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They Ain’t Making Jews Like Dreyfus Anymore

You know, that Jean Marie Le Pen, he wasn’t such a bad guy:

From the window of his Paris home, Michel Ciardi can see into the waiting room of a government welfare agency where a predominantly Arab and African crowd awaits government checks.

A former communist, Ciardi once believed the scene at the agency was a necessary element of French efforts to help integrate new immigrants. But that changed in 2000 after the second Palestinian intifada triggered a massive increase in anti-Semitic violence, much of it committed by Arab and African immigrants.

The violence was enough to shift his political allegiance to the National Front, a far-right party long demonized by French Jews as anti-Semitic and a threat to republican values.

“I never considered voting National Front,” Ciardi told JTA. “But I realized you need to defend yourself, your community, society and country against those seeking to subdue us.”

To be fair, it’s not Le Pen père we’re talking about, but Le Pen fille:

French Jewry has long viewed the National Front as an enemy, an abominable vestige of the pro-Nazi Vichy state. But under the leadership of Marine Le Pen, the photogenic daughter of party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, a political provocateur convicted multiple times for hate speech and Holocaust denial, the party has tried to shed its image as decidedly outside the mainstream.

The younger Le Pen has aggressively courted Jewish voters by emphasizing its opposition to “the Islamization of France” and asserting that Jews have far more to fear from Arab anti-Semitism than from the racist rhetoric of some far-right activists.

Her strategy appears to be working.

A recently published survey of 1,095 self-identified Jews showed that the National Front had more than doubled its share of the Jewish vote in the 2012 presidential elections, earning 13.5 percent of Jewish support — a finding that has set off alarm bells among leaders of France’s major Jewish groups.

I wouldn’t worry. This ain’t her daddy’s National Front. Besides, ask Enoch Powell how it feels to be right ahead of your time:

Here is a decent, ordinary fellow-Englishman, who in broad daylight in my own town says to me, his Member of Parliament, that the country will not be worth living in for his children. I simply do not have the right to shrug my shoulders and think about something else. What he is saying, thousands and hundreds of thousands are saying and thinking – not throughout Great Britain, perhaps, but in the areas that are already undergoing the total transformation to which there is no parallel in a thousand years of English history.

We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancées whom they have never seen.

As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see “the River Tiber foaming with much blood”.

That speech, famously known as the “Rivers of Blood” speech, was delivered in 1968. Powell was reviled as a racist for decades thereafter. Until Woolwich.

And Jihadi John. Among several other incidents.

As Reagan’s Labor Secretary, Ray Donovan, famously quipped after his acquittal on charges of fraud, “Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?” Enoch Powell has since passed across the River Styx, “foaming with much blood”, his reputation very much intact. Jean Marie Le Pen will take a little more time.

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Les Juifs Sont Fait

Aggie sends along this link from the road:

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, reads Lady Liberty’s welcome. Every year since New York City’s founding, tens of thousands have crossed over the Atlantic to trade in their European chapeaux for American caps. This year, New York has increasingly become home to one particular population seeking American status: Jewish Frenchmen.

For this Jewish population, there are two main options when it comes to moving: the United States or Israel. While Israel feels more familiar to many of those seeking to migrate – it’s nearby and many already have Israeli passports — Mr. Kruzhkov notes that their businesses are often the key to determining a location.

“Israel is a small place, business opportunities are less, there is much more red tape.

The US is easier; it’s a great place to do business, less red tape.” Nonetheless, it is anti-Semitism, not business opportunities, that is driving the Jewish population out of France. “It’s no question, the driving force is the anti-Semitism, but the reason they are choosing the US is due to sound business reasons.”

For now, the families seem quite pleased with this decision. They look forward to visiting France as tourists. A client recently explained to Mr. Kruzhkov, “The reason to stay is family tradition? Okay, come back and visit then. If I feel nostalgic, I will come back and stay in a hotel.”

In a perfect world, Jews could live wherever they chose, and feel safe and happy with that choice. That is not this world, obviously. Thank God for Israel, and thank God for America. But two countries that fit the description is too few countries for my liking.

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Les Juifs Son Faits

Way to go, France! After Jean Marie Le Pen and andouillette sausage, you’ve finally given Israel something it can use.

France for the first time has become the country with the highest numbers of aliyah (immigration to Israel), according to the French office of the Jewish Agency for Israel on Friday.

“France is today the leading country for Jewish emigration to Israel. It has never been before,” said Ariel Kandel, who heads the French office of the agency.

Kandel cited figures from the Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorption showing that, as of August 31, a total of 4,566 Jews had left France for Israel this year.

The figure well outpaced Ukraine, which came in at second with 3,252 immigrants. Ukraine has been the site of great unrest since tensions flared in May, with violence often targeting the local Jewish community.

Ukraine is in the midst of a Russian invasion, peppered with civil war. And things are still worse in France.

Respect, mes amis.

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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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480 French Jews Move To Israel

In the middle of the war, 480 French Jews arrive in Israel

Three days after a mob surrounded a Parisian synagogue, trapping worshipers inside and leading to a brawl between pro-Palestinian demonstrators and members of the local Jewish community, hundreds of French immigrants arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Wednesday to start new lives in Israel.

Waving flags and chanting “Am Yisrael hai” (the nation of Israel lives), the 430 French olim filed past a sign for a bomb shelter into the Immigration and Absorption Ministry reception area to listen to welcoming speeches and, afterward, to get down to the bureaucratic business of filling out the paperwork to become Israeli citizens.

Many of them will be moving to areas of the country under the heaviest missile fire, including Ashdod and Ashkelon, Jewish Agency officials said. Despite the conflict, however, the immigrants appeared sanguine and unafraid.

The bombing “doesn’t bother me,” immigrant David Zafran explained. “The main thing is to be here.”

“It’s more dangerous for Jews in France,” agreed Jeremy Tawil, a Tel Aviv-bound Parisian. “I am not scared.
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I think that they probably are safer in Israel than in France. First of all, Israel is competent; they are capable of protecting them. And secondly, Israel wants to protect them. The French don’t seem especially interested.

– Aggie

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French Antisemites Attack Synagogue In Paris

3 Jews hospitalized, synagogue beseiged.

Dozens of young men protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza briefly besieged a Paris synagogue and clashed with security.

At least three Jews were taken to hospital as a result of the clashes the erupted on Sunday between the protesters and young Jewish men who guarded the Synagogue de la Roquette in Paris, a witness told JTA.

“The attackers splintered off an anti-Israel demonstration and advanced toward the synagogue when it was full,” Alain Azria, a French Jewish journalist who covered the event told JTA.

Azria said that when the men arrived at the synagogue, located at the 11th Arrodissement near Dare de Lyon, there were only five police officers guarding the place. The police blocked the entrance to the synagogue while close to 200 congregants were inside and as the protesters chanted anti-Semitic slogans and hurled objects at the synagogue and its guards, Azria said.

“They were determined to enter and the police did not have enough forces,” he said.

According to Azria, the mob was kept away by men from the SPCJ Jewish security unit, the Jewish Defense League and Beitar, who engaged the attackers in what turned into a street brawl.

“Thank God they were there because the protesters had murder on their minds and it took a while before police reinforcements arrived,” Azria added.

The attack at the Synagogue de la Roquette came on the heels of several anti-Semitic incidents that coincided with Israel’s offensive in Gaza, which began on July 8.

In one attack in Belleville north of the French capital, a firebomb was hurled at a synagogue, causing minor damage. In another attack, a man sprayed pepper spray on the face of a 17-year-old girl.

Does France deserve to be a country? What vile creatures they are. But thinking ahead, shouldn’t the French send all of their graven images (aka art) to the US for safekeeping? They are soon to be overrun by people who destroy art.

– Aggie

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Show Restraint, France.

Respect cultural differences.

French authorities say they foiled an Islamic terrorist plot reportedly targeting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant last year.

The revelation comes as the country unveiled new anti-terror rules which included a proposal to ban terror suspects from leaving the country if it is thought they intend to fight abroad, The Telegraph reported.

French authorities revealed they arrested a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in southern France June 2013, after they found coded messages between him and a high-ranking Al Qaeda member discussing how “to conduct jihad in the place you are currently,” according to Le Parisien.

The suspect, identified in the newspaper report as Ali M, reportedly said he would target French landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and “cultural events that take place in the south of France in which thousands of Christians gather for a month.”

The father of two reportedly had signaled his willingness to travel for training before returning to France to “await your instructions,” the Telegraph reported.

French police say they arrested him a month before he was to travel to Tunisia, and then Algeria for training.

“There are doubtless others on our soil programmed to harm French interests,” French anti-terror judge Marc Trevidic told Le Parisien.

The new legislation, which will be presented in parliament, will also force internet providers to block Islamic hate propaganda, and allow investigators to use pseudonyms while undercover on anti-jihadist sites, The Telegraph reported.

Hmm. Liberte, Fraternite, Egalite. What about the rights of the oppressed? Is it right for France to oppress its Muslim population this way?

– Aggie

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Hamburg-sur-Seine

They held a rally in Paris the other day for the three kidnapped Israeli kids. It was attacked, of course.

Yesterday, France; today, Germany:

An 83-year-old German man was assaulted while participating in a rally on Friday in Hamburg to raise awareness for the three abducted Israeli yeshiva students.

The assault was reported by the German Jewish news website Judische Allgemine that quoted Dieter Graumann, the President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, who condemned the attack on Monday.

“The fact that here in Germany such pure hatred of Israel culminates in assaults, is frightening and extremely worrying. We wish the injured a speedy recovery and trust that the authorities quickly identify the perpetrators and hold them accountable,” Graumann was quoted as saying.

The 83-year-old victim who was brought to hospital for treatment was pushed to the ground so violently that he suffered a head-wound and was unable to walk, according to the Judische Allgemeine.

When the victim’s daughter tried to help her father she was also kicked by the counter-demonstrators, according to the report.

To say that Europe has a problem is to state a proposition that is millennia old, and in no need of further proof.

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Being Jewish In France

They are bailing.

BTl touched on this below, and I’ve commented previously, but the media is finally covering this a little bit.

Increasing numbers of French Jews are leaving for Israel, citing dim economic prospects and a sense of being caught between an increasingly influential far right and militant Islam. More than 5,000 are on track to leave this year, the most since after the Six-Day War in 1967. [The AP refuses to mention the Jew hatred living in the French Left, but trust me, it's there. - Aggie]

Israel, seeing the influx as a success, is doubling down on its efforts to attract Europeans, planning to dedicate $29 million over two years to bring in new immigrants.

France has the world’s third-largest Jewish population after Israel and the United States – about 500,000, according to rough estimates. The country bans any official documentation of a person’s race, religion or ethnicity in a law with roots in French shame over its collaboration with the Nazis. [The more things change, the more they stay the same... plus ca change, right Frenchie? - Aggie]

Since World War II, France has redoubled efforts to make Jewish families feel welcome. But many say dramatic acts of anti-Semitism coupled with France’s stagnant economy — which includes a 25 percent youth unemployment rate, compared with 11 percent in Israel — make a hard choice easier.

Laurie Levy, 26, left in 2013. A native of the southern city of Toulouse, her departure came after attacks by a French-born Islamic radical on a Jewish school and soldiers left seven people dead, including three children and a rabbi. She has given up on a career in French law and left behind her parents and siblings.

In Tel Aviv, she no longer feels the need to hide the Star of David she wears around her neck. But there are other concerns: Her parents are unlikely to uproot themselves and she worries about their future back in France. They, in turn, worry about her, living alone in a different country.

“Life is beautiful here. You work. You go to the beach. You see your friends. You’re not afraid,” said Levy, who now works at an Israeli design firm. “The irony is that I am more concerned about them than they are about me.”

That she was able to switch fields and find a job is a demonstration of Israel’s economic allure. The country annually welcomes 1,000 French youths for a year abroad and 70 percent of them decide to stay in Israel, according to Ariel Kandel, who runs the Jewish Agency for Israel in Paris.

And then there’s the famous French sense of humor:

“I am not an anti-Semite,” French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala says with a devilish grin near the start of his hit show at this city’s Théâtre de la Main d’Or.

Then come the Jew jokes.

In front of a packed house, he apes Alain Jakubowicz, a French Jewish leader who calls the humor of Dieudonné tantamount to hate speech. While the comedian skewers Jakubowicz, Stars of David glow on screen and, as the audience guffaws, a soundtrack plays evoking the trains to Nazi death camps. In various other skits, he belittles the Holocaust, then mocks it as a gross exaggeration.

In a country where Jewish leaders are decrying the worst climate of anti-Semitism in decades, Dieudonné, a longtime comedian and erstwhile politician whose attacks on Jews have grown progressively worse, is a sign of the times. French authorities issued an effective ban on his latest show in January for inciting hate. So he reworked the material to get back on stage — cutting, for instance, one joke lamenting the lack of modern-day gas chambers.

Isn’t that hilarious?

But the Afro-French comedian, whose stage name is simply Dieudonné, managed to salvage other bits, including his signature “quenelle” salute. Across Europe, the downward-pointing arm gesture that looks like an inverted Nazi salute has now gone so viral that it has popped up on army bases, in parliaments, at weddings and at professional soccer matches. Neo-Nazis have used it in front of synagogues and Holocaust memorials. Earlier this year, bands of Dieudonné supporters flashed it during a street protest in Paris while shouting, “Jews, out of France!”

“Dieudonné is getting millions of views on his videos on the Internet and is spreading his quenelle,” said Roger Cukierman, president of the Council for Jewish Institutions in France. “Something very worrying is happening in France. This is not a good time for Jews.”

Look at the numbers:

A recent global survey by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League suggested that France now has the highest percentage in Western Europe — 37 percent — of people openly harboring anti-Semitic views. That compares with 8 percent in Britain, 20 percent in Italy and 27 percent in Germany.

Hey, all you libs that refused to visit South Africa during apartheid! Why are you vacationing in France? They are violent animals.

“I walked into my kosher sandwich shop the other day and the owner asked me, ‘Is it time to leave? Are we Nazi Germany yet?’?” said Shimon Samuels, the Paris-based international director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “We’ve got the National Front in first place. We’ve got Dieudonné, spreading his hate. So I told him, ‘Well, do you really want to be the last to go?’?”

Let’s listen to the children, something that all good Lefties encourage:

“We’ve been thinking about moving for a long time, but the climate was not as dangerous as it is now,” said Alain, 30, a medical equipment specialist who is moving to Israel in July with his wife and three children. He declined to give his last name out of fear for his family’s security.

Sitting at his modest dining-room table in eastern Paris, a set of moving boxes in the next room, he added: “It bothers me because this is not normal; this is not how I remember France when I was growing up.”

Two weeks ago, Alain said, he woke up to find his 13-year-old daughter, Michele, crying. After a recent attack on two Jewish boys not far from her school, she said she was too afraid to join her regular car pool. Instead, she demanded that he take her to school and pick her up, standing guard as she entered and exited each day. He has moved his work schedule around to accommodate her request.

Asked what she was scared of, Michele, an elegant French teenager in a fashionable black skirt and white T-shirt, looked down and said: “I’m afraid that what happened in Toulouse will happen at my school, too. .?.?. I hear what people say about Jews. And I am scared.”

And here’s a personal anecdote, something to help other Americans understand how this feels. My oldest kid attending a Jewish day school for one year. In the early spring, someone left a note threatening to kill the Jewish children. This was in an affluent suburb of Boston. We finished the year but didn’t return. I can guarantee you that Jewish parents in France are completely torn. How difficult it is to lose your language, job, culture, and everything that it familiar to you. But that is so much easier than losing a child.

– Aggie

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Ah, France!

Don’t you love those beautiful villages with the old stone buildings and the happy cows munching grass in the green fields? Prefer the wonders of Paris? The fabulous wine? The unending Jew hatred?

This article, which appears in today’s Wall Street Journal, was written by French scholars. Why in the world would a Jewish person ever choose to reside in France? You are not safe, your children are not safe, and your elderly relatives are not safe. What goes on there is barbaric.

I visited France a few months ago, after having avoided Europe since 1999. That was my last trip. What a cesspool:

Just ahead of last month’s European Parliament elections, which saw the rise of far-right and anti-Semitic parties, four people were murdered in the Jewish Museum of Brussels. The shootings underscored that, in addition to political extremism, Europe’s Jews also face the violent threat of jihadists.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a French Muslim, was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack. He appears to have been radicalized in prison, and is believed to have fought for Islamist rebels in Syria. Like Mohamed Merah, who murdered three soldiers, three Jewish children and a Rabbi two years ago in France, Mr. Nemmouche appears to have mixed gangsterism with radical Islam, anti-Semitism and hatred of the West.

With roughly 1,000 European fighters like Mr. Nemmouche estimated to be in Syria, European Union officials are working to devise better strategies for combating radicalization and detecting the movements of people to and from Syria.

But Europe’s Jews also face almost daily attacks—both verbal and physical. In France, home to Europe’s largest Jewish community of about 650,000, the situation is particularly severe, with 170 anti-Semitic acts reported by the Paris-based Jewish Community Protection Service (SPCJ) and the French Ministry of the Interior in the first trimester of 2014 alone. According to the French League of Human Rights, nearly 50% of all racist acts in France are anti-Semitic, even though Jews represent only 1% of the population.

In France, The Left, The Right, and the Muslims all join together in their hatred of Jews.

Such attacks take place in the context of an extremely charged public debate. French comedian Dieudonné has managed not only to popularize an openly anti-Semitic discourse, but to forge the most unlikely of alliances. Though his father is from Cameroon, Dieudonné has united behind him individuals from the extreme right such as Alain Soral, a self-described “national-socialiste intellectual,” National Front founder Jean-Marie le Pen and Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson. Meanwhile, Dieudonné’s fan base has deep roots in France’s immigrant communities. Whatever else may divide the likes of Mr. le Pen and Dieudonné’s legions of admirers, they are united by their animosity toward Jews and the Jewish state.

In nearby Belgium, Laurent Louis—until last month a member of parliament—is trying to reproduce Dieudonné’s mass appeal. In early May, Mr. Louis organized a conference to unite French and Belgian anti-Semites, which the Belgian authorities canceled at the last minute.

Government attempts to silence Dieudonné and his followers by prohibiting his shows have failed, largely thanks to the Internet. Dieudonné’s anti-Jewish YouTube diatribes receive millions of viewers within hours of uploading. The authorities can ban events but not sentiments. Take one demonstration in January this year, of some 17,000 people in the streets of Paris. Officially meant as a general anti-government protest, hundreds of participants wound up chanting “Jews out of France” and “the gas chambers were fake.”

Read it all if you can stomach it. And find another lovely spot for a vacation.

– Aggie

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Riddle Me This, Descartes

If a potential terrorist aims an AK-47 at Jews and a synagogue, but doesn’t pull the trigger, is he a terrorist?

As France continues to grapple with growing violent anti-Semitism alarming reports suggest a potentially deadly terrorist attack on a Paris synagogue in broad daylight was thwarted at the very last minute on Saturday.

According to French-language JSS News, a pair of unidentified attackers approached the synagogue, located in the French capital’s 20th District, armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and a handgun. According to reports they began aiming their guns at bystanders and the building itself and pretended to open fire, but fled the scene when they saw armed French police officers guarding the synagogue.

Reports say they escaped on a scooter.

No shots were fired, and the incident took place at a time when few worshippers were in the building, but the shocking incident has left the local Jewish community extremely shaken.

In the news biz, if it bleeds it leads. The corollary, I suppose, is: if there’s no shot, we forgot. Silly me, I think dry runs of the slaughter of Jews are newsworthy, if only to alert people to the danger of the real deal. But this is the only English-language account I can find (based entirely on the lone French-language account).

So, whatever happened, I guess it never happened.

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It’s On

I guess the title is misleading. It’s been “on” for a long time now. Surely the murder of three (possibly four—two of them Israeli) people in the Brussels Jewish museum reminds us how on it is.

Just another piece of evidence:

Two Jewish men were attacked Saturday night outside a suburban Paris synagogue, just hours after a deadly shooting at the Brussels Jewish Museum in Belgium.

The two men, brothers in their 20s, were heading to an office located in Chaare Tsion Synaogue on Saturday night around 8:30 p.m. They were about 200 meters away from the synagogue when they noticed that they were being followed.

Shortly after, one of the brothers was struck with a metal object. The object that attacked the second brother was not identified.

The attackers fled on foot and by bike.

The French minister of interior, Bernard Cazeneuve, announced on Sunday in a statement that he condemns the act “with the utmost severity.” He instructed all neighborhoods to immediately increase security related to protecting the Jewish community.

Cazeneuve “wishe[d] to reiterate its unwavering determination to fight those who, by their murderous acts or foul words, propagate racism and anti-Semitism and undermine the cohesion that our society needs more than ever.”

Cool. Glad to hear it. Though we’re a little bummed that you have to “reiterate” your “unwavering” determination. After Ilan Halimi, that is. And Toulouse.

Among other incidents across Europe.

Whatever the cause, whatever the reason, it’s on. This has been a public service announcement brought to you by BTL.com.

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