Israellycool » BBC Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:43:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Playing The Holocaust Card Sun, 08 Mar 2015 19:17:41 +0000 Did Benyamin Netanyahu play the Holocaust card when he pointed out Elie Wiesel in the audience during his address to Congress? Jeremy Bowen of the BBC thinks so. He as much as said so in this tweet:

And after he was accused of anti-Semitism for tweeting that thought, he defended himself with this tweet:

So here’s what I think. Damn STRAIGHT Bibi played the Holocaust card. And he damned well has a RIGHT to do exactly that, as does every Jew everywhere FOREVER.

It happened, the Holocaust. It happened to US. Europe did it to us, while no one gave a damn.

No one bombed the train tracks to Auschwitz. The Brits didn’t ease Jewish immigration into Palestine, the Jews’ INDIGENOUS HOMELAND; and the New York Times did the best it could to relegate news of the slaughter to the back pages of the paper sandwiched between the flotsam and jetsam of inconsequential news pieces no one ever read or cared about.

And so get used to it, Mr. Bowen: every time a despot threatens to annihilate the Jewish people we are going to play the Holocaust card. We’re going to play it with everything we’ve got and we’re NEVER going to shy away from playing that card.

That card is our BIRTHRIGHT. It’s our heritage. And when once again Europe doesn’t give a fig about the Jews, we are damned well going to remind you what evils you are capable of perpetrating against our people if we sit back and let you.

But this time, NO. We’re NOT going to let you. Not you. Not your country, and not the whole of the entire European Union.Amin al Husseini und Adolf Hitler

Now last time around, Hitler got in real cozy with Mussolini and also with El Husseini. If this time Europe gets in cozy with its Muslim masses and closes its eyes to the particularity of the particular slaughter going on in Paris and the anti-Semitism that is now widespread in Germany, Belgium, France, Denmark, and yes, Britain, we are damned well going to play the Holocaust card.

Yes. We will. Forever.

We have earned that right.

Grave of Mendel Beilis

Grave of Mendel Beilis

But just to offer you some variety, we may decide to alternate that card with various other cards, for instance the blood libel card, the Spanish Inquisition card, or perhaps even the Chmielnicki card, though the latter may be a bit more difficult for you, Jeremy, to pronounce.

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A torture chamber of the Spanish Inquisition with with suspected heretics having their feet burned or being suspended with a rope from a pulley while scribes note down confessions. Engraving by B. Picart, 1722 (Wikimedia Commons)


Pogrom in Kishinev

Pogrom in Kishinev 1903

But the Holocaust card? We OWN that card. Forever.

And we get to use it whenever we wish. Which is whenever we need it. Which is like NOW.

Which is somewhat your fault, Jeremy, being as you are YES, someone who lives in EUROPE.

So I hope we’ve cleared that up for you, Jeremy: the card thing. The Holocaust. Who owns it. Who gets to use it when.

That would be us. Forever.


This blog is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend Ira Kurtz, z”l who never shied away from speaking the truth about those who would annihilate the Jews. Ira would have called Bowen out on his very obvious antisemitism, had he not passed away on the eve of Purim, of a sudden heart attack. Rest in peace, dear Ira.

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BBC Bowen Is Playing The Jew Hatred Card Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:14:10 +0000 Dave posted a solid round up of reactions to Netanyahu’s speech yesterday focusing on US politicians. But of course, we have to note that the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen also had his say. Taking one look at Elie Wiesel, who upon hearing Netanyahu would be speaking immediately took out a full page ad declaring he would be there, Bowen tweeted the following:

And here is exactly what Netanyahu said about the Holocaust:

But Iran’s regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem. The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So, too, Iran’s regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world. To understand just how dangerous Iran would be with nuclear weapons, we must fully understand the nature of the regime.

Netanyahu was stressing the universality of carnage in the whole of WWII, not just the Holocaust! He could have said 11 million (the approximate numbers of those killed directly by the Nazis) but he went even bigger stressing all those who died including combatants on all sides.

And of course this was popular amongst a loyal band of his followers:

But of course, where there is darkness, let us bring light:

And our own Jono fired back a couple of zingers:


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Must Watch: George Galloway Digs A Deeper Hole (Updated) Fri, 06 Feb 2015 07:54:37 +0000 On the BBC’s Question Time, an audience member asks why antisemitism is rising in the UK and whether George Galloway bears a certain responsibility for it.

After Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland gives his (not terrible) answer, Galloway himself gives his.

Make sure you watch the follow-up questions and answers from other panel members, not to mention the expression on Galloway’s face. The final question is also a must-see.

Attacking the questioner? Check

Attacking Jews? Check

Describing the killing of Hamas terrorists as murder? Check

Using biased Gaza Health Ministry (i.e. Hamas) statistics to make a point? Check

Attacking Christians? Check

Claiming Islamophobia is more prevalent than antisemitism? Check

Update: He’s not a happy camper.

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BBC Investigating Complaints Against Tim Willcox Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:40:30 +0000 You may recall following the recent terror attacks in France, the BBC’s Tim Willcox tried to blame Jews for the attacks.

Here’s a reminder:

Needless to say, many, like Reader B, complained to the BBC. And I assume, like Reader B, received the following boilerplate response:

Thanks for contacting us.

Tim Willcox has apologised for what he accepts was a poorly phrased question during an in-depth live interview with two friends, one Jewish and of Israeli birth, the other of Algerian Muslim heritage, where they discussed a wide range of issues affecting both the Muslim and Jewish communities in France. He had no intention of causing offence.

Tim sent the following tweet on 12 January: “Really sorry for any offence caused by a poorly phrased question in a live interview in Paris yesterday – it was entirely unintentional”.

We hope this goes some way in addressing your concerns.

Thanks again for contacting us.

Kind Regards

BBC Complaints

Not impressed by the sheer lameness of this response, Reader B wrote back, letting the BBC know that this was inadequate. To her credit, she elicited the following response from them:

Dear Ms B,

Thank you for contacting us to escalate the complaint you made to the BBC about comments made by Tim Willcox on the BBC News Channel during coverage of the events in Paris on 11 January.

As at least part of your complaint falls within the Editorial Complaints Unit’s remit for cases where there may have been a serious breach of the standards expressed in the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines, we are happy to investigate it.

As you may be aware, however, we have received a very large number of complaints on this issue, and if we were to deal with them in the normal way, investigating each complaint separately, it would be many weeks before some complainants received a finding. In order to reach a speedy determination on the essential issues, as they are reflected in the totality of the complaints we have received, we propose to deal with them in a slightly different way.

In my view, the essential points of complaint, raising particular editorial issues, which emerge from the complaints we have received, can be summarised as follows:

  • That the question put by Tim Willcox to an interviewee was misleading in that it linked the Paris killings in a kosher supermarket with events in the middle east;
  • That the question was offensive and anti-Semitic in that it suggested that all Jews were responsible for the actions of Israel;
  • That the question was offensive and anti-Semitic in that it suggested that Jews were responsible for the murder of other Jews;
  • That the question was offensive because it trivialised the holocaust;
  • That the question displayed bias against Israel;
  • That Tim Willcox’s comment “But you understand everything is seen from different perspectives” suggested there was a justification for the killings;
  • That the interviewee was not treated with appropriate respect;
  • That the terms of the apology from Tim Willcox were inadequate and failed to address what was inaccurate and offensive about his remarks;
  • That posting an apology on a private Twitter account was inadequate and that it should have been published by the BBC.

I believe that the relevant guidelines against which these should be considered are those concerning Accuracy, Impartiality and Harm and Offence (particularly relating to Portrayal)

The Accuracy guidelines say that:

“All BBC output, as appropriate to its subject and nature, must be well sourced, based on sound evidence, thoroughly tested and presented in clear, precise language. We should be honest and open about what we don’t know and avoid unfounded speculation. Claims, allegations, material facts and other content that cannot be corroborated should normally be attributed.”

The Impartiality guidelines say:

“Impartiality lies at the heart of public service and is the core of the BBC’s commitment to its audiences. It applies to all our output and services – television, radio, online, and in our international services and commercial magazines. We must be inclusive, considering the broad perspective and ensuring the existence of a range of views is appropriately reflected.

The Agreement accompanying the BBC Charter requires us to do all we can to ensure controversial subjects are treated with due impartiality in our news and other output dealing with matters of public policy or political or industrial controversy. But we go further than that, applying due impartiality to all subjects. However, its requirements will vary.

The term ‘due’ means that the impartiality must be adequate and appropriate to the output, taking account of the subject and nature of the content, the likely audience expectation and any signposting that may influence that expectation.

Due impartiality is often more than a simple matter of ‘balance’ between opposing viewpoints. Equally, it does not require absolute neutrality on every issue or detachment from fundamental democratic principles.”

The guidelines on Portrayal say that:

“We aim to reflect fully and fairly all of the United Kingdom’s people and cultures in our services. Content may reflect the prejudice and disadvantage which exist in societies worldwide but we should not perpetuate it. In some instances, references to disability, age, sexual orientation, faith, race, etc. may be relevant to portrayal. However, we should avoid careless or offensive stereotypical assumptions and people should only be described in such terms when editorially justified.”

If you wish to consult them yourself, the relevant Editorial Guidelines can be seen in full at:

In order to expedite consideration of the many complaints we have received we propose to use the summary above as the basis of a streamlined process of investigation. I appreciate that it may not address in detail all of the points you raised in your communication to us, but I believe that it does represent the issues within the ECU’s remit raised by the complaints taken together.

We will aim to let you know the outcome of our investigation by 23 February.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Bell

Complaints Director

Editorial Complaints Unit

Now that’s more like it.

Although I do not pretend to expect any meaningful action to be taken against Willcox for this. The BBC is, after all, the BBC.

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Fake BBC Site And Article Warning (Updated) Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:12:27 +0000 There is an absolutely shocking article being passed around at the moment. The article appears to be on the BBC website and dated 22nd January:

Are Jews and ‘Jewish Interests’ overrepresented in government?

BBC Religious Correspondent Caroline Wyatt investigates a question on the mind of a nation too afraid to ask it.

In rational, post-Enlightenment Europe, religion has long since been relegated to a safe space, with Judaism and Christianity the safe targets of satire in secular western societies.

Not so Islam. It is commonly held and agreed that the primary motive behind the Charlie Hebdo attack was to harm the cartoonists of the Paris based publication. 5 of the total number of victims killed were cartoonists. Only one cartoonist was listed as being Jewish.

The political spin given to the whole affair was one of ‘anti semitism’.

The shooting at the French Kosher Market was linked to the Charlie Hebdo atrocity solely on the grounds that the demands made by the hostage takers related to the perpetrators. And suddenly ‘Je Suis Juif’ placards materialise.

The problem is that it rests on a site called NEWS.BBC.UK.TO . The TO at the end stands for Tonga and so this site is utterly fake. Almost every link on the page does legitimately go back to the valid BBC.CO.UK site, but this one page has been created for nefarious means. I’m putting the URL here but I’m not linking to it. I took sensible precautions before visiting this page as I have no idea what malicious stuff may be running there.

The article itself peddles absolutely classic “over powerful Jews” controlling the world type stuff.

Fake BBC site+wm


It looks like this article might be an attempt to twist the following (legitimate) BBC story on its head by replacing Islam with Judaism. As a piece of satire it doesn’t work.

Paris attack highlights Europe’s struggle with Islamism

By Caroline Wyatt Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News

In the heart of Europe in 2015, the killing of cartoonists and journalists for allegedly insulting God still comes as a shock, despite the rising number of such attacks in recent years.

In rational, post-Enlightenment Europe, religion has long since been relegated to a safe space, with Judaism and Christianity the safe targets of satire in secular western societies.

Not so Islam. The battle within Islam itself between Sunni and Shia, so evident in the wars of the Middle East, and the fight between extremist interpretations of Islam such as those of Islamic State and Muslims who wish to practice their religion in peace, is now being played out on the streets of Europe with potentially devastating consequences for social cohesion.

It will be interesting to see where this crops up, if you see it being passed around, leave a comment and let us know and please link people to this post so they can understand what’s going on here. If you have any information about who set this up and what they were planning to achieve, we’d love to hear from you.

Update 29 Jan: The following article in the well respected site World Trademark Review has been brought to my attention and it’s well worth reading if you want more details on this.

A number of news reports appeared last week about a hoax BBC News article, hosted at ‘’, that went viral after claiming that video footage of the Charlie Hebdoattack in Paris was fake (screenshot here). For a time the article was modified to redirect to the Twitter account of Anonymous, the global hacker and activist network, but the hoax BBC site subsequently re-emerged this week, alongside another hoax site mimicking the Reuters UK website (at time of writing, a second fake BBC News site has just gone live at ‘’, illustrating the fast moving nature of these activities).

The first fake BBC News website (‘’) has been posting original content which mocks the BBCas well as content taken from other news sources (eg, this post is taken word-for-word from The Guardian). The bottom of the site has an altered BBC logo reading ‘Bread & Beer Circus’ and there is also an associated Twitter account (@BBCNews_couk) with the same name. The second fake BBC News site (‘’) was registered this week and more closely resembles the authentic site (comparison). Worryingly, it appears to be posting original (and controversial) content and falsely attributing actual BBC correspondents.

The fake Reuters UK website (‘’) was registered this week, and also contains content taken from other sites and fake news stories (this post merges misinformation about cannibals in Greece with word-for-word content from NY Times article). Furthermore, it uses elements from the legitimate Reuters UK website to closely mirror the original (comparison). These three hoax news websites appear to be linked due to a ‘Bread & Beer Circus’ account on content collating platform posting links from the websites within minutes of them going online.

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Cartoon: The Misadventures of Tim Willcox Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:22:27 +0000 Click image to enlarge

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BBC’s Willcox Reminds Us: A French Jew Is Ultimately A Jew Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:49:50 +0000 “Perspective” is today, often interchangeable with “narrative.” It’s a neat trick that allows one to say any old thing; a lie, propaganda, and call it “a different perspective.” That is apparently a favored journalistic device for Tim Willcox of the BBC. Willcox interviewed Chava, the French daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors, and as she was comparing the recent spate of anti-Semitic terror to the growth of Nazism in the Europe of the 1930’s he interrupted her, inserting this statement, “Many critics though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians have suffered hugely at Jewish hands, as well.”

With this statement, Willcox introduces a new topic, attempting to draw a parallel between two unrelated ideas, one of which is something that actually happened on several recent occasions: anti-Semitic terror in France in which Jews were killed for being Jewish, and one of which is based on anti-Israel propaganda and asks the world to accept that Israel causes Arab suffering, which is simply a lie.

Willcox asks Chava to conflate the murder of Jews with the imaginary cruelty of Israel against its Arab population.

More than this, he suggests that this imaginary cruelty against Arabs “at Jewish hands” is the catalyst of the recent murder of French Jews by Arabs in France.

Chava Tim Willcox Interview BBC

It doesn’t end there. In reality, Willcox is asking Chava to admit that the Jews of Paris, as Brian put it, had it coming to them.  They DESERVE to be attacked and killed in their synagogues, supermarkets, and places of work wherever they are in the world. Because to Willcox, Jews are Jews wherever they are. Jews in France therefore bear the onus for the actions of Jews in Israel and everywhere else. A Jew is a Jew is a Jew and nationality has nothing to do with it. A French Jew is ultimately a Jew.

Chava tries to get things back on track and finish her thought by saying that the two issues (Nazi Europe/Arab war on Israel) bear no relationship, however Willcox interrupts her once again, saying,  “But you understand, everything is seen from different perspectives?”

And here you have it: the truth doesn’t matter to Willcox. What matters is the narrative. He has chosen this narrative because he LIKES this narrative. He LIKES to paint the Jew evil. He likes to lump them all together in one neat bundle. He enjoys creating excuses for the violent deaths of Jews at the hands of Muslims, whom he sees as united with his European ethic of Jew-hatred.

"Tim Wilcox Westminster 2011" by Sunil060902 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

“Tim Wilcox Westminster 2011″ by Sunil060902 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

It’s a neat bundle because we say “Israel” instead of “Jews.” And now that everyone has accepted that the two words are synonyms, it is now possible to say “Jew” when you mean “Israel.”

Hence Willcox speaks of “Jewish hands” rather than “Israeli hands.”

Chava is the perfect shill for Willcox to raise the ante for this age-old narrative because her English sucks, frankly. While she is stumbling around searching for the words, he can interrupt at will, superimposing his ugly false Jew-hating narrative atop her story, her history, the story of the Jews, don’t you know, through the ages. Just as Willcox’s lies have their origins in ancient and not so ancient history.

Think Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Now it’s fine with me that this comes out now, this all-encompassing, no-holds-barred Jew-hatred by that bastion of world media, the BBC. I want Chava to know that ultimately, a Jew is a Jew is a Jew, no matter where he or she lands, in France, or in America. I want Chava to know that nothing has changed since the 1930’s—that EUROPE has not changed. That Jew hatred has not changed.

The fate of her parents is the fate she now faces. It comes in a different guise this time. Instead of red and black swastikas, it comes dressed as Islam. It is Kristallnacht all the same.



Chava, you will always be a Jew and those who hate you will always be many and cruel.

The way these things start is always the same. Some Jews, the smart ones, leave immediately. Others think, “This happens to other people in other towns on television and far away.”

These people stay.

And then it becomes more and more difficult to leave.

The borders close. The countries impose quotas. Money and property are confiscated.

I am not making this up. It is what happens, what has happened, again and again throughout history.

Chava, right now you can still leave. And you have a place to go. You have Israel.

THEY lump you with Israel. You might as well BE in Israel, making us strong, building our numbers, living in your indigenous territory, the only home we have worldwide.

It’s time to leave, Chava. Willcox is nobody special. Unless you prefer to see him as a sign from God that IT IS TIME TO LEAVE.

You will never be able to forget that you are a Jew because people like Willcox will invariably remind you. It doesn’t matter who you marry or where you live or even whether you convert. You will be a Jew.

You might as well be a Jew in Israel.

Come home, Chava.

Come home.

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BBC Tim Willcox Has To Find A Way To Blame Jews For Being Attacked (Updated) Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:03:56 +0000 This clip (uploaded by Jonathan Sacerdoti) is going viral, because it should. Tim Willcox just can’t let this Jewish French woman speak without butting in and pointing out perhaps the Jews in Paris had it coming because, well, Palestine. Palestine, Palestinians, occupation, Gaza, settlements, apartheid. It’s all there in the subtext and now it’s spilling out of the BBC with barely any disguise. Blame the Jews.

Back in November Tim Willcox also let his true feelings about Jews show. BBC Watch has the story.

Update: If you want to express your displeasure directly to Tim Willcox himself, here is a link to his Twitter account.

Please don’t tweet to this guy, who is the wrong Tim Wilcox (one “L”):

Update: Varda has written an excellent deconstruction of what this means.

Update 14:24: Tim Willcox has tweeted out what he believes to be is an apology. His “poorly phrased question” was “entirely unintentional” he says. Yes, Freudian slips that reveal how you really think tend to be entirely unintentional.

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Who Is Asghar Bukhari? Fri, 09 Jan 2015 08:39:35 +0000 Yesterday, I posted some portions of the debate on freedom of speech featuring the fabulous Douglas Murray and Asghar Bukhari, a founding member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK). Here is the full debate:

Note how Bukhari tries to come across as reasonable, talking about demonization (including of Jews) and stating Muslims are “not human enough or respected enough to have any feelings.” He even invokes the treatment of Jews in Germany to make his point.

Well, Bukhari talk with forked tongue. He’s not a nice person who cares about other ethnic groups like Jews. Not at all.

Exhibit A:

Incidentally, BBC journalist Natalia Golysheva responded to that tweet as follows – and promptly removed it (but thanks to screenshots!)

natalia golysheva

Exhibit B:

One of Britain’s most prominent speakers on Muslim issues is today exposed as a supporter of David Irving, the controversial historian who for years denied the Holocaust took place.
Asghar Bukhari, a founder member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), which describes itself as Britain’s largest Muslim civil rights group, sent money to Irving and urged Islamic websites to ask visitors to make donations to his fighting fund.

Bukhari contacted the discredited historian, sentenced this year to three years in an Austrian prison for Holocaust denial, after reading his website. He headed his mail to Irving with a quotation attributed to the philosopher John Locke: ‘All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to stand idle.’

In one email Bukhari tells Irving: ‘You may feel like you are on your own but rest assured many people are with you in your fight for the Truth.’ Bukhari pledges to make a donation of £60 to Irving’s fighting fund and says that he has asked ‘a few of my colleagues to send some in too’. He also offers to send Irving a book, They Dare to Speak Out, by Paul Findley, a former US Senator, who has attacked his country’s close relationship with Israel. Bukhari says Findley ‘has suffered like you in trying to expose certain falsehoods perpetrated by the Jews’.

In a follow-up letter, Bukhari writes: ‘Here is the cheque I promised. Good luck, if there is any other way I can help please don’t hestitate to call me. I have also asked many Muslim websites to create links to your own and ask for donations.’

Bukhari confirmed sending the letters in 2000. ‘I had a lot of sympathy for anyone who opposed Israel,’ Bukhari told The Observer said. ‘I wrote letters to anyone who was tough against the Israelis – David Irving, Paul Findley, the PLO.”I don’t feel I have done anything wrong, to be honest. At the time I was of the belief he [Irving] was anti-Zionist, being smeared for nothing more then being anti-Zionist.

‘The pro-Israeli lobby often accused people of anti-Semitism and smear tactics against groups and individuals is well known. I condemn anti-Semitism as strongly as I condemn Zionism (in my opinion they are both racist ideologies). I also believe that anyone who denies the Holocaust is wrong (I don’t think they should be put behind bars for it though).’

Exhibit C:

Just last night he was debating with various ex-members of al-Muhajiroun on Facebook about the legitimacy of voting. Asghar proposed that voting in democratic elections as a way to defeat the Zionists could be thought of as jihad. His opponent disagreed with this understanding, making Asghar rather annoyed that anybody should think that he rejects violence as legitimate jihad.


Exhibit D:

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You get my drift. And there’s many more examples that could be used as exhibits, to the extent that we could have an entire museum dedicated to the terror supporting, Jew-hating endeavors of this evil specimen.

Now this is a guy asked to represent the Muslim position on many a talk show and news program. He’s supposedly a more respectable voice for the Muslim community.

If he is one of the “moderates” we keep hearing about then G-d help us all.

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Video: BBC Reporter Quentin Sommerville Blooper Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:13:38 +0000 The BBC’s Quentin Sommerville was reporting on a drug bust in Afghanistan, in front of a pile of burning heroin, opium, and hashish.

Can you guess what happens next?

a) He gets as high as a kite

b) He gets too close to the pile and catches on fire

c) He starts making sense

Watch to find out.

The BBC News has never been this accurate before.

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