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Denying Israel’s right to exist
PA depicts a world without Israel
The Palestinian Authority makes no attempt to educate its people towards peace and coexistence with Israel. On the contrary, from every possible platform it repeatedly rejects Israel's right to exist, presents the conflict as a religious battle for Islam, depicts the establishment of Israel as an act of imperialism, and perpetuates a picture of the Middle East, both verbally and visually, in which Israel does not exist at all. Israel's destruction is said to be both inevitable and a Palestinian obligation.

The following description of Israel's founding in a Palestinian schoolbook represents the dominant dogma about Israel:

"Palestine’s war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine … and established the so-called State of Israel."
[Arabic Language, Analysis, Literature and Criticism, grade 12, p. 104]
 
This official PA map of "Palestine” was broadcast on PA TV in September 2011. The map includes both the PA areas and all of Israel (excluding the Golan Heights) wrapped in the Palestinian flag - a symbol of Palestinian sovereignty over the whole area - and has a key through it, symbolizing ownership. Similar maps presenting all of Israel as "Palestine" appear in Palestinian schoolbooks and are shown regularly on PA TV.
Denying Israel's right to exist
The Palestinian Authority adamantly rejects Israel’s right to exist and rewrites history to deny the 3,000-year-old connection of Jews to the Land Israel. [See "Rewriting History" section.] The essential message of the PA to its people is that Jews have no historical connection to the land, and that the State of Israel was created by the colonial powers for two reasons: to rid their countries of Jews, and to establish a colonial bridgehead in order to control the region. One particularly horrific expression of this ideology appeared in the official PA daily as far back as 1998:

“The difference between Hitler and [British Foreign Minister] Balfour was simple: the former [Hitler] did not have colonies to send the Jews to, so he destroyed them, whereas Balfour ...[turned] Palestine into his colony and sent the Jews. Balfour is Hitler with colonies, while Hitler is Balfour without colonies. They both wanted to get rid of the Jews...Zionism was crucial to the defense of the West, [by] ridding Europe of the burden of the Jews.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 1998]
 
This video of Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon, Abbas Zaki, shows how this distortion continues to be expressed:
 
"We must understand why Israel was established … [The Europeans] wanted to get rid of the Jews. … At that same time, energy [oil] was discovered in the Arab region … Then, they solved the [Jewish] problem by exporting [the Jews] to Israel [and at same time] they imposed their hegemony on the region’s natural resources. The [purpose of the] State of Israel is not for the Jews but it is an ongoing [colonial] project, an outpost for Imperialism.” 
[PA TV, May 14, 2008]
Qalqilya governor says Israeli occupation began in 1948 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: "Conference on summary executions and persecuting their perpetrators in the International Criminal Court"
       "During the conference organized by the Al-Quds Open University, the Authority for Political and National Guidance, and the Fatah Movement, titled The Summary Executions and Persecuting their Perpetrators in the International Criminal Court… [Qalqilya] District Governor [Rafe' Rawajbeh] noted that the crime of [the Israeli] occupation stretches from 1948 to the present, and emphasized that the occupation is a crime and that the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) is a crime against the Palestinians as it paved the way for the theft of their land."

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Jericho Governor: Israel "stole our land" and "forges" history 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “Jericho: Rally to mark Prisoner’s Day, Land Day, the anniversary of [the death of] Abu Jihad, and Deir Yassin”
      “The Jericho branch of the Al-Quds Open University held a national rally yesterday [April 12, 2016] to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, the eternal Land Day, the anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of commander Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ and the anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre in the Jericho municipality theater, in the presence of many politicians… Jericho and [Jordan] Valley District Governor Majed Al-Fatiani said that… in April, on the land of Rue Verdun, the two Kamals, Nasser and Adwan, and Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar died, and the Land Day Martyrs wrote their will to us, stating that we should tell those who stole our land that we as Palestinians have a large breathing space that has been maintained throughout history, regardless of how much this occupier forges, it cannot forge the letters of history and the will of the peoples. Likewise, in April Abu Jihad, manufacturer of men, also passed away, but Palestine prevails, and the idea is still inscribed in our hearts.”

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PA daily refers to Israel as "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 12, 2016
Headline: "Nazareth: Announcement of the establishment of the Loyalty and Reform Party"
     "Yesterday evening [April 11, 2016], the establishment of the Loyalty and Reform Party within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) was announced in Nazareth, in the presence of party leaders and popular and political leaders."
PA daily does not call Israel by name, uses term "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 2, 2016
     "About 70,000 residents of occupied Jerusalem, its surroundings, and the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) held the afternoon prayers yesterday, Friday [April 1, 2016], at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza."
PA daily refers to Israel as "1948 territories" and Israeli Arabs as "1948 Palestinians" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 1, 2016
Headline: "Center for rights presented the challenges facing the 1948 Palestinians (i.e., Israeli Arabs)"
     "The Mossawa Center for the rights of the Arab citizens within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) presented the challenges facing the 1948 Palestinians 40 years after Land Day."

Mossawa Center The Advocacy Center For Arab Citizens In Israel – NGO whose stated aim is "to promote the economic, social, cultural and political rights of the Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel, and the recognition of this community as a national indigenous minority, with their own national, cultural and historical distinctiveness."
According to NGO Monitor, the Mossawa Center advocates against Israel internationally, including in reports to the UN, and also incites against the Arab-Christian community in Israel and its leaders due to the community's support of cooperation with the Israeli army.

Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.
PLO magazine for kids teaches that a city on Northern Israel is a "settlement" 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Apr. 1, 2016
      “The occupied city of Sepphoris
A Palestinian city in the Nazareth district, located 6 kilometers north of the city and considered one the Galilee’s largest cities... The village was seized by the Zionist occupation on May 15, 1948, and its residents left for good… The name of Sepphoris, like the rest of the Palestinian cities whose residents were expelled, was changed to a Hebrew name, and now this principal city is known as the settlement Tzipori.”

Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children partially funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. Zayzafuna's website states that the magazine's advisory board is comprised of PA officials and educators, including Jihad Zakarneh, PA Deputy Minister of Education, and Abd Al-Hakim Abu Jamous, Head of the Media Department at the PA Ministry of Education. In May 2011, the Deputy Chairman of the Zayzafuna organization Abd Al-Karim Ziyada explained on PA TV that the PA gives "a monthly payment of 10,000 shekels ($2,700) to cover the magazine's [costs]." [Official PA TV, May 9 and 13, 2011]
PA daily op-ed: Israel is an “illegal entity” with no “cultural antiquities that justify its lies,” brings in Sephardic Jews to bolster its false claims  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2016
Op-ed by Abdo Wazen Khazen in the official PA daily, re-printed from the London-based Al-Hayat

Headline: “The uprooted Jew”
      “Israel is ‘hunting’ the Jews of the Arab world one by one, after having hunted them by the dozens and hundreds in previous decades in military and intelligence operations, including the well-known ‘flying carpet’ operation in Yemen (i.e., an Israeli operation between June 1949 and September 1950 that brought 49,000 Yemenite Jews to the newly established State of Israel). Is Israel worried about their fate in the surroundings in which they were born and raised (i.e., the Arab countries), and whose culture they inherited, or is it in need of the Sephardi Jews’ roots in order to imbed them in the occupied Palestinian land, which does not contain any cultural antiquities that justify its lies… Israel feared for the fate of 19 Yemenite Jews and took a secret risk in order to transfer them from Yemen to its illegal entity, while our people in Syria for instance are being driven to the coast by their country so they will travel in ships that will sink in the ocean after shells, missiles, and barrels of gun powder rained down upon them. Our regimes are striving for the death of their peoples, impoverishing them, starving them, chasing them and denying them the most basic living conditions, while our Israeli enemy seeks the world’s Jews with a flashlight, and calls them to the land of the alleged ‘promise.’”
Fatah and PLO official: Israeli “occupation” has been “one of the main sources of terror for more than 60 years”  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 21, 2016
Headline: "The National Council demands the determination of a definition of terror and its reasons"
     "Azzam Al-Ahmad, [Fatah Central Committee member and] head of the Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union taking place today [March 2, 2016] in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, demanded that a clear definition of the concept of terror and its causes be determined so that we will be able to specify the means to deal with it and remove all its causes… Al-Ahmad emphasized that we, as Palestinians, oppose the Israeli occupation, which has been one of the main sources of terror for more than 60 years, and see how some of the international forces still hold double standards regarding global issues. Al-Ahmad demanded that the world apply international law to the Israeli occupation, which is one of the sources of terror in the Middle East, and wondered why some of the international powers insist on continuing to provide many Arab countries with reasons for anarchy and destruction, and to support the civil wars taking place within them."
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Abbas: All of Israel is occupation: "We have been under occupation for 67 or 68 years" since 1948  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 11, 2016

Official PA TV program Flower of Hope, interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas about the establishment of a center for cancer treatment.
Abbas explains the importance of establishing a center for cancer treatment and thanks donors who have already given money for its establishment.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
: "As we are building up man and his health, we are building an economy, agriculture, industry, and laws. All this exists, praise Allah, and is moving ahead naturally. There are many obstacles. I do not deny that countless obstacles and difficulties stand before us, but all of these are no match against our will. We have been under occupation for 67 or 68 years (i.e., since Israel’s establishment in 1948). Others would have sunk into despair and frustration. However, we are determined to reach our goal because our people stands behind us."
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PA Grand Mufti: “Settlers” are trying to “steal the Islamic Palestinian holy sites,” in order “find their fake history under them” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2016
Headline: “The Grand Mufti condemned the continuation of the Israeli excavations under the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs)”
     “Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the continued excavations that the settlers are carrying out under the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. He announced yesterday [March 7, 2016] that the settlers are acting, under the cover of their racist government, to steal the Islamic Palestinian holy sites, and to paint them in colors fitting their barbaric Zionist beliefs. Likewise, they are trying in vain to find their fake history under them, similar to the destructive excavations taking place under the walls of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PA official claims that Israeli settlements started in 1881 as a "colonialist project" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2016
Headline: “The launching of Your Initiative is Their Resolve – the Martyr Ziad Abu Ein Prize at the An-Najah University”
     “The national An-Najah University launched the Your Initiative is Their Resolve – the Martyr (Shahid) Ziad Abu Ein Prize, under the patronage of [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah… Chairman of [PA] Committee Against the Wall and Settlements Walid Assaf said: ‘The settlement issue has existed from the moment the colonialist project in Palestine began in 1881 (i.e., First Aliyah - Zionist immigration to what is now Israel).’”

PA daily op-ed denies Jewish history as an “invention of the Jewish people, based on Palestine being its historic biblical land” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2016
Headline: “Why does Israel oppose a Palestinian state?”
Excerpt of op-ed by Bassem Barhoum
     “What is the basis of the Israeli opposition to a Palestinian state, and what are the reasons for the continuation of this opposition? There are reasons that are connected to the essence of the Zionist narrative and the foundations upon which it is built: The narrative of the invention of the Jewish people, based on Palestine being its historic biblical land. This narrative has been consolidated at the expense of the Palestinian people and at the expense of its land, hence the need to deny its existence and its rights. Therefore, any recognition of the national rights of the Palestinian people, or any allusion to them, means the destruction of this narrative, upon whose foundations Israel was created. Any Israeli agreement to an independent sovereign Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital means the beginning of the collapse of the Zionist structure.”
Op-ed in PA daily responds to Israeli criticism of international aid for terrorists: The world owes the Palestinians money for enabling Israel’s establishment, majority of aid money goes to PA salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2016
Headline: “Hotovely and the baseless questions”
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily
      “Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely published an article last week in the American Wall Street Journal, titled ‘Where Does All That Aid for Palestinians Go.’ [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s deputy wondered where the aid funds have gone that have been given to the Palestinians over the past 22 years, and which have amounted to 21 billion US dollars in the form of development aid from 1993 to 2013, according to the World Bank... Hotovely’s article misleads world public opinion, turns the facts upside down, incites, and blackens the image of the Palestinian leadership and Palestinian fighters... If we consider each point [of the article] that appears in the American magazine separately, we will notice the following things: First, the Israeli extremist [Hotovely] ignores or pretends not to know that the funds of the donor countries are the minimum that the international community owes the Palestinians, and Europe in particular, which contributed to the establishment of the State of Israel on the ruins of the Nakba (i.e., 'the catastrophe,' Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people in 1948. Secondly, she ignored the fact that the majority of the total funds received by the PA over 20 years were used for salaries of the PA’s civil and military employees.”
PA TV portrays Israel as foreign colonial occupier, claims ancient Jewish history is Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 27, 2016

The PA TV video shows a woman who represents "ancient Palestinians" (or possibly Muslims) going through the history of the land - replacing the Jewish people's actual history. The woman is introduced in a peaceful scene feeding birds in a period predating the Roman conquest of Judea and destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Suddenly the scene is disturbed, the birds scatter and the woman runs away from various foreign invaders: first an ancient Roman soldier, then a Crusader, then a British soldier, and finally a Jew (wearing a skullcap), who throws a lit cigarette at her.
In the final scene, the woman stops fleeing when a man on a horse - the "new" Muslim conqueror Saladin who defeated the Crusaders - extends his hand and helps her up the mountain. He represents the coming savior who will "liberate Palestine" from Jewish-Israeli rule. In the end, the woman stands on the top of the mountain, fleeing no one anymore, symbolizing that Israel is gone like the other foreign rulers.
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Note: The video originally aired March 2, 2012. It was rebroadcast on both PA TV and PA TV Live at least 18 times in 2012, 54 times in 2013, 44 times in 2014, 42 times in 2015, and  3 times in 2016, most recently on Jan. 27, 2016.
PA daily refers to Israel as “the territories occupied in 1948” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 21, 2016
Headline: “38 prisoners served more than 20 years in the occupation’s prisons”
     “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs stated yesterday [Jan. 21, 2016] in a report that the number of prisoners who have served more than 20 years in the occupation’s prisons has risen to 38 prisoners, most of them sentenced to life, and 14 of them from among residents of the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel). The commission noted that the veteran prisoners are Karim Younes, arrested on Jan. 6, 1983, and Maher Younes, arrested on Jan. 18, 1983. The commission said that the number of prisoners sentenced to life sentences has risen to 504 prisoners.”

Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

Maher Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980 together with his cousin Karim Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
Fatah Commissioner: Israel is “a ‎colonialist project on our land”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2016
     ‎“The Fatah movement received the ‎decisions of the EU, made at a meeting of ‎European Foreign Ministers in Brussels, ‎with a call to turn them into an action plan ‎to end the Israeli occupation. It called on ‎Europe to take immediate steps to protect ‎the option of the Palestinian state in the ‎framework of a two-state solution from the ‎unilateral steps being taken by the ‎occupation…‎ Fatah Commissioner of International ‎Relations and Fatah Central Committee ‎member Nabil Shaath stated: ‘The ‎decision made by the council of EU ‎Foreign Ministers yesterday [Jan. 18, ‎‎2016] regarding the Palestinian issue is ‎very positive. It is a step forward, which in ‎the end has to lead to severe sanctions ‎against Israel, in order to fight its [Israel’s] ‎colonialist project on our land’…‎ Shaath emphasized that it is important to ‎complete the diplomatic successes by ‎achieving national unity and the end of ‎the rift (i.e., between Fatah and Hamas), in ‎order to strengthen the Palestinian ‎positon and support the present intifada ‎and popular resistance.”‎
Fatah official about "American infernal plot": The US created ISIS to make an Islamic state as pretext to create a Jewish state  
Source: Al-Mashriq (independent Iraqi newspaper), Jan. 10, 2016
Headline: "Palestinian leader Zaki to Al-Mashriq: The essence of the American plan in the region - an ISIS state against the Jewish state! Israel takes [Hezbollah leader] Hassan Nasrallah very seriously, and the Palestinians have not used Iran's support"
     "PLO leadership member [Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China] Abbas Zaki linked the establishment of an Islamic state under the auspices of ISIS with the establishment of the Jewish state on the land of Palestine. He described the plan to establish these two states as the revival and realization of the American concept for the region.  The Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China [Abbas Zaki] stated in an interview with Al-Mashriq: 'The American plot began by targeting the heart of the Arab nation, by destroying Iraq and Syria, and weakening Egypt.' He clarified: 'The strong Arab states did not receive support that would enable them to deal with Israel and stop its spread on Arab land.' Abbas Zaki stated: 'ISIS is an American product, necessary for the establishment of an Islamic state in order to justify the existence of a Jewish state, in which there is no place for Palestinians.' He explained: 'The dismantling of Arab societies by taking advantage of the sectarian factor is part of the infernal plot to dismantle the Arab nation (ummah), split it, and kill its spirit of solidarity.'
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PA TV: Balfour Declaration was Europe's "solution to get rid of them (the Jews)"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2015

"Faced with the Jews' schemes, Europe could not bear their character traits, monopolies, corruption, and their control and climbing up positions in government. In 1290, King Edward I issued a decree banishing the Jews [from England]. Following him were France, Germany, Austria, Holland, Czechoslovakia, Spain and Italy. The European nations felt that they had suffered a tragedy by providing refuge for the Jews. Later the Jews obtained the Balfour Declaration, and Europe saw it as an ideal solution to get rid of them."
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Note: This video was originally broadcast on official PA TV, Jan. 1, 2013,  Nov. 11, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2015. It was broadcast on Fatah-run Awdah TV on Feb. 18, 2015.
Lawyer on PA TV: Israelis are afraid when they see a Palestinian because they know the land doesn’t belong to them, according to the Bible  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 26, 2015
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day, hosting lawyer Ghandi Al-Ruba'i

Lawyer Ghandi Al-Ruba'i: “This brings us back to deep psychology, if we can expand on the subject. In criminology [it is called] the psychology of the thief. The psychology of fearing the one [who has] the right. Therefore he [the Israeli] is very tense when he sees the Palestinian. His finger is always on the trigger, even when he meets an unarmed Palestinian or a woman. Why? Because he knows deep in his heart that this land is not his land. Even in the Bible, when they say about Jerusalem ‘Your descendants and homeland are Canaanite’ (might refer to Ezekiel 16:3: ‘And say: Thus says the Lord God unto Jerusalem: Thine origin and thy nativity is of the land of the Canaanite; the Amorite was thy father, and thy mother was a Hittite.’ –Ed.). And even when they arrived in Palestine as guests, and the Palestinians received them, as is written in the Bible, they always bore this shame of stealing the land from its rightful owners. Therefore, their behavior remains of the same character, ruled by the character of a thief, out of fear of the one with the legitimate right.”
Lawyer on PA TV: Israelis are afraid ‎when they see a Palestinian because ‎they know the land doesn’t belong to ‎them, according to the Bible 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 26, 2015
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day, ‎hosting lawyer Ghandi Al-Ruba'i:
Lawyer Ghandi Al-Ruba'i: “This brings us ‎back to deep psychology, if we can ‎expand on the subject. In criminology [it is ‎called] the psychology of the thief. The ‎psychology of fearing the one [who has] ‎the right. Therefore he [the Israeli] is very ‎tense when he sees the Palestinian. His ‎finger is always on the trigger, even when ‎he meets an unarmed Palestinian or a ‎woman. Why? Because he knows deep in ‎his heart that this land is not his land. ‎Even in the Bible, when they say about ‎Jerusalem ‘Your descendants and ‎homeland are Canaanite’ (might refer to ‎Ezekiel 16:3: ‘And say: Thus says the Lord ‎God unto Jerusalem: Thine origin and thy ‎nativity is of the land of the Canaanite; the ‎Amorite was thy father, and thy mother ‎was a Hittite.’ –Ed.). And even when they ‎arrived in Palestine as guests, and the ‎Palestinians received them, as is written ‎in the Bible, they always bore this shame ‎of stealing the land from its rightful ‎owners. Therefore, their behavior remains ‎of the same character, ruled by the ‎character of a thief, out of fear of the one ‎with the legitimate right.”‎
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