All Terrorists Aren’t Moslems

All Terrorists Aren’t Moslems

© David Burton 2017

Jewish Terrorists

     We are all too-familiar with the continuing news of terrorist atrocities committed by Islamic extremists around the world. These attacks are mostly the works of fundamentalist Moslem extremists and, hopefully, do not represent the views of most Moslems. Unfortunately, there are other terrorists in this world and, unbelievably, some of them are Jews who live in Israel under the protection of the state and the soldiers that they hate and vilify.

Jewish/Israeli Terrorism

     A small minority of Ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremists have taken to murdering Palestinians as well as other Jews who do not live in conformity with their rules and principles. These radical members of the ultra-Orthodox or Haredi community in Israel are nothing more than murderers and terrorists and deserve to be treated the same as all other religious fanatics and terrorists. They dishonor the Jewish religion and are a disgrace to Judaism and to the State of Israel. This violent minority has no place in modern Jewish life nor in Israeli society and they need to be exorcised from both – the quicker the better!

     Shira Banki, a 16-year-old girl was stabbed at the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade on July 30, 2015 by an ultra-Orthodox Jew and later died of her wounds. The suspected assailant was arrested at the scene. He had been released from prison only weeks earlier after being jailed for stabbing three people at the same event in 2005.
     Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded immediately by saying, "We won't permit the terrible murderer to challenge the basic values on which Israeli society is built."
     "We reject with disgust any attempt to impose hatred and violence among us and will bring the murderer to justice," he said. The victim “was murdered because she bravely supported the principle that everyone has the right to live their lives respectfully and with security."
     The alleged assailant stabbed and wounded five others. He was released from jail only three weeks earlier after having served a ten-year sentence for wounding three marchers in a similar attack in 2005.
     Meanwhile, police on Saturday arrested the wife of a rabbi who campaigned against Jerusalem’s gay pride parade. Authorities suspect that the wife had knowledge of the alleged assailant’s intent to carry out the stabbings.
     The annual parade in Jerusalem, which drew about 5,000 this year, has long been a focus of tension between Israel's predominant secular majority and the ultra-Orthodox Jewish minority, who object to public displays of homosexuality.
     The same event every year in Tel Aviv generally passes peacefully as secular Jews hold greater sway in what is the country's entertainment and business hub.[1]

     A few months earlier, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish in Tabgha just north of the Sea of Galilee was heavily damaged by an arson attack. The arson attack left extensive damage to the inside and outside of the building. A passage from a Jewish prayer, calling for the elimination of idol worship, was found scrawled in red spray paint on a wall outside the church. Israeli police quickly arrested 16 Jewish settler youths who were suspected of involvement in the attack. The youths arrested were all religious Jewish seminary students from West Bank settlements. [2]

     On August 4th, “An Israeli court . . . ordered the head of a Jewish extremist group to be kept in detention after his arrest following the burning to death of a Palestinian baby . . .
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     “Israel's Channel 1 news said members of the group led by {the detainee} were in the process of discussing how to carry out suicide terror attacks against Palestinians.
     “Haaretz news reported {the detainee} was linked to last month's arson attack on the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The church was damaged and two people injured.” (Ref. 3)

     “In recent years, mosques and churches have been targeted by vandals in similar attacks. They are often attributed to extremist Jews in West Bank settlements.
     "Such attacks are widely condemned across the political spectrum in Israel. . . .” (Ref. 2)

     On July 30, 2015, an arson attack on a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Duma killed, an 18-month-old Palestinian infant and seriously injured several other family members.
     While Israeli response to the terror attacks committed by radical ultra-Orthodox extremist settlers has been swift and decisive, American Jewish groups were among the many in the international community that condemned that condemned the attack and called for a more aggressive response from Israeli leaders, saying that “expressions of outrage are no longer enough.”
     One group stated: “One cannot say, year after year, that Israel exists only for its Jewish citizens, or only for the Jewish citizens who comply with a narrow, right-wing interpretation of Zionism, and then be shocked when extremists feel free to express hatred and do violence and innocent children are murdered.”
     The arson attack on the Palestinian family home was the worst attack by Israeli extremists since a Palestinian teenager was torched to death in Jerusalem a year ago, in an apparent revenge attack after the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinian militants in the West Bank. [4]

     “The sight of an Israeli prime minister, surrounded by a phalanx of bodyguards, entering an intensive care hospital unit is a rarity. To see a prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu in this case, by the bedside of a burnt Palestinian child – is unprecedented.” (Ref. 5)

     Netanyahu’s visit to the Sheba Medical Center outside Tel Aviv, just hours before the Jewish Sabbath, reflects the deep concern of Israel’s government over the burning death of the 18-month-old Palestinian baby in the West Bank and the life-threatening burns caused to his family by Jewish extremists.
     “This is a terror attack in every respect,” said the PM.
     Israeli officialdom rarely describes Jewish attacks against Palestinians as terrorism. The term is almost always reserved for attacks by Palestinians on Jews. Yet this time, the military rushed to use the “T” word and set the tone for the rest.
     Other comments from government officials included:

  • “It’s a crime, and we are calling it a terror attack for all intents and purposes.”
  • “Terror is terror is terror.”
  • “The torching of the house and the murder of the baby is a shocking terror attack that is unfathomable.”
  • “A nation whose children were burned in the Holocaust must do a lot of soul-searching if it bred people who burn other humans.”
  • “To my great sorrow, until now it seems we have been lax in our treatment of the phenomena of Jewish terrorism.”
  • “Perhaps we did not internalize that we are faced with a determined and dangerous, ideological group, which aims to destroy the fragile bridges which we work so tirelessly to build,”
     Given the numerous attacks by Palestinians on Jews, the settlers and their representatives in politics are used to taking the moral high ground. They are generally the wronged party, their children, wives, husbands and brothers are the ones being killed and injured.
     This time, by their own admission, it’s the Jews who are terrorists. Their own flesh and blood.
     Israelis term hate crimes against Arabs “price tag” attacks – committed by Jewish radicals to exact a price from Palestinians for actions against the settlement enterprise. This time, the price might well be paid by the Israelis.[5]

     “Israel quickly responded with concrete actions to the Jewish extremist attack on Palestinians. “The Israeli government authorized Sunday {2 August} the use administrative detention and ‘all means necessary’ to locate and bring to justice the Jewish extremists who on Thursday night {30 July} set fire to a Palestinian home on the village of Duma . . .
     "The Cabinet views the arson and murder in Duma as act of terror in every aspect, and has called on all the relevant authorities to use all necessary measures in order to bring the perpetrators to justice, and prevent similar incidents,” a statement issued after the cabinet meeting said.
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     “The Cabinet decided to push a new counterterrorism bill in the Knesset, which would apply to Jewish terrorists as well, and establish a team of ministers . . . and include {the} Public Security Minister . . . and {the} Justice Minister . . . to assess and advise the cabinet and government on possible and necessary measures to fight these types of terrorist incidents.” (Ref. 6)

     Jews everywhere, whether in Israel or in the Diaspora, need to continue speaking up with one voice and condemn these miscreants for what they are – bigoted religious zealots. The ultra-Orthodox community, in particular, needs to speak out forcefully against those who would murder and attempt to terrorize anyone who doesn’t submit and conform to their warped vision of Judaism.

     Extremist Jewish fanatics who massacre others in their twisted sense of religion deserve even harsher punishment than the Moslem terrorists who massacre innocent Israeli’s. It’s time for Israel to come down on the Haredi groups who encourage – overtly or covertly – extremist behavior against anyone who does not conform to their way of life. As a minimum, all financial support for these groups should be terminated and their assets frozen. They have a right to practice their religion as they see fit – they have no right to impose their way of life or their beliefs on anyone else! Jewish jihad is no different than Islamic jihad - it's a messianic idea, which is fueled by passions, spreads like wildfire and like wildfire, must be stopped!

     These atrocities committed by ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremists are crimes perpetrated by a relative few. But, “a handful of Jewish terrorists are enough to divide Israeli society and lead to war with Palestinians.
     “There is one thing the stabbing at the gay pride parade on Thursday, the arson that led to a Palestinian baby being burned to death early Friday, and the arson at the Church of the Multiplication several weeks ago all have in common. These are not hate crimes, this is religious-messianic terrorism, committed by people who view themselves as acting according to God's true will. In simpler words - this is Jewish jihadism, identical in every detail to Islamic jihadism, except that, fortunately, this is not a mass phenomenon, the likes of which we have been seeing both in our region and in Europe.” (Ref. 7)

     In July of 2014, “An IDF officer involved in military operations inside the Gaza Strip was attacked by haredi extremists on Monday while on temporary leave in Beit Shemesh.
     “The officer, a resident of Netivot, was visiting his children, who have been staying with their grandparents . . . He drove while in uniform to a synagogue in the Ramat Beit Shemesh neighborhood to pray, unaware that it was used by members of an extremist haredi group. While he was praying, several extremists smashed the windows of his car and verbally abused him as he left.
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     “{The} chairman of Shas {Israel’s ultra-orthodox religious political party}, called it ‘an act of terrorism’ and said the attackers should be dealt with like terrorists.” (Ref. 8)

     Clearly, even the majority of ultra-Orthodox Jews and the majority of ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers are opposed to murder and arson. “. . . even violent, ultra-religious circles condemn the attacks on the Jewish Gay Pride revelers. ‘Radical right-wing elements in Judaism or in Israel make a very clear distinction between committing crimes, certainly murdering fellow Jews and non-Jews,’ says {a} sociologist. ‘Many would never act against a Jew. This unwritten law has been heeded for years.’ That is why the knife attack on Jerusalem's gay pride parade has divided ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jews. ‘The majority of them condemns the act and feel guilty and responsible, at least according to their public statements.’
     “The ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers share the same view.‘The vast majority of them condemn the crime, the murder of the baby in Duma. But there are some here who support the perpetrators.’ {A sociologist} believes that the settlement movement will be weakened by violence, as moderate, right-wing Jews may walk away from it.” (Ref. 9)

     In a rare move, the Israeli defense minister ordered “a six-month administrative arrest order Sunday for two Jewish extremists suspected of carrying out and planning terror attacks against Palestinians and Christian targets. The detention warrants follow a government decision to crack down on Jewish terrorism following the arson attack on a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Duma, in which a toddler and his father were burnt to death.
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     “Also . . . , Shin Bet agents and police raided several illegal outposts in the West Bank known to harbor Jewish extremists. Homes were searched and nine residents were detained - before being released.
     “Police, under strong domestic and international pressure, have admitted that they are having trouble finding those guilty of the attack in Duma and other attacks on Palestinians and their property, even issuing an appeal to the public last week asking for help in locating the perpetrators.” (Ref. 10)

     In another exhibition of religious extremism and disrespect for the soldiers that protect them, residents in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Meah Shearim in Jerusalem burned a Haredi IDF soldier in effigy during the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer on the evening of 13 May 2017. In addition, it was reported that, “On Purim, they hung soldiers in effigy in Meah Shearim. Last week, they broke the gate to an IDF base and entered and created a ruckus.” (Ref. 8)

Palestinian/Moslem Terrorism

     There are major differences in the way Israel treats its Jewish terrorists and the way Palestinian authorities (Fatah, the PLO, Hamas) treat their terrorists. Israel instantaneously and strongly condemns the actions of these murderers while the Palestinians praise their murders as heroes and martyrs, name streets and public squares after them and reward them with financial gifts and pensions for their slaughter of civilians.

     The condemnation of the terrorists actions by Jewish Zealots has been swift and emphatic – Israel and the vast preponderance of the worldwide Jewish community do not condone such actions and will not tolerate such behavior. Contrast the Jewish and Israeli responses to such heinous actions with that of the Palestinians.

     In November 2014, a British-born father was one of the four killed by Palestinian terrorists armed with axes and guns in a Jerusalem synagogue. What did the Palestinians say and do about the terror attack?

     “After the attack Palestinians celebrated in the streets, throwing sweets and posing with the weapons used in the massacre.
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     “The assailants . . . burst in screaming ‘God is great’ as people had their heads bowed in prayer. A rabbi {was} among the dead and eight people {were} injured, including two police officers.
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     “In a statement, Hamas praised the synagogue attack as a ‘heroic act’. . .” (Ref. 11)

     In June of 2014, three Jewish Israeli teenagers were abducted and murdered. When news of the kidnapping first surfaced, “the Arab world broke out in celebration, showering Palestinian children with candy and revering the kidnappers as heroes.
     “Two weeks later the bodies of those high school students would be found in a shallow grave. And once again the Arab world celebrated and Palestinians rejoiced in the slayings – pelting with rocks the ambulance carrying the bodies.
     “Days later a 16-year-old Palestinian boy was brutally murdered, allegedly by six Israelis.
     “Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the father of the slain teen and offered his condolences – vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.
     “Unlike the Moslem reaction to the murder of Jews, the entire gamut of Israeli and Jewish life, from the dovish to the extreme, condemned the attack.” (Ref. 12)

     Cleary, too many Palestinians, Arabs and Moslems encourage and celebrate the killing of Jews and they honor the perpetrators of such heinous crimes. It is also just as clear that all Jews and Israelis, excepting the extremist ultra-Orthodox minority in Israel vociferously condemn such behavior and mourn the death of all children – Jewish and Moslem.

     The Palestinian Authority (PA) foments “violence against Jews and Israelis, presenting it as legitimate and even heroic self-defense.
     “PA terror promotion takes many forms. Nationalistically, the PA actively elevates violence as a valid and heroic means to achieve political goals, while religiously, fighting and killing Jews has been presented repeatedly by PA religious and academic leaders as Allah’s will. On the social level, Palestinian leaders and society honor even the most loathsome of murderers portraying them as heroes and role models: Dalal Mughrabi, who led a bus hijacking in which 37 were killed, has schools, summer camps, and many other events and places bearing her name to immortalize and glorify her and her terror attack.” (Ref. 13)

     “Two Hamas terrorists responsible for kidnapping and murdering three Israeli boys in June are being honored by the Palestinian Authority as "martyrs," according to a Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) report.
    " ‘Shahid’ or martyr, is a designation for people who ‘achieve [the] highest status in Islam’ and will be rewarded in the afterlife, the report said.
     “That's how numerous PA officials are describing {the two}, both tied to Hamas terrorist activity, who were killed in a firefight last week as Israeli troops raided their hideout.
     “{The} PA religious affairs minister . . . referred to the terrorists as ‘martyrs’ who were ‘assassinated’ by Israeli forces. According to the Palestinian Ma'an news, {he} ‘denounced the heinous ‘Israeli’ crime committed by the occupation forces in Hebron…’
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     “Hailing the dead terrorists follows a long tradition within the PA, which has named schools, parks, buildings and other public facilities after dead terrorists.   . . .
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     “Denial of Hamas' involvement in the abduction and murder of the youth is still prevalent in the PA, despite a senior Hamas official confirming that the terrorist organization was behind the attack.
     After the initial kidnapping, many Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza celebrated the terrorist attack.  . . .” (Ref. 14)

     “PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' advisor has glorified the terrorist who murdered three-month-old Israeli-American Haya Zissel-Brown and injured eight others yesterday, when he intentionally drove his car into people waiting for a train. {He} praised the terrorist, calling him a ‘heroic Martyr’ on his official Facebook page.
     “Abbas' Fatah movement likewise glorified the killer, posting an obituary for the murderer on its official Facebook page, and also using the words ‘heroic Martyr.’ . . .
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     “Abbas' advisor, . . . has openly praised murderers in the past. When a terrorist stabbed an Israeli civilian to death, Al-Einein praised the murderer as a ‘heroic fighter’ and offered ‘blessings to the breast that nursed’ him.
     “The PLO and Hamas and their followers truly are heroes. Killing a three-month old baby. Not everyone can do that. It takes a hero of the Palestinian resistance against the Zionist three-month old baby oppressors to do it.” (Ref. 15)

     “Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has awarded the ‘highest order of the Star of Honor’ to {an} arch-terrorist . . . This is a continuation of the policy followed by Abbas and the PA to glorify terrorists responsible for murdering Israelis, . . .
     “{The arch terrorist} is the leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). The DFLP carried out many deadly terror attacks, including the killing of 22 schoolchildren and 4 adults after taking them hostage in Ma'alot, the killing of 9 children and 3 adults in an attack on a school bus, the killing of 7 in a Jerusalem bombing, the killing of 4 hostages in an apartment building in Beit Shean, all of which took place in the 1970's. In addition, the DFLP has participated in and claimed responsibility for dozens of other terror attacks, including a suicide bombing near Tel Aviv that killed 4 in 2003.
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     “Abbas' honoring of {the} terrorist . . . is the continuation of his policy to glorify terrorists:
  • “Dec. 2012, Abbas honored 6 terrorists responsible for killing hundreds of Israelis and two American diplomats
  • ”Jan. 2013, Abbas pledged to follow the path of 15 terrorists responsible for killing of hundreds
  • ”March 2013, Abbas honored the murderer of 2 students
  • ”April 2013, Abbas honored the planner of attacks that killed dozens
  • ”May 2013, Abbas refused to condemn or dismiss his advisor who glorified murderers, as requested by 5 members of the US Congress
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     Abbas' granting the Star of Honor to {a} terrorist . . . , glorifying the murderers of hundreds, rejecting US Congress' demand to condemn terror glorification, as well as having the PA pay high monthly salaries to Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons, reflect a significant PA policy today. . . . the PA glorifies terrorists who have already murdered and pays all terrorists in Israeli prisons a monthly salary, thereby sending a clear message to Palestinians of support for terror.
     “This policy, led by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is the PA's solution to continue promoting terror, while simultaneously receiving international funding. Ironically, the Western funding of the PA's general budget in fact pays for PA TV, official PA events, and salaries of the many PA civil servants, which are all actively implementing the PA's terror glorification, as well as the salaries for the terrorists themselves in prison. What remains is the absurd situation that the United States, the EU, and the individual European countries are funding the very terror-supporting activities that they are condemning.” (Ref. 16)

     In an unprecedented action, the Chief Rabbis of Israel placed a massive ad on the front page of the Jerusalem Post on August 4, 2015 strongly condemning the recent violence in the country. The advertisement which condemns violence against both Jews and non-Jews, was also published in Hebrew in Israel’s other major papers. The move comes less than a week after unrest following the killing of a Palestinian child, and the fatal stabbing attack at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade.

     The message of the ad is as follows:

The Torah of Israel is the Torah of life!
“Its ways are the ways of pleasantness
and its paths are the paths of peace.”

“Anyone who merely raises his hand against his
friend is called an ‘evil person’” and all the more
so is the one who actually harms his friend with
words or causes bodily damage, and heaven forbid,
if he causes even more harm than that.

. . . we condemn any act of violence whatsoever
against any person who is created in the image of the
Almighty, whether Jew or non-Jew, soldier or citizen. Violence
is not the way of our holy Torah and it is completely forbidden
to act in any way or situation in this manner.

With prayers for unity and
Harmony in our nation.

- - - Reference 17

     On the Moslem side, the response to the murder of Jewish civilians has historically been quite different, dating back to the Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem during World War II when he established himself in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. He collaborated with both Italy and Germany by making propaganda radio broadcasts and by helping the Nazis recruit Bosnian Moslems for the Waffen-SS. He supported Adolf Hitler and requested Hitler’s backing in opposing the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish national home. Husseini's motives for supporting Hitler and the Axis powers were the result of his anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist leanings.

     In responding to the suicide bombing and killing of Israeli civilians, Moslem religious leaders made the following statements:

     “Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, the religious leader of the ‘moderate’ Moslem Brotherhood, the parent organization of Hamas and Al Qaeda, had said, ‘Suicide attacks represent the highest level of martyrdom, because there are no civilians in Israel.’
     “ ‘We have the children bomb {meaning using children as suicide bombers} and these human bombs must continue until liberation.’
     “Sheikh Rashid Ghannouchi, of Tunisia’s equally moderate Islamist Ennahda Movement, said, ‘There are no civilians in Israel. The population—males, females and children—are the army reserve soldiers, and thus can be killed.’
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     “Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the religious leader of Hamas, had said, ‘There are no civilians in Israel, they are all military, all occupiers.’
     “Ismail Abu Shanab, one of the founders of Hamas, often described by the media as the most moderate Hamas leader, echoed the old monster, ‘There are no civilians in Israel.’
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     “Shaykh Ibn Uthaymins, one of the leading Islamic religious figures in Saudi Arabia, explained why women and children should be killed. ‘What is apparent is that it is allowed for us to kill their women and children, even if that were to cause us to miss taking them as wealth (slaves), due to its breaking the hearts of the enemy.’ “(Ref. 18)

  1. 16-year-old victim of Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade attack dies of wounds, i24news, 2 August 2015.
  2. Israeli youths arrested after arson attack on Catholic church, Associated Press, New Yok Post, 18 June 2015.
  3. Israel court extends detention of extremist Jewish leader, i24news, 4 August 2015.
  4. International condemnation of arson terror attack which claimed life of toddler, i24news, 1 August 2015.
  5. This time, Israelis may have to pay the price tag, Ruti Sinai, i24news, 2 August 2015.
  6. Israel to pursue murderers of Palestinian infant by 'all means necessary': govt, i24news, 3 August 2015.
  7. Analysis: How to stop Jewish jihad, Ron ben-Yishai, i24news, 1 August 2015.
  8. MK Lapid On Burning IDF Soldiers In Effigy On Lag B’Omer, Yeshiva World News, 14 May 2017.
  9. Who will stop the right-wing Jewish terrorists?, Peter Hille, DW.COM, 3 August 2015.
  11. Moslems screaming “Allahu akbar” murder four Jews in synagogue; “Palestinians” celebrate the murders, Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch, 18 November 2014.
  12. Murdered Children Reveal The Heart Of The Arab-Israeli Conflict, Paul Miller, The Daily Caller, 11 July 2014.
  13. Glorifying terrorists and terror, Palestinian Media Watch, Accessed 2 August 2015.
  14. Palestinian Authority Glorifies Murderers of Israeli Teens as 'Martyrs', The Investigative Project on Terrorism, 30 September 2014.
  16. Palestinians: Abbas Honors Terror Leader, Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Gatestone Institute,
    3 July 2013.
  17. Israeli chief rabbis publish front page advert condemning violence, Jessica Weinstein,
    The Jewish Chronical Online, 4 August 2015.
  18. BABY KILLERS OF HAMAS, Daniel Greenfield, FRONTPAGE MAG, 16 July 2014.


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