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CAMERA to hold Hispanic Christian-Jewish conference on Islamic extremism

(JNS.org) The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) has announced its sponsorship of an upcoming Hispanic Christian-Jewish conference on anti-Zionism and Islamic extremism.

According to CAMERA, the bilingual conference—slated for Nov. 4 at Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus in North Miami Beach, Fla.—will tackle a number of important issues to Hispanic evangelical Christians, and to Jews, such as Hezbollah’s rise in Latin America, the portrayal of Israel in Spanish-language media, evangelical Christian support for Israel, the persecution of Mideast Christians, and the BDS movement on college campuses.

“This conference crystallizes the common interests of Hispanic Evangelicals and Jews,” said Masha Gabriel, Spanish media research director for CAMERA. “Both religious groups understand the importance of fellowship when facing the rise of a common foe in the Americas.”

According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, Hispanics are one of the fastest-growing segments of the evangelical Christian population, with 16 percent of American Hispanics identifying as evangelical in 2013, up from 12 percent in 2010.

A number of leading Hispanic and Jewish officials will speak at the conference, including Gabriel Baredes, director of Hispanic affairs, Consulate General of Israel; Pastor Mario Bramnick, president, National Hispanic Leadership Coalition; and Pastor Carlos Ortiz, president, Hispanics Allied for Israel, among others.

“Interfaith dialogue in the face of a growing danger is always significant,” said Andrea Levin, president and executive director of CAMERA. “The opportunity to hear and learn from outstanding thinkers in the Spanish-speaking world is unique. Our goal is for this event to allow attendees to network and gain information that will equip them to successfully navigate the often tempestuous times we live in.”

More information on the conference can be found here.

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Israel Huge Priority Among Hispanic Evangelicals and Jews in 2016 Elections

The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition is inviting concerned voters to an event featuring leaders of some of the most important voter blocs in the 2016 election.

Speakers—including Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Mario Bramnick, President of the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition, Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Shimon Mercer-Wood, Consul for Media Affairs for the Consulate General of Israel in New York, will explain the importance of Israel to the influential Hispanic Evangelical demographic as they cast their votes in this election year.

The event will take place at the Hampton Inn Manhattan/United Nations on March 10 at 2:45 p.m. The hotel is located at 231 East 43rd Street in New York.

HICL is an arm of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the largest International Latino Christian organization in America and in the world, with millions of Hispanic Evangelicals.  The group’s vision is to engage the Latino Christians—the fastest growing ethnic and faith demographic in America and the western hemisphere—in the pro-Israel movement.

HILC is building a firewall against anti-Semitism and the Campaign to Delegitimize the Nation of Israel, raise awareness of the critical intersection of Israel and America’s future, and activate Hispanics as the most “Pro Israel, Pro Jewish” demographic.

HILC is also hosting two events open to the press on March 10: the Hispanic Pastors and Jewish Leadership breakfast at 9 a.m. with Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, 220 East 42nd Street, New York; and Night to Celebrate Israel at 7 p.m. with Rodriguez, Deputy Consul General Amir Sagie, Robert Stearns, Hoenlein, Susan Michael and Bramnick at El Rey Jesus Nueva York/King Jesus Ministry New York at 48-02 25th Avenue, Astoria, NY 10013.

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A Historic Night for Jewish-Christian Relations at the LA Jerusalem Banquet

The Israel Christian Nexus, in partnership with Eagles’ Wings, held the fourth Los Angeles Jerusalem Banquet at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on June 14, 2016. The iconic International Ballroom, site of the Golden Globes and other Hollywood awards shows, hosted a very different gathering as celebrities, business, political, and religious leaders from both the Jewish and Christian communities gathered to celebrate Jerusalem and their shared values.

The high-energy evening included an address from Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles, David Siegel. Prominent leaders of the evening included Rabbi Yehuda Feigen, Dr. Judea Pearl, Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, Mr. Simon Etehad, Pastor John-Paul Foster, Mr. David Suissa, Mrs. Angela Evans, Rabbi Pini Dunner, and Dr. Jack Hayford.

The four event co-chairs Dina Leeds, Gila Milstein, Aline Shomof and Miri Shepher opened the evening, welcoming the largest-ever Jerusalem Banquet crowd to this evening of solidarity with Israel.

President of the Israel Christian Nexus Rev. Robert Stearns spoke to the crowd, enthusiastically sharing, “Tonight we have an opportunity to continue the legacy of incredible leaders like General Shimon Erem and Pastor Jack Hayford in standing together as Jews and Christians, united in our love and support for Israel and the Jewish people.”

The event centered around honoring outstanding leaders in the Jewish and Christian communities, and equipping the next generation to be strong voices in support of Israel and the Jewish people. Dr. Judea Pearl, award winning professor of computer science at UCLA and the father of slain Wall Street Journalist Daniel Pearl, was honored for his life of impact in education, his work for interfaith understanding, and his strong stand for Israel.

Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization serving as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals around the world, was honored for his leadership and his strong stand on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people.

In addition two emerging young leaders were honored at the gala. Mr. Simon P. Etehad, Esq, is a highly-successful trial lawyer and a leader in the Jewish community. Pastor John-Paul Foster is a pastor at Faithful Central Bible Church, led by Bishop Kenneth Ulmer. Pastor Foster recently returned from a pastors’ trip to Israel with Rev. Robert Stearns. Both men received awards for their outstanding example and leadership in the community.

One of the highlights of the evening was hearing from students impacted through the Shimon Erem Israel Experience College Program. The Israel Experience, which has been dubbed the “Christian Birthright,” trains the best and brightest Christian college and university students to be informed ambassadors for Israel in the midst of a rising tide of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment on university campuses.

The group of Israel Experience students currently in the land brought a greeting from Israel via video, while several Israel Experience Alumni were present at the gala, including Ryan Mauro, 2009 Israel Experience Alumnus and leading national security analyst. Mauro, who is featured regularly on FOX News and other media outlets, shared, “The knowledge and understanding I gained through the Israel Experience has been integral to all the work I have done since. The best thing you can do to combat BDS and the rise of Anti-Semitism on the university campus is to support the Israel Experience.”

Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles, David Siegel, also addressed the gathering, saying, “The work that Robert Stearns and the Israel Christian Nexus is doing is vital for Los Angeles and for Israel.”

The evening of honor and celebration included special musical selections of joyous traditional songs which brought the room to their feet, singing and clapping.

Concluding an extraordinary and historic evening in Jewish-Christian relations in Los Angeles, Dr. Jack Hayford, who has been one of the leaders of the Israel Christian Nexus from its earliest days, said, “Tonight we have seen there is more that unites us than that which separates us. We join together with one voice in prayer for the peace of Jerusalem.”

Support was raised from the evening to strengthen the work of the Israel Christian Nexus, including the Shimon Erem Israel Experience College Program, a study tour which gives tomorrow’s leaders an educated heart for Israel. Each year students are educated first-hand on the realities in Israel. Students have participated from over 113 American Universities. For more information, visit:www.jerusalembanquetla.org.

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Global forum on anti-Semitism to convene in Latin America for the first time

(JNS.org) Two-hundred international experts will gather in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from July 16-18 for the Global Forum Combatting Antisemitism (GFCA), a conference to discuss the global rise in Jew-hatred and formulate an action plan to counter it.

The GFCA, held biennially in Jerusalem, is being hosted in Latin America for the first time. This year’s conference is organized by the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC)—a subsidiary of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, America’s largest Latino Christian organization; the Israeli Foreign Ministry; and the World Jewish Congress through its regional chapter, the Latin American Jewish Congress. Attendees will include academics, political leaders, heads of civil society, clergy, journalists, diplomats, educators, and concerned citizens.

“The emerging Evangelical community in Latin America, in its support for Israel, must stand side by side with the Jewish community in fighting anti-Semitism,” said Pastor Mario Bramnick, president of HILC, which is the first Christian organization to take part in the planning, implementation, and follow-up for the GFCA.

“The first GFCA in Latin America presents a unique opportunity to discuss the issue of anti-Semitism in Latin America and develop an action plan that would complement the one drafted at the last GFCA in Jerusalem during June 2015,” HILC said in a press release.

On July 18, forum participants will attend a ceremony for the 22nd anniversary of the AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires. That attack, suspected to have been carried out by Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah, killed 85 people and injured hundreds more.

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Conference of Presidents Launches National Initiative Endorsed by More Than 50 National Jewish Organizations to Counteract Anti-Israel Bias in the UN

More than fifty national Jewish organizations in the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations have endorsed a declaration opposing the rampant discrimination against Israel in the UN and its agencies.

In a statement issued today, Conference of Presidents Chairman Stephen M. Greenberg and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein said:

“For years we have witnessed and protested the escalating discriminatory practices and actions against Israel at the UN. As we have seen in recent months, this bias is being manifested in outrageous and flagrant ways. These actions not only distort the truth about Israel, they also undermine the principles of the UN and its Charter. It has to stop.

More than 50 national member organizations of the Conference of Presidents have joined in endorsing and supporting the Declaration Opposing Discrimination Against Israel at the United Nations (the “Declaration”),a national and international campaign to counteract the spate of anti-Israel actions at the United Nations.

The breadth of support from Conference members underscores the overwhelming concern within the American Jewish community over the unfounded charges leveled against Israel at the UN. Despite the efforts led by the United States together with Israel and a handful of other countries, vitriolic anti-Israel rhetoric continues to intensify in U.N. resolutions, reports, and in the official statements from many member states.

In 2011 Palestinian President Abbas announced that ‘Palestine’s admission to the United Nations would pave the way for the internationalization of the conflict as a legal matter, not only a political one. It would also pave the way for us to pursue claims against Israel at the United Nations, [and] human rights treaty bodies . . .’

Since November 2012 the Palestinian strategy of using the UN as a weapon against Israel has led to a disturbing increase in the number of anti-Israel resolutions presented in UN bodies. Resolutions adopted in the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council, UNESCO, WHO, and various other UN sponsored committees and events reveal an alarming intensification of baseless accusations and demonizing rhetoric against Israel.”

The Declaration was delivered to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, Ambassador Danny Danon, and Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power. Copies are also being distributed to all ambassadors of member states of the UN.

The Declaration catalogs the institutionalized discrimination against Israel that has permeated the UN in direct violation of the UN Charter and calls on “on all UN Member states to recommit to the founding principles of ‘sovereign equality’ and to ‘fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with . . .’ the United Nations Charter.”

It calls on Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to use his remaining time in office to join with the signatories to the Declaration and all those who are truly committed to fighting discrimination and prejudice, to end the harm being done to the integrity and effectiveness of the United Nations and to right the egregious wrong to which Israel is subjected at the UN.

The Conference of Presidents will enlist others of all faiths and nationalities, political leaders and opinion molders, religious and business leaders, all people of good will who want the UN to live up to the principles and values on which it was founded, to add their support and join in signing the Declaration.

See the following list of signatory organizations:

Alpha Epsilon Pi
Ameniu
American Friends of Likud
American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors & Their Descendants.
American-Israel Friendship League
AIPAC
American Jewish Committee
American Jewish Congress
American Sephardi Federation
American Zionist Movement
AMIT
Anti-Defamation Leage
Association of Reform Zionists of America
B’nai B’rith
Bnai Zion
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
Central Conference Of American Rabbis
Emunah of America
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Hadassah
HIAS
Hillel International
Jewish Community Centers Association
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish Federations of North America
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
Jewish Labor Committee
Jewish National Fund
Jewish United Fund/ Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Jewish Women Intl
Mercaz USA, Zionist Organization of the Conservative Movement
NA’AMAT USA
National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Young Israel
ORT America Inc.
Rabbinical Assembly
Rabbinical Council of America
Religious Zionist Organization
UJA-Federation of New York
Union for Reform Judaism
Union of Orthodox Congregations of America
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Women’s International Zionist Organization
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism
Women of Reform Judaism
Workmen’s Circle
World ORT USA
World Zionist Executive, USA
Zionist Organization Of America
The World Union For Progressive Judaism

The Conference of Presidents is the central coordinating body representing 50 national Jewish organizations on issues of national and international concern.

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IN RESPONSE TO UN ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS

The Jewish community and friends of Israel are called on to unite in response to the intensifying anti-Israel activity at the United Nations with the obsessive bashing of Israel.

Background

In March 2016 the UN Human Rights Council, where countries with the most appalling human rights records in the world absurdly sit in judgment, and where Israel is the only country the Council has assigned a permanent place on its agenda, five separate resolutions condemning Israel were passed. Among them, one that reaches a stunning new low by calling for an official U.N. database to establish a “blacklist” of companies doing business in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights.

The very same Human Rights Council enshrined its bias by appointing yet another special rapporteur with a well-documented record of prejudice against Israel, to investigate and report on human rights violations by Israel against the Palestinians in the territories. Even the government of his own country challenged the choice and advocated for the appointment of a credible and impartial rapporteur.

Most recently, the Executive Board of the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted a decision erasing any Jewish or Christian religious connection to their most holy sites in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel.

On March 24, 2016 at the annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

(UNCSW), Israel was once again the only country singled out by name for criticism.

Last October, the perennial automatic majority of the members of the UN General Assembly engaged in its annual ritual of adopting multiple anti-Israel resolutions.

In 2014, United Nations Under-Secretary-General Rima Khalaf, who is also Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), in an official ESCWA report entitled “Arab Integration: A 21st Century Development Imperative” charged Israel with pursuing a policy of state sponsored “ethnic and religious purity” based on its desire to be recognized as a Jewish State. The ESCWA report also endorsed an international boycott of Israeli products produced in the West Bank.

This pattern of Israel bashing is deeply embedded in the institutional infrastructure of the United Nations. During the same session of the General Assembly which adopted the libelous “Zionism is Racism” resolution, the General Assembly also passed a resolution creating the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP).

In 1977 the General Assembly voted to establish the Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR) within the UN Secretariat staffed by UN employees to provide substantive support and services to the CEIRPP. According to the official UN web page of the DPR the staff devotes its time to monitoring political and other relevant developments; organizing international meetings and conferences; implementing a program of publications; maintaining the United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL); cooperating with civil society organizations active on the issue; organizing the annual observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; and, conducting annual trainings for staff of the Palestinian Authority.

In addition to organizing and promoting the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29th each year at UN headquarters in New York, Vienna and Geneva, since the beginning of 2014 through May 2016 the DPR has organized 26 separate international meetings around the world in which the CEIRPP attacks Israel.

When the General Assembly finally revoked the Zionism is Racism resolution in 1991, it left this anti-Israel bureaucracy intact and fully operational. Every day the DPR continues to carry out

the malign intent of that odious resolution. Year after year, the cash strapped United Nations provides the funds to keep UN staff working to undermine the legitimacy of Israel.

Since Israel’s founding the United States has consistently opposed efforts to delegitimize Israel or undermine its security, including at the United Nations. The U.S. has worked intensively to overcome the entrenched discrimination against Israel by promoting Israel’s full participation in a number of multilateral bodies, conferences, and consultative groups, such as the Western European and Others Group (WEOG), membership in the Third Committee (JUSCANZ) and informal human rights caucusing group in New York which includes the United States. With U.S. advocacy Yom Kippur was recognized as an official UN holiday. The U.S. also worked closely with Israel, Canada and the European Union to organize an historic United Nations General Assembly meeting on anti-Semitism held in January 2015 and called on more than 50 countries and the European Union to announce clear commitments to address anti-Semitism and religious intolerance, including through the appointment of special envoys.

Despite the efforts of the United States, Israel and a few others, there is an environment of impunity in which vitriolic anti-Israel rhetoric is intensifying in U.N. resolutions, reports, and in the official statements issued on behalf of many member states.

It is time to complete the revocation of Zionism is Racism. It is time to dissolve the CEIRPP and reallocate the resources of the DPR. It is time to end the annual, virtually automatic, process of condemnation and discrimination against Israel.

As his term of office comes to a close Secretary General Ban Ki-moon can reinforce his commitment to fairness and equality as called for in the UN Charter and should be the leading institutional voice in this effort.

The U.N. is able to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world when it adheres to the founding principles of equality and good faith on which it was founded. The institutionalized

discrimination against Israel strays far from those principle, diminishing the good it does by taking much needed attention and resources away from millions of people in dire need.

Taking up the challenge

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and its member organizations are circulating a Declaration Opposing Discrimination Against Israel at the United Nations. This declaration is only a first step. By publicizing the UN’s violation of its own principles, we hope to create positive change and return the UN to the commitment to principles of fairness and equality on which it was founded.

We seek to enlist others of all faiths and nationalities, political leaders and opinion molders, religious and business leaders, all people of good will who want the UN to live up to the principles and values on which it was founded, to add their support and join in signing and distributing the Declaration below.

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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez ‘Impressed’ With Trump’s Promise to Help Obama’s Dreamers

Latino evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez has expressed optimism at President-elect Donald Trump’s recent comments in support of helping the children of undocumented immigrants who had temporarily gained deferred deportation status under President Barack Obama.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Trump said that he was “going to work something out” to help the children, commonly known as “Dreamers.”

In a statement released to supporters last Friday, Rev. Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, explained that he was “impressed” and “maybe astonished” at “the accessibility and responsiveness of the President-elect and his senior team to our leaders within the Hispanic, Christian community.”

“Our most recent call with the Trump Transition team and more than forty Hispanic, denominational leaders was attended by multiple and senior members of the Trump Transition team,” stated Rodriguez.

“The specific and productive dialogue was acted upon immediately, with policy memos being distributed moments after the call, and with action taken by the President-elect within hours.”

Rodriguez went on to note that he viewed the recent communication with the in-coming administration, as well as the comments Trump made to Time regarding Dreamers, as a sign of…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE BY CLICKING HERE: http://www.christianpost.com/news/samuel-rodriguez-nhclc-trump-obama-dreamers-daca-immigrant-deportation-172099/ ]

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Christians and Jews Must Battle Surging Anti-Semitism Together

Christianity and Judaism are different branches on the same family tree. Built on the teachings of Jesus Christ — a Jew living in the land of Israel — Christianity shares with Judaism the sacred text of the Old Testament, a set of values rooted in ethical monotheism, and a belief in the infinite value of every human life. Despite these commonalities, the historic relationship between Christianity and Judaism has been marked by conflict, prejudice, persecution and tragedy.

For centuries, many parts of Christendom rejected Jews and perpetuated anti-Semitism. Jews were blamed for the death of Jesus Christ and for much of Christian society’s maladies. Across Christian lands, Jews were subject to prejudicial restrictions, violence, and worse — from the Crusades to the Spanish Inquisition to pogroms to the Holocaust.

The second half of the 20th century marked a turn for the better in the Jewish-Christian relationship, as a wide range of Churches and Christian …[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE BY CLICKING HERE: http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-and-jews-must-battle-surging-anti-semitism-together-171764/

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Transforming a Complicated Past to A Promising Future: Why Christians and Jews Must Come Together to Battle Surging Anti-Semitism

Christianity and Judaism are different branches on the same family tree. Built on the teachings of Jesus Christ – a Jew living in the land of Israel – Christianity shares with Judaism the sacred text of the old testament, a set of values rooted in ethical monotheism, and a belief in the infinite value of every human life. Despite these commonalities, the historic relationship between Christianity and Judaism has been marked by conflict, prejudice, persecution and tragedy.

For centuries, many parts of Christendom rejected Jews and perpetuated anti-Semitism. Jews were blamed for the death of Jesus Christ and for much of Christian society’s maladies. Across Christian lands, Jews were subject to prejudicial restrictions, violence, and worse – from the…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE BY CLICKING HERE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-milstein/transforming-a-complicate_b_13178840.html

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Hadassah announces partnership with pro-Israel Hispanic evangelical Christian group

The women’s Zionist organization Hadassah has announced an alliance with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and its subsidiary, the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC), in order to mobilize Hispanic evangelical Christians in support of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s (HMO) humanitarian efforts in Israel.

The partnership will formally launch with an “Israel Solidarity Day” celebration Dec. 4, where there NHCLC and HILC will invite their pastors, churches and congregations nationwide to participate in a day of special offering in support of Hadassah’s Emergency Preparedness Center at its Jerusalem-based hospital.

NHCLC calls itself the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, which was noted by Hadassah National President Ellen Hershkin in her comments on the new partnership.

“[NHCLC and HILC’s] support and engagement will play a vital role in HMO’s ability to continue to provide world-class medical care to the people of Israel and beyond. Together, we will continue to save lives and build ‘bridges to peace,’” said Hershkin.

Pastor Mario Bramnick, president of HILC, said the “sanctity and security” of Israel is a priority for Hispanic evangelical Christians.

“We are honored to support Hadassah’s mission in caring for the country and its people. This partnership enables us to fulfill our founding mission to engage, empower and equip the Latino born-again evangelical community in full support of Israel and the Jewish community around the world,” he said.

Hadassah’s two Jerusalem hospitals—at Mount Scopus and Ein Kerem—have been on the forefront of developing world-class medical services in Israel, including providing the Jewish state with its first nursing, medical and dental schools as well as the country’s first cancer care center, burn unit and neo-natal care center.

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