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81 US lawmakers in Israel on ‘tour’ sponsored by Zionist lobbying group
IMEMC – Saturday August 13, 2011 – 21:55, One-fifth of the US Congress is currently in Israel on a free trip sponsored by the American Israel Educational Foundation, an affiliate of the largest Zionist lobby in the US: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Three children injured by Israeli troops in non-violent anti-Wall demonstrations
IMEMC – Saturday August 13, 2011 – 21:31, On Friday three children were injured, and dozens of children and adults were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation, as Israeli troops attacked anti-wall protests organized in a number of West Bank communities.
Boycott rally held in Jenin
8/13/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Activists in Jenin held a rally Saturday urging shopkeepers and residents to boycott Israeli goods. The local campaign against the wall and settlements and the Independent Youth Movement organized the march, which toured the West Bank city’s streets. Demonstrators held banners with slogans saying the boycott was a national….
Gaza govt announces compromise on US aid
8/13/2011 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Hamas and the US Agency for International Development have reached a compromise to maintain the flow of aid, a senior Hamas official said Saturday.” We’ve reached a compromise with USAID through the United Nations” to allow the continuation of aid, which was suspended by Washington on Friday, the official of….
Abbas, Peres held ‘4 secret meetings’
8/13/2011 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas revealed he held four secret meetings with his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres in a bid to revive stalled peace talks, a Palestinian official said Saturday. He quoted Abbas as saying at a meeting of his Fatah party on Friday that: “I met Shimon Peres four times in Amman and London….
Teenager hurt by suspicious object in Tubas
8/13/2011 – TUBAS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager suffered moderate injuries to his hand Friday after an Israeli explosive device detonated in Tubas, Palestinian officials said. Ahmed Saraia, 17, was taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus where the tips of several fingers on his right hand were amputated due to damage sustained from picking up the….
Palestinians in no hurry to join housing protests
8/13/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian citizens of Israel “will not put their eggs in the same basket” with demonstrations sweeping Israel, a senior trade union official said Saturday. Muhammad Zeidan said the Arab community in Israel’s struggle was something quite different than the predominantly Jewish-Israeli movement calling for social equality and affordable rent….
‘UNRWA Watch’ looks to improve refugee agency
8/13/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian academics and others have announced the establishment of a watchdog group to observe UNRWA’s performance in the Gaza Strip, the head of the body said Saturday. At a news conference in Gaza City, Hossam Adwan said “UNRWA Watch” would prioritize observing the performance of the Palestine refugee….
Palestinian worker dies after falling from building
8/13/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A 36-year-old Palestinian man died Saturday from injuries sustained when he fell from a building at work in Sakhnin in northern Israel, witnesses said. Rabee Husein Abed Ar-Rahman Ikmeyel, from Qabatiyah near Jenin, fell from the seventh floor of a building on Thursday. He was married and the father of….
Elections commission begins registration
8/13/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Central Elections Commission has announced that registration for local elections will resume Saturday across the occupied West Bank. Saturday morning to Wednesday afternoon will be dedicated to completing registration and submitting objections at 295 centers in city halls and municipality buildings in the West Bank. Hisham Ikheil, head of….
Officials: Egypt troops deploy for Sinai raids
8/13/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian tanks were rolling into a town near Gaza’s border on Saturday for an anticipated operation against militants who attacked a gas pipeline to Israel and police stations, security officials said. The officials said the tanks and more than 1,000 soldiers and policemen, deployed on Friday and Saturday, would try to….
Abbas reiterates plan to submit UN bid
8/13/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated Friday that the Palestinian leadership would stick to its UN bid aimed at obtaining international recognition of an independent Palestinian state in September. Abbas said that the choice to take the case to the UN was a result of Israel’s stubbornness, the official Palestinian Authority….
Hizb ut-Tahrir accuses PLO of betrayal
8/13/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir movement has slammed as “betrayal” President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks about a possible NATO presence in a future Palestinian state. The president’s “call for international forces would bring a new crusader occupation,” the movement said Friday in a statement saying the plan would lead to….
Police detain 34 Palestinians at Allenby border crossing
8/13/2011 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority police detained 34 people wanted on criminal charges at the Allenby border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan this week. Police said those detained at the border were wanted for financial crimes, fraud and “various criminal acts.” Crossings officials said nearly 25,000 people crossed the border over the….
Fresh ‘social justice’ protests in Israel
8/13/2011 – BEERSHEVA, Israel (AFP) — Tens of thousands gathered for fresh demonstrations Saturday outside Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, after leaders of a hugely popular social movement called for rallies across Israel to protest high prices and living conditions. At 9:00 pm local time, some 50,000 people were mobilized throughout the country, police said. Protest leaders said….
Hebron man missing after saving cousins from drowning
8/13/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Hebron resident went missing off Israel’s southern coast on Saturday after saving his two cousins from drowning. Luay Mohammad Rawashdah, 24, rescued his cousins Hasen Ahmad Rawashda and Sami Ali Rawashda from drowning while swimming on a day trip at Ashkelon beach.” WhileLuay’s two cousins Sami….
Official: Shiite opposition to boycott Bahrain vote
8/13/2011 – DUBAI (AFP) — Bahrain’s main Shiite opposition party will boycott next month’s by-elections to replace MPs who resigned in protest against a crackdown on demonstrators, a party official said Friday. The party, Al-Wefaq, “has decided to boycott the by-elections” September 24 to replace its 18 MPs who walked out in February, shortly….
UN to discuss Syria after latest crackdown
8/13/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The UN Security Council is to discuss human rights and the humanitarian emergency in Syria after at least 16 people were killed as thousands of protesters rallied after Ramadan weekly prayers. The Security Council will hold a special meeting next Thursday, diplomats at the United Nations announced. In a Twitter statement, France’….
Kurdish MP fights battle to legalize prostitution
8/13/2011 – ARBIL, Iraq (AFP) — In Kurdistan, where conservative mores still dominate despite its reputation as a haven compared to the rest of Iraq, one female MP is fighting a lonely battle: legalized prostitution. Haza Sulaiman’s efforts to regulate and control the trade in northern Iraq’s three Kurdish provinces have so far run….
Abused Lebanese women also victims of legal system
8/13/2011 – BEIRUT (AFP) — It was only a few months after their wedding in Lebanon that Suha’s husband began what would be eight years of brutal beatings that left her bruised, bleeding and all but broken. But two years ago, she decided to take matters — and her three children — into her own hands, in a….
UN bid coincides with Lebanon presidency
8/13/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The leadership in Ramallah chose to submit their bid for statehood in September to coincide with Lebanon’s presidency of the UN Security Council, the Palestinian Authority foreign minister said Saturday.” We chose to submit it in September because the Lebanese envoy will be president of the Security Council and….
Islamist militants break out of Lebanon prison
8/13/2011 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Militants from a radical Islamist group which fought deadly battles with the Lebanese army in 2007 escaped from the country’s main jail on Saturday, a security official told AFP.” Five inmates have escaped from Ward D in the Roumieh prison,” northeast of Beirut, the official said on condition of anonymity.”We….
Activists: Syrian troops storm port city, 3 dead
8/13/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) —Syrian troops killed at least three people as they pounded Latakia and raided other towns on Saturday, activists said, as Washington and Riyadh demanded that Damascus “immediately” halt its crackdown. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said two people were killed and 15 wounded, four of them critically, during a military operation in….
Tunisian women rally to preserve gender equality
8/13/2011 – TUNIS (AFP) — Around 1,000 women’s rights supporters rallied in Tunis on Saturday to the mark the anniversary of a key equal rights bill amid fears gender equality may suffer if political Islam rises in post-revolution Tunisia. The Personal Status Code (CSP), passed on August 13, 1956 by the country’s first president….
Israel protests for reform set to spread
AlJazeera 13 Aug 2011 – Demonstrators urged to “get out of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem” to strengthen economy protests across the country.
Syrian army ‘enters western coastal city’
AlJazeera 13 Aug 2011 – Deaths reported in Latakia and Deir ez-Zor, a day after activists said at least 17 people were killed in protests.
Iraqi youth find new outlet in rap
AlJazeera 13 Aug 2011 – By combining folklore with western-style beats, Iraqi youth have created their own form of hip-hop music.
Bahrain’s main opposition to boycott by-polls
AlJazeera 13 Aug 2011 – Al-Wefaq to stay away from September 24 polls, saying the “parliament does not represent will of the people”.
Israeli protesters call for economic reforms
AlJazeera 13 Aug 2011 – Tens of thousands gather around the country to call for more accessible housing prices, education and jobs.
Condemnation from the International Community as Israel Plans Settlement Expansion
PNN – Jerusalem — PNN — The expansion of Ramat Shlomo settlement by Israel, declared illegal under International law, has been condemned throughout the International community. Earlier in the week PNN reported that Ramat…
Building A Home in the Village of Thabrah
PNN – PNN – Thabrah – A group of 12 young people from the United States and Canada, volunteering with the North American organization Hope Equals, helps rebuild a house for a Palestinian family…
US Stops Funding Aid Organisation Operations in Gaza
PNN – Gaza — PNN — The United States has chosen to suspend the work of all the US funded aid organisations in the Gaza Strip after a tiff with Hamas. Speaking to Reuters…
It’s time to end this siege for good
8/13/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Viva Palestina – Viva Palestina is returning to Gaza with our sixth major international aid mission to bring an end to the illegal siege. Much has changed for the Palestinian people and the wider region in the 11 months since our last convoy. Dictatorship has fallen in Egypt. Palestine has moved up the international agenda. Yet….
Israeli military forces attack the freedom of theatre
8/13/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 13 August 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp has faced targeted repression by the Israeli Army in recent weeks. At 3pm on August 6th, 2011, Israeli Occupation Forces arrested a Freedom Theatre actor at the Shave Shomeron checkpoint on his way from Ramallah to Jenin. Rami Awni Hwayel…. Related: The Freedom Theatre
Illegal settlement, Qadumim, upheld over Kufr Qaddoum’s rights
8/13/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 13 August 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – On Friday the 12th of August, the weekly demonstration called by the local Popular Committee in Kufr Qaddum was held. Despite the blazing heat and that most of the participants are fasting for Ramadan, an impressive contingent of around two hundred began the march towards the illegal….
Why boycott Israel?
8/13/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Al Jazeera English,Lisa Taraki and Mark LeVine – A founding member of the campaign for the academic and cultural boycott outlines the motivation behind the movement. Author and history professor Mark LeVine speaks with sociologist Lisa Taraki, a co-founder of the Palestinian campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Mark LeVine:What is…. Related: Source
Open Letter to Israeli Security Apparatus from Jenin’s Freedom Theatre
Alternative Information Center – This is an open letter from representatives of the international volunteers and staff members, the friends, supporters and foundation of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin to the Israeli security apparatus, including the Shabak, the IDF and…
Free to be Human: Visit to the Aida Refugee Camp
Alternative Information Center – The Aida refugee camp lies between Bethlehem and Beit Jala, in Area A of the West Bank. The entrance to the camp is marked by an arch with a model of a large key propped on…
Gazan campaign to help Starving people of Somalia
13 Aug 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)- The Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in Gaza Strip lunched yesterday an aid campaign to support the starving people of Somalia and help them to continue their lives like other people in different parts of the world.
170 thousand worshipers attend Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa mosque
13 Aug 2011 – Jerusalem, (Pal Telegraph)-Over 170 Muslim worshipers managed to enter the courtyards of Al-Aqsa mosque to perform the second Friday prayer of the holy month of Ramadan, according to Al-Aqsa foundation for the Islamic heritage.
Lebanese protesters want government to end silence on Syria
The National 13 Aug 2011 – While activists in Lebanon were stepping up their public criticism of the Syrian regime, the same could not be said for the Lebanese government, whose response to the violence in its neighbouring state has been largely muted.
Pigs and Christians are key to solving Cairo’s growing rubbish problems
The National 13 Aug 2011 – Life for the Zabaleen, the garbage collectors, changed radically two years ago when the Egyptian government, ostensibly to prevent the spread of swine flu, slaughtered the pigs the Zabaleen relied upon to eat organic waste.
Paranoia and intrigue on the West Bank
The National 13 Aug 2011 – For Freedom Theatre’s management, struggling to move forward after Juliano Mer-Khamis ‘ murder, that has raised questions about the limits of performing arts in this conservative and besieged society.
At least 11 killed as defiant Syria continues crackdown
The National 12 Aug 2011 – Death toll continues to rise in Syria with fatalities recorded in cities that continue to defy military lockdown.
Focus shifts from Tel Aviv to outlying towns as 75,000 protesters call for change
Ha’aretz – 25,000 assembled in Haifa, 20,000 people filled Rager Boulevard in Be’er Sheva, In Afula, some 15,000 people gathered, and more than 1,500 people marched down the city’s main street in Eilat.
Yossi Sarid / Tent cities are not illegal outposts
Ha’aretz – Violence is just around the corner because the police and city inspectors have decided to be firm.
Al-Hayat: UN striving to demilitarize southern Lebanon
Ha’aretz – Al-Hayat added that Ban has told members of the UN Security Council that both Lebanon and Israel have agreed to negotiate maritime security issues through the United Nations and with assistance from local experts.
IDF budget in the crosshairs of government’s socioeconomic panel
Ha’aretz – In bid to solve middle-class woes, Trajtenberg proposes heavy cuts to defense budget, expected to draw strong objections from Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
IDF officer resigns over molestation accusations
Ha’aretz – A number of soldiers reported that the officer came into their rooms at night and sometimes touched them inappropriately.
The parent trap: Israeli moms desperate not to be housewives
Ha’aretz – Inadequate and expensive child care means it still doesn’t pay for some moms to work.
Strike brings Israel’s public health system to a standstill
Ha’aretz – All government general, psychiatric and geriatric hospitals, will be on strike; Outpatient clinics and departments in these hospitals will be closed to outpatients, and only urgent operations will be performed.
Tens of thousands take to Israel’s streets as social protests move out of Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – Mass demonstrations take place in Haifa, Be’er Sheva and Afula with smaller protests taking place elsewhere throughout Israel.
Ha’aretz – Facebook is creating a new way of tailoring advertising to suit its users’ preferences – and an Israeli company is one the select few chosen to go along for the ride.
Israel periphery prepares for mass social protests
Ha’aretz – Demonstrations set to take place in north and south Israel; for first time since start of the social protests nearly a month ago, Tel Aviv will not be holding a march.
18-year-old kills two cyclists in southern Israel roadside accident
Ha’aretz – Driver falls asleep behind the wheel, critically injures two other cyclists in accident along Highway 3.
Two cyclists killed in roadside accident in southern Israel
Ha’aretz – Two other cyclists critically injured in accident along Highway 3; in separate accident, two riders critically injured by a vehicle near Kiryat Malachi.
Palestinian official: Peres met with Abbas four times in bid to revive peace talks
Ha’aretz – Official tells AFP that PM Netanyahu demanded cancellation of fifth meeting that was scheduled to take place two weeks ago in Amman.
Israel: Abbas avoiding direct peace talks with UN statehood bid
Ha’aretz – Palestinian FM says that Mahmoud Abbas will personally present Palestinian bid for full UN membership at General Assembly meeting in New York on September 20.
‘Hamas, U.S. reach agreement on Gaza humanitarian aid’
Ha’aretz – AFP quotes Hamas official as saying deal has been agreed upon to permit for continuation of USAID activities in Gaza; on Friday, U.S. official said operations had been suspended.
Mevaseret Zion residents protest tunneling on Shabbat
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – Locals turn to religious lawmakers, ministers to help stop construction on high-speed rail line from taking place at night, weekends.
Heat, high tourist season don’t stop Eilat protest
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – 400 take to the streets for second weekly protest; organizer says turnout is meaningful during heavy tourism months.
Clinton: Syria would be better off without Assad
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – Turkish president urges reforms “before it’s too late”; 20 killed nationwide; pressure grows for oil boycott.
Over 50,000 attend social justice protests in periphery
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – Organizers bypass Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in effort to “let the rest of the voices speak”; over 20,000 rally in Haifa; spokesman says smaller numbers not a sign of failure: Turnout more or less what we expected.
Israel-Turkey relations and the silent revolution
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – A limited apology will not restore relations to their 1990s heyday, but there are compelling reasons for Israel to express a willingness to make such an apology.
Children of the revolutions
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – Look at London and you’ll realize that social solidarity is better than uniting to clean up a neighborhood which has just been ransacked.
Rethinking estate taxes
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – True tycoons can find loopholes to dodge taxes, but middle-class ma-and-pa savers, who worked hard to put enough aside for a home, cannot rely on elaborate tax-planning.
Katsav and Mubarak trials
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – Assad is so scared by Mubarak’s trial that his media have totally ignored it, even though it’s most sensational trial in Arab history.
Estimated 60,000 attend social justice rallies in periphery
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – Protests move from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to smaller cities across Israel; Some 30,000 protest in Haifa; Beersheba protest which organizers expected to draw 40,000 attended by fewer than 10,000 people.
Dozens of buses head to social rallies in periphery
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – 16,000 demonstrators arrive in Haifa; 40,000 expected in Beersheba; 13 cities hold mass public protests against rising costs of living.
‘Obama, Saudi king urge end to Assad’s crackdown’
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – Leaders meet in White House, agree to hold close consultations about the Syrian situation in the coming days.
‘PA state bid shows Abbas decided to avoid peace talks’
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – PMO criticizes PA announcement that Palestinians will request recognition of state at UN on September 20; Livni says Netanyahu responsible.
Syrian troops kill at least 3 in crackdown on coastal city
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – Military vehicles sweep through Latakia as int’l Muslim group adds voice to growing Arab pressure on Assad, calls for halt to violence.
Berlin exhibit uncovers once classified Stasi photos
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – German artist fuels debate on problems inherent to idea of surveillance, using evidence of how Stasi secret police functioned in Cold War.
Riots, wild markets: Did space storms drive us mad?
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – Rollercoaster financial markets, the worst riots the UK has seen in decades made it quite a week for a time of year that is usually dead.
‘Hamas, US reach compromise on Gaza aid’
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – Report: Hamas says deal reached with USAID through UN; compromise comes after US officials said they had cut NGO operations in Gaza.
UK says it won’t change police reforms despite riots
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – British gov’t plans to take 2 billion pounds from police budget; Cameron enlists US street crime expert for gang-violence advice.
PM to public security minister: No more tent evictions
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – Netanyahu phones Aharonovitch, tells police to respond to all duly submitted demonstration requests.
Car hits group of cyclists on Route 3 killing 2
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – Driver falls asleep at the wheel near Nahal Sorek, hits cyclists on shoulder of road; 5 others injured, taken to Kaplan Medical Center.
‘US concern grows over al-Qaida poison threat’
Jerusalem Post 13 Aug 2011 – ‘NY Times’ report: Regional arm of al-Qaida attempting to produce deadly ricin, use it in attacks against the United States.
Leiby Kletzky’s accused killer: ‘I just panicked’
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2011 – ‘NY Daily News’ interviews Levi Aron, who allegedly kidnapped and murdered the 8-year-old hassidic boy in Brooklyn.
TUNISIA: War Strangles Livelihoods on the Border
IPS Tunisia’s border with Libya has been a major lifeline, keeping residents in Ben Guerdane economically afloat – so when the vital trade route is blocked by the municipality or by protestors, tempers flare.
The summary of the events that took place in the city of Duma in Damascus suburb on August, 12, 2011 (12th of Ramadan) – Videos
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – …This outrageous firing at the buildings resulted in the martyrdom of first woman martyr in the city of Duma:The 26 years old lady Fatima Adeeb Ali Kareem, in her third month of pregnancy, was shot by a life bullet while inside her house….Following the Taraweeh prayer in the evening, many demonstrations began in the…
Israeli Tent Protests Ignore Link Between Neoliberalism, Occupation
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – It started in mid-July, when Dafni Leef, a Tel Aviv filmmaker, was met with a hike in her rent that she couldn’t afford to pay. Instead of moving to a new apartment, she moved to a tent on Rothschild Boulevard, the city’s sleekest thoroughfare, and set up a Facebook event calling for her compatriots…
Torture in the US Prison System: The Endless Punishment of Leonard Peltier
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – Your visit to one of America’s prisons may last only a few hours, but once you pass the first steel threshold, your perception of humanity is altered. The slammed doors, metal detectors and body frisks introduce you to life on the inside, but the glaring hatred from the guards and officials make it a…
81 US lawmakers in Israel on ‘tour’ sponsored by Zionist lobbying group
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – One-fifth of the US Congress is currently in Israel on a free trip sponsored by the American Israel Educational Foundation, an affiliate of the largest Zionist lobby in the US: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Although accepting free trips from lobbyists is illegal for Congress members under US anti-graft and corruption laws, the…
Tripoli quick to deny rebel capture of strategic port town as fighters claim victory
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – After reports of heavy clashes erupting in the coastal city of Zawiyah early Saturday, Libyan rebels announced they had claimed the strategic town. But shortly after, the Qaddafi government released a statement denying the rebel capture of the port town west of Tripoli, in what would have pushed the rebel front line to its…
BDS activists in Israel stand with Australian counterparts facing repression [ 80440 ]
Uruknet August 12, 2011 – Boycott from Within, a coalition of citizens of Israel, both Palestinian and Jewish, organizing in support of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) issued a statement today expressing their solidarity with Australian BDS activists facing severe state repression. The full statement is below. Kim Bullimore reported for The Electronic Intifada on…
Syria News – August 12, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet August 12, 2011 – Aleppo: 3 martyrs are confirmed in Aleppo today, their names are:Zaher Al-Ali,Muhammad Hammam Bin Hussain, Hussain Al-Bably .Damascus Suburbs: Douma: 5 people were killed by bullets of the securityforces, one of them is a 16 years old child, and one woman. Name of martyrs killed today in Douma:1. Khalid Slaik,2. Bassam At-Toukhy, 3. Fatima…
Why boycott Israel?
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – …The BDS movement can be summed up as the struggle against Israeli colonisation, occupation and apartheid. BDS is a rights-based strategy to be pursued until Israel meets its obligation to recognise the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and complies with the requirements of international law. Within this framework, the academic and cultural boycott…
Military Resistance: 9H7 Operation Just Cause
Uruknet August 12, 2011 – Meanwhile, more details emerged about the killing of Mark Duggan by police in North London-the initial spark that set off the unrest. An independent commission said there was no evidence Mr. Duggan fired at police before being shot fatally by an officer in the chest. The incident occurred after officers stopped a silver minivan…
A Legitimate Target.
Uruknet August 12, 2011 – Reporters taken to mass funeral in Libyan town, nearby hospital, CNN, August 10 . Libyan government officials said the mass funeral witnessed by foreign journalists Tuesday in the village of Majer accounted for a fraction of the people killed by a series of deadly airstrikes late Monday night. “Eighty-five Libyan civilians, including 33 children, 20…
Iraq snapshot – August 12, 2011
Uruknet August 12, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, the US Army releases data on military suicides, Nouri and State Of Law object to something they previously agreed to (twice), the AFL-CIO pulls a fake out, and more….Despite the March 7, 2010 election being seen as a rejection of Nouri — whose slate came in second despite all of the…
International Law and the War on Terror
Uruknet August 12, 2011 – …While prisoners at Guantanamo attracted the most attention, more than 100 times as many prisoners have been held at prisons in Iraq, with fewer legal rights and more reports of severe mistreatment and torture. Over 100,000 prisoners passed through the American-run detention system in Iraq with no formal way to challenge their detention.35 The…
Palestine – Four actions: Please take at least two of them
Uruknet August 12, 2011 – Action 1: Join us Saturday 10 AM Palestine Ramadan Time in Al-Walaja as villagers continue to see their lands destroyed. Last Wednesday at 8 AM, some 60-80 human rights advocates marched with drums and chants to the sites inside Al-Walaja al-Jadia (the new Al-Walaja) where the Israeli occupation forces are uprooting trees and destroying…
Iraqi PM al-Maliki expresses support for Assad
Uruknet August 12, 2011 – As leaders in the Arab world and other countries condemn President Bashar al-Assad’s violent crackdown on demonstrators in Syria, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq has struck a far friendlier tone, urging the protesters not to “sabotage” the state and hosting an official Syrian delegation. Mr. Maliki’s support for Mr. Assad has illustrated…
Syrian forces kill 20 protesters after Friday prayers
Uruknet August 12, 2011- Syrian forces shot dead at least 20 protesters Friday, activists said, as tens of thousands demanded the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, chanting “we will kneel only to God.” Defiant protest marches unfolded across the country despite a military crackdown that has intensified since the beginning of the fasting month of Ramadan, triggering sanctions and…
Shi’ite Opposition to Boycott Bahrain Election
Uruknet August 12, 2011 – Bahrain’s main Shiite opposition party will boycott next month’s by-elections to replace MPs who resigned in protest against a crackdown on demonstrators, a party official said Friday. The party, Al-Wefaq, “has decided to boycott the by-elections” September 24 to replace its 18 MPs who walked out in February, shortly after a month-long anti-government protest…
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04- 10 Aug. 2011)
Uruknet August 12, 2011 – Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (04 – 10 August 2011): Shooting: During the reporting period, a Palestinian woman and two activists of the Palestinian resistance were wounded by IOF in the Gaza Strip. On 09 August 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned at the border…
Life In An Age Of Looting: “Some will rob you with a sixgun and some with a fountain pen”
Uruknet August 12, 2011 – As the poor of Britain rise in a fury of inchoate rage and stock exchanges worldwide experience manic upswings and panicked swoons, the financial elite (and their political operatives) are arrayed in a defensive posture, even as they continue their global-wide, full-spectrum offensive vis-a’-vie The Shock Doctrine. Concurrently, corporate mass media types fret over…
Videos : Libya – Majer Massacre (Warning : graphic)
Uruknet August 12, 2011 – On August 8 and 9, NATO’s air-strikes at Majer killed 85 people, including 33 children, 32 women and 20 men….
Our Troops do NOT Protect Our Freedom and We Should Stop Thanking Them for Doing So
Uruknet August 12, 2011 – Let’s make one thing crystal clear, no member of the US military contributes in any way whatsoever to protecting the freedoms of the American people. As a matter of fact, they are more likely to turn their weapons on you than they are to defend your Constitutional rights. The only people on this planet…
Kurdish rebels claim attack on gas pipeline
Daily Star 13 Aug 2011 Kurdish rebels on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack on a pipeline in eastern Turkey that has cut off Iranian gas shipments to Turkey.
5 Iraqis killed in bombings, shooting
Daily Star 13 Aug 2011 Bombings and shootings, including an attack near cafes and ice cream shops, killed five Iraqis and wounded 14 in the capital and a western town, officials said Saturday.
Israel army plants new mines along Syria border
Daily Star 13 Aug 2011 Israel’s army is planting new land mines along its border with Syria in an attempt to dissuade protesters from rushing into the Golan Heights, according to a report in an Israeli military magazine.
Ex-Gadhafi colonel says regime crumbling
Daily Star 13 Aug 2011 An imprisoned Libyan army colonel who surrendered to the rebel forces two months ago told AFP on Saturday that Moamer Gadhafi’s regime is riven with division and in the process of collapse.
Parts of STL indictment dealing with Murr, Hamadeh cases out shortly: source
Daily Star 13 Aug 2011 The STL is to release information of parts of its indictment dealing with the attempted assassinations of ex-Deputy Prime Minister Elias Murr and MP Marwan Hamadeh within the month, judicial sources told The Daily Star.
Five inmates escape Lebanon’s Roumieh prison
Daily Star 13 Aug 2011 Five prisoners of different nationalities managed to escape the maximum-security Roumieh prison complex, northeast of Beirut Saturday.
Hamas in Gaza announces compromise on US aid
Daily Star 13 Aug 2011 The Palestinian movement Hamas and the US Agency for International Development have reached a compromise to maintain the flow of aid, a senior Hamas official said Saturday.
Libya slams UN chief over civilian deaths comments
Daily Star 13 Aug 2011 Libya on Saturday accused UN chief Ban Ki-moon of playing with words after he acknowledged NATO efforts to avoid civilian casualties a day after urging restraint over “unacceptably” high deaths.
Aridi meets Hezbollah chief Nasrallah
Daily Star 13 Aug 2011 The head of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, met with Public Works and Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi over the weekend.
Four grenades found near Sunday Market in Beirut suburb
Daily Star 13 Aug 2011 BEIRUT: Four grenades were discovered near the Sunday Market in the Sin el-Fil area of Beirut over the weekend and are being examined to see whether they are operational.
U.N. to discuss Syria after latest crackdown
Daily Star 13 Aug 2011 The UN Security Council is to discuss human rights and the humanitarian emergency in Syria after at least 16 people were killed as thousands of protesters rallied after Ramadan weekly prayers.
Protesters’ rage reaches climax
Daily Star 12 Aug 2011 Tens of thousands of Syrian protesters shouted for President Bashar Assad’s death Friday in a dramatic escalation of their rage and frustration, defying bullets and rooftop snipers after more than a week of intensified military assaults…
Rai’s nephew crushed to death by falling bulldozer
Daily Star 12 Aug 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai’s nephew was killed Friday in a construction accident, according to the National News Agency.
Higher Defense Council responds to security incidents amid skepticism
Daily Star 12 Aug 2011 The Higher Defense Council agreed during an extraordinary meeting Friday to beef up security measures across Lebanon following a series of incidents that raised fears about the country’s security amid deep political divisions between the March…
Cabinet cracks appear over power-plant law
Daily Star 12 Aug 2011 A heated debate during a Parliament session Wednesday over a draft law to allocate $1.2 billion to the Energy Ministry to build 700 megawatt power plants has shown cracks in the 2-month-old government of Prime Minister…
Daouk hopes to see speedy action on media law
Daily Star 12 Aug 2011 Information Minister Walid Daouk is hoping that deliberations over a new and modern media law will not drag any longer so as to catch up with the unceasing progress witnessed in the media sector worldwide.
Hariri: Addressing Hezbollah’s arms essential to restart national dialogue
Daily Star 12 Aug 2011 President Michel Sleiman’s proposal that the national dialogue should address current controversial issues would not lead to progress, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Friday.
STL delegation informs Hawi’s family of link to Hariri killing
Daily Star 12 Aug 2011 The U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon Friday informed the family of slain former Lebanese Communist Party leader George Hawi of a link between his case and the killing of statesman Rafik Hariri.
Popular Struggle Continues in First Week of Ramadan
Stop The Wall – Aug 13, 2011— Ramadan began on the first day of August with Israeli violence in the West Bank. On the first holy Friday of the month, weekly village protests were held in addition even more demonstrations. Seemingly eclipsed in international media by protests in Israel against spending cuts, popular resistance against the Occupation has not paused, despite this holy month of fasting and internal reflection. [
Over 70,000 protest in Israel’s periphery
YNet News, 13 Aug 2011 – Priphery joins social protest: More than 70,000 people on Saturday evening attended protests against the cost of living and soaring housing prices in the southern city of … ….
Marriage proposal gone wrong: Ring falls off cliff
YNet News, 13 Aug 2011 – An unfortunate tale of love and loss: After three and a half years of dating, M., a 30-year-old Tel Aviv man, has decided that the time has come to tie the knot. He … ….
2 cyclists killed, 5 injured in vehicle crash
YNet News, 13 Aug 2011 – “I hit some people, I may have killed a few,” an 18-year-old driver, who killed two cyclists with his car Saturday morning, said when called the police emergency hotline … ….
Periphery prepares for mass protests
YNet News, 13 Aug 2011 – Social protest moves to periphery: Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend rallies against the cost of living and soaring housing prices in the southern city … ….
Livni blames PM for Palestinian UN bid
YNet News, 13 Aug 2011 – Israeli officials on Saturday responded coldly to the Palestinians’ announcement that they are planning to apply for UN recognition of an independent state on September … ….
Palestinians set date for UN statehood bid
YNet News, 13 Aug 2011 – The Palestinians will present their bid for membership of the United Nations on September 20, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki told AFP on Saturday. … ….
US suspends work of aid groups in Gaza
YNet News, 13 Aug 2011 – American official says USAID-funded partner organizations operating in Strip….
Turkey gives Syria ultimatum to stop violence
YNet News, 13 Aug 2011 – President Gul sends President Assad letter demanding immediate cessation of all….
US alarmed over al Qaeda poison threat
YNet News, 13 Aug 2011 – Yemenite terrorist arm’s attempts to produce deadly ricin poison to be used in….
Report: Iran to fund Syrian army base
YNet News, 13 Aug 2011 – Islamic Republic to finance Latakia military base designed as arms supply route….
Dozens injured as IOF suppresses West Bank demonstrations
PIC – Israeli occupation forces used tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets to suppress unarmed demonstrations across the West Bank on Friday.
PA security officials meet in-camera with American counterparts
PIC – US security officials held a secret meeting in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority security leaders to discuss security developments, the Hebrew radio reported on Saturday.
Gaza foreign minister denies USAID froze operations in the Strip
PIC – Gaza Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed Awad has denied media reports that the USAID has frozen operations of the institutions it funds in the Gaza Strip.
Egyptian FM: Building new housing units in OJ “big crime”
PIC – Egyptian foreign minister Mohammed Kamel Amr said that what Israel was doing in occupied Jerusalem was provoking the feelings not only of Palestinians but of all Arabs and Muslims.
Al-Quds Brigades warns of possible Israeli aggression
PIC – Al-Quds Brigades warned that Israel could once again target its leaders after Israeli war minister Ehud Barak made accusations of missiles being fired by the Brigades from the Gaza Strip.
Yousef: Netanyahu obstructed Shalit deal
PIC – MP Hassan Yousef, a Hamas leader in the West Bank, has charged Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu with obstructing the prisoners’ exchange deal after it reached an advanced stage.
Abu Marzouk: Any premier should be nationally agreed upon
PIC – Deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau Moussa Abu Marzouk said there would be no new government unless its premier receives a national consensus.
Palestinian shepherd severely injured in landmine blast north of Jordan Valley
PIC – A Palestinian shepherd sustained moderate to severe injuries on Friday when an Israeli landmine exploded at him as he was grazing sheep in the northern part of Jordan Valley east of Tubas city.
Largest ever Gaza convoy next December
PIC – A pro-Palestinian organization in Britain has announced that the largest ever siege-busting convoy would head to Gaza by the end of 2011.
Israeli soldiers torch dozens of olive trees in W. Bank village
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) set fire to dozens of fruitful olive trees, some of them perennials, in Kafr Kadum village, Qalqiliya city.
UNRWA closes Jenin offices
PIC – 13/08/2011 – 08:47 AM
Russia slams Israeli decision to build new housing units in O. Jerusalem
PIC – 13/08/2011 – 09:29 AM
European Unrest: Entirely Staged Political Theatre
Intifada-Palestine: 13 Aug 2011 – By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor / Veterans Today “Blacks and Paki” Rioters Looking More and More Like EDL/Zionist Auxilliaries The current civil unrest in Britain has been carefully staged by the government and security services working in concert with news media, Israeli… more
NATO’S Massacre at Majer, Libya
Intifada-Palestine: 13 Aug 2011 – By FRANKLIN LAMB Majer, Libya . Located about 20 miles east of the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, six miles south of Zliten, and off Libya’s southern coast across the Mediterranean from Rome, Majer was a picturesque village known for the… more
NATO’s puppet regime in Libya falls apart
WSWS – The intrigues and infighting in Benghazi following the murder of General Younis are not only an indictment of NATO, but of the various liberals and pseudo-radicals that have acted as cheerleaders for its military intervention in Libya.
NATO allows Libyan refugees to drown in the Mediterranean
WSWS – NATO has allowed hundreds of refugees from Libya war to drown at sea.
Israel’s foreign policy linked to its growing social inequality
WSWS – One of the key factors underlying social inequality in Israel is the economic cost of suppressing the population in neighbouring Middle Eastern countries, in alliance with US imperialism.
Jenin Theatre says raids and arrests show that Israel’s only methods involve violence and terror
Mondoweiss – This is an open letter from representatives of the international volunteers and staff members, the friends, supporters and foundation of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin to the Israeli security apparatus including the Shabak, the IDF and Israeli Police. After the attack on The Freedom Theatre’s office…
South African airport put on lockdown for Israeli delegation’s arrival
Mondoweiss – Last week South African Students issue a Joint Student Statement denouncing Israeli Apartheid and announcing the rejection of a mission of Israelis coming to their universities to work on Israel’s image. Those Israeli image makers arrived to an unwelcome reception: Kairos South Africa reports: Johannesburg’s international…
In ’77, ‘Time’ openly questioned military aid to Israel
Mondoweiss – This is so last century. Check out Time Magazine in 1977 getting down and dirty with Israel over weapons manufacturing. ‘Unique relationship showing strains’ ‘U.S. decides to reduce massive military aid to Israel, hoping to press Jerusalem peace negotiations’ ‘Washington convinced Israel has more sophisticated equipment…
Mondoweiss – Color me surprised. I’ve been following I/P for a few years but this is the first time I’ve ever heard a Palestinian initiative to replace Israeli occupation forces with NATO troops under US control, although I’ve thought about it. Wouldn’t this amount to NATO protecting Palestinians…
‘Atlantic’ writer admits she knocked Joe Sacco’s Gaza book out of deserved place on top-10 list out of fear of ‘polarizing’
Mondoweiss – This is disturbing. Kirstin Butler just wrote a wrapup of her favorite “Comic Books as Journalism: 10 Masterpieces of Graphic Non-Fiction” for the Atlantic. The commenters then asked, where’s Joe Sacco’s book, Footnotes in Gaza ? And Butler jumps into the Comments, here: “You guys are right—I…
Abusisi: Hamas’ Nuclear Bombmaker
Tikun Olam – Abusisi’s Hamas atom bomb design and signed confession. Caption: ‘Atom bomb (very dangerous, to kill Jews!). I confess that I designed this. March 8 2011′ Haaretz, Maariv and Yediot all agree that Dirar Abusisi is Hamas’ chief rocket designer and the mastermind behind every missile that…
One Palestinian Arrested and Beaten at Beit Ommar Demonstration
Palestine Solidarity Project 13 Aug 2011 – 13th August: Around 40 demonstrators — comprising residents of the village of Beit Ommar, and Israeli and international activists — gathered for a demonstration against the illegal Karmei Tsur settlement. The demonstrators, carrying flags and banners commemorating the anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on…
Time to de-legitimise the Assad regime
Middle East Monitor 13 Aug 2011 – It should be clear by now that the killings in the streets of Syria at the hands of the sectarian Assad regime have eliminated any possibility for any future modus vivendi between the people of Syria and their murderous government. On Assad’s orders, his henchmen have…
Syria hospitals ‘hit by attacks’
BBC 13 Aug 2011 – A doctor in the Syrian city of Hama tells the BBC hospitals have been severely damaged or forced to close after government attacks.
Palestinians set for UN state bid
BBC 13 Aug 2011 – The Palestinian Authority says it will present its bid for statehood recognition when the UN General Assembly reconvenes in September.
Egypt ex-minister trial to resume
BBC 13 Aug 2011 – The trial of former Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al-Adly on charges of killing protesters during the country’s uprising is due to resume in Cairo.
Why boycott Israel?
Lisa Taraki and Mark LeVine, Al Jazeera8/13/2011
A founding member of the campaign for the academic and cultural boycott outlines the motivation behind the movement.
Author and history professor Mark LeVine speaks with sociologist Lisa Taraki, a co-founder of the Palestinian campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
Mark LeVine: What is the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” movement and how is it related to the academic and cultural boycott movement? How have both evolved in the past few years in terms of their goals and methods?
Lisa Taraki: The BDS movement can be summed up as the struggle against Israeli colonisation, occupation and apartheid. BDS is a rights-based strategy to be pursued until Israel meets its obligation to recognise the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and complies with the requirements of international law.
Within this framework, the academic and cultural boycott of Israel has gained considerable ground in the seven years since the launching of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) in 2004. The goals of the academic and cultural boycott call, as the aims of the Palestinian Civil Society Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions issued in 2005, have remained consistent: to end the colonisation of Palestinian lands occupied in 1967; to ensure full equality of Palestinian citizens of Israel and end the system of racial discrimination; and to realise the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
The logic of the BDS movement has also remained consistent. The basic logic of BDS is the logic of pressure, not diplomacy, persuasion, or dialogue. Diplomacy as a strategy for achieving Palestinian rights has proven to be futile, due to the protection and immunity Israel enjoys from hegemonic world powers and those in their orbit. more.. e-mail
Education and behaviour in Israel and Palestine
Lawrence Davidson, Redress8/14/2011
Over the last 10 years there have been periodic outbursts of rage over the alleged anti-Semitic nature of Palestinian textbooks. Most of these episodes have been instigated by an Israeli based organization called the Centre for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (also known as the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education).
According to Israeli journalist Akiva Eldar, the centre does sloppy work. It “routinely feeds the media with excerpts from ‘Palestinian’ textbooks that call for Israel’s annihilation … [without] bothering to point out that the texts quoted in fact come from Egypt and Jordan”. The centre’s conclusions have been corroborated only by other Israeli institutions such as Palestinian Media Watch.
Not surprisingly, almost all independent investigations of the same issue have come up with very different conclusions. Non-Zionist sources such as The Nation magazine, which published a report on Palestinian textbooks in 2001, the George Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, reporting in 2002, the Israel/Palestine Centre for Research and Information, reporting in 2004, and the US State Department Report of 2009 all found that Palestinian textbooks did not preach anti-Semitism. Nathan Brown, a professor of Political Science at George Washington University, who did his own study on the subject in 2000, set out the situation this way: Palestinian textbooks now in use, and which replaced older ones published in Egypt and Jordan, do not teach anti-Semitism. However, “they tell history from a Palestinian point of view”. It might very well be this fact that the Zionists cannot abide and purposefully mistake for anti-Semitism.
Here is another not very surprising fact. When it comes to choosing which set of reports to support, which set to take a public stand on, American politicians will almost always go with the Zionist versions…. — See also: Akiva Eldar: What Did You Study In School Today, Palestinian Child? and Academic claims Israeli school textbooks contain bias more.. e-mail
The people want a reset
Amira Hass, Haaretz, 10 Aug 2011, Israeli Occupation Archive8/12/2011
As the movement grows, some will continue to think and demand “justice” within the borders of one nation, at the expense of the other nation that lives in this land. Others will understand that this will never be a country of justice and welfare if it is not a state of all its citizens.
“Don’t talk about how unfortunate you are, talk about what your rights are,” Reuven Abergil reminded the people who came to the tent protest in Jerusalem’s Independence Park. That was on Sunday, a few hours after Abergil, a few women living in the tents and a number of social activists were arrested at a rally for public housing in front of the offices of Amidar, the public housing agency. They were released a few hours later.
The pensioners who demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Monday said the same thing that Abergil, a leader of the Israeli Black Panthers movement from the 1970s, told the Jerusalemites. At the protest tents with which we have been blessed, the demonstrators are re-interpreting every day the slogan “the people demand social justice.” And this resonates just as well as its progenitor in Arabic, “the people want the fall of the regime.” A humorous takeoff on the slogan, which rhymes in Hebrew, can now be found tacked to the trees on Rothschild Boulevard: “The silent majority wants a reset.”
The deeper you go into the meaning of the words “social justice,” the less that phrase seems slogan-like. It turns out to be flexible and dynamic. Every day it includes more and more people and groups, as well as more understandings and coalitions that a moment before seemed impossible; for example, protesters from Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood and Arabs from Jaffa in one group in the Tel Aviv demonstration with posters in Arabic and Hebrew. more.. e-mail
Revolts: The Predicament of Arab Intellectuals
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Aug 2011 – By Ali Younes – Ever since former Tunisian president Zinelabidine Bin Ali was deposed from power last January in a popular uprising in what has become known as the ‘Arab Spring’, the Arab world has been rolling with uprisings and revolts against its dictators with mixed results. While Tunis is still in a state of semi-controlled chaos and reeling from the aftershock of the collapse of the former regime; Egypt is suffering from gathering instability due to conflicting agendas of its different political groups. The uprisings in both Tunisia and Egypt were largely without the mass destruction and death currently taking place in Libya and Syria. While Arab intellectuals and writers supported and greeted the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt with overwhelming enthusiasm, the same could not be true when it comes to the uprisings in Libya and Syria. Public intellectuals in the Arab World are visibly divided over how to…more
Oslo’s Other Tragedy
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Aug 2011 – By Dallas Darling – Oslo’s ‘other’ tragedy had nothing to do with a homegrown killer, one who had became mesmerized with extremist views and images shown in the global mass media, and one who had internalized a fearful, manipulative, impulsive, and militant “market place” of reactionary ideas. Instead, Oslo’s other tragedy had to do with Norway’s Fafo Foundation, a group of researchers and human rights activists concerned for, and involved in, international peace, particularly in the Middle East. In 1993, Fafo attempted to end decades of hate, of retaliatory killings, of apartheid, and a half-century of collective punishments and collective injustices against millions of innocent Palestinian civilians. But because of the United States and its pro-Israeli lobbying groups, the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government or Declaration of Principles, also known as the Oslo Peace Accords, were far from what their “official” titles proclaimed. In the first direct, face-to-face agreement between…more
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