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Denying Israel’s right to exist
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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]
Sec-Gen of the PA Presidential Office: UK’s celebration of the Balfour Declaration is support of the “crime” committed against the Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2017
Headline: “Abd Al-Rahim: May’s statements regarding the 100th anniversary celebration of the Balfour Promise by Britain indicates ignorance of the historical facts and political insolence”
     “Secretary-General of the [PA] Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim said that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s statements (see note below –Ed.) regarding how Britain will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) indicates ignorance of the historical facts, political insolence, and an insistence on supporting this crime that was committed against our Palestinian people."
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Fatah calls on Palestinians to write letters protesting event marking centenary of Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 27, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:

“After the immoral and unfair declarations by British Prime Minister [Theresa] May (see note below –Ed.), according to which her country will celebrate ‘with pride’ the 100th anniversary of the issuing of the famous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), in which [then] British Foreign Secretary ‘ Arthur Balfour’ in 1917 promised the support of his country to provide the Jews with a homeland in Palestine.
This is a call to all of the friends of the Palestinian people and those who identify with it to send a letter of protest to the Albert Royal Hall, where this celebration will take place on Nov. 7, 2017 (the email address of the hall is included in the post –Ed.).”
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Fatah: UK PM May’s statements celebrating centenary of the Balfour Declaration are “unacceptable” and support of the Israeli “racist apartheid regime” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 27, 2017
Headline: “Fatah: May’s statements are unacceptable, and they must correct the historical mistake”
      “The Fatah Movement emphasized that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s insistence on celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) is completely unacceptable and is a type of renewal of the crime and direct encouragement and support of the occupation and the racist apartheid regime being implemented against our people by the Israeli occupation state.
Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press statement last night [Oct. 26, 2017] that the first thing the government of Britain must do is to recognize the State of Palestine, instead of celebrating the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people, the first signs of which appeared in the ominous promise [issued] on Nov. 2, 1917.”
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Fatah cartoon portrays Britain and Israel stabbing map of “Palestine” with Balfour Declaration  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 27, 2017


Text and cartoon posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


The cartoon shows an elderly Palestinian woman with a Palestinian flag on her shirt speaking to British Prime Minister Theresa May. In the elderly woman’s speech bubble two hands are seen – one with the UK flag and the other the Israeli flag on their sleeves – stabbing a knife into the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. The map is labeled “Palestine.” The handle of the knife consists of a document, on which “Balfour 1917” is written.
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PA Ministry of Information: UK PM’s celebration of UK’s role in Israel’s creation via the Balfour Declaration is “repetition of the greatest political crime in the history of mankind”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Information: The British prime minister’s statements are a repeat of the political crime”
       “The [PA] Ministry of Information said that the determination of British Prime Minister Theresa May to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and the fact that she took pride before the parliament in the role of her state in the establishment and strengthening of the occupation state ‘Israel’ (see note below –Ed.), constitute a repetition of the greatest political crime in the history of mankind… The ministry emphasized in a statement today (Thursday) [Oct. 26, 2017] that May’s refusal to apologize for this dark promise and her stubbornness regarding it, not only reflect extremist political trends, but also indicate a large moral crisis whose source is Britain... The ministry reminded May and all of the supporters of the dark promise in the government of Britain that if they continue to defend the political crime, this will not contribute in any way to establishing a just and comprehensive peace – not only in Palestine, but throughout the world.”
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs instructs mosque preachers to encourage participation in activities condemning “ominous” Balfour Declaration 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 26, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is calls on the Friday preachers to urge the civilians to participate in the activities condemning the Balfour Promise”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is called on all of the mosque preachers to urge the civilians to participate in the activities condemning the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) during the Friday sermons tomorrow [Oct. 27, 2017].
Ida’is said in a press release today (Thursday) [Oct. 26, 2017]: ‘The Arabs and Muslims must act immediately to provide political, media, and financial support to the Palestinian cause, as a religious duty, and as a message of support for the Palestinians, because Jerusalem and the Palestinian holy sites do not belong only to the Palestinians, but rather to all of the Arabs and Muslims.’”

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.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.
Op-ed by PLO legislator says Britain ought to be “ashamed” of the “despicable” Balfour Declaration  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Khaled Jamil Mismar, member of the Palestinian National Council – the legislative body of the PLO

“[Britain] is not ashamed of the despicable act that the criminal [British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour committed 100 years ago, and is not trying to cover its ugly image. It is silent before the peoples of the world out of shame before these peoples for what it committed against a people that is struggling, which lived in peace on its holy land... Britain is not ashamed… but rather adds to its error and shame and wishes to celebrate – yes to celebrate, O the shame - the 100th anniversary of the ominous [Balfour] Promise (i.e., Declaration) and forgets the pain and trouble that it has brought to our people during all of these 100 years. And behold Balfour’s descendant, the criminal Theresa May – Prime Minister of Britain – calls on the criminal [Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin] Netanyahu to openly celebrate this despicable crime together with her… Britain’s history is full of tragedies against the peoples of Asia and Africa. It exploited peoples in these lands, stole their assets, and sucked the blood of their inhabitants.”
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Fatah: Britain should apologize for the “historical injustice” of the Balfour Declaration  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2017
Headline: “Fatah: The British prime minister’s statements – bias in favor of the occupation state”
      “The Fatah Movement’s Mobilization and Organization Commission condemned the statements of British Prime Minister Theresa May (see note below –Ed.), in which she declared Britain’s ‘pride’ in the establishment and molding of the Israeli occupation state for the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). Head of the Mobilization and Organization Commission’s information office Munir Al-Jaghoub said that Theresa May’s statements express true bias in favor of the racist occupation state, and contain within them the danger of granting legitimacy to the occupation that harms the Palestinian homeland and the people… [Al-Jaghoub] demanded that the government of Britain bear its historical, legal, political, material, and moral responsibility for the consequences of the Balfour Promise, apologize to the Palestinian people that is suffering from disasters and exploitation, and correct this historical injustice and recognize the independent State of Palestine whose capital is East Jerusalem.”
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Fatah official: Britain must correct “historical mistake” of the Balfour Declaration  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2017
      “Fatah Central Committee member and the [Fatah] Movement’s Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah) Azzam Al-Ahmad briefed British Consul-General [to Jerusalem] Philip Hall and Italian Consul General Fabio Sokolowicz on the latest political developments regarding the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation… Al-Ahmad demanded that his British guest correct his country’s historical mistake, which was expressed in the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and recognize the independent State of Palestine.”

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.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.
Fatah branch distributes pamphlet against the “ominous” Balfour Declaration to university students  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Oct. 26, 2017
Text and image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “250,000 fliers will be distributed next week in the universities and high schools
#Balfour_crime_of_the_century, #The_promise_of_the_oppressor, #Balfour_ongoing_injustice, #Balfour_100years”

Text on pamphlet cover below the logo:
“A pamphlet from the Shabiba student movement – Palestine
10 x 10 questions and answers
100 years of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)”

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PA Foreign Minister: UK PM’s support of Israel’s founding and the “historical mistake” of the Balfour Declaration is concerning 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 26, 2017
Headline: “Al-Malki: We are monitoring with concern Theresa May’s statements regarding her country’s pride in the Balfour Promise”
       “[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Malki said that the Palestinian side is monitoring with great care and concern the statements of British Prime Minister Theresa May (see note below –Ed.), who declared that her state is proud of the establishment of the Israeli occupation state, and that she is determined to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)...
The foreign minister again emphasized that Palestine is continuing its legal steps against Britain and the submission of lawsuits against it in the British, European, and international courts in order to demand that it correct its historical mistake against our people and give it the necessary compensation.”
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PA Ministry of Education launches campaign in Palestinian schools against celebrating the Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 24, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Education and the [PLO] Supreme National Committee have launched a campaign of 100,000 letters to Britain as a sign of rejecting the ominous [Balfour] Promise"
        "The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education today, Tuesday [Oct. 24, 2017], announced the launching of a campaign in cooperation with the [PLO] Supreme National Committee for Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), which is directed towards the high school grades. As part of the campaign, 100,000 letters will be written to British Prime Minister [Theresa May] as a sign of resistance to the government of Britain's decision to reinforce its harmful policy by marking the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise that opposes all norms. These letters will be in different languages, and some of them will be published in the media outlets."

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PA Minister of Foreign Affairs: Abbas has instructed the PA to sue Britain over “the ominous Balfour Promise” – “the beginning of the disaster… the establishment of the Zionist entity” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 22, 2017

Official PA TV newsreader: "[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Malki said that the [PA] leadership intends to submit a lawsuit, according to the instructions of President Mahmoud Abbas, if Britain insists on celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e. Declaration)..."
PA Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Malki: "There are several steps that we may take, including submitting lawsuits to the British, regional, and international courts against Britain over what it did 100 years ago when it gave a promise that it did not have the right to give... We say that the Balfour Promise 100 years ago was the beginning of the Palestinian disaster. This disaster is expressed primarily by the uprooting [of Palestinians] and the establishment of the Zionist entity that is the State of Israel."

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Palestinian officials call for “day of national rage” on centenary of the Balfour Declaration  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 20, 2017
Headline: “The factions decided that this Nov. 2 will be a day of national rage over the ominous Balfour Promise”
      “The [Palestinian] factions emphasized that it is necessary to hold a day of national rage on Nov. 2 [2017] over the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration).
This was said during a meeting that was held in the presence of all the representatives of the national activity factions, in the office of Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul, in order to discuss the events marking the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise.
Those present discussed the latest developments and the relevant arrangements for ways of marking this day in a manner that will express the scope of the suffering that this promise has caused our people, which is still suffering from the consequences of the promise that constituted a foundation stone for establishing the occupation state, and for the expulsion, displacement, and killing that were caused because of it."

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PLO official: Celebrating 100 years since the Balfour Declaration turns Britain into an “enemy of the principles of justice and humanity”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 20, 2017
      “The PLO Department for Refugee Affairs yesterday [Oct. 19, 2017] condemned the British government’s announcement [that it will be] celebrating the 100th anniversary of the issuing of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), which falls will take place on Nov. 2, 2017...
In a statement yesterday, PLO Executive Committee member and Director of the Department for Refugee Affairs Dr. Zakariya Al-Agha opposed the British government’s declaration [that it will be] marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise, and its call to senior Israeli officials to participate in the celebration ceremony. He noted that the announcement of the ceremony is considered a blow to the Palestinian people, and it turns Britain into an enemy of the principles of justice and humanity... He emphasized that Britain’s refusal to apologize and its insistence on holding a ceremony with senior Israeli officials on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise will be met by official Palestinian action, by putting Britain on trial and dealing with this case before the international courts. This is if Britain will not take back its opposition to apologizing and acknowledging that the Balfour decision was a historical mistake.”
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Abbas’ advisor: Balfour Declaration was an “ugly crime,” giving Palestine to “undeserving” Jews 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 20, 2017

Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "In another few days we will mark the miserable anniversary of the ugly injustice and ugly crime that befell our people, through what is known as the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). In another few days, on Nov. 2 [2017], it will be 100 years of the ugliest injustice to ever befall [our] people in this land, in the modern age. One with no ownership of this land – Foreign Secretary [Arthur Balfour] of Britain which occupied Palestine while having no ownership of any part of Palestine, not even one millimeter or one grain of sand – gave a promise to one undeserving who has no connection to this land, not religiously or historically, at the expense of the Palestinian people... They [Britain] have no ownership and they have no right, and those to whom they made the promise [the Jews] have no right to it... Balfour and Britain committed this crime at our expense and at the expense of our history and rights, and this is not consistent with reason, religion, law, and morals."
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PLO official: Balfour Declaration was “historical mistake” that Britain should correct, Israel commits terror against Palestinians  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 18, 2017
Headline: “Al-Ahmad calls on the Inter-Parliamentary Union to help our people’s struggle to end the occupation and to complete the recognition of the State of Palestine”
       “In his speech before the Inter-Parliamentary Union general assembly yesterday [Oct. 17, 2017], [Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) delegation head and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam] Al-Ahmad said that ‘The Palestinian people, which is standing firm in the occupied homeland and outside of it, expects you to stand alongside it in its ongoing struggle – since the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) from British Foreign Secretary [Arthur Balfour] 100 years ago – for its freedom and the achievement of its national rights like the rest of the peoples of the world. We hope that Britain will correct its historical mistake against our people’…
The Palestinian National Council delegation head added: ‘In Palestine we do not attribute democracy to ourselves [as Israel does], we do not oppress and exploit the other, and [we do not] sponsor terror organizations that carry out oppression, killing, settlement, and destruction of the homes and farms of the residents, as the occupation authorities are doing against our people.’"
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PA Ministry of Education instructs school radio stations to focus on the “ominous” Balfour Declaration 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 16, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Education directs the school radio stations to focus on the Balfour Promise until the anniversary of the promise"
      "The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education today, Monday [Oct. 16, 2017] issued a notice to the Directorates of Education and Higher Education in the different districts to call on all of the schools to direct the school radio stations to focus on the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) from Wednesday, Oct. 18 [2017] until the [100th] anniversary of the ominous promise on Nov. 2 [2017]. The ministry explained that this step comes out of its concern to provide the students with knowledge about the consequences of this ominous promise, and also out of concern to provide the students with a methodical education about this tragedy, whose effects are still evident to this day."

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.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.
Fatah: Balfour Declaration was "the most horrible crime in the history of mankind" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, 2017
      “The Fatah Movement said that the ominous [Balfour] Promise (i.e., Declaration) that Britain gave the Jews 100 years ago is an invalid promise, and that they do not have a right to the land of Palestine so as to be able to promise it to others. Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi... emphasized that Britain committed the most horrible crime against mankind when it gave itself permission to give this promise and implement it through the mandate conspiracy and the laying of the foundation for the establishment of the Israeli occupation state on the ruins of the Palestinian people. [He noted that the Palestinian people] have put down roots in the depths of the Palestinian land since the Canaanites set foot on this blessed land… Al-Qawasmi said: ‘The government of Britain is required to apologize to the Palestinian people that is standing firm, and to its women and children who were uprooted to refugee camps in the diaspora because of this ominous promise. It must atone for its crime, at least a little, by immediately recognizing the state of Palestine whose capital is Jerusalem, instead of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ominous promise and the most horrible crime in the history of mankind.’"
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Fatah logo for Balfour Declaration centenary depicts map of “Palestine”, with text denying Israel’s legitimacy: ”A promise from those who do not own to those who are not entitled”  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 15, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Balfour100 (appears in both English and Arabic –Ed.)”

The image shows a white circular logo with a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) pattern on it. Inside the circle appears the number “100” with the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas in place of the “1.” A red dot appears on the map with the label “Jerusalem” in English and Arabic. The numbers “00” have an image of what appear to be Palestinian refugees imposed on them. Above and below the number “100” in English and Arabic respectively is the hashtag “#Balfour100,” indicating the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. Above and below the circular logo in Arabic and English respectively is the phrase: “A promise from those who do not own to those who are not entitled”

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.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.
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