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Jerusalem under assault
"Judaization" of Jerusalem
Jerusalem under assault
In 2009 the Palestinian Authority has initiated an unprecedented campaign of historical revision and anti-Israel libels concerning Jerusalem, the focal point being the erasure and denial of 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem.

In addition, the PA disseminates the libel that Israel is acting both to expel Arabs from Jerusalem and to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Jerusalem libels are designed to evoke religious hatred by portraying Israel and the Jews as a threat to Arabs and Islam.

This section documents the recent intensification of the Palestinian Authority's campaign of distortion, historical revision and hate incitement surrounding Jerusalem.

This cartoon with the caption "Judaization of Jerusalem" shows, from right to left, a sinister-looking Jew first sharing the chair with an Arab and then shoving him off.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, official PA daily, Feb 24, 2009]
"Judaization" of Jerusalem
Since Jews are said to have no connection to Jerusalem, nor any right to live in the city, any Israeli action in Jerusalem is defined as "Judaization" and an attempt to erase the city's supposedly authentic Islamic Arab character. The PA has launched an incendiary libel campaign which presents as fact the lie that Israel is acting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to expel Arabs from the city. The goal of this PA alarmist campaign is to promote fear and hatred of Jews and Israelis.

[It should be noted that the PA allegation that Israel is pursuing a policy of ridding Jerusalem of its Arab inhabitants is blatantly untrue. In fact, according to May 2009 statistics released by the Jerusalem Center for Israel Studies, since Israel’s liberation of all of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War, Jerusalem's Jewish population has increased by 186%, with the Arab population of east Jerusalem growing by 291%, almost twice the growth rate of the Jewish population.]
PA Foreign Ministry warns against “catastrophic dangers and consequences of the Judaizing excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2019
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates warns about the dangers of the Judaizing excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City [of Jerusalem]”
       “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates warned about the catastrophic dangers and consequences of the Judaizing excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Israel does not excavate under the Temple Mount; see note below –Ed.), the Old City [of Jerusalem], and the village of Silwan (i.e., a neighborhood in Jerusalem) – what is known in the media as ‘the tunnel network’… The ministry held the occupation government fully and directly responsible for the excavations, their consequences, and their severe ramifications for the lives of the Palestinian residents.”

Excavations under the Temple Mount - The Israeli daily Haaretz has stated that the excavations do not reach beneath the mosque: "Despite complaints from the Islamic Movement and Palestinian groups, not a single dig penetrates beneath the [Temple] Mount." [Haaretz, May 24, 2016]
Cartoon in PA daily depict Jews painting over woman’s face representing Jerusalem
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2019

Cartoon published in the official PA daily

Headline: “Jerusalem”

The cartoon shows the head of an Arab woman wearing a head covering, apparently representing Jerusalem, and in the background are the silhouettes of mosques and churches. Three small Jews wearing kippahs (Jewish skullcaps) and standing in cranes with Stars of David on them and on a platform are painting the woman’s face and head covering. Around the woman’s neck is a security wall.
Fatah official: Cable car in Jerusalem is part of “Judaization” plot to change the city’s nature “through excavations, the theft of history and antiquities”… and creating “facilities for the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2019
      “The so-called Israeli ‘Infrastructure Committee’ ratified the plan for the cable car in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem that will connect the Mount of Olives to the Al-Buraq [Wall] (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) plaza (sic., the cable car project is to go up to the Dung Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City... whose goal is to connect East Jerusalem to West [Jerusalem]… The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said that the ratification constitutes clear insistence on Judaizing Jerusalem and its landmarks, and making it foreign to its sacred Arab-Islamic-Christian reality.  Secretary-General of the [Islamic-Christian] Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Hanna Issa noted that this plan is most dangerous, as it has a role in the Judaization of the holy city [Jerusalem], as it completes the Judaization plots that are being carried out on the ground through excavations, the theft of history and antiquities, the construction of settlements, the construction of synagogues, and the establishment of Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) parks. Issa added: ‘The cable car that they intend to establish will lead to the destruction of the holy city’s image, and will make Judaizing changes to it that will overshadow its Arabness.’ He emphasized that these new [Jewish] landmarks and parks are nothing but facilities for the alleged Temple.”

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PA TV reporter: Israel “steals” Palestinian dishes, commits “evil assault” to “Judaize our dishes, attributes them to its truly fake identity”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 20, 2019

Official PA TV reporter:
“We will get to know this [food] festival and the Palestinian dishes featured at it that we are preserving. The occupation is recently attempting to steal this Palestinian heritage… We are very happy with this festival, whose messages are important in light of the evil assault on our heritage and on all the components of the Palestinian identity…"
Director of the Al-Sham Lands Master Chef Samer Abu Jum’a: “We want to instill knowledge in the young people about the Palestinian cuisine, and to give them a new vision of our Palestinian dishes. Let’s not forget to protect them from Judaization and the evil assault against us, and the theft of Palestinian dishes. A number of dishes have been stolen.” …
Reporter: “What was your impression of the Western world, given that the occupation is attempting to Judaize our dishes and attribute them to its truly fake identity? … Tell me how we can spread the Palestinian dishes more and fight the evil assault on our Palestinian heritage and on the Palestinian dishes, which the occupation is of course attempting to attribute to itself.”
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Calls to boycott Rami Levy supermarket in Jerusalem features cart full of skulls: "Do not be the occupation`s partner in the Judaization of the city; Economic normalization is treason"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 13, 2019
Official PA TV program, Affairs from the Capital, on the opening of a Rami Levy complex in Atarot, near Jerusalem
 
The screenshot shows the opening of a Rami Levy shopping complex in the Atarot industrial area near Jerusalem.

Text on bottom right: "On lands of the [Palestinian] residents of Beit Hanina, Israeli businessman Rami Levy opened a large shopping complex"

The screenshot shows a woman with a shopping cart with various items. In the reflection in the mirror next to her, her cart is full of skulls.
 

Text on upper left side: "Do not be the occupation's partner in the Judaization of the city."
Text on upper right side: "Economic normalization is treason."
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Fatah official is against “Judaizing” and “desecration of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas” by Israel; “Normalization with [Israel] under any pretext constitutes part of the growing plot against our people’s struggle”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 11, 2019
      "Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki said that the reports in the Israeli media about the visits of official Arab delegations to the Israeli entity (apparently referring to reports in January 2019 that at least 3 delegations from Iraq visited Israel in 2018 –Ed.) , 'if their validity is proven,' constitute a deep stab to the heart of the Palestinian national conflict...
Zaki added that ‘these reports’ are arriving in the shadow of the large battle that our people is waging in Jerusalem – which the settlers are treating as they please under the protection of the occupation forces, the American administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Zionist entity’s capital, the Israeli Parliament’s laws about annexing Jerusalem and Judaizing it, and the desecration of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas by the settlers through recurring invasions and the threat to destroy the walls of [the Old City of] Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
Zaki emphasized that normalization with the occupation under any pretext constitutes part of the growing plot against our people’s struggle. He explained that the Palestinian people, through its struggle, has always constituted an impregnable wall against the colonialist Zionist project that wants to take over the resources of the Arab peoples, and against the spread of Zionism towards the Arab region.”
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PA envoy: “The Palestinian people has been suffering for 70 years from evil plots that have strived to falsify its history, erase its identity, Judaize its holy sites, expropriate its land, [and] steal its natural resources”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2018
Headline: "The Arab League held the occupation government legally and criminally responsible for its crimes"
     "Ambassador of the State of Palestine in Egypt and its Permanent Representative in the Arab League Diab Al-Louh… said to the Arab League extraordinary council at the permanent representative level that the Israeli occupation is continuing to commit crimes against our people in all forms and manners. He noted that the Palestinian people has been suffering for 70 years from evil plots that have strived to falsify its history, erase its identity, Judaize its holy sites, expropriate its land, steal its natural resources, and destroy its social, cultural, and economic infrastructures. The goal of all these criminal plots and of the racist Israeli settlement policy is to erase the Palestinian presence from this land, destroy the elements of the Palestinian people’s resolve in its homeland, and deny the Palestinian person his humanitarian and political rights so that he will remain dependent on the will of the Israeli occupier."
PA Foreign Ministry accuses Israel of stealing archeological artifacts and carrying out “falsification or Judaization” of archeological sites
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2018
Headline: “The [PA Ministry of] Foreign Affairs and Expatriates demands an international investigation on the issue of antiquities theft by the occupation”
    “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates demanded that UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) and the [UN] World Tourism Organization launch a serious investigation on the issue of the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian antiquities, as they are severe violations of international law… The ministry explained yesterday [Nov. 11, 2018] that the investigation would be a prelude to pressure on the occupation authorities to return all of the archaeological items that they have taken over by force, and stopping the falsification or Judaization of these archaeological sites. [The ministry] noted that ‘the settler tourism’ that Israel’s official establishment is organizing, supervising, and funding in cooperation with the settler councils in the occupied West Bank… has escalated recently, and the colonialist mentality is not stopping here, but rather is moving on to also taking over the archaeological and tourist sites, stealing the Palestinian antiquities, and presenting them – both in Israel and outside of it – as ‘antiquities that were found in the West Bank’ in order to establish the occupation’s narrative.”

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PA TV: “Israel has not stopped stealing everything that belongs to Palestine and affiliating it with itself, and marketing it as part of its alleged heritage” including snakes, as part of “Judaizing” the land
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 7, 2018
Official PA TV News, on Israel declaring the Palestine Viper its national snake

Official PA TV newsreader: “In Tel Aviv, what is called the [Israel] ‘Nature [and Parks] Authority’ has announced the Palestine Viper as a national symbol, after calling it the [Land of] Israel Viper. This comes as part of the occupation’s programs that are meant to steal everything Palestinian.”
Official PA TV reporter: "As part of the operation of Judaizing the land of Palestine, the occupation intends to steal the cultural and civilizational heritage, and especially the popular foods and clothing, and the animals' names…  The Israeli Nature Authority announced the change of this snake's name – which is known historically on the Arab and global level as the Palestine Viper that continues to constitute a national symbol from among the symbols of biodiversity in Palestine. Israel has not stopped stealing everything that belongs to Palestine and affiliating it with itself, and marketing it as part of its alleged heritage. It is attempting with all of its might to convince the world that it has the right to Palestine and is rooted in history through its attempts to distort the facts on the ground. Even the snake – whose homeland has been stolen, whose name has been stolen, and who the occupation falsely affiliates with itself – is additional proof of its effort to write its history, even if through theft."

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Fatah official: “We will continue to pursue” Palestinians who sell property in Jerusalem to Israelis “in order to protect the property in Jerusalem from Judaization”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 5, 2018
Headline: "The break-in to a [Jerusalem] district building –message understood"
      "'Message understood. We will not heed it and will not abandon the members of our people in occupied Jerusalem, and we will continue to act for them' – this was the position of senior officials from Jerusalem in response to the break-in by occupation forces into a Jerusalem district building… District Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith said to WAFA: 'The message that the occupation wanted to convey to us is that we will not operate in Jerusalem, but Jerusalem will remain the place to which our faces are lifted. What occurred was an attack with American backing against the institutions, against our people, and against everything Palestinian.' … Fatah Movement Secretary in Jerusalem Shadi Mattour said: 'We will continue to pursue those who illegally transfer property in Jerusalem to the occupation. These steps by the occupation will not prevent the members of our people from excommunicating them and stopping them in order to protect the property in Jerusalem from Judaization.' … Mattour explained: 'Even if they target the offices and institutions, we will work from the street in order to serve the members of our people in Jerusalem.'"

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Fatah calls on Palestinians to boycott Jerusalem municipal elections: "Don’t Judaize Jerusalem, Don’t give the occupation legitimacy"
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 29, 2018
Five posters were published on Fatah's official Facebook page on Oct. 29, 2018, the day before Israel's munical elections took place. Residents of East Jerusalem who are not Israeli citizens can vote in the Jerusalem municipal elections. All the posters have a logo  in the upper right corner showing a ballot box which is crossed out. Text on the logo says: “Boycott the occupation’s municipal elections.”


Posted text: “Don’t Judaize Jerusalem
Don’t give the occupation legitimacy
Don’t participate
Boycott the occupation’s municipal elections”

Text on left side of image: “Don’t Judaize Jerusalem
Don’t give the occupation legitimacy
Don’t participate
The National and Islamic Forces in Jerusalem”
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PA Foreign Ministry warns against "Israeli Judaization steps," claims Israel is "preparing the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged 'Temple' in its place"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 3, 2018
    "In another statement, the [PA] Ministry [of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates] warned the international community in general, and the Arab world and the Islamic world in particular, about the catastrophic results of the Israeli Judaization steps and about their implications for the Al-Aqsa Mosque, its plazas, and its surroundings. The ministry saw in these steps of Judaization significant advancement towards the great upheaval for which the right-wing that rules Israel is preparing: the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged 'Temple' in its place."
PLO official attacks “policy of Judaizing the education and Israelizing the curricula that the occupation state is implementing” in Jerusalem
Source: Al-Quds, Sept. 27, 2018
    “Head of the PLO Department of Education and Higher Education [and Teaching] and PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Ali Abu Zuhri… commented on the suffering befalling the education system – and particularly in Jerusalem – in light of the occupation’s actions, and demanded to support the education institutions in Jerusalem and to come out against the policy of Judaizing the education and Israelizing the curricula that the occupation state is implementing.”
PA Minister of Education meets with representatives of donor countries, claims Israel is committing “violations against education,” and that there is a “policy of Israelization and Judaization in Jerusalem”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 27, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Education discussed increasing the support for the education sector with the donors and its international partners”

“The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education… held the regular meeting yesterday [Sept. 26, 2018] with the donors and international partners, in order to increase the cooperation and help the education sector.
Participating in the meeting were [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam… Ambassador of Finland to the State of Palestine Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen, Director of the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) office in Palestine Lodovico Folin Calabi, representatives of other donor states, and international and national partners…
Regarding the violations against education, Saidam said: ‘We are continuing our efforts to curb the occupation’s attack and its targeting of schools and educational institutions. We have increased the presence of the ministry’s teams in Khan Al-Ahmar (i.e., a site where Palestinian Bedouins illegally erected dwellings and a school; see note below –Ed.), and we are struggling against the policy of Israelization and Judaization in Jerusalem, as the occupation’s attack against the education in the city is continuing, and the occupation is declaring this explicitly. Therefore we have declared this year as “the year of education in Jerusalem,” in order to defend the holy city and the education sector in it’…
Saidam sent two messages, the first to the donors, in which he emphasized that education is Palestine’s future… and the second to the education community: ‘Continue recording achievements despite the obstacles that the occupation is placing, and continue to work with team spirit.’"

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Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs repeats libel: Israel is making “criminal attempts to divide, destroy, and Judaize [the Al-Aqsa Mosque]”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2018
Headline: "Al-Habbash gave a letter from President Abbas to the Ivory Coast president"
      "Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash… gave the Friday sermon yesterday [Sept. 7, 2018] at the great Plateau Mosque in Abidjan, Ivory Coast… Al-Habbash emphasized the need for the unity of the nation and Muslims throughout the world around the cause of Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, as it is the central cause of the Muslims, and also emphasized the need to stop the ongoing crime against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is bowing under the yoke of the occupation and is being subjected to criminal attempts to divide, destroy, and Judaize it."
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PA Religious Affairs Minister: Israel is planning “the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of their [Jews’] alleged Temple;” PA Mufti: Israel wants to “Judaize” Jerusalem
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2018
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that the occupation’s actions in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are a dangerous violation… the last of which being the excavations that the occupation institutions are conducting underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Israel does not excavate under the Temple Mount; see note below –Ed.). He added that these excavations threaten its structures, plazas, and the lives of the members of our people who visit it… Ida’is emphasized the severity of the recent developments in the Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He noted that this requires a Palestinian, Islamic, and international position appropriate to the violations, which are advancing in a systematic and planned manner up to the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of their alleged Temple… On the same matter, [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, [and Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman] Muhammad Hussein warned that the excavations that the occupation authorities are conducting in the region of the Umayyad palaces… are disastrous. He predicted that all of the Islamic structures in the region would be undermined, and afterwards would be destroyed in order to change the holy city’s identity and completely Judaize it.”
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Palestinian officials: “Judaizing” Festival of Lights in Jerusalem’s Old City is part of a “plan to erase its Arab, Islamic, and Christian nature, and to give an impression that the city is Jewish”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2018
     “Jerusalem sank into the darkness of the Judaizing Festival of ‘Lights’ (i.e., the Jerusalem Festival of Light) that the Jerusalem Municipality organized over the past week… Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) representative Attorney Ahmed Al-Ruweidi said that ‘What is happening in Jerusalem comes as part of a plan to erase its Arab, Islamic, and Christian nature, and to give an impression that the city is Jewish. The “Judaizing” Festival of “Lights” in Jerusalem, which the occupation municipality is holding for the 10th consecutive year (s ic., 9th year), comes as part of a number of Israeli projects… [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh, and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Muhammad Hussein considered the ‘Judaizing’ Festival of ‘Lights’ as ‘a historical, cultural, and heritage injustice [against] the sites and residents of Jerusalem, and particularly as the festival is taking place at the most important gate of the Old City.’”

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Call by PLO to boycott the Jerusalem Municipal Elections to protest Israel’s attempts at “Judaization” of Jerusalem published in official PA daily
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2018
Headline: “The [PLO] Popular National Conference [of Jerusalem] calls to boycott the elections for the occupation’s municipality in Jerusalem”

“The [PLO] Popular National Conference [of Jerusalem] renewed its call to all the members of our people in occupied Jerusalem to completely boycott the elections for the occupation’s municipality in the occupied city, in light of the fact that these elections are an imperialistic arrangement and an inseparable part of the policy of Judaizing the holy city, which is at full strength in different fields.”
General supervisor of PA official media calls to prevent the Eurovision from being held in Jerusalem to prevent “legitimization of the Israeli occupation and the Israeli actions, such as Judaization”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2018
Headline: “Assaf turns to the Arab and European institutions in order to prevent the Eurovision from being held in Jerusalem”
      “General Supervisor of the Official Media, Minister Ahmad Assaf, yesterday [July 3, 2018] thanked Chairman of the Arab States Broadcasting Union Muhammad Al-Awwash, Secretary-General of the Union Abd Al-Rahim Suleiman, and all of the bodies that responded to the call to intervene with European institutions in order to prevent the Eurovision from being held in occupied Jerusalem. It should be noted that Assaf sent dozens of letters to Arab and European bodies, in which he warned against this event being held in Jerusalem due to it being occupied Palestinian land... In his letters, which he sent to the Arab League and to European institutions, he explained that holding the Eurovision in occupied Jerusalem would mean legitimization of the Israeli occupation and the Israeli actions, such as Judaization and the destruction of Palestinian houses. He added that this is a severe violation of international law...”

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PA government: Light Festival in Jerusalem is "Judaization;" Jerusalem has been Arab "since the dawn of history"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 2, 2018
      "The [PA] national unity government yesterday [July 1, 2018] condemned the Judaizing festival called the International Festival of Light, which the occupation authorities are holding in occupied Jerusalem. Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said: 'What the occupation authorities call the International Festival of Light in our occupied capital is nothing but one of the means of Judaization, which the occupation authorities are attempting to impose.' He added: 'The reality requires that the festival be called the Blackout Festival and not the Festival of Light as they call it, as the occupation is attempting to use all means for its dark goals, and this includes the light and its beauty, in order to guarantee that an additional blackout will be imposed on the history and present of the most holy and ancient Arab city…' Al-Mahmoud said that the entire world agrees that East Jerusalem is an occupied Palestinian city, and more than 138 states recognize it as the capital of the State of Palestine. He added that most of the historians, Arabs and foreigners, and among them Israelis too, recognize the Arabness of Jerusalem since the dawn of history (sic., the first Arab conquest of Jerusalem was in 638 CE)."

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