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Pain of Hamas boycott worse than feared for Gaza's people
Financial Times.com ^ | May 9 2006 | Harvey Morris

Posted on 05/09/2006 9:26:10 AM PDT by Leisler

The international boycott of Hamas is having some unintended consequences.

Staff at the Palestinian Authority's environmental protection agency are grounded for lack of petrol money and are no longer able to monitor levels of industrial waste and sewage entering the water supply.

Surgeons at Gaza's biggest hospital have suspended non-essential surgery for lack of sutures, laboratory kits and anaesthetics.

The owner of a once-prosperous supermarket is pondering whether he can extend the credit limit of customers - who long since ran out of cash - without going broke himself.

As the World Bank re-ported at the weekend, the economic crisis confronting the Palestinians is even worse than that projected when international donors announced a cut-off of direct aid to the Hamas-led government.

Its own estimate that personal incomes would sink by 30 per cent this year while the number of people living in poverty would rise from 44 to 67 per cent of the population appears, in the words of the report, to have been too rosy.

The paper was prepared ahead of Tuesday's Middle East Quartet meeting in New York at which the US, European Union, United Nations and Russia will have to decide whether restrictions on aid will force Hamas to modify its stance towards Israel or, more likely, as the World Bank warns, provoke a humanitarian crisis, increased violence and the collapse of the PA.

The poor, many living in refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank, have had to adjust to living on humanitarian handouts since an Israeli ban on day labourers entering Israel deprived them of their readiest source of income.

The latest crisis, however, has begun to hit the middle classes, among them government employees who have remained at their desks in spite of facing a third straight month without pay.

Nabil Zakout, assistant director-general of the PA's Environment Quality Auth-ority, has not had a pay slip since March 5.

Mr Zakout's income was always modest - the equivalent of $500 a month for a senior grade post. With a $25,000 mortgage and four children to feed, he is surviving on loans from relatives until the money runs out.

Like most of his staff, he still turns up for work every day. "It's better to be employed with no pay than not to be employed at all."

But the British-trained water engineer is concerned about the wider impact of the crisis.

"There can be very serious consequences if institutions can't operate. In our case, water and air quality can deteriorate if we can't monitor," he says.

At Gaza's Shifa hospital, 1,300 doctors, nurses and administrators - also unpaid since March - are struggling to maintain essential services.

"Ninety per cent of people in the Gaza Strip depend on government health services," says Ibrahim al-Habash, hospital director. "We've suffered in the past but now it's worse and there is a real shortage of medication and other supplies. On top of that, some staff can't even afford the fare to work any more."

Ismail el-Jadba, a vascular surgeon, gets by on the salary his wife earns as a physician with Unrwa, the UN refugee agency not affected by the aid boycott, plus work at a private out-patient clinic. "That used to bring me Shk500 ($110) a day. Now it's down to Shk50."

Many of the 160,000 public employees now survive on credit - their combined debts amount to $340m, according to the European Commission - or on help from their families. "Palestinians are very close and what little they have they share," said Mr Zakout. "We haven't lost our social fabric. We're not that western yet".

At the Lebanon Paradise supermarket, an elderly veiled woman has come to beg for change. "A woman like that would never have done such a thing before," says Imad M'ttar, the owner, as he counts the day's takings - Shk1,940 ($430).

In the same day, he gave credit to trusted customers of twice that amount. "This store used to take $5,000 a day. Now no one has any money. I've had to lay off five of my 10 staff. I deal with a lot of government institutions and they always paid up. Now they want me to double their credit".

So far, few are blaming Hamas for their plight, in spite of the fact that the Islamist group's refusal to recognise Israel, lay down its weapons and abide by existing agreements provoked the international boycott.

"I didn't vote for Hamas or for Fatah," says Mr Zakout. "At the beginning of the boycott, we believed the west would eventually see our point of view because everyone knew it was a free and democratic election. Who's suffering? Not Hamas ministers or Fatah leaders but the people."

There is, nevertheless, concern that a deteriorating economic situation will exacerbate tensions between Hamas and Fatah. Three men were killed in clashes between the two factions yesterday. The mood is made worse by daily shellfire that booms almost constantly from the northern Gaza Strip as the Israeli army responds to sporadic rocket fire by militants.

Hamas insists that Palestinian steadfastness will prevail. "They have misunderstood the Arab mentality," says Khalil Abu Leila, a Hamas leader in Gaza. "As long as the pressure increases on Hamas, the more popular it will become. If it accepts conditions, its popularity will decrease


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"So far, few are blaming Hamas for their plight, in spite of the fact that the Islamist group's refusal to recognise Israel, lay down its weapons and abide by existing agreements provoked the international boycott."

The West should revist the no money policy. Like, in 2016.

1 posted on 05/09/2006 9:26:12 AM PDT by Leisler
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To: Leisler

Life is tough and shi'ite hasppens..


2 posted on 05/09/2006 9:27:39 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Leisler

Listen, I have a whole box of single edge razors I'll donate if the palis promise to use them to cut their own wrists.


3 posted on 05/09/2006 9:28:21 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Leisler

Yup. If they're not blaming Hamas yet, then they're not hungry enough.


4 posted on 05/09/2006 9:29:35 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Leisler

Hamas was VOTED in. These people are getting just what they wanted. This isn't the case of a dictator imposing it's will; it's a "nation" of islamofascists and terrorits who are suffering.

It's about time.


5 posted on 05/09/2006 9:29:44 AM PDT by Kieri (Dump "Dangerously Incompetent" Debbie, Support Keith Butler for Senate)
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To: Leisler

Gotta suck electing terrorists to be your leaders.

Especially if you are incapable of taking care of yourself.


6 posted on 05/09/2006 9:29:58 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa)
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To: Leisler

Are not these the same people that celebrated 9/11? Doesn't this mean we can celebrate their demise at the hands of "reality"? Shoosh, they have their state and now find out they have nothing to eat. Well I am sure that the PA will set things straight real quick.


7 posted on 05/09/2006 9:30:28 AM PDT by tigtog
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To: SittinYonder

Wonder if they're still cheering 9/11?


8 posted on 05/09/2006 9:31:01 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa)
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To: tigtog

LOL ... yeah, what you said.


9 posted on 05/09/2006 9:31:46 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa)
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To: Leisler

Well, I guess when you spend all your available funds on nail-embroidered dynamite homicide-suicide vests and ground-to-ground missles for murdering as many infidels as possible, you can't pay for local necessities like public sanitation and hospitals. So sad.

I'm just glad we aren't subsidizing these absurdities any longer, and hope that we and the rest of the non-islamofascist world stick to that policy in the future.


10 posted on 05/09/2006 9:33:42 AM PDT by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
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To: Leisler
You like my new suit?

Yet Hamas dismisses Western demands that it recognize Israel and renounce violence. Hamas fears an about-face would hurt it politically by making it look weak, said pollster Nader Said of Bir Zeit University. The militant group's exiled leaders, beholden to hard-line states Iran and Syria, have also crushed any compromise ideas floated by Hamas leaders in the West Bank and Gaza. For now, most Palestinians blame the West and Abbas for the crisis, and believe the new democratically elected government is being treated unfairly by the international community, said the pollster.

11 posted on 05/09/2006 9:34:06 AM PDT by Leisler (Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim.)
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To: sheik yerbouty

GREAT!


12 posted on 05/09/2006 9:34:19 AM PDT by BIGZ
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To: Joe Boucher

"Listen, I have a whole box of single edge razors I'll donate if the palis promise to use them to cut their own wrists."

That's essentially what they did by electing Hamas. It's what they did by bombing Israeli civilians in terrorist attacks, which is why the day laborers aren't allowed into Israel anymore (notice the article didn't mention that detail).

In short, it's what the Palis have done for decades, namely commit cultural suicide on the altar of Islam, so in fact your idea is redundant...


13 posted on 05/09/2006 9:35:33 AM PDT by piytar
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To: Leisler
"Palestinians are very close and what little they have they share," said Mr Zakout. "We haven't lost our social fabric. We're not that western yet".

So bad Western people don't share with each other like good Arabs? And yet they expect their aid to come from the bad Westerners and not their Arab brothers?

Someone smart should explain this to me.

14 posted on 05/09/2006 9:35:53 AM PDT by blueminnesota
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15 posted on 05/09/2006 9:36:29 AM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 60-65)
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To: Leisler

Oh yeah, one other thing: Didn't Iran and a bunch of other Islamist jerks promise billions for the PA and Hamas? Guess their word isn't worth all that much, eh? Then again, that's no surprise...


16 posted on 05/09/2006 9:37:59 AM PDT by piytar
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To: Spktyr

Yup. If they're not blaming Hamas yet, then they're not hungry enough.""

AMEN


17 posted on 05/09/2006 9:38:41 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Leisler
>>>Like, in 2016. <<<

No, its too soon!

18 posted on 05/09/2006 9:39:53 AM PDT by HardStarboard (Hey, march some more - its helping get the wall built!)
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To: Alouette; sheik yerbouty

Gee, ya know, I almost could feel sorry for the Philistines...............but then I remember how they danced and whooped it up on 9/11....and have the gall to appear before us with hands outstretched for a handout, moaning about how they need money, infrastructure breaking down, etc., etc., etc. When they see fit to stop terrorism, homicide bombings, declaring jihad everytime a butterfly breaks wind, and mooching off the American taxpayer, I'll see if I can find some sympathy for the Philistines.


19 posted on 05/09/2006 9:40:53 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (Illegals - taking the rights Americans don't have - tell them No Tu Puede)
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To: blueminnesota

"So bad Western people don't share with each other like good Arabs? And yet they expect their aid to come from the bad Westerners and not their Arab brothers?

Someone smart should explain this to me."

It's just your basic cognitive dissonance. Their core beliefs are "Muslims Good, Arab Dictatorships Good, Infidel Westerns and Jews Bad." Facts that contradict those core beliefs are simply ignored.

It's just like liberals. Their core belief is "GWB is Evil/the Anti-Christ." Facts that contradict that core belief are simply ignored...


20 posted on 05/09/2006 9:41:08 AM PDT by piytar
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To: Leisler
These are the Same people that have lived here for a million years and could do nothing to improve the sand, Israel did it in 60 years.

The only way for Muslims to succeed is to keep the sheep poor.

Prosperous people don't need to get their reward or 72 virgins in the next world.

21 posted on 05/09/2006 9:41:14 AM PDT by BIGZ
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To: Leisler
The international boycott of Hamas is having some unintended consequences.

What a silly statement!

Of course it can't have "unintended" consequences. The very purpose of a boycott is to force the killers to choose survival or destruction. Survival, of course, beginning by abandoning the goal of destroying the state it claims to own: Israel. And the decision to begin to create a civilized society, if it is possible to do so after five generations of single-purpose murdering existence.

The "palestinians" are simply a tool, a weapon, of the Umma. It has performed exactly as intended.

22 posted on 05/09/2006 9:41:17 AM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: SittinYonder; tigtog
So every Palestinian cheered on 9/11??

I have no doubt that some did, but certainly not all of them.

All they have to do is recognize Israel and renounce violence to get the money.

23 posted on 05/09/2006 9:42:07 AM PDT by conserv13
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To: Kieri

IOW, be careful of what you wish (or vote) for.

You asked for it, pallies, and you got it!


24 posted on 05/09/2006 9:42:21 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: Leisler

But, but, but, but, didn't BBC and Reuters and NBC and CBS and Jimmy Carter all tell us that the reason Palestinians voted for Hamas was because they weren't "corrupt" like Fatah and they had a well-run infrastructure of health care services, food banks, day care centers, and recreation facilities?

Could BBC and Reuters and NBC and CBS and Jimmy Carter all lie to us?


25 posted on 05/09/2006 9:43:22 AM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 60-65)
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To: Kieri

Try telling that to the media. Soon enough George Bush will be blamed.


26 posted on 05/09/2006 9:44:46 AM PDT by Catholic Canadian (Formerly Ashamed Canadian - thank you Stephen Harper!)
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To: Leisler
The international boycott of Hamas is having some unintended consequences.

What a silly statement!

Of course it can't have "unintended" consequences. The very purpose of a boycott is to force the killers to choose survival or destruction. Survival, of course, beginning by abandoning the goal of destroying the state it claims to own: Israel. And the decision to begin to create a civilized society, if it is possible to do so after five generations of single-purpose murdering existence.

The "palestinians" are simply a tool, a weapon, of the Umma. It has performed exactly as intended.

27 posted on 05/09/2006 9:45:02 AM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: conserv13

I would surmise from their most recent election that a majority of palenstenians did indeed celebrate 9/11.


28 posted on 05/09/2006 9:47:13 AM PDT by tigtog
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To: Leisler
At the Lebanon Paradise supermarket, an elderly veiled woman has come to beg for change. "A woman like that would never have done such a thing before," says Imad M'ttar, the owner

Maybe it's that noxious hag who was filmed handing out candy on 9/11. Screw all of them. They made their bed of nails, now lie in it.

29 posted on 05/09/2006 9:49:15 AM PDT by Argus
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To: Leisler

Perhaps the Saudis or Kuwaitis will provide some aid..................

Still waiting...................

NOT!


30 posted on 05/09/2006 9:52:02 AM PDT by roaddog727 (eludium PU36 explosive space modulator)
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To: Leisler

Yeah, well choices have consequences. The palis made their choice, these are the consequences.

Ain't democracy wunnerful??


31 posted on 05/09/2006 9:53:46 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: sheik yerbouty

Shi'ite does happen. Recall that Hamas was planning on assassinating Abbas. Since when does terrorism and treason win elections? Everything that comes their way is deserved. The Palis must rise up and throw these terrorists out on their own and, if necessary, with violence. Otherwise, they will die of starvation, disease, and lack of medical care. So be it.


32 posted on 05/09/2006 9:57:46 AM PDT by ex-Texan (Matthew 7:1 through 6)
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To: Leisler

Let the Berkeley liberals take care of the Pals!



34 posted on 05/09/2006 9:59:18 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Publius6961
"The "palestinians" are simply a tool, a weapon, of the Umma. It has performed exactly as intended."

Exactly! In the looking glass logic of the Islamist, this is an opportunity. It dumps the old, footsi PLO/FatAss and will leave the stronger Hamas victorious, the West supplicating and the Death to Everyone still in place. Watch for more real and 'created' video of paliwog suffering. Sofar everything is working to Hamas's benifit. For now. Rice/Bush the EU are idiots if they go crawling back, begging Hamas to forgive them.

35 posted on 05/09/2006 10:08:27 AM PDT by Leisler (Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim.)
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To: Argus

LET THEM EAT HATE!

Oh man, this is good. Where are the scumbag saudies and iran in all this??? They hate the palis just as much as they hate the Jews. They use them for cannon fodder and the palis are way to dumb to see it.


36 posted on 05/09/2006 10:08:58 AM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: Leisler

You could buy a lot of food and medice for what it costs to build one indoor ski slope in the middle of the desert.


37 posted on 05/09/2006 10:21:22 AM PDT by Lekker 1 ("Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes..." - Popular Mechanics, March 1949)
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To: piytar

My semantics donation: If the libbies think that there is an anti-Christ then does that mean they acknowledge that Jesus is Christ? They can't create one out of a vacuum. LOL!


38 posted on 05/09/2006 10:21:22 AM PDT by unionblue83
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To: Leisler
Palestinian Authority's environmental protection agency

Did anyone else chuckle when they saw this. Trying to picture the PA EPA and its functions, while its people strap on bomb belts...

39 posted on 05/09/2006 10:21:33 AM PDT by Go Gordon (I don't know what your problem is, but I bet its hard to pronounce)
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To: Leisler
Staff at the Palestinian Authority's environmental protection agency are grounded for lack of petrol money and are no longer able to monitor levels of industrial waste and sewage entering the water supply.

Oh my gosh. We have to rush them money right away!

40 posted on 05/09/2006 10:22:29 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: Leisler
said Mr Zakout. "We haven't lost our social fabric. We're not that western yet".

No Mr. Z, we wouldn't let our bretheren suffer the way your people are about to suffer. We are not a third world shiitehole. We are a dignified people that pull together when adversity strikes. Where are your muslim buddies?

41 posted on 05/09/2006 10:23:49 AM PDT by Go Gordon (I don't know what your problem is, but I bet its hard to pronounce)
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To: Leisler

All they have to do is renounce terrorism, accept Israel's right to exist, actually stop terrorism, embrace peace and they will have prosperity and a good life.


42 posted on 05/09/2006 10:24:04 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: conserv13
All they have to do is recognize Israel and renounce violence to get the money.

I still wouldn't give them a chunk of money. If they want help, it will be in the form of "teaching a man to fish" not simply giving him fish.

43 posted on 05/09/2006 10:26:12 AM PDT by Go Gordon (I don't know what your problem is, but I bet its hard to pronounce)
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To: Alouette

I was going to post a question to the thread, asking where the tiny violin pic is. Glad I scrolled down first. Perfect.


44 posted on 05/09/2006 10:26:23 AM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Alouette
no longer able to monitor levels of industrial waste and sewage entering the water supply.

They could just close 95% of the mosques. There's a huge amount of sewage emanating from them.

L

45 posted on 05/09/2006 10:31:03 AM PDT by Lurker (You can't bargain with a rabid dog.)
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To: tigtog
The Palestinian celebrations on 9/11


46 posted on 05/09/2006 10:31:19 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: Leisler
Things are so bad they are forced to smuggle in "food and medicine".

An Israeli soldier stands by bags containing 550 kilograms (1212 pounds) of TNT explosives at a navy military port in the coastal Israeli city of Ashdod May 9, 2006. Israel thwarted an attempt by Palestinians to smuggle explosives to the Ashdod May 9, 2006. Israel thwarted an attempt by Palestinians to smuggle explosives to the Gaza Strip by sea from neighbouring Egypt last week, the military said.

47 posted on 05/09/2006 10:37:09 AM PDT by Sabramerican (I thought I was voting for George. I voted for Bandar.)
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To: Leisler
Things are so bad, due to the lack of food, that they can barely manage to Sieg much less Heil.


48 posted on 05/09/2006 10:40:20 AM PDT by Sabramerican (I thought I was voting for George. I voted for Bandar.)
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To: Leisler
Hamas insists that Palestinian steadfastness will prevail. "They have misunderstood the Arab mentality," says Khalil Abu Leila, a Hamas leader in Gaza. "As long as the pressure increases on Hamas, the more popular it will become. If it accepts conditions, its popularity will decrease."

Oh, so you'd rather all starve and die than compromise.

It's not that we don't understand.

It's that we don't care.

Have a nice day.

49 posted on 05/09/2006 10:41:25 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Go Gordon

Well, some of the money Israel owes them for taxes that Israel collects on their behalf. I agree with you though.


50 posted on 05/09/2006 10:46:17 AM PDT by conserv13
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