstable. Israel’s alternative can only be constant instability, never ending terror and war, hatred by their neighbors, innate, simmering self-hate, and mental anguish resulting from exclusionism that leaves open wounds of distrust and self-questioning, a state terribly close to insanity.

Is it not time for Israel to seek peace with its neighbors? Since no sensible person in the mid-east believes that the U.S. can act credibly as a broker for peace, Israel must seek other partners from the UN who can serve that purpose. It must be willing to accept as a premise for peace, justice as defined by the UN’s International Courts and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It must understand that the occupied territories must be returned to their native inhabitants, that the Partition Plan of November 1947 must be a basis for negotiations if only to provide a foundation for equitable land for both peoples. Modification of land distribution could follow as well as a means of providing for the rights of those displaced in the Nakba. The world peace body could serve to protect both peoples as generations come and go until a free movement of all is possible. Then perhaps we could say, men use thoughts to find justice and speech to communicate it.

 

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Newt Gingrich the Skunk Vomit NeoCon

NOVANEWS 

by Sartre Batr

 

Don Imus yells the slur “Skunk Vomit” as a description for Newt Gingrich. Coming from the erratic “Old Cowboy” and shock jock legend that lives on outrage and offense is nothing new to his listeners. This successor to the Andy Rooney curmudgeon institution is hardly a clarion voice of time-honored conservatives. So too, with a little investigation into Newt Gingrich you will see that the former Speaker is no true conservative. His rhetoric at times can seem appealing, but strip away the high tone platitudes and you are left with the assertions of an opportunist and a New World Order proponent.

Regretfully, many political neophytes who view themselves as being conservative in their viewpoints lack sufficient understanding in the meaning of the ideology and the history of the movement. The Reagan dictum “Trust but Verify” certainly applies to candidates seeking public office. Also, the average armchair observer lacks the activism to engage in the down and dirty trench warfare of party politics. Lastly, few devote the necessary energy and time doing the homework needed to vet candidates properly.

So if you do anything to prepare yourself to cast a ballot, when it comes to understanding the Real Newt Gingrich, take the time to view the excellent You Tube from John F. McManus. This account sets the stage with facts and comparisons that overwhelmingly proves that Gingrich is a dedicated NeoCon.

Additional background from The Daily Beast writer Wayne Barrett provided a telling assessment in Newt Gingrich’s Deep Neocon Ties Drive His Bellicose Middle East Policy

“Gingrich’s ties to the cabal that gave us the Iraq War go back at least to the mid 90s, when he took over the House. In August 1994, he went to Israel with his then wife Marianne on an eight-day trip paid for by AIPAC, the premier pro-Israel lobby. By her own account, that’s when she met Robert Loewenberg, who ran both the Israel Export Development Corporation (IEDC), a business group championing a tax-free, high-tech trade zone, and the Institute for Advanced Strategic & Political Studies (IASPS), a think tank with ties to the Likud Party that resembled AEI’s ties to the Republican Party in the U.S. A job for Marianne with IEDC almost immediately materialized, offered shortly before Gingrich’s smashing victory that November, when the Republicans retook the House for the first time in 40 years and Newt was elected speaker. Newt was simultaneously discussing trade policy with Israeli officials. Marianne got a promotion soon after Gingrich became Speaker, though she’d only been with the company a couple of months.”

The viewing of Newt Gingrich: Selling Access uncovers the Mr. Whipple huckster’s pitch to buy into the tissue paper viewpoint of cleaning yourself from the stool of political sleaze.

The short C-Span video, Newt Gingrich: Constitution doesn’t apply in GWOT, identifies his agreement with an authoritarian commander and chief. With the death of constitutional restraints, the country continues to suffer under the scourge of tin horn dictators. Avoiding Congressional declarations of war leaves the nation unprotected from the madness of pretender presidents.

Do you really believe another NeoCon War Party lunatic will protect the American people? An Israeli First foreign policy is antithetical to genuine national security. It is not consistent on any level with traditional historic conservatism.

In the Justin Raimondo article, Adelson, Gingrich, and the Selling of America writes,

“If you want to know what’s wrong with our campaign finance laws – and our political system in a more general sense – look at the way Sheldon Adelson is buying the Republican nomination for his sock puppet, Newt Gingrich.

So what is Adelson’s agenda?

He and his allies have been campaigning for war with Iran for years, not only here but in the Middle East. Adelson is a major financial backer of Israel’s ultra-nationalist Likud party, which calls in its platform for a “Greater Israel,” and he has backed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the hilt. The 16th richest man in the world, with his casino empire stretching from Macao to Las Vegas, he thought nothing of giving $60 million to Israel’s anniversary celebration. He is also a major backer of AIPAC, the most important pro-Israel lobbying organization – but downsized his contribution when the group signed on to the two-state solution advanced by both Republican and Democratic presidents – on the grounds that the plan means Israel is “committing suicide.” He supports the extremist – and increasingly violent – “settler” movement, and is the money-bags behind the “Clarion Fund,” which is responsible for flooding the US with anti-Arab propaganda. As a major contributor to the “Birthright” program, which sponsors trips to Israel by students from around the world, he addressed a recent Birthright gathering in Israel.”

Even some of the most vocal NeoCon pundits warn about the personal failing of character and additional skeletons in the closet. The Right Web profiles Newt Gingrich.

“Gingrich’s numerous personal scandals, which appear to contrast sharply with his vociferous promotion of “family values,” have also spurred skepticism. Several rightist commentators, like Peter Wehner, a contributor to the neoconservative flagship Commentary, highlighted Gingrich’s past marital infidelities as a significant hurdle for his nomination prospects.[10] Others, like David Frum, a former fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, argued that the infidelity pointed to deeper problems. Questions about the context of Gingrich’s marital affairs are “fair and interesting points,” wrote Frum in the National Post, “but they do not address the reason that Gingrich’s personal life has been—and will be—so politically lethal. It’s not the infidelity. It’s the arrogance, hypocrisy, and—most horrifying to women voters—the cruelty. Anyone can dump one sick wife. Gingrich dumped two. And that second dumped wife is talking to the media.”

Going back to a 2006 interview, Don Imus’ favorite reporter the late Tim Russert talks about the Iraq War in Newt Gingrich on Meet the Press. Gingrich demonstrates his true colors and war mongering sentiments. Even if you believe that adventure turned out fine, do you really want this imperialist at the helm of the ship of state? His idea on how to vanquish Iran pushes the doomsday time clock closer to midnight.

A fine archive of Gingrich videos is found on Newt Gingrich – Progressive Neoconservative Republican – Three Wifes, Three Religions, Three Positions On Every Issue – What Will He Tell You Next Time?How much more proof do you need to conclude that solid conservatives must run in panic away from a Gingrich Presidency. Now his progressive ”

Third Wave” version of Neo Conservatism clearly establishes his propensity to shock and awe his admirers. However, his “so called” brilliance is really a diversion from the sinister consequences that follow from his “grand view” of public policy.Admittedly, most independent voters long for real meaningfully change, but the Irrelevance of the Republican Party thoroughly discredits the cast of NeoCons running for president. The prospect of a second Obama term and Democrat appointments to the Supreme Court is an argument that pushes Republicans to support the lesser of two evils. However, a Ron Paul nomination would send shock waves through the establishment in both wings of the bipartisan War Party coalition.

Gingrich will fall short and the Adelson’s agenda will fail in its most ambitious version. Nonetheless, the bias in foreign policy that generates domestic treason by all the usual suspects continues. The stench from this group of tyrants spreads a skunk odor throughout the land. The vomit from the indigestion of their appetites also produces a public disease from their excretions.

The crude and cute entertainment that Imus spreads operates under the motto, “We are not happy, until you are unhappy”, works well for most party loyalist politicians. Limousine liberals like to make you believe they follow William Jefferson Clinton’s phony mantra “I share your pain”, but in reality, they provide a far-flung source of anguish because of their support for the big government empire.

Newt Gingrich is no different. He envisions a total destruction of individual liberty as the price to pay for waging a bogus War on Terror. Relegate Gingrich to the depths of personal disgrace and shun his campaign. It is time to reflect upon the inherent principles of conservative ideas. Reject becoming road kill and only provide your support to authentic traditionalists.

SARTRE – February 5, 2012

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Dorothy Online Newsletter

NOVANEWS

Dear Friends,

The first one is really encouraging.  No, it’s not about Iran, nor about so-called peace talks, nor about any of the more usual subjects these days.  It is a first, apparently.  Over 200 Israeli teachers stand up to Gideon Saar, the Israeli Minister of education and say a loud and clear “We will not cooperate!”  Moreover, a reason that they will not cooperate in Saar’s pet project is because they want to teach kids to think rather than to implant predigested notions in their minds.  Incredible.  And they don’t even belong to New Profile!  Am so glad to know that there are still teachers who know what teaching should do—open youngsters’ minds and stir thinking.  Without that ability, all the knowledge in the world is not worth a cent.

 

Item 2 is Saar’s response to the teachers—negative, of course.

 

Item 3 reports that Jahalin tribe has received a reprieve of sorts.  It’s not clear to me, though, that beyond not being relocated next to a garbage dump that anything else has basically changed.  Hope that I’m wrong.

 

Item 4 reports that Abbas is to lead a unity government.  May it succeed.

 

In item 5 Amnesty requests help for Khader Adnan Moussa, who now has gone through 50 days of hunger strike.  Please do help by responding to Amnesty’s request.  Remember that Khader Adnan Moussa is being held in Administrative Detention.  To learn more about A.D. see B’tselem http://www.btselem.org/administrative_detention/20120201_sharp_rise_in_administrative_detention

 

Item 5 relates that a Canadian media company refuses to show a video of Michael Riordon speaking about his latest book, “Our Way to Fight,” which is about Israeli and Palestinian non-violent activism.  The company’s excuse for cancelling the showing is that it is “unbalanced.” Tell me, dear friends, how can a book about non-violent means of resisting oppression be “unbalanced”?  Should Riordon perhaps have also included violent means of resistance to balance the scales?

 

In item 7 Akiva Eldar states that “Israel can clear the Mideast of nukes, it just won’t.  Of course not.  Just as Israel could long ago have had peace and security for all within the greater Palestine, but wouldn’t and won’t.

 

Item 8 contains 3 links to readings that Sam Bahour recommends.

 

All the best,

And may Adnan Moussa survive and be released immediately!

 

Dorothy

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1 Haaretz

 Monday, February 06, 2012

 

Teachers oppose ministry’s Hebron ‘heritage tours’

For first time in Israel’s history, 200 teachers sign letter declaring refusal to participate in the Education Ministry’s program.

 

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/teachers-oppose-ministry-s-hebron-heritage-tours-1.411235

 

By Talila Nesher

Tags: Israel education Jewish World Israel protest

  

For the first time in Israel’s history, more than 200 teachers Sunday signed a letter declaring that they would refuse to participate in an Education Ministry program to take pupils on “heritage tours” in Hebron.

 

“In February 2011, you announced a new tour program called Ascending to Hebron,” some 260 teachers wrote yesterday to Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar. “Introducing the program to schools is a manipulative use of pupils and teachers, who will be forced to become political pawns. Since we’re dedicated to education, our conscience prevents us from becoming agents of such a policy.”

 

Udi Gur, a literature teacher from Jerusalem and one of the initiators of the teachers’ letter, told Haaretz Sunday that “we might be at the beginning of an era when citizens must pay a personal price in order to stop the nationalistic wave.

 

“We hope that other teachers won’t fear, because we have no intention of backing down due to threats,” Gur continued. “The educational system is under attack by extremist political forces, aiming to trade education for indoctrination. We won’t allow that to happen.”

 

The teachers oppose Sa’ar’s plan to spend millions of shekels – the amount was undisclosed by the Education Ministry – to fund the tours. “You claim that the purpose of these tours isn’t political,” the letter reads. “But in your visit to Shiloh you announced their aim openly: ‘It’s good to come to the settlements. Its good that the settlements flourish. One should not allow the Arabs to harbor the illusion that one day there won’t be Jews here. Jews will always live here and any other illusion is an obstacle to peace.’ That is the reason we’re called to visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Shiloh. By using the national education system, you wish to strengthen and perpetuate the Jewish settlements in these areas. To this end, the reality in Hebron is presented in a partial and tendentious manner. Concealing the political reality is a political action.”

 

The controversial “heritage tours” curriculum has until now been geared only toward students in the Jerusalem school district; but last week, Sa’ar announced that it would be available to students across the country.

 

So far some 2,000 secular and 1,000 religious high school students have visited the the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Beit Hadassah. So far, the program has not been made compulsory but the teachers fear that is the next step.

 

The visits to Hebron are part of a drive led by the ministry to strengthen “Jewish and Zionist values” that include tours at an archaeological site at the Shiloh settlement and of the City of David, conducted in cooperation with Elad, a group dedicated to Jewish settlement in the East Jerusalem village of Silwan.

 

Other projects initiated by Sa’ar include meetings between army officers and students that are aimed at “strengthening the connection and cooperation between schools and the Israel Defense Forces, and doubling the funding of Israeli Hike, whose declared purpose is to “clarify and strengthen the bond between the people of Israel and the Land of Israel, while understanding our roots as a people and our right to the land.”

 

Gur added: “We want to tell the minister unequivocally that neither we nor the pupils are his soldiers. This isn’t a leftist statement but one of teachers wishing their students to form a knowledgeable and independent opinion. These tours of Hebron and Shiloh are the complete opposite, since their aim isn’t educational. Their aim is to forge an emotional identification, while making political gains.” The teachers point to the fact that for the first time, teachers opposed to the ministry’s policies appear publicly and not anonymously.

 

Ofra Goldberg, who teaches Jewish Thought in Jerusalem insists that “there is a huge lie in the tours that aim to strengthen Jewish values through Hebron.”

 

According to Goldberg, “We’re discussing the link to the patriarchs who never actually lived in Hebron but were only buried there. The city Abraham is most identified with is actually Be’er Sheva, a city that really needs attention. Why go to Hebron, an extremist, dead city, instead of visiting a city that promotes coexistence and reflects Abraham more faithfully? What is the value of life if its portrayed through a group that sanctifies graves? Let’s build the Jewish identity around a living, creative center, not tombs.”

 

Uri Snir, a philosophy teacher from Ramat Hasharon said that “this program is directly opposed to the open and critical way of thinking that I try to promote. We’re responding to illegitimate moves by the ministry. The Hebron tours are political, by teaching half truths for one-sided, ideological reasons.”

 

The teacher’s letter ends with a pledge: “We know that our vocation as educators is to present the students with the truth, as best as we can. A partial, conscripted truth is no truth at all. For that reason, we will not agree to be agents of such a policy, and won’t lie to ourselves.

 

“We call on you to cease using the education system cynically for extreme political aims, and declare that if we are called to accompany such tours, we will not do so.”

 

Michal Wesser, a history teacher at the Shaar Hanegev high school said that “the Education Ministry’s tendencies are swiftly crossing the line from education on values to mere indoctrination, and that is a central characteristic of the darkest regimes of the 20th century.

 

“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is taught only from a one-dimensional point of view, as a Zionist statement. It’s of huge importance to teach the background of the conflict from both points of view, otherwise the Palestinians will remain as the feared ‘anonymous other,’ and we’ll raise generation of ignoramuses afraid to face the conflict.”

 

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 2 Haaretz

 Monday, February 06, 2012

 

Education Minister: Hebron school trips should have started a long time ago

Likud’s Gideon Sa’ar rebuffs protest letter by 260 teachers who refuse to participate in trips to the West Bank town, saying missive is part of anti-government campaign aided by Haaretz.

 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/education-minister-hebron-school-trips-should-have-started-a-long-time-ago-1.411331

 

By Talila Nesher and Haaretz

  

Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar rebuffed a teachers’ protest concerning planned school trips to Hebron, telling Israel Radio on Monday that the only issue with such excursions is that they haven’t been taking place in the last forty years.

 

Sa’ar comments came after, on Sunday, and for the first time in Israel’s history, more than 200 teachers signed a letter declaring that they would refuse to participate in an Education Ministry program to take pupils on “heritage tours” in Hebron.

 

“In February 2011, you announced a new tour program called Ascending to Hebron,” some 260 teachers wrote yesterday to Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar.

 

“Introducing the program to schools is a manipulative use of pupils and teachers, who will be forced to become political pawns. Since we’re dedicated to education, our conscience prevents us from becoming agents of such a policy,” the letter said.

 

On Monday, Sa’ar rejected any criticism of the planed trips, saying that “it’s to the discredit of the education system that this hasn’t happened in the last 40 years.”

 

“I didn’t receive any protest letter, their letter was sent to Haaretz to serve their campaign against us,” Sa’ar alleged, saying: “One teacher charged me of Zionist indoctrination. You see? Being Zionist is now an accusation.”

 

The education minister also referred to last week’s cancellation of a planned Hebron school tour lead by Jerusalem-based NGO called Breaking the Silence, a group of ex-soldiers who relay what they deem to be the daily reality of IDF presence in the West Bank.

 

“There’s no need to balance out Shelach teachers [from the Education Ministry’s heritage program] with an organization like Breaking the Silence which aided the Goldstone report,” Sa’ar added, referring to the UN mission to investigate the Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza led by former South African justice Richrad Goldstone.

 

The controversial “heritage tours” curriculum has until now been geared only toward students in the Jerusalem school district; but last week, Sa’ar announced that it would be available to students across the country.

 

So far some 2,000 secular and 1,000 religious high school students have visited the the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Beit Hadassah. So far, the program has not been made compulsory but the teachers fear that is the next step.

 

Students from a Jerusalem high school were prohibited by security forces yesterday from touring Hebron with a group of former Israel Defense Forces soldiers.

 

The planned tour, organized by a, was scheduled to provide students with testimony from IDF soldiers and veterans who have served in the West Bank. However, security forces reportedly informed Breaking the Silence officials yesterday that its members would not be allowed to accompany the students on their visit to the West Bank city.

 

In their protest letter, the teachers opposed Sa’ar’s plan to spend millions of shekels – the amount was undisclosed by the Education Ministry – to fund the tours.

 

“You claim that the purpose of these tours isn’t political,” the letter reads.

 

“But in your visit to Shiloh you announced their aim openly: ‘It’s good to come to the settlements. Its good that the settlements flourish. One should not allow the Arabs to harbor the illusion that one day there won’t be Jews here. Jews will always live here and any other illusion is an obstacle to peace.’ That is the reason we’re called to visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Shiloh. By using the national education system, you wish to strengthen and perpetuate the Jewish settlements in these areas. To this end, the reality in Hebron is presented in a partial and tendentious manner. Concealing the political reality is a political action.”

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3 Haaretz

Monday, February 06, 2012

 

Bedouin community wins reprieve from forcible relocation to Jerusalem garbage dump

Sources say change in plans follows a visit to the Jahalin encampment at Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank last week the coordinator of government activities in the territories.

 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/bedouin-community-wins-reprieve-from-forcible-relocation-to-jerusalem-garbage-dump-1.411248

 

By Amira Hass

Get Haaretz on iPhone Get Haaretz on Android The Bedouin community that lives just east of Jerusalem will not be required to move next to the Abu Dis garbage dump, as initially proposed, and the Civil Administration will provide another permanent site where they will be able to settle.

 

The Bedouin, who are from the Jahalin tribe, will be given the opportunity to review and comment on the new proposal but will not be consulted before it is drawn up, Palestinian sources said.

 

The change in plans, the sources said, follows a visit to the Jahalin encampment at Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank last week by Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, the coordinator of government activities in the territories.

 

Dangot was speaking during a meeting Wednesday with a Bedouin representative and Bassam Erekat, the Palestinian Education Ministry official in charge of the Jerusalem area.

 

The initial plan to forcibly move hundreds of Bedouin to the site near the Abu Dis dump was initially disclosed in September by Haaretz.

 

It sparked opposition from the Jahalin tribe and a number of Israeli and international human rights groups.

 

Shlomo Lecker, an Israeli lawyer, has filed a number of court petitions over the years in an effort to stop the demolition of Bedouin structures. Organizations affiliated with the United Nations have come out against uprooting the Bedouin, and the European Union condemned the initial plan.

 

Although the Civil Administration appears to be backtracking on the relocation to Abu Dis, it is not retracting its plan to concentrate the Bedouin population of the area in one location, which is contrary to their traditional nomadic lifestyle.

 

Dangot and his delegation assured the Jahalin tribe that their school in Khan al-Ahmar would be allowed to remain standing until the tribe moves to the new site, the Palestinian sources said. A demolition order has been issued for the school, which is built out of tires and mud.

 

The Bedouin have also been told that the tents and shacks they erected without Civil Administration approval, which were also slated for demolition, will not be removed, the sources said.

 

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 4 Haaretz

Monday, February 06, 2012

 

Abbas to lead Palestinian unity cabinet, following Hamas-Fatah deal

Agreement between rival factions represents a significant breakthrough in the efforts to reach Palestinian reconciliation; still not clear when unity government will be sworn in.

 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/abbas-to-lead-palestinian-unity-cabinet-following-hamas-fatah-deal-1.411354

 

By Avi Issacharoff and Jack Khoury

Tags: Hamas Palestinians Gaza Strip

  

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wil head a Fatah-Hamas unity caretaker cabinet, Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshal said in a joint announcement on Monday, in a move that could pave for a long-sought-after reconciliation between the rival factions.

 

“We are serious, both Fatah and Hamas, in healing the wounds and ending the chapter of division and reinforcing and accomplishing reconciliation,” Meshal said in remarks televised live by Al Jazeera from Qatar.

 

He said the Palestinians wanted to accomplish unity and move forward “to resist the enemy [Israel] and achieve our national goal.”

 

Abbas, head of the secular Fatah organization, promised that this effort will be implemented in the shortest time possible.”

 

A Palestinian source speaking with Haaretz indicted that both parties were considering the option of naming Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh as Abbas’ deputies.

 

The Doha Agreement stipulates that the unity caretaker government will be comprised of non-affiliated technocrats, and its mission will be to start Gaza’s rehabilitation and to prepare for a general Palestinian election for both president and parliament.

 

A second meeting between the two Palestinian leaders has been set to February 18 in Cairo, where Abbas and Meshal will be expected to set the date for the upcoming vote.

 

The agreement on Abbas’ leadership of a caretaker unity cabinet represents a significant breakthrough in the efforts to reach Palestinian reconciliation for the first time since Gaza and the West Bank broke into disunity following Hamas’ violent takeover of the coastal enclave in 2007.

 

These recent developments, reportedly taking place with aid and mediation of Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa, came despite recent tensions between the rival factions.

 

Last month, Fatah said it would have to reevaluate its reconciliation pact with Hamas group following the rejection of a Fatah visit to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip last week.

 

In a statement, Fatah’s Central Committee said Hamas’s behavior showed it was not interested in the implementation of the reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo last year, which included the formation of a unity government and the holding of a parliamentary election on May 4.

 

Speaking following what the Palestinians have called the failure of a recent round of peace talks with Israel, Wasel Abu Yousef, a member of the PLO’s top panel, said that the Palestinian leadership could accelerate reconciliation talks with Hamas, adding that “all necessary measure will be weighed in order to strengthen our people’s resolve against the racist and fascist occupation and to increase popular resistance in all Palestinian lands.”

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5 From Amnesty International regarding Khader Adnan  Moussa

 

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/israel-must-release-or-charge-palestinian-detainee-prolonged-hunger-strike-2012-02-06

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East Mediterranean Team
Amnesty International, International Secretariat
Peter Benenson House, 1 Easton Street
London WC1X 0DW
United Kingdom
E-mail: Eastmed@amnesty.org
Tel:       +44 (0)20 7413 5500
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Working to protect human rights worldwide

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6 NEWS RELEASE — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 February 6, 2012

 

 

SHAW BANS VIDEO OF PEACE ACTIVIST AUTHOR’S TALK

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Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) Canada — Victoria Chapter

 

VICTORIA BC February 6th, 2012 — The program “Our Way to Fight” is being censored by Shaw Cable in Vancouver.  The program is a video recording of an evening with Canadian author Michael Riordon, recently hosted by the Victoria Chapter of Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) Canada.

 

Pasifik.ca, who recorded the event and wishes to release it as an independent community program, has received an email saying that Shaw TV cannot broadcast the video of Our Way to Fight: Peace-work Under Siege in Israel-Palestine, by Michael Riordon, as it is too ‘unbalanced’ and ‘controversial.’

 

Shaw Cable is the community cable arm of Shaw Communications, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications corporations.  Based in Calgary, Alberta it controls telephone, Internet and television networks, including digital satellite, and broadcasting stations from Hamilton, Ontario, to Victoria. As a federally licensed community cable network, Shaw Cable is required to air locally-created programming.

 

Author Michael Riordon is concerned about Shaw censoring community programming. “This is why we desperately need principled, courageous independent media like Pasifik.ca, and people who care deeply enough about freedom to defend our fundamental rights,” he said today.

 

IJV Victoria Chapter member Stuart Hertzog, who sits on the national Steering Committee of IJV Canada, is concerned about the implications of Shaw’s action.

 

“This attempt by Shaw to censor free expression of social and political views does not bode well for the future of media in Canada,” said Hertzog. “Corporate control of media in Canada is now excessive.”

 

“Shaw Vancouver’s decision also reflects on the dampening effect on democratic freedoms produced by the uncritical support of Israeli government policies by the Steven Harper Conservatives,” he added.

 

“If this repression of free speech is allowed to grow, we will soon have left behind us the kind of democratic society that most Canadians want — peaceful, equitable, and free,” Hertzog concluded.

Background information

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The program can be viewed on the IJV Canada Web site at:

<http://ijvcanada.org/chapters/victoria/>

 

and on Youtube at:

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxGUJtWVSpo>

 

Read Michael’s reaction on his blog at:

<http://mywaytofight.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/79-our-way-to-fight-banned-in-bc/

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7  Haaretz

Monday, February 06, 2012

 

Israel can clear Mideast of nukes, it just won’t

If Israel accepts an invitation to the conference in Helsinki, it will have an opportunity to move ahead on a deal: comprehensive nuclear disarmament in exchange for comprehensive peace, says researchers’ position paper.

 

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/israel-can-clear-mideast-of-nukes-it-just-won-t-1.411272

 

By Akiva Eldar

 The Iranian professor burst out laughing when I showed him the report on the Haaretz website about President Shimon Peres’ call for the Iranian people to bring down the ayatollahs’ regime. His neighbor at the table, also a senior lecturer at the University of Tehran, looked annoyed and scoffed: “Don’t you think it takes a lot of temerity to sit next to the Palestinian prime minister, whose people have been living for years under Israeli occupation – and call on another people to rise up against its elected government?”

 

The conversation took place during a seminar in Barcelona at the end of January. It was one of a series of preliminary conferences initiated by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, in cooperation with the Norwegian government, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Protestant churches of Hesse and Nassau, in preparation for a regional conference on Middle Eastern disarmament of weapons of mass destruction. The event is to take place in Finland later this year.

 

At the request of the organizers, the identity of the two Iranians – like that of the other participants (from Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, the United States and Europe ) – was kept under wraps. However, they did not keep secret the fact that four Israelis (among them a former senior member of the intelligence community ) had been invited to participate in the discussions about lifting the threat of nuclear weapons and other types of WMDs.

 

It is possible, of course, that taking part in the conferences is just another Iranian public relations ploy, an effort to throw sand in people’s eyes while they develop a bomb. But if we don’t try such things, how will we know? And after all, after Iran attains the bomb and the means to deliver it, the cost of disarmament will be much higher, if it can be paid at all.

 

The attendees were presented with a position paper written by Prof. Bernd Kubbig, a project director at the institute, and another institute member, Christian Weidlich, in cooperation with Prof. Gawdat Bahgat, an American of Egyptian origin, and Col. (res. ) Dr. Ephraim Kam, deputy head of Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies.

 

The authors of the document mention the traditional support Iran has offered for the idea of nuclear disarmament, since Tehran adopted the 1974 United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for a declaration of the Middle East as nuclear weapons-free zone.

 

The writers of the paper also quote statements by Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, ahead of its board of governors’ meeting last November. The ambassador had stressed Iran’s central role in promoting the idea of nuclear disarmament, but explained that his country would not take part in the November IAEA meeting. “The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that boosting and raising hopes to create a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East is meaningless while the Zionist regime has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and its nuclear activities are not controlled by the IAEA,” Soltanieh was quoted as saying.

 

Since the 1980s, Israel has conditioned its support for nuclear disarmament on peace treaties with all Middle Eastern countries, including Iran. The authors of the position paper state that if Israel accepts an invitation to the conference in Helsinki, it will have an opportunity to move ahead on a deal: comprehensive nuclear disarmament in exchange for comprehensive peace. For instance, Israel will be able to help create a regional coalition of peace and disarmament (accompanied by a reliable monitoring mechanism ) based on the Arab League peace initiative, which was approved by all members of the Organization of Islamic States. That initiative, which next month will be 10 years old, has proposed normalization of ties between Israel and the entire Muslim world.

 

If this entire move takes place, it would likely allow Iran to take credit for helping to end Israel’s occupation, it will extricate Tehran honorably from international isolation and economic sanctions, and it will remove the threat inherent in Iran’s implementation of a disastrous military option.

 

It is not by chance that the Israeli (and the American ) spokesmen who proclaim that “all options are open” ignore this option. To promote it, Israel would have to withdraw from most of the West Bank, divide Jerusalem and propose a fair solution to the Palestinian refugees. But Israel wants to be both the only country in the region that has nuclear weapons (according to foreign sources, of course ) – and also to keep its hold on most of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, while not having to deal with the problem of the refugees.

 

And what will we do if the new government in Cairo, and then the successors of the murderer from Damascus, decide that they, too, want to develop nuclear programs? Will we send Peres to call on the Egyptian and the Syrian peoples to bring down their regimes?

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8  From Sam Bahour—a list of worthwhile reading

1. Forthcoming paper in the International Journal of Refugee Law: Institutionalizing Statelessness: The Revocation of Residency Rights of Palestinians from East Jerusalem http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1956609

 

2. Human Rights Watch, “Forget About Him, He’s Not Here”, Israel’s Control of Palestinian Residency in the West Bank and Gaza 

http://www.hrw.org/reports/2012/02/05/forget-about-him-he-s-not-here-0

 

3. EU heads of mission report on East Jerusalem (2012)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/78648359/EU-Heads-of-Mission-Report-Jerusalem-2011

 

4. EU Heads of Mission report on Area C and Palestinian State-Building (July 2011)

http://www.thecepr.org/images/stories/pdf/area%20c%20%20final%20report%20july%202011.pdf

 

 

 

 

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The Principled Stance of Bahrain

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I understand and respect the reasons for which Palestinian leaders have refrained from interfering in the internal politics of the states of the Middle East. Yet here is Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas visiting Bahrain as part of a regional tour and blithely accepting the “principled stance” of the Bahraini leadership regarding its “support for the Palestinian people in its struggle for its inalienable rights and the establishment of its independent state, with Jerusalem as its capital.”

This is the Bahrain that has spent months murdering its people and destroying the second most important regional revolt, after Egypt. Bahrain also just co-sponsored a Security Council resolution on Syria – vetoed by Russia and China – and included in that resolution was a clause calling on the Syrian government to “withdraw all Syrian military and armed forces from cities and towns, and return them to their original home barracks,” yet without calling on the mujahedeen running amok in Syria to “withdraw.” Of course, not being responsible to anyone except their paymasters, including most likely co-sponsors of the resolution like France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and U.A.E, and Saudi Arabia, there is no way to get them to withdraw. Which all of those forces know very well, especially as they most likely are slipping them funding and weapons through third parties.

Syria is also Hamas’s safe harbor, and they are unlikely to find a better one at the moment in the Arab world. Meanwhile the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which has fully accepted both neo-liberal and normalization with Israel, has been leaning on Hamas to leave Damascus. This is the trap of Hamas and Fateh’s strategy of bourgeois nationalism as the form of the Palestinian national liberation struggle: they find themselves making alliances with regimes which hold them up with one hand while slitting their throat with the other.

 

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LMAO!!! Ayatollah: Kill all Jews, annihilate Israel

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ed note–leave it to that freshly-dropped piece of canine fecal material Joseph Farah to run a piece of nonsense like this. I shudder to think of the despicable and morally-repugnant acts of ‘affection’ he has been willing participate in in proving his love for all things Jewish and Israel.In the first case, Iran is home to the largest group of Jews in the Middle East outside of Israel, numbering some 25,000. Are any of them being rounded up and murdered? NO????? WHY NOT? ISN’T THIS SOMETHING THAT THE AYATOLLAH IS CALLING FOR?The author of this piece Reaz Kahlili is an admiited agent of the CIA who claims to have penetrated the Revolutionary Guards and acted as a spy.

By definition then, he is a paid, professional liar who is a traitor to his own people and therefore cannot be believed in any circumstances, even if he predicted that New Years Day falls on Jan 1st.The sad thing however is that the brain-dead readership of Farah’s World Net Daily will lap this s*** up as if it were chocolate ice cream, not recognizing the fact that everything taking place now is a redo of what happened in the run up to the destruction of Iraq, meaningLIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES

LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES …an not just your average, ordinary, run of the mill lies, but those of the Jewish variety, which Jesus Himself warned the world specifically about.God help us, despite the fact we don’t deserve it…wnd.comBy Reza KahliliThe Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people.

The doctrine includes wiping out Israeli assets and Jewish people worldwide.

Calling Israel a danger to Islam, the conservative website Alef, with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the opportunity must not be lost to remove “this corrupting material. It is a “‘jurisprudential justification” to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”The article, written by Alireza Forghani, an analyst and a strategy specialist in Khamenei’s camp, now is being run on most state-owned sites, including the Revolutionary Guards’ Fars News Agency, showing that the regime endorses this doctrine.Read the previous report from WND, when Iran warned about a coming great event.Because Israel is going to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran is justified in launching a pre-emptive, cataclysmic attack against the Jewish state, the doctrine argues.On Friday, in a major speech at prayers, Khamenei announced that Iran will support any nation or group that attacks the “cancerous tumor” of Israel. Though his statement was seen by some in the West as fluff, there is substance behind it.

Iran’s Defense Ministry announced this weekend that it test-fired an advanced two-stage, solid-fuel ballistic missile and boasted about successfully putting a new satellite into orbit, reminding the West that its engineers have mastered the technology for intercontinental ballistic missiles even as the Islamic state pushes its nuclear weapons program.The commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Brig. Gen. Seyyed Mehdi Farahi, stated in August that the Safir missile, which is capable of transporting a satellite into space, can easily be launched parallel to the earth’s orbit, which will transform it into an intercontinental ballistic missile. Western analysts didn’t believe this would happen until 2015. Historically, orbiting a satellite is the criterion for crediting a nation with ICBM capability.

Forghani details the Islamic duty of jihad as laid out in the Quran for the sake of Allah and states that “primary jihad,” according to some Shiite jurists, can only occur when the Hidden Imam, the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi, returns. Shiites believe Mahdi’’s return will usher in Armageddon.In the absence of the hidden Imam, Forghani says, “defensive jihad” could certainly take place when Islam is threatened, and Muslims must defend Islam and kill their enemies. To justify such action, Alef quotes the Shiites’ first imam, Ali, who stated “Waging war against the enemies with whom war is inevitable and there is a strong possibility that in near future they will attack Muslims is a must and the duty of Muslims.”

In this regard, Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a fatwa in which he has even authorized carrying out primary jihad in the age of the absence of the Hidden imam under the authorization of Vali Faghih.The article then quotes the Quran (Albaghara 2:191-193): “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers] … and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”It is the duty for all Muslims to participate in this defensive jihad, Forghani says.

 A fatwa by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini made it clear that any political domination by infidels over Muslims authorizes Muslims to defend Islam by all means. Iran now has the ICBM means to deliver destruction on Israel and soon will have nuclear warheads for those missiles.In order to attack Iran, the article says, Israel needs the approval and assistance of America, and under the current passive climate in the United States, the opportunity must not be lost to wipe out Israel before it attacks Iran.Under this pre-emptive defensive doctrine, several Ground Zero points of Israel must be destroyed and its people annihilated.

Forghani cites the last census by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics that shows Israel has a population of 7.5 million citizens of which a majority of 5.7 million are Jewish. Then it breaks down the districts with the highest concentration of Jewish people, indicating that three cities, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, contain over 60 percent of the Jewish population that Iran could target with its Shahab 3 ballistic missiles, killing all its inhabitants.Forghani suggests that Iran’s Sejil missile, which is a two-stage rocket with a trajectory and speed that make it impossible to intercept, should target such Israeli facilities as: the Rafael nuclear plant, which is the main nuclear engineering center of Israel; the Eilun nuclear plant; another Israeli reactor in Nebrin; and the Dimona reactor in the nuclear research center in Neqeb, the most critical nuclear reactor in Israel because it produces 90 percent enriched uranium for Israel’s nuclear weapons.Other targets, according to the article, include airports and air force bases such as the Sedot Mikha Air Base, which contains Jericho ballistic missiles and is located southwest of the Tel Nof Air Base, where aircraft equipped with nuclear weapons are based.

Secondary targets include power plants, sewage treatment facilities, energy resources, and transportation and communication infrastructures.Finally, Forghani says, Shahab 3 and Ghadr missiles can target urban settlements until the Israelis are wiped out.Forghani claims that Israel could be destroyed in less than nine minutes and that Khamenei, as utmost authority, the Velayete Faghih (Islamic Jurist), also believes that Israel and America not only must be defeated but annihilated.The radicals ruling Iran today not only posses over 1,000 ballistic missiles but are on the verge of ICBM delivery and have sufficient enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs even as they continue to highly enrich uranium despite four sets of U.N. sanctions.WND previously reported when Iran was warning of a coming great event.The Iranian secret documentary “The Coming Is Upon Us” clearly indicates that these radicals believe the destruction of Israel will trigger the coming of the last Islamic Messiah and that even Jesus Christ, who will convert to Islam, will act as Mahdi’s deputy, praying to Allah as he stands behind the 12th Imam.

 
 

 

   

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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