Shallah: Islamic Jihad Has a Say in Resistance, All Options on Table

May 15, 2017

Ramadan Abdullah Shallah

The head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, stressed on Monday that the Palestinian resistance movement won’t abandon the prisoners who have been staging a hunger strike for nearly a month.

In a press conference on the 69th anniversary of the Nakba Day, which mark the catastrophe of creating the Zionist entity on May 15, 1948, Shallah said the Islamic Jihad has a say in resistance and won’t stand idly by while the prisoners are suffering in the Israeli jails.

“We assure the importance of supporting the resistance and escalating all resistance actions (against Zionists) in a bid to defend Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque and to voice solidarity with the courageous prisoners and their legitimate demands.”

“Defending the prisoners is defending our humankind. It is a natural expression of resistance to slavery,” Shallah told reporters.

“We won’t stand idly by and abandon our prisoners who are suffering in Israeli jails due to Israeli obstinacy and savage racism,” the Islamic Jihad leader said, stressing that “all options are on table.”

On the Palestinian unity, Shallah stressed that the unity should be on fighting the Israeli enemy, calling for forming a national charter between Palestinian factions in order to “define major principles that the Palestinian groups should abide in a bid to retake our land.”

The natural Palestinian retaliation to the Nakba is to unite against the Israeli enemy, Shallah stressed.

Meanwhile, he called for ending the blockade on Gaza strip, stressing that the besieged enclave is a “barrel of gunpowder that would explode.”

Source: Agencies


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Supporting Palestinian Intifada Tops Closing Statement of Iran Conference

February 22, 2017


The closing statement of the sixth International conference “To support the Palestinian Intifada” held in Tehran highlighted on Tuesday the importance of the Palestinian cause, calling on supporting it and avoiding marginalizing it amid the regional crises.

The statement also hailed the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements, stressing their role in confronting the Zionist entity.

It also called on the international organizations to denounce and deter the Israeli aggressions, warning some Arab and Muslim countries against normalizing ties with the Zionist entity.

The statement added that the US administration intention to move the Zionist entity capital into Al-Quds must draw a response from the Arab and Muslim states by closing their embassies in the United States.

Finally, the statement highly appreciated the Iranian people sacrifices for the sake of the Palestinian cause.

The Iranian capital, Tehran, hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday an international forum in support of the Palestinian cause, with hundreds of foreign guests, including senior Palestinian leaders and officials of Muslim nations, in attendance.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Iran to Continue Support for Oppressed Palestinians: Rouhani

MeetingIranian President Hassan Rouhani has pledged the Islamic Republic’s unwavering support for the Palestinian nation.

Rouhani made the remark in a meeting with Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Thursday.

Describing Palestine as the “symbol of resistance” against aggressors, Rouhani said the issue of Palestine “is of significance to us”, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to stand by the Palestinian nation and resistance.

“Enemies and big powers imagined that the Palestinian issue will slip into oblivion and that they can determine the future of the nation in any way they want, but today the Palestinian nation, through its resistance, has managed to achieve a big victory against their willpower,” the Iranian president added.

Rouhani noted that the enemy wants the Palestinian issue to be completely forgotten so that it can go on with its scheme to spread terrorism and terrorist groups in the region.

Fortunately, enemy has failed in its efforts to achieve that goal thanks to the strong resistance of the Palestinian nation and groups, he added.

The Iranian president stressed that the public opinion in the Muslim world needs to understand that Palestine is the number one issue in the Muslim world.

For his part, Abdullah extended his gratitude to the Islamic Republic for its firm support for Palestine.

Today, the Palestinian youths have initiated a new Intifada (uprising) to support and defend the city of al-Quds (Jerusalem) and are strongly resisting Israel’s crackdown, he said.

Abdullah noted that the United States and the Israeli regime are encouraging terrorism in the region to counter the Palestinian resistance.

The occupied territories have been the scene of heightened tensions since August 2015, when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

The Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the holy Muslim site.

More than 210 Palestinians, including children and women, have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of last October.

Source: Press TV

05-05-2016 – 22:01 Last updated 05-05-2016 – 22:01

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Iran: Syria Crisis Planned to Overshadow Palestinian Cause

of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi told the Secretary General of Palestinian movement Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Abdallah Shallah, that the Syrian crisis was planned to make the Islamic World forget the Palestinian cause.

Kharrazi and Ramadan Abdallah Shallah

The Syria crisis which was planned by the Zionist regime, US and reactionary regimes of the region aimed to weaken the axis of resistance member states and to prepare the ground for overlooking the Palestinian issue, IRNA news agency quoted Kharrazi as saying.

He underlined that recent masseurs taken by certain regional states against Lebanese resistance Hezbollah and labeling it a terrorist groups was an action in support of Zionist regime.

Kharrazi and Shalah stressed unity among all Palestinian factions, adding that Palestinian cause should be the top priority of Islamic World.

During the meeting, Islamic Jihad S.G. said that Iran is the only advocate of Palestinian nation.

He underlined that Palestinian nation’s resistance will continue until liberation of the occupied lands.

Unfortunately, the Palestinian issue is not on the agenda of Arab states and instead of Israel, they label Iran as their enemy, the Iranian official added.

Source: Agencies

03-05-2016 – 08:52 Last updated 03-05-2016 – 08:52

IOF Destroys Palestinian House in West Bank 

Israel on Tuesday destroyed the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of aiding in the October 2015 operation against Israeli settlers occupied territory.

Palestinian Zeid Amr, aged 26 or 27, is accused of being part of a squad from the resistance movement Hamas that ambushed and shot dead Naama and Eitam as they drove on a road between two West Bank settlements.

Amr, who is alleged to have staked out the attack site ahead of the shooting, was detained along with four other suspects a few days after the attack.IOF Destroys Palestinian House in West Bank

His father Ziad Amr told AFP that Israeli troops arrived at the family apartment in the northern West Bank city of Nablus around 6:30 am (0330 GMT on Tuesday.

“They destroyed interior walls and closed off our home,” he said, adding that the family had been given advance warning after their appeal in Israel’s Supreme Court was rejected.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the demolition.

It was the latest such demolition carried out by Israel, which human rights groups say amounts to collective punishment.

The occupied territories have been, since October 1, rocked by a wave of operations against Zionists in retaliation of the Israeli repressive measures against the Palestinians across the West Bank and especially in al-Quds.

Zionist settlers backed by occupation forces have been repeatedly storming the holy al-Aqsa Mosque, sparking Palestinian anger.

However the occupation forces have been brutally attacking the Palestinians under the pretext of staging stabbing attacks.

The Palestinian operations since the start of October have killed 28 Israelis, while the Israeli occupation forces killed 201 Palestinians.

Source: AFP

03-05-2016 – 12:31 Last updated 03-05-2016 – 12:31

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Imam Khamenei: Imam Khamenei to Americans: Gulf Our Home, Go back to Bay of Pigs,Those Standing against Syria Hostile to Islam

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The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei warned the United States against keeping a military presence in the Persian Gulf and vowed that the Islamic Republic will continue to carry out a range of war drills in the area, despite warnings, according to recent comments.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Ali Khamenei

His Eminence further blasted the US military presence in the Persian Gulf in wide-ranging remarks that ordered America to return its forces “back to the Bay of Pigs.”

He also said that Iran has the military know-how to eradicate American forces from the region.

“Today, the enemies utter words bigger than their mouths; for instance they develop plans to bring to a halt Iran’s military wargames in the Persian Gulf, what a foolish remark,” the Leader was quoted as saying on Monday.

In parallel, His Eminence stated: “The Persian Gulf is the Iranian nation’s home and the Persian Gulf and a large section of the Sea of Oman belong to this powerful nation.”

“Therefore, we should be present in the region, hold wargames and display our power and it is the Americans who should say why they have come from that side of the world and stage drills in here. What are you doing here? Go back to the Bay of Pigs. Go and hold exercises there. What are you doing in the Persian Gulf? The Persian Gulf is our home.”

Imam Khamenei said Iran must respond to perceived provocations with military action.

“The excessive demands of the powers should be confronted this way,” he added.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

03-05-2016 | 10:31

Imam Khamenei: Those Standing against Syria Hostile to Islam


Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, stressed his country’s firm support to Palestine and Syria.

Imam Khamenei received  the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement Ramadan Abdullah Shallah and his accompanying delegation on Sunday.Imam Khamenei receives Islamic Jihad movement chief Ramadan Abdallah Shallah

“Since from the very beginning, the Islamic Republic of Iran considered supporting Palestine as a duty, it will continue to fulfill its obligation in the future as well,” the leader said.

The Leader added that “defending the Palestinian cause” is enshrined in the very nature of the Islamic Republic.

Meanwhile, Imam Khamenei said that the Western governments, led by the United States, have initiated a war against the Islamic front in a bid to dominate the region.

“The [ongoing] developments in the region must be studied and analyzed from such a viewpoint, and within this framework, the issues of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Hezbollah are part of this large-scale confrontation,” the Leader said.

His eminence said the Islamic Republic continues to support the Syrian government “because those standing against Syria are in fact hostile to Islam in principle and are serving the interests of the US and the Zionist regime.”

The Leader also highlighted the strength of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, saying the Israeli regime is more “fearful” of Hezbollah than before.

Source: Agencies

02-05-2016 – 08:54 Last updated 02-05-2016 – 08:54

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Hamas Inches Toward Return to the Resistance Axis

A masked member of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, attends a news conference held by representatives of local militant factions on February 5, 2015 in Gaza City to condemn the decision of an Egyptian court to ban the armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement. AFP/Mohammed Abed
Published Saturday, February 7, 2015
Iran and Hamas have almost mended their relationship, even though Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has yet to visit Tehran. The two sides held long discussions in the last few days, which culminated with the Hamas delegation passing on the requests of their military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades. These included requests for supplies of Iranian weapons in preparation for any future conflicts.
Hamas’ political experience with the so-called “moderate Arabs,” and those close to the Muslim Brotherhood, has shown that Iranian support for the Palestinian cause and resistance to the Israeli occupation is more consistent. According to Hamas leaders, the last Israeli attack on Gaza — the third in six years — showed that the axis of Arab moderates, with which the organization tried to establish closer relations, stood against Hamas during the war.
Accordingly, meetings between Hamas leaders and those involved with the Palestinian question in Beirut and Tehran intensified after the end of the war. In Tehran, Iran and Hamas reached what has been called a “memorandum of understanding.” Perhaps the most important point, among the several covered, was preventing the Syrian conflict from affecting the relationship between Hamas and the resistance axis, and that it should not prevent the funding and arming of the Palestinian resistance — specifically the al-Qassam Brigades — with state of the art weapons to confront any new attack. In the past few days, Israeli media announced repeatedly that the Islamic Republic resumed sending money to Hamas “after two years of interruption.”
For Palestinians, this memorandum of understanding was the result of a “long internal evaluation by Hamas” concluding that “most of the Arab countries stood against Gaza in the last war.” That is why a Hamas leader said: “Our interests require us to stand with those who supply us with weapons.” As such, the Hamas delegation asked Iran to arm al-Qassam Brigades with high-precision surface to surface rockets and anti-aircraft missiles.

For Palestinians, this memorandum of understanding was the result of a “long internal evaluation by Hamas” concluding that “most of the Arab countries stood against Gaza in the last war.”

 A source familiar with the details of the visit said, “The Iranians agreed to our request because our experience with the war and an evaluation of the course it took confirmed that we need guided missiles that can hit targets inside Israel and cause more damage. Indiscriminate rockets will no longer do.”
These missiles have become a necessity for al-Qassam fighters, as they intend to train and arm themselves as though a war is going to break out tomorrow. Hamas officials expect “a war with the enemy in the near future because of the pressure on Gazans.” The organization’s spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri suggested as much yesterday, saying: “Continuing the siege will push Hamas to actions that might be described as insane.”
Besides the need for arms, the discussion centered around the Arab countries’ stand against Hamas and the role they played in prolonging the war on Gaza. Furthermore, they discussed Saudi pressure on Qatar to cut off relations with the Muslim Brotherhood, despite Doha’s repeated assurances to Hamas leaders that their bilateral relationship would not be affected by these pressures. All of this prompted Hamas to reposition itself, and the group has since made good progress with both Iran and Hezbollah. Now, the one remaining step is for the chairman of the political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, to visit Tehran.
The same sources say that “the visit almost happened but was delayed due to a disagreement between Tehran and Hamas over determining the agenda of the visit.” Hamas wants Meshaal to receive a proper reception. “A visit in which Abu al-Walid (Meshaal) does not meet the supreme leader (Khamenei) and the president is like praying without performing ablutions,” as one Hamas official put it. The Iranians reassured the visiting delegation that “Meshaal will receive a reception befitting his status.” However, Hamas’ concern that no such meeting would take place “postponed the visit until they are sure that Abu al-Walid will meet with the supreme leader.” The sources continue: “We demand this not for Meshaal’s sake, per se, but because he represents a movement with a significant presence on the ground.”
While Iranian sources in Beirut confirm that “Tehran’s relationship with Hamas is very good,” Israel’s assassination of six Hezbollah fighters in Syria’s Quneitra is proving to be another test for the relationship between the group and the resistance axis. Al-Qassam leader, Mohammed al-Daif, responded with a letter of condolences to Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. The letter, however, unleashed a political storm from outside and even from within Hamas that reached the point of denying the letter’s existence.
The letter’s language intended to demonstrate the warmth of the relationship between the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements, in addition to the strategy they are both formulating for future confrontations with Israel. Daif wrote: “All the forces of resistance in the nation should wage their next battle united as one, and their fires should intersect over our occupied land.” These words are not mere poetry. After all, they are sent by one military leader to another. Every word in the letter is well thought out, especially that Israel is monitoring Daif’s situation since the attempt on his life. Therefore, sources stress, “when Daif says “their fires should intersect over our occupied land,” he is serious. When Nasrallah says the resistance axis is one, from Iran to Palestine, he is also serious.” In Beirut, the two parties are trying to consolidate their relationship and ease the tension between their supporters. That is why Hamas is planning to hold meetings with its cadres in the coming days to “rehabilitate them, so as to ease the tension among the support base,” according to a party official. These meetings between Hamas’ leaders and cadres are not restricted to Lebanon either. The intention is to engage in “rehabilitation” wherever Hamas is present.

“The Iranian leadership’s rational approach and long-term strategy mean that Iranian support for Hamas will not stop because of their disagreement over Syria.”

Sources inside Hamas acknowledge that “the visit to Iran was facilitated by Nasrallah and Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ramadan Shallah who have been working together to improve relations with Hamas.” One observer says: “The Iranian leadership’s rational approach and long-term strategy mean that Iranian support for Hamas will not stop because of their disagreement over Syria.” He adds: “The Islamic Republic cannot abandon al-Qassam Brigades even if Tehran disagrees with the organization’s political bureau.”
Hamas, however, is facing internal difficulties, which hinder its return to the resistance axis, especially from its supporters inside Syria and the Salafi movement in Gaza. Its supporters in Syria created Facebook pages shaming Hamas for moving in this direction, arguing that the organization is “betraying the will of the Syrian people,” while attacks were leveled at Meshaal by Syrian forces opposed to this move.
Hamas sources stress that all these voices “irrespective of their positions or labels do not resonate with the movement’s leadership, which took a unanimous decision to consolidate the organization’s relationship with the resistance axis regardless of the price.” They point out that “disciplinary measures were taken against them and they will be officially held accountable… As for those close to the Salafi movement, we are not responsible for them and they have no bearing on improving relations.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.


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Resistance movements in the Gaza Stip strengthening ties with Tehran


While Erdogan doesn’t give even one bullet to Palestine, he tries to destroy Syria that suppllies any aids to Palestine

By: Abdel Rahman NassarHani Ibrahim

Published Thursday, October 23, 2014Al-Akhbar

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greets Ismail Haniya during a meeting in Tehran in February 2012. (Photo: AFP)

More than $250 million dollars were given annually to Hamas by Tehran. This allowed the movement to continue and resist international sanctions. However, this amount has become irrelevant after the latest war, which proved that Palestinians are only able to defend themselves through self-made weapons and supplies by the axis of Resistance to Gaza.
The relationship between Hamas and Iran goes back to 1991 and has grown gradually until the beginning of the crisis in Syria. Hamas took several positions, which distanced it from the axis. But today, the movement admits it has lost so much. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt could no longer be of any help and Gaza does not share borders with Qatar or Turkey. Doha and Ankara’s largest ambitions for a Palestinian state is one inside the 1967 borders, which is the demand of Fatah, while only Iran dares to speak about the total liberation of Palestine.
Although dialogue between Hamas and Iran came after its links with Fatah and Islamic Jihad, their bonds grew during the second intifada and got stronger with the formation of the Hamas government in Gaza and following major financial support from the Islamic Republic.
The honeymoon did not last though, with the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011 and Hamas’ leadership’s exit from Damascus. However, the latest war fought by the movement alongside other factions for 51 days led to a state of Iranian alert. This brought the focus back to bilateral relations and how they can be improved, something that could also be felt within Hamas.
Sources inside Hamas maintained the existence of a trend inside the movement, especially in Gaza, to strengthen relations with Iran. Objectively speaking, however, it will be difficult to convince its popular base of the move, based on the position from Syria and Yemen and the growing belief that locally-made weapons and their own capacity are enough. But the latest developments in Qatar and Turkey could become a useful justification.
According to sources, countries expressing sympathy with Hamas, like Qatar and Turkey, are incapable of playing a military or security role, or even a clear political role. This is especially true for Turkey, “a member of NATO which could suffer embarrassment.” Hamas understood this three years ago, specifically when Ankara declined to host a meeting for the movement’s Shura Council, the sources explained.
As for Qatar, the sources added, the agreement included several understandings entailing a united stance on the current crisis and issues.
Based on this,

“the [Hamas] politburo was allowed to operate in Doha, but the Resistance could not be funded.”

The sources revealed that a number of prisoners deported to Qatar had left the country, recently appearing on al-Aqsa television.

“This was timed with talk about Qatari arrangement to go back into the fold of the Gulf Cooperation Council.”

The war’s repercussions convinced Gaza’s leadership time and again that the only side willing to support Hamas militarily and officially is Iran.

The war’s repercussions convinced Gaza’s leadership time and again that the only side willing to support Hamas militarily and officially is Iran. To that end, additional sources from the Hamas leadership revealed that meetings were held recently between Iranian and Hamas officials in Beirut. They resulted in “steps to enhance bilateral relations.” 
The sources indicated that the move was urged by politburo member Mahmoud al-Zahar. 

“We need to develop our tools of resistance and reorganize our relationships with states who could help and assist without a price.”

Even the pro-Qatar wing recently acknowledged Zahar’s position. The politburo’s second deputy, Moussa Abu Marzouk said that Iran was the major player in “supporting the preparations for al-Asf al-Maakoul operation, through which the Palestinian Resistance faced the occupation using Iranian missiles as well as a locally-made rocket system simulating the Iranian one.”
“The current vision adopted by the Shura Council and some members of the political bureau requires that Hamas improve its relations with Iran in order for matters to return to how they were,” the Hamas sources reiterated. What should be noted is the call to improve the strategic environment of the “moderate countries,” especially Jordan and Egypt, allowing the movement to exit from its current crisis, which is considered the most severe.
Hamas official Ahmed Youssef described “internal discussions stressing the need to restore relationships with the Islamic Republic and Hezbollah.” In a press statement, he maintained that the movement owed Iran and “it is indispensable in any future arrangements.”
Youssef believed that

“Iran’s presence in the Palestinian scene was the most honest and it gave more than many in the region. It provided the Palestinians with millions of dollars without a fuss.”

Regarding its absence from the Gaza reconstruction conference, Youssef said

“whether it attended the conference or not, Iran’s contributions do not require an invitation.”

In a related matter, Islamic Jihad’s secretariat visited Tehran, meeting with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic Ali Khamenei.
Islamic Jihad representative in Lebanon Abu Imad al-Rifai said

it was “an important [visit] to a pivotal state in supporting the Resistance.” It dealt with “issues of extreme priority, such as supporting the resilience of the people of Gaza as an extension of the battle.”

The meeting included Islamic Jihad’s Secretary-General Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, his deputy Ziad al-Nakhaleh, its representative in Tehran, and other officials. The two major points discussed related to Jerusalem and the situation in occupied West Bank. However, Rifai did not believe the visit “on this level and at this time, meant that Islamic Jihad will be replacing Hamas for the Islamic Republic. Although the latest battle increased the strength of the relationship, the media goes too far in its projections.” Concerning the relationship with Iran, “simply, one could say for sure that no one will replace anyone else; everyone has their own role,” Rifai told Al-Akhbar.
Regarding Iranian support for the reconstruction of Gaza, Islamic Jihad sources indicated

“the support will compensate for some aspects and loopholes, which will not be covered by donor countries with certain conditions. It will also include humanitarian matters that are outside the focus of many.” As for delivering the aid, “the Resistance will use any means necessary.”

“After the experience of the three wars [on Gaza], we reached a belief that we could not liberate Palestine from Gaza.” – Abu Imad al-Rifai, Islamic Jihad representative in Lebanon

“Arming the West Bank,” however, raises the question of how and when? “After the experience of the three wars [on Gaza], we reached a belief that we could not liberate Palestine from Gaza,” 
Rifai explains. 

“The goal could only be achieved by arming the occupied West Bank and involving it in the struggle, with a focus on its strategic aspect, which could change the direction of the battle. In fact, the occupation remains in the West Bank to a large degree, through settlements and detention centers, which calls for a constant state of defence.”

What about Iran and Hezbollah
Iranian affairs expert and researcher at the Center of Strategic Studies in Iran and the Middle East, Moussa al-Kanani, said the Islamic Republic has a 

“steady position regarding support to the Palestinian questions and it cannot be changed. According to the constitution, the Supreme Leader forms the strategies and supreme policies of the state, including supporting Palestine.”

According to Kanani,

“centers of power in the Iranian state maintain that political and financial support to Hamas does not stop. Meetings between the two sides do not mention such details in the media, due to political and security measures. Iran is ready to receive Hamas’ politburo.”

Hezbollah expressed a similar viewpoint. Hassan Hobballah, in charge of the Palestinian dossier, maintained that relations will strengthen with all Palestinian factions “regardless of differing opinions, since resistance is a uniting factor.” Hobballah toldAl-Akhbar that meetings were held between Hezbollah and Hamas recently and “there are continuous phone communications between Hassan Nasrallah and Khaled Mishal.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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