Apartheid State Update

Whom the terrorists kill:

Ten days after he was killed in a terrorist infiltration incident, a daughter was born to Sgt.-Maj. Baynesain Kasahun, 39, from Netivot. After giving birth at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, his widow Galaito said while holding her daughter: “I forgot about the pain of childbirth and only felt pain for him.”

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Kasahun was a combat soldier in the Gaza Division’s northern brigade and was killed in the incident in which terrorists infiltrated an area near Kibbutz Nir Am and fired an anti-tank missile at the troops.

Three other soldiers were also killed in the incident: Col. Dolev Kidar, 38, from Modi’in, Sgt. Nadav Goldmacher, 23, from Be’er Sheva and Second lieutenant Yuval Heiman, 21, from Efrat.

“It was an easy birth and that would have made him happy. He had been waiting for this birth,” Kasahun, 34, told Ynet. It tore me up that I couldn’t call him or text him. It’s unfathomable.”

The last time they spoke was the night before he was killed. “You think it will never happen and then comes that moment when you get the message. Every day that goes by without a phone call from him and without hearing his voice makes me understand that it really happened.”

“I don’t know how to go on from here. It will be difficult. Nothing can fill the void, the gap that has been created. But God willing it will be fine.”

She’s right on both counts: it’s unfathomable; and, God willing, it will be fine.

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Bulldog of the Press?

Or turtle?

International press in Gaza has hardly reported on how Hamas operates in this round of fighting and photos or video of Hamas fighters from recent weeks are rare, the reason for which became apparent this week as several journalists reported being threatened and even expelled from Gaza for reporting the terrorist organization uses civilian sites to attack Israel.

Reporters from Italy and the US corroborated the IDF’s explanation for explosions near Shifa Hospital and by a playground in Shati on Tuesday, that it was a result of rockets misfired by Gazan terrorists.

However, one altered his report and another waited to leave Gaza because he feared retribution from Hamas.

Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati tweeted a photo on Tuesday as he went through the Erez crossing into Israel.

Barbati then he tweeted the following in Italian and English: “Out of Gaza far from Hamas retaliation: Misfired rocket killed children [yesterday] in Shati. Witness: militants rushed and cleared debris.”

He followed that tweet with another: “@IDFSpokesperson said truth in communique released yesterday about Shati camp massacre. It was not Israel behind it.”

The Wall Street Journal’s Middle East Correspondent based in Egypt Tamer El-Ghobashy tweeted a photo of rubble with the explanation: “An outside wall on the campus of Gaza’s main hospital was hit by a strike. Low level damage suggest Hamas misfire.”

Soon after, El-Ghobashy deleted the tweet, similar to his Wall Street Journal colleague Nick Casey, who tweeted a photo of a Hamas official using Shifa hospital for media appearances last week and then deleted it.

El-Ghobashy then replaced the same tweet with the same photo and the text: “The outer wall of Gaza City’s main hospital was struck. Unclear what the origin of the projectile is.”

The French newspaper Liberation published an article last week detailing how Hamas interrogated French-Palestinian journalist Radjaa Abu Dagga and threatened to throw him out of Gaza – all in Shifa hospital. The article was later removed at Abu Dagga’s request.

Pro-Palestinian activists and journalists, including Fadi Arouri from Al-Ayyam, reported on Wednesday that RT (formerly Russia Today) correspondent Harry Fear was told to leave Gaza after he tweeted about Hamas rockets being fired into Israel from near his hotel.

In another tweet from last week, Fear called Al-Wafa hospital “the hospital with human shields.”

Reporters Without Borders confirmed to Liberation that many journalists reported being threatened by Hamas, though the organization’s website criticizes Israel.

Love that “THOUGH”. Hamass is threatening to kneecap anyone with a steno pad, but RSF blames Israel. Dinks. Megadinks.

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Belgian Doc Expresses Hypocratic Oath

Or is it Hypocritic Oath™? Antisemitic oath? What kind of medicine to they practice in Belgium?

ANTWERP, Belgium – A Belgian physician who refused to treat a Jewish woman with a fractured rib suggested she visit Gaza to get rid of the pain.

The physician made the remark on Wednesday while manning a medical hotline in Flanders, Belgium’s Flemish region, whose capital, Antwerp, has a sizeable Orthodox Jewish population, the local Jewish monthly Joods Actueel reported Thursday.

“I’m not coming,” the doctor reportedly told the son and hung up. When the son called again, the doctor said: “Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she’ll get rid of the pain.” According to Joods Actueel, the doctor confirmed the exchange, saying he had an “emotional reaction.”

Health ministry officials were looking into the incident, according to the monthly’s online edition. According to Joods Actueel, the doctor knew the patient was Jewish because of Klein’s son’s American accent.

The family called a friend, Samuel Markowitz, who is an alderman of the Antwerp district council and a volunteer paramedic. He called the doctor to confirm the exchange, and also recorded their conversation.

Hershy Taffel, Bertha Klein’s grandson, filed a complaint with police for discrimination.

“It reminds me of what happened in Europe 70 years ago,” Taffel told Joods Actueel. “I never thought those days would once again be repeated.”

Joods Actueel editor-in-chief Michael Freilich said the incident is particularly alarming because it comes amid a string of recent incidents which involved boycotts against Jews in Belgium since the start of Israel’s attack on Hamas in Gaza on July 8.

Since then, an Orthodox Jewish woman was refused service at a clothes store in Antwerp, and police removed a sign in French and Turkish from a café near Liege which said dogs were allowed but Zionists and Jews were not.

Europe is so much more civilized than the US, than Israel, and than Jews everywhere, right? Right Lefties? It is long past time to boycott Europe in its entirety. (And the next European who innocently asks me for directions is either getting the wrong information or an earful and no information.)

- Aggie

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Where’s Walid?

Let’s see, Arab terrorists use UN schools as weapons depots; they use those same schools as well as hospitals as firing ranges; they use people as young as babies as human shields….[UPDATE: They even blew up a donkey!]

Try not to let this story destroy your faith in Arab terrorists:

The IDF released video footage Thursday of a tunnel shaft in the basement of a mosque in the Gaza Strip. The tunnel, which is situated next to the mosque’s prayer room, extends in various directions and is connected to a larger tunnel network.

Weapons were also found at the site, according to the IDF.

In contrast, by declaring its intentions in advance, the IDF has made sitting ducks of its soldiers. See the booby-trapped tunnel yesterday that killed several and wounded dozens. Ninnies in the media bray about “disproportionate” force in this war, but if Israel acted in its own best interest, and not to please some higher power (the EU), more of their soldiers would be alive today.

PS: I don’t recall if we’ve said this explicitly, but Aggie and I send our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the fallen soldiers. Their cause is great and just, but their loss is no less devastating. You are in our thoughts every day.

PPS: Speaking of “disproportionate”, Mr. Zee made a good point in a comment earlier. Did people complain abut the “disproportionate” number (over a thousand) of convicted terrorists and criminals Israel had to spring in order to secure the return of the kidnapped Gilad Shalit?

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What Do Americans Know That Their Leaders Don’t Know?

Plenty:

Fifty-nine percent (59%) believe there is a global conflict between the Muslim world and Western civilization. Seventeen percent (17%) disagree, but 24% are not sure. These findings are consistent with earlier surveying.

Count me, and any sentient being, among the 59%. If you asked that question in the Muslim world I’m certain the percentage who agreed would be even higher. In any continent not covered with an ice sheet there is a significant, often bloody, conflict between the Muslim world and Western civilization (dare I write just civilization).

Among our other insights:

Many hoped that the “Arab Spring” protests that began three years ago would lead to a new era of democracy in a number of Islamic countries, but U.S. voters now see that as increasingly unlikely and think the changes there have been bad for America.

[J]ust 27% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror. That’s down eight points from 35% in April and 47% a year ago.

[J]ust 44% now think the United States is too involved in the Middle East, down from 54% last October. Twenty-one percent (21%) say we are not involved enough in that region, an 11-point jump from 10% in the last survey.

Considering what counts for “involvement” with the Obama regime, I’m afraid I can’t agree with my countrymen. Butt out of Israeli affairs. Let them win.

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It’s There if You Want to Find It

And you’re telling me Lois Lerner’s emails are lost forever? What do you think I am, an a**hole?

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Sitting incongruously among the hangars and laboratories of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is the squat facade of an old McDonald’s. You won’t get a burger there, though — its cash registers and soft-serve machines have given way to old tape drives and modern computers run by a rogue team of hacker engineers who’ve rechristened the place McMoon’s. These self-described techno-archaeologists have been on a mission to recover and digitize forgotten photos taken in the ’60s by a quintet of scuttled lunar satellites.

The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) has since 2007 brought some 2,000 pictures back from 1,500 analog data tapes. They contain the first high-resolution photographs ever taken from behind the lunar horizon, including the first photo of an earthrise (first slide above). Thanks to the technical savvy and DIY engineering of the team at LOIRP, it’s being seen at a higher resolution than was ever previously possible.

“We’re reaching back to a capability that existed but couldn’t be touched back when it was created,” says Keith Cowing, co-lead and founding member at LOIRP. “It’s like having a DVD in 1966, you can’t play it. We had resolution of the Earth of about a kilometer [per pixel]. This is an image taken a quarter of a f***king million miles away in 1966. The Beatles were warming up to play Shea Stadium at the moment it was being taken.”

In 1966 Lois Lerner would have been joining the local chapter of SDS, I believe.

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The Wrong Sort of Jews

Jews across Europe are under siege by skinheads and Muslims out for blood.

Europe responds:

The French government is seeking to disband a militant Jewish group involved in recent clashes with pro-Palestinian activists during rallies against the Gaza offensive which turned violent, a source told AFP Thursday.

News of the mooted ban came as France’s main Jewish group prepared to stage a pro-Israel gathering in Paris, in response to weeks of protests marred by clashes, arrests and anti-Semitism.

Synagogues and Jewish-owned shops have been attacked by Muslim and left-wing extremists in Paris, prompting bans on protests as authorities have struggled to get to grips with the anti-Semitic surge. In one particularly severe incident, a mob of Muslim rioters attempted to storm a synagogue in an attack likened to “Kristallnacht” by one French Jewish community leader.

During that incident outside the Yitzhak Abarbanel synagogue, members of the Ligue de Defense Juive (LDJ) and other Jewish youths clashed with Islamists in an attempt to defend it.

French far-left and Muslim leaders have been calling for action against the LDJ, with the French Muslim council branding it “an extremist, racist and violent association.”

Establishment leaders of France’s half-million strong Jewish community have clearly distanced themselves from the LDJ, insisting it has not been asked to defend French synagogues.

Anti-Semitism in France has skyrocketed in recent years, prompting a mass-exodus of French Jews, primarily to Israel. 1% of the entire French Jewish community is expected to make aliyah in 2014.

The Jewish Defense League and Meir Kahane were not to everyone’s taste. But it’s now taken as fact that Kahane’s assassination was one of Al Qaeda’s earliest acts. And who would you rather see turn up if a pack of Islamist goons descended on your synagogue with torches and pitchforks—the Jewish Defense League or the ObamaCare Pajama Boy?

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Patronizin’, Degradin’, Grandstandin’

This ain’t right:

“There’s a loophole in the tax code that lets a small but growing group of corporations leave the country; they declare themselves no longer American companies just to get out of paying their fair share of taxes — even though most of their operations are here,” Obama explained in his normal tone.

Then, things just got weird.

“It hurts our country’s finances, and it adds to the deficit and sticks you with the tab — because if they’re not paying their share and stashing [-in'] their money offshore, you don’t have that option,” Obama said of the tax trick. “It ain’t right. Not only is it not right, it ain’t right. It ain’t right. I hope everybody is clear on the distinction. There are some things are not right. And then there’s some things that just ain’t right. And this ain’t right.”

It was as if Chris Rock’s character Mays Gilliam from “Head of State” was trapped in President Obama’s body on stage in Kansas City.

President Obama mimicking [-in'] and mingling [-in'] with celebrities while the crises at the southern border and abroad ensue? “That ain’t right,” our lawmakers might say.

Never mind that the US has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. That to pay such usurious rates voluntarily is not in the interest of the shareholders or the clients of any business. Payin’ taxes is patriotic didn’ you know?

But he weren’t done:

I am repulsed by his faux populism, but let me quote someone else on the subject:

Samuel L. Jackson has blasted Barack Obama for ‘promoting mediocrity’ in the United States by ‘dumbing down’ the way he speaks to ordinary Americans.

In an expletive-filled tirade about – of all things – grammar, Jackson told the President to ‘be f*****g presidential.’

The Holywood legend, who publicly backed Obama in 2008 and 2012, questioned why the Harvard-educated former law professor chooses to drop the letter ‘g’ from the end of his words.

‘First of all, we know it ain’t because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to “relate.”
‘Be a leader. Be f******g presidential. Look, I grew up in a society where I could say “It ain’t” or “What it be” to my friends.

‘But when I’m out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family who cared about me, who has a well-read background, I f*****g conjugate’.

What’s that, Jesse? You don’t like it either? Speak up:

Not everyone’s a critic, however:

[Reid] was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” as he said privately. Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama’s race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination.

Reid had to apologize, but he was right on all counts. And boy does Obama want to have a dialect now, be it “Negro” or “dumbed down”.

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The Only Way to Fly…to Israel

Aggie:

Just so you know not everything British sucks:

After a brief period during which several international airlines cancelled flights to Israel over rocket attack fears, flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport have largely returned to normal now.

In hindsight the episode may feel like a minor blip, but had Israel not convinced the airlines in questions – and most notably the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which prevented all US airlines from flying for several days – that they were overreacting, the Israeli economy could have taken a much harder hit.

With that in mind activists from the Bnei Akiva religious-Zionist youth movement have taken it upon themselves to thank one of the few major European airlines which carried on flying to and from the Jewish state, even as others would not.

Activists presented roses and letters of appreciation to British Airways crew members as they landed in Ben Gurion, to the obvious delight of pilots and other flight staff.

“We will be giving every single crew member an individually-wrapped rose, coming from the love of our chanichim (members) and from our alumni around the world, showing our appreciation for them coming and supporting Israel during this difficult time,” said Daniel Winer, a member of World Bnei Akiva.

Here’s someone who won’t be giving BA staff a rose, however:

In a recent TV interview, Osama Hamdan, top Hamas representative in Lebanon and a member of the Hamas political bureau, said:

The Israelis concentrate on killing children. I believe that this is engraved in the historical Zionist and Jewish mentality, which has become addicted to the killing of women and children.

We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians, in order to mix their blood in their holy matzos. This is not a figment of imagination or something taken from a film. It is a fact, acknowledged by their own books and by historical evidence. It happened everywhere, here and there.

I thought the crackers with the cheese plate on my recent British Airways flight had a funny taste.

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UN Clinic Booby Trapped, Killing 3 IDF Soldiers

Not only do they need to eliminate tunnels, the UN must leave Gaza

Three IDF soldiers were killed on Wednesday in Gaza in an explosion at a booby-trapped UNRWA health clinic that housed the opening of a tunnel, the IDF’s Gaza Division commander, Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein, said.

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The clinic had apparently been abandoned by its UN personnel. UNRWA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The army named the soldiers as Staff Sgt. Matan Gotlib, 21, of Rishon Lezion, Staff Sgt. Omer Chai, 21, of Savion, and Sgt. Guy Algranati, 20, of Tel Aviv.

The three soldiers, members of the elite Maglan unit, were taking precautionary measures in efforts to limit damage to the structure before eliminating the tunnel, when the explosives detonated in the small building.

The soldiers had sent in sniffing dogs and a small robot to minimize damage to the structure, located in Khan Yunis, but explosives rigged to the building detonated, toppling part of the building on top of the soldiers.

Fifteen soldiers were injured. IDF soldiers evacuating the wounded came under fire from Palestinian fighters. All of the fatalities and injured were eventually brought back to Israeli territory.

The deaths brought the toll of IDF soldiers killed since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge to 56.

“Once you enter such a clinic and you see the UNRWA sigh on it and you know there is a terror tunnel there, you know it’s a very very sensitive building, and you’re thinking of the not-terrorist Palestinians living there all around, and you’re trying not to harm this place,” Edelstein said.

The UN is a terrorist organization.

- Aggie

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We May Be A-Holes, But We Ain’t No…

I can’t say it, but while we’re on the subject of bodily orifices:

An email exchange released by a Republican-led House committee investigating scrutiny by Lerner’s unit of GOP political groups seeking tax-exempt status suggest she’s no fan of conservative talk radio.

“Well, you should hear the whacko wing of the GOP … The right-wing radio shows are scary to listen to,” read an email to Lerner from an unidentified sender in November 2012 as Congress was probing the matter.

“Great. Maybe we are through if there are that many a**holes,” Lerner replies.

“And I’m talking about the hosts of the shows. The callers are rabid,” another email to Lerner, apparently from the same person, shows.

“So we don’t need to worry about alien terrorists. It’s our own crazies that will take us down,” Lerner responds.

I don’t have a problem with the language. I hear it every day out and about, sometimes from flesh and blood. But I do have a problem with who said it. And what she could have done to my…orifice by any number of her jack-booted thugs. No wonder she tried to claw the files off her hard drive with her gnarled talons.

And it’s not just conservatives:

Emails uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee show that the State Department was involved in the IRS’s attempt to deny tax-exempt status to Z-Street, the pro-Israel organization founded and run by AT contributor Lori Lowenthal Marcus, based on Z-Street’s pro-Israel positions that conflicted with Obama administration policy. This is known as “viewpoint discrimination,” and is strictly illegal.

In an April 16, 2009 email, Treasury attache to the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Katherine Bauer sent IRS and Treasury colleagues a 1997 JTA News article sent to her by State Department foreign service officer Breeann McCusker. The subject was whether 501(c) groups buying land in Israel’s disputed territories were engaged in “possible violations of U.S. tax laws.” The article chronicles the controversy and whether “ideological activity” can “legally be financed with the help of U.S. [tax] dollars.”

“Thought you might find the below article of interest—looks like we’ve been down this road before,” Ms. Bauer wrote. “Although I believe you’ve said you can’t speak to on-going investigations, I thought it was worth flagging the 1997 investigation mentioned below for you if it can be of any use internally when looking for precedence [sic] for the current cases.” A Treasury spokesman declined comment on Ms. Bauer’s behalf.

The “current cases” would have been applications like Z Street’s in which Israel-related activity was apparently being scrutinized for its ideological and policy content. The government says Z Street got special scrutiny because it was focused in a region with a higher risk of terrorism, which is hard to believe and in any case doesn’t explain all of the IRS’s behavior.

It doesn’t cover, for instance, why one questionnaire we’ve seen from the IRS to another Jewish group applying for tax-exempt status asked, “Does your organization support the existence of the land of Israel?” and “Describe your organization’s religious belief system toward the land of Israel.” No matter the answers, they should not affect the processing of an application for 501(c) status. The State-IRS emails reveal a political motivation for IRS scrutiny that gives Z Street powerful evidence for its suit charging IRS bias.

This is now a scandal that involves a conspiracy between different departments of the federal government, strongly implying a coordinating effort senior to the Departments of State and Treasury. Which would be…the White House.

This is so incriminating that a full court press is being invoked to delay further discovery. The lawsuit filed by Z-Street in 2010 is the furthest along of any judicial inquiries into the IRS scandals. And the IRS is doing everything possible to slow it down:

On Monday the IRS filed an appeal of the judge’s decision denying its motion to dismiss Z Street’s case. The government says the action stops all discovery while the appeal is pending, a process that could take months or even years. By filing the appeal on the last possible day, the Justice Department is running out the clock on discovery during the remainder of the Administration.

This is a whole lot of effort to prevent discovery in a case that is not even seeking damages.

Maybe you believe this is nothing, or very little. Maybe you think nothing of an IRS Commissioner signing into the White House hundreds of times during the period in question. Maybe you think it was entirely normal for the revolutionary Tea Party spirit of 2010 to have evaporated into thin air by 2012. And maybe you think this “most transparent administration ever” contents itself with critics and alternate viewpoints. You can think that, it’s a free country.

But here in Literalville, we have a saying: whatever you’re smoking, I want some.

PS: And maybe you think that a regime that persecutes pro-Israel nonprofits and that insists on an armistice that leaves a genocidal gang of killers in power truly “has Israel’s back”. Lay off that [bleep], man. It’s scrambling your brain.

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Andy Griffith Beats Rachel Maddow

Now, that’s a pay-per-view I’d shell out for!

But it’s a figurative beating, not a literal one:

What’s most disconcerting for MSNBC might be its total day average among the news demo of adults 25-54. Dropping 33 percent from July 2013, it actually ranked below HLN by 16,000 viewers for No. 4 status.

To be sure, it wasn’t a particularly outstanding month for most of the networks. In primetime and total day, CNN, MSNBC and HLN all were off double digits in the targeted demographic compared to a year ago. FNC, which easily retains the top slot, had the benefit of being up a tick (2 percent) in primetime for an average 299,000 adults 25-54.

There also are individual races that proved more interesting than usual. In the morning, CNN’s New Day overtook MSNBC’s Morning Joe in the key demo, 93,000 to 79,000 viewers. At 5 p.m., FNC’s The Five hit its third month at No. 1 among total viewers across all of cable — beating Nickelodeon’s longtime vet and kid-pleaser SpongeBob SquarePants.

And in the evening, Rachel Maddow was only marginally improved from her lowest month ever in June, averaging 181,000 viewers in the key demo. (FNC’s Megyn Kelly, by contrast, enjoyed her second-highest-rated month since launch with an especially strong 386,000 adults 25-54.)

It’s also worth noting that Kelly and Maddow no longer see traditional news competition from CNN at 9 p.m. ET. Doc special The Sixties, which has been airing in the hour on Thursdays, has averaged 291,000 adults 25-54 over the course of its seven premiere telecasts. It now regularly outperforms Maddow.

That means Ozzie and Harriet—heck, Harriet by herself—kicks Maddow’s ass. Across this great nation of ours, almost 320 million strong, Maddow pulls the equivalent of Overland Park, Kansas to her show. She can’t even beat a series from half a century ago.

But then, America has taste. No aspersions intentionally cast, but if I want to look at a woman with a mannish haircut, I’m going to watch Andy’s squeeze, Helen Crump (Aneta Corsaut), over Rachel Maddow (Rachel Maddow) any day:

PS: I see Fox News Sunday beat Meet the Depressed too. They never should have gotten rid of Laurence Spivak. Talk about eye candy!

PPS: So what? MSNBC and CNN may trade places on the list of who’s the biggest joke, but Obama is still president. No wonder Maddow’s always smiling.

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