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The Palestinian National Charter
1-1-7-68 (approx.) | The Palestinians

Posted on 04/17/2002 10:42:17 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2

THE PALESTINIAN NATIONAL CHARTER:

Resolutions of the Palestine National Council

July 1-17, 1968

Article 1:Palestine is the homeland of the Arab Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of the Arab homeland, and the Palestinian people are an integral part of the Arab nation.

Article 2:Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit.

Article 3:The Palestinian Arab people possess the legal right to their homeland and have the right to determine their destiny after achieving the liberation of their country in accordance with their wishes and entirely of their own accord and will.

Article 4:The Palestinian identity is a genuine, essential, and inherent characteristic; it is transmitted from parents to children. The Zionist occupation and the dispersal of the Palestinian Arab people, through the disasters which befell them, do not make them lose their Palestinian identity and their membership in the Palestinian community, nor do they negate them.

Article 5:The Palestinians are those Arab nationals who, until 1947, normally resided in Palestine regardless of whether they were evicted from it or have stayed there. Anyone born, after that date, of a Palestinian father - whether inside Palestine or outside it - is also a Palestinian.

Article 6:The Jews who had normally resided in Palestine until the beginning of the Zionist invasion will be considered Palestinians.

Article 7:That there is a Palestinian community and that it has material, spiritual, and historical connection with Palestine are indisputable facts. It is a national duty to bring up individual Palestinians in an Arab revolutionary manner. All means of information and education must be adopted in order to acquaint the Palestinian with his country in the most profound manner, both spiritual and material, that is possible. He must be prepared for the armed struggle and ready to sacrifice his wealth and his life in order to win back his homeland and bring about its liberation.

Article 8: The phase in their history, through which the Palestinian people are now living, is that of national (watani) struggle for the liberation of Palestine. Thus the conflicts among the Palestinian national forces are secondary, and should be ended for the sake of the basic conflict that exists between the forces of Zionism and of imperialism on the one hand, and the Palestinian Arab people on the other. On this basis the Palestinian masses, regardless of whether they are residing in the national homeland or in diaspora (mahajir) constitute - both their organizations and the individuals - one national front working for the retrieval of Palestine and its liberation through armed struggle.

Article 9: Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine. This it is the overall strategy, not merely a tactical phase. The Palestinian Arab people assert their absolute determination and firm resolution to continue their armed struggle and to work for an armed popular revolution for the liberation of their country and their return to it . They also assert their right to normal life in Palestine and to exercise their right to self-determination and sovereignty over it.

Article 10: Commando action constitutes the nucleus of the Palestinian popular liberation war. This requires its escalation, comprehensiveness, and the mobilization of all the Palestinian popular and educational efforts and their organization and involvement in the armed Palestinian revolution. It also requires the achieving of unity for the national (watani) struggle among the different groupings of the Palestinian people, and between the Palestinian people and the Arab masses, so as to secure the continuation of the revolution, its escalation, and victory.

Article 11:The Palestinians will have three mottos: national (wataniyya) unity, national (qawmiyya) mobilization, and liberation.

Article 12:The Palestinian people believe in Arab unity. In order to contribute their share toward the attainment of that objective, however, they must, at the present stage of their struggle, safeguard their Palestinian identity and develop their consciousness of that identity, and oppose any plan that may dissolve or impair it.

Article 13:Arab unity and the liberation of Palestine are two complementary objectives, the attainment of either of which facilitates the attainment of the other. Thus, Arab unity leads to the liberation of Palestine, the liberation of Palestine leads to Arab unity; and work toward the realization of one objective proceeds side by side with work toward the realization of the other.

Article 14:The destiny of the Arab nation, and indeed Arab existence itself, depend upon the destiny of the Palestine cause. From this interdependence springs the Arab nation's pursuit of, and striving for, the liberation of Palestine. The people of Palestine play the role of the vanguard in the realization of this sacred (qawmi) goal.

Article 15: The liberation of Palestine, from an Arab viewpoint, is a national (qawmi) duty and it attempts to repel the Zionist and imperialist aggression against the Arab homeland, and aims at the elimination of Zionism in Palestine. Absolute responsibility for this falls upon the Arab nation - peoples and governments - with the Arab people of Palestine in the vanguard. Accordingly, the Arab nation must mobilize all its military, human, moral, and spiritual capabilities to participate actively with the Palestinian people in the liberation of Palestine. It must, particularly in the phase of the armed Palestinian revolution, offer and furnish the Palestinian people with all possible help, and material and human support, and make available to them the means and opportunities that will enable them to continue to carry out their leading role in the armed revolution, until they liberate their homeland.

Article 16:The liberation of Palestine, from a spiritual point of view, will provide the Holy Land with an atmosphere of safety and tranquility, which in turn will safeguard the country's religious sanctuaries and guarantee freedom of worship and of visit to all, without discrimination of race, color, language, or religion. Accordingly, the people of Palestine look to all spiritual forces in the world for support.

Article 17:The liberation of Palestine, from a human point of view, will restore to the Palestinian individual his dignity, pride, and freedom. Accordingly the Palestinian Arab people look forward to the support of all those who believe in the dignity of man and his freedom in the world.

Article 18:The liberation of Palestine, from an international point of view, is a defensive action necessitated by the demands of self-defense. Accordingly the Palestinian people, desirous as they are of the friendship of all people, look to freedom-loving, and peace-loving states for support in order to restore their legitimate rights in Palestine, to re-establish peace and security in the country, and to enable its people to exercise national sovereignty and freedom.

Article 19: The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal, regardless of the passage of time, because they were contrary to the will of the Palestinian people and to their natural right in their homeland, and inconsistent with the principles embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, particularly the right to self-determination.

Article 20: The Balfour Declaration, the Mandate for Palestine, and everything that has been based upon them, are deemed null and void. Claims of historical or religious ties of Jews with Palestine are incompatible with the facts of history and the true conception of what constitutes statehood. Judaism, being a religion, is not an independent nationality. Nor do Jews constitute a single nation with an identity of its own; they are citizens of the states to which they belong.

Article 21: The Arab Palestinian people, expressing themselves by the armed Palestinian revolution, reject all solutions which are substitutes for the total liberation of Palestine and reject all proposals aiming at the liquidation of the Palestinian problem, or its internationalization.

Article 22: Zionism is a political movement organically associated with international imperialism and antagonistic to all action for liberation and to progressive movements in the world. It is racist and fanatic in its nature, aggressive, expansionist, and colonial in its aims, and fascist in its methods. Israel is the instrument of the Zionist movement, and geographical base for world imperialism placed strategically in the midst of the Arab homeland to combat the hopes of the Arab nation for liberation, unity, and progress. Israel is a constant source of threat vis-a-vis peace in the Middle East and the whole world. Since the liberation of Palestine will destroy the Zionist and imperialist presence and will contribute to the establishment of peace in the Middle East, the Palestinian people look for the support of all the progressive and peaceful forces and urge them all, irrespective of their affiliations and beliefs, to offer the Palestinian people all aid and support in their just struggle for the liberation of their homeland.

Article 23: The demand of security and peace, as well as the demand of right and justice, require all states to consider Zionism an illegitimate movement, to outlaw its existence, and to ban its operations, in order that friendly relations among peoples may be preserved, and the loyalty of citizens to their respective homelands safeguarded.

Article 24:The Palestinian people believe in the principles of justice, freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, human dignity, and in the right of all peoples to exercise them.

Article 25:For the realization of the goals of this Charter and its principles, the Palestine Liberation Organization will perform its role in the liberation of Palestine in accordance with the Constitution of this Organization.

Article 26:The Palestine Liberation Organization, representative of the Palestinian revolutionary forces, is responsible for the Palestinian Arab people's movement in its struggle - to retrieve its homeland, liberate and return to it and exercise the right to self-determination in it - in all military, political, and financial fields and also for whatever may be required by the Palestine case on the inter-Arab and international levels.

Article 27:The Palestine Liberation Organization shall cooperate with all Arab states, each according to its potentialities; and will adopt a neutral policy among them in the light of the requirements of the war of liberation; and on this basis it shall not interfere in the internal affairs of any Arab state.

Article 28:The Palestinian Arab people assert the genuineness and independence of their national (wataniyya) revolution and reject all forms of intervention, trusteeship, and subordination.

Article 29:The Palestinian people possess the fundamental and genuine legal right to liberate and retrieve their homeland. The Palestinian people determine their attitude toward all states and forces on the basis of the stands they adopt vis-a-vis to the Palestinian revolution to fulfill the aims of the Palestinian people.

Article 30:Fighters and carriers of arms in the war of liberation are the nucleus of the popular army which will be the protective force for the gains of the Palestinian Arab people.

Article 31:The Organization shall have a flag, an oath of allegiance, and an anthem. All this shall be decided upon in accordance with a special regulation.

Article 32:Regulations, which shall be known as the Constitution of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, shall be annexed to this Charter. It will lay down the manner in which the Organization, and its organs and institutions, shall be constituted; the respective competence of each; and the requirements of its obligation under the Charter.

Article 33:This Charter shall not be amended save by [vote of] a majority of two-thirds of the total membership of the National Congress of the Palestine Liberation Organization [taken] at a special session convened for that purpose.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Free Republic; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: charter; israel; national; palestine; palestinian; terrorism; westbank
The Basis for a Palestinian Nation... coexisting peacefully with Israel?
1 posted on 04/17/2002 10:42:17 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: Robert_Paulson2
the liberation of Palestine will destroy the Zionist and imperialist presence

Lots of hope for peace eh?

2 posted on 04/17/2002 10:43:36 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: dennisw;TopQuark, monkeyshine, ipaq2000, Lent, veronica, Sabramerican, beowolf, Nachum, BenF, angelo
The palestinian "doctrine."
3 posted on 04/17/2002 10:46:16 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: Robert_Paulson2
Every school-kid in America should have to learn this as part of their history lessons.
(Of course, they will not. Entire generations do not know history. That's why we're in the fix we're in.)
Thanks for posting this.
.It needs to be e-mailed to everyone in our address books!
4 posted on 04/17/2002 10:53:52 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: Robert_Paulson2
what is the Arab Nation??
5 posted on 04/17/2002 10:58:23 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
The ARAB nation is the 21-22 states of the globe. They consider themselves a federal/religious/national unity... They wanna be like us, (USA is a federal union of fifty states) with their very own versions of sharia taking the place of the constitution.
6 posted on 04/17/2002 11:11:00 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: Robert_Paulson2
The ARAB nation is the 21-22 states of the globe. They consider themselves a federal/religious/national unity...

....Except for the little problem of hating each other and fearing each other just about as much as they all hate and fear America and Israel.

7 posted on 04/18/2002 12:28:58 AM PDT by powderhorn
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To: powderhorn
heh heh... oh yeah, we don't mention the fact that...

THESE PSYCHOS KILL EACH OTHER LIKE A PACK OF STARVED HYENAS...

8 posted on 04/18/2002 12:34:39 AM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: GeronL; Robert_Paulson2
what is the Arab Nation??

I don't think it's the same as the Savage Nation


9 posted on 04/18/2002 3:20:43 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: ppaul
probably not.
10 posted on 04/18/2002 3:27:55 AM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: Robert_Paulson2
Article 2 says it all.
11 posted on 04/18/2002 10:58:01 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: Robert_Paulson2
Any other Palestinians here besides me?
12 posted on 04/18/2002 11:01:21 AM PDT by Sabramerican
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To: Robert_Paulson2
Articles 7, 9 and 10 go very directly to the issue of suicide bombing, incitement, indoctrination of children, etc.

I recall somewhere that it was once agreed, that the palis would recind certain articles, the effect of which would be recognition of Israel's right to exist.

Could someone provide me with the basis, in international law, for this document? Is there something in the UN charter giving legal weight to separation movements? To illustrate: If the Bretons in France were to decide to take a couple of provinces, and form a country--would the UN give them legal standing (I doubt France would)?

13 posted on 04/18/2002 11:32:38 AM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: swarthyguy
No kidding. all or nothing.

only a fool would try and negotiate with that.

14 posted on 04/18/2002 12:23:45 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: truth_seeker
sure does.

All I have ever heard were back door admissions, not outright recission of these articles. Agreeing publicly with a UN resolution, that would imply they had sort of rejected certain articles, in arafat's form of doublespeak... is NOT the same as outright: WE WERE WRONG. WE MUST REJECT OUR CLAIMS TO ISRAEL'S SOVEREIGN TERRITTORY... WE WILL CEASE AND DESIST ALL EFFORTS TO REGAIN WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS OUR HOMELAND AND REJECT FOREVER THE "RIGHT OF RETURN" ISSUE.

Right of return, as you know is ONE issue tha pallies have NEVER agreed to drop and has become the code word for all the articles you just selected. Until they reject the right of return as a primary aspect of their national foundation, the palestinian state, will be nothing but a staging grounds for "final implementation" of those articles, in their brute force, against the "zionist entity."

The scary thing is, MOST of the arab world, supports this charter as is.

There can be NO palestinian state on THIS side of the Jordan... IMO.

15 posted on 04/18/2002 12:38:28 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: Sabramerican
Is there really such a thing???
16 posted on 04/18/2002 12:39:30 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: Robert_Paulson2
If there is, by Articles 5 and 6, I'm one.

Or I could be lying. Because as a "Palestinian" that our greatest export.

17 posted on 04/18/2002 12:47:37 PM PDT by Sabramerican
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To: Sabramerican
heh.. heh...

I see what you mean. YOu... you ... palestinian!!!

It would be funny to do that "I am an american" commercial, with it changed to "I am a palestinian" and show all the people who qualify...

18 posted on 04/18/2002 12:52:26 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: Robert_Paulson2
No I'm serious.

The whole concept of "Palestinian" is make belief.

The proof is that by the criteria in Articles 5 and 6, defining who is a "Palestinian": I fit. I am a decendant of generations of "Palestinians".

19 posted on 04/18/2002 12:58:28 PM PDT by Sabramerican
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To: Sabramerican
so are a LOT of us... I know there is NO such thing as a palestinian per se... it's just a codeword for destroying the zionist entity... like "right of return". A canard.
20 posted on 04/18/2002 2:36:04 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: Robert_Paulson2
Article 5:The Palestinians are those Arab nationals who, until 1947, normally resided in Palestine regardless of whether they were evicted from it or have stayed there. Anyone born, after that date, of a Palestinian father - whether inside Palestine or outside it - is also a Palestinian.

Article 6:The Jews who had normally resided in Palestine until the beginning of the Zionist invasion will be considered Palestinians.

Uh, huh, lemme see... Arabs are considered legitimate natives of Palestine if their progenitors were there by '47, but Jews don't qualify unless they were there before the late 19th century? Neat trick, getting around the fact that most "Palestinians" migrated to the area because of the improvements in agriculture and infrastructure made by the zionists.

21 posted on 04/18/2002 5:12:54 PM PDT by Stultis
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To: powderhorn
The ARAB nation is the 21-22 states of the globe. They consider themselves a federal/religious/national unity...

....Except for the little problem of hating each other and fearing each other just about as much as they all hate and fear America and Israel.

Well, you can't have everything!

22 posted on 04/18/2002 6:32:05 PM PDT by mrustow
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To: Sabramerican
I am a decendant of generations of "Palestinians".

Then your perspective is certainly of value to this forum, even -- actually especially -- if it might represent a "minority" viewpoint.

For my part, I make no secret about my feelings on the topic, but I pray that my indignant reactions to the savagery taking place in Israel don't deafen my ears to reasonable points of view!

By the way, I prefer not to use the name "Palestine" or refer to "Palestinians", because those names are derived from the name "Palestinia", given to Israel by the Roman emperor Hadrian after he crushed the Bar-Kochba rebellion in 135 A.D. and threw the Jews out of Israel. He purposefully chose to name the lands, which the Romans previously called "Judea" and "Galilee" (and the Jews called "Israel") after the ancient enemies of the Israelites: the Philistines. The name was deliberately coined to be offensive to the Israelites, to add insult to exile and erase Israel from the map, and should be considered in that light. The name is a relic of Roman occupation, not Arab residency.

When Israel was founded in 1948, in accordance with U.N. resolutions, under the sanctity of international law, and it defended itself against immediate attack by all of its neighbors, it earned the right to be called Israel once again.

Should the local Arabs legitimately earn that right someday (and sending bomb donkeys into Israel is not moving them in that direction), I suggest they choose an Arabic name, rather than a Roman one. Unless, of course, they wish to commemorate the Roman Empire in their very name!

And yes, I did notice the quotation marks you used around the word "Palestinians". Thanks for your accuracy and honesty!

Imal

P.S. I don't call Russia the "Soviet Union" anymore, either.

23 posted on 04/18/2002 10:29:03 PM PDT by Imal
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To: Imal
I have a feeling you misunderstood my meaning.
24 posted on 04/19/2002 8:12:38 AM PDT by Sabramerican
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To: Sabramerican
Bbbbut what about the "Palestinian" Mothers?

Don't they have rights too? (as if I didn't know)

25 posted on 04/19/2002 8:20:27 AM PDT by tet68
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To: Robert_Paulson2
The 'Arab nation' line is the quest for a pan-Arabic superstate... the explicit goal of the Ba'ath party which currently rules Syria and Iraq.
26 posted on 04/19/2002 7:53:39 PM PDT by thoughtomator
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To: Robert_Paulson2
THE AMENDMENT OF THE PALESTINIAN COVENANT

LETTER FROM PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT YASSER ARAFAT TO PRIME MINISTER SHIMON PERES

May 4, 1996

Mr. Shimon Peres
Prime Minister of Israel

Dear Mr. Peres,

I convey my best wishes to your excellency, and I would like to convey to you the recent historic resolution adopted by the Palestinian National Council at its 21st session held in Gaza city.

As part of our commitment to the peace process, and in adhering to the mutual recognition between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Government of Israel, the P.N.C. was held in Gaza city between 22-25 of April 1996, and in an extraordinary session decided that the Palestine National Charter is hereby amended by cancelling the provisions that are contrary to the letters exchanged between the P.L.O. and the government of Israel on 9/10 Sept. 1993.

Please find enclosed copies of the official Arabic and English texts of the P.N.C.'s resolutions.

We remain committed to the peace process.

Gaza: 4/5/1996

Yasser Arafat
Chairman of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization
President of the Palestinian National Authority

OFFICIAL TRANSLATION

The Palestinian National Council, at its 21st session held in the city of Gaza,

Emanating from the declaration of independence and the political statement adopted at its 19th session held in Algiers on Nov. 15, 1988, which affirmed the resolution of conflicts by peaceful means and accepted the two states solution,

And based on the introduction of the Declaration of Principles signed in Washington D.C. on 13 September 1993, which included the agreement of both sides to put an end to decades of confrontation and conflict and to live in peaceful coexistence, mutual dignity and security, while recognizing their mutual legitimate and political right,

And reaffirming their desire to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement and historic reconciliation through the agreed political process,

And based on international legitimacy represented by the United Nations Resolutions relevant to the Palestinian question, including those relating to Jerusalem, Refugees and Settlements, and the other issues of the permanent status and the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338,

And affirming the adherence of the Palestine Liberation Organization to its commitments deriving from the D.O.P. (Oslo 1), the provisional Cairo Agreement, the letter of mutual recognition signed on 9 and 10 September 1993, the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (Oslo 2) signed in Washington D.C. on 28 September 1995, and reconfirm the resolution of the central Council of the P.L.O. adopted in October 1993, which approved the Oslo Agreement and all its annexes,

And based on the principles which constituted the foundation of the Madrid Peace Conference and the Washington negotiations, decides:

1. The Palestinian National Charter is hereby amended by canceling the articles that are contrary to the letters exchanged between the P.L.O. and the Government of Israel 9-10 September 1993.

2. Assigns its legal committee with the task of redrafting the Palestinian National Charter in order to present it to the first session of the Palestinian central council.

27 posted on 04/20/2002 10:07:54 AM PDT by jo6pac
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Well than that means that ARAFAT really has changed, and now want to live peacefully with those terrible jews.... of course, he and his cronies still assert the right of return and the other articles in arabic ALL THE DAMNED TIME!!!

Sure, WE believe him.... He could not be lying, after all, he wrote it down on paper.

And as we all know ARAFAT never breaks a written accord... never!

28 posted on 04/20/2002 10:26:48 AM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: jo6pac
"Sharon should expect all doors of hell to break loose," vowed one masked Palestinian. "We are ready for martyrdom. But the occupation will never be safe on the land of historical Palestine, from the river to the sea," the man told the crowd.

From another thread today... and spoken publicly by an arafat al aqsa brigade leader... APPARENTLY this LEADER has not heard the great news that the CHARTER has been modified and ARAFAT is AGAINST the very group that he CREATED and still COMMANDS with his "river to the sea" dogma. THE recision of the "offending" articles, meant NOTHING...

Arafat, palestinians, liars, murderors.

29 posted on 04/20/2002 12:45:12 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: Robert_Paulson2
Thanks for your input.
30 posted on 04/20/2002 8:07:51 PM PDT by jo6pac
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