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May 24, 2017

Don’t Have to Say Palestine to Build Palestine

 

Much of the news has granted President Trump great credit for not actually saying “Palestine” in his meetings with Israelis, or in Saudi Arabia, or in Washington D.C. when meeting with Mahmoud Abbas. As we mentioned in yesterday’s article, President Trump was also given high marks for getting Mahmoud Abbas to agree to meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu without any preconditions. Instead, President Trump had actually presented a series of steps meant to facilitate the Palestinian economy and expand their area to relieve any crowding. The particulars were to expand their industrial park (with which we have no real problem), opening the Allenby Bridge crossing to Jordan (we are good with this but Jordan might have something to say here), to ease and make entering Israel for the Palestinian workers easier which could make the slipping of terrorists into Israel easier, looking into extending Israeli rail service into Jenin which has a history as being a terror hotbed which would make for impossible security threats to meet, and finally to allow the Palestinian Authority (PA) to build in the sixty percent of Judea and Samaria where they currently are not permitted to build, which in understandable terminology, allow the Palestinians to build in Area C allowing them to build everywhere throughout Judea and Samaria which in time would mean that all of the area that the PA demands pushing Israel back to the pre-Six Day War lines, the 1949 Armistice lines, the Green Line. As we pointed out, this would all but guarantee a renewed Arab-Israeli war more likely on the level of the 1948 Original War to Annihilate the Zionist Entity where over a half-dozen Arab armies attacked the newly born State of Israel. The difference this time is the numbers of dead will be horrific as the weapons on the Arab side will be far more advanced and devastating than in 1948 and the IDF is also more capable and this time is equipped with one of the most proficient Air Forces in the world which makes up for their lesser numbers. Still, should Iran join the Arab, war that might very well bring nuclear weapons into the mix and should that come into play the results would be beyond imagination.

 

The main thing, which was asked of Israel and tentatively approved by the Knesset just before President Trump was to arrive, when this was presented allowing next to no time for debate and thus the considerations had to be made with minimal exchange of information and was more of a political putsch than a vote, Israel was meeting preconditions under another name, again. Already there has been some pushback from Jewish Home Party and the Jewish communities in Area C. The theory is that the Palestinian building will be restricted to areas near their existing cities. We fear that this will be taken advantage of by spreading rapidly moving people from the cities to the surrounding areas eventually making for vacated central areas and an ever-growing spread, in an effort to place as many and as wide an area for Arabs to build new realities on the ground. These expanded areas will claim more land until they will have changed the complexion to such an extent that the final result will be almost all the Jewish settlements being forced to be abandoned forcing hundreds of thousands of Jews to be relocated and made homeless as the PA takes all of Judea and Samaria. What the world refuses to admit despite the reality being thrown in their collective faces by the PA leadership and spokespeople on a regular basis, is the Arabs do not want their own state, they want to destroy the Jewish state. The Europeans do not really care and often act in sympathy with the Arab cause having no real problem should Israel be wiped from the map. Far too many European political leaders and personalities believe that the Jews are supposed to be a people without a homeland who live at the pleasure of their betters, their hosts. The Jews are supposed to be a people who are to be chased from one place to another whenever things become difficult as somebody has to be to blame and as everyone knows, the reason for the hardships is often laid at the feet of the Jews. These same individuals who believe the Jews do not deserve a nation of their own also demand that when the Arabs finally rid the world of Israel that none of the displaced Jews should be permitted into their country as they do not care to tolerate these unbearable and impossible people, these Jews. The hatred in many cases is palpable and though many try to place the blame on the Muslims, these detestable views predate the influx of Muslims since the start of the Syria War and the failure of numerous other Arab and Muslim communities and countries.

 

The reality has been that since the decision that started with the November 1917 Balfour declaration that was then codified into the San Remo Conference that was further incorporated into the Treaty of Sèvres and completed by the League of Nations as the Mandate System that was transferred to the United Nations through Article 80 of the United Nations Charter eventually leading to the declaration of the State of Israel, there were powers from all points on the globe which fought tooth and nail against the Jewish State and the Zionist enterprise. The British were a nation with a split personality that was so deeply seated that even amongst the British Jews there were some of the most ardent Zionists and the most despicable anti-Zionists. Some have accused us of being particularly harsh to those Jews who oppose Israel and we plead guilty with explanation. One of the first rules derives from the Latin, “Primum non nocere.” Hippocrates, an early Greek physician, was credited with being the original source though the exact phrase does not appear exactly in his famous medical oath though it is often credited with being found there. The English for primum non nocere is “first do no harm.” This should be the first criteria for members of any group where some amongst them are attempting to do some project in the service of the whole group such as the Zionist efforts to reestablish the nation state of the Jews and their history. Some might phrase this as ‘if you cannot help, then just get out of the way.’ Further, when Jews work against other Jews it simply empowers those whose desires are to directly harm Jews even to the point of removing them first from their nations and then from all nations and ridding the world of Israel. But Jewish timidity has been a problem that we have suffered from despite the reputation we have where timidity would seem to be the least of our conditions. Truth is Jews as a rule are hesitant and timid simply because of the centuries, over twenty-five centuries, of having no homeland of our own and having one empire after the next ravaging our lands and attempting to make being a Jew against the laws of the land in order to wipe us from the face of the earth. The most often used means was to make circumcision a crime punishable by death. And face it, circumcision is not exactly an act that once performed can be hidden from detection. A simple search of the affected area and the evidence is self-evident. Another means was to make reading of the Torah illegal, which led to the readings of the other books of the Bible, which is continued today in the readings of the Haftorah. Another means was to make the lighting of the Shabbat candles or any special Shabbat celebration punishable by death, the same punishment for all of these other crimes and numerous others and then there were the punishments where leaders from the community, often Rabbis, were tortured to death usually before cheering crowds in an amphitheater or arena. Their punishment was similar, if not identical, to the punishments of the early Christians and sometimes even more brutal.

 

Throughout history, there have been practices against Jews that are often ignored by teachings of history but which were a part of the ways of life across Europe and the Muslim world. When the plague struck across Europe, the Jews were less likely to be struck down often due to the fact that the Jewish faith requires weekly cleaning of the home and at Passover and complete cleansing of their homes to the extent of removing all furniture and cleaning every nook and cranny within an inch of its life. This led to the Jewish ghetto having fewer rats thus fewer fleas and less plague. This led to the rest of the town or city to claim the Jews spread the illness or were poisoning the cities wells. This led to burning Jews at the stake as punishment for their crimes. When the Muslims lost battles, they would often blame the Jews for having sold their plans to the enemies leading to their defeat as there could be no other explanation and thus the Jews had to be punished. This would lead to rounding up the Jews accused of such perfidy and then publically beheading them or other more ingenious forms of execution. When the Crusaders were leaving for the Holy Lands, they would often loose their fighters on the Jewish ghettos such that they would get the taste for killing human beings, as they could not afford to have them freeze up in their first battle, hesitate, and thus be killed before they actually were ready to fight for real. This bloodied the troops such that when they got to the Holy Lands they could fight effectively. When the Christians or the Muslims would capture, recapture, re-recapture (the lands in the holy Lands changed hands regularly) Jerusalem and surrounding areas such as Bethlehem, Akko, Nazareth and other surrounding places, they would murder many of those not of their faith. This meant that the Christians killed Muslims and Jews while the Muslim killed the Christians and Jews. Perhaps you noted something consistent, whenever a town changed hands there would be a percentage of the Jewish population killed. Anyways, you get the idea and unfortunately, so have the Jews but this history has made many Jews sensitive, jumpy and often too timid for their own good. It might be due to things like the British Peel Commission. Yet one of the things Jews are often accused of is being overbearing and haughty. Go figure.

 

Peel Commission Truncated Jewish State of Israel and Expanded Transjordan

Peel Commission Truncated Jewish State of Israel and Expanded Transjordan

 

So, back to the ramifications of what has just transpired with the “No Preconditions” allowances now being established and more lands and routes into Israel and Jordan for Arabs from the PA as well as potentially terrorists and more lands being sacrificed for the privlidge of speaking with Mahmoud Abbas who will demand that the Jews give, give, give, and give more. Mahmoud Abbas has the PA schools teach that not only are Bethlehem, Jenin, Ramallah, Jericho and the whole of Samaria and Judea along with East-Jerusalem all PA lands but so are Nazareth, Akko, Beersheva, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Haifa, Eilat, Netanya, Herzliya, Peta Tikva, Tel Aviv and all of Jerusalem as also parts of Palestine despite them all being inside the Green Line and in areas considered internationally as inside Israel. They teach and demand that all the Mandate Lands are Palestine, which actually includes Jordan as well which they also claim they will one-day rule. Their claim is that the Jews must depart from all the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea and surrender these lands to the Palestinian Arabs which includes as many as eight-million refugees including those who were exiled a second time from Syria and are now strewn across Europe. Many Europeans have no problem with their claims as long as none of the exiled Jews try to enter their country. And if World War II was any indicator, Jews can forget the United States as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stated about taking in German Jews in the 1930’s as Hitler sought some nation to take the Jews off his hands, “The United States has enough Jews, we do not need any more of them.” The truth is if the Jews in Israel are to survive, both those from the developed world and the other half from the Muslim lands, then we need to defend and protect the lands promised to us by the world because the world will not care if we lose every inch and then would simply claim to be so concerned as long as we were not attempting to enter their lands, and then they would have a million reasons why we were not welcome and perhaps they would demand the Jews living in their lands be expelled to join the rest of the wandering Jews with no homeland again.

 

The truth is the only hope for a Jewish People is for a Jewish homeland and that is Israel and Israel is from the River to the Sea. No matter what lands the Arabs are awarded by our friends in the Trump Administration, and we appreciate the efforts by a number of them starting with Nikki Haley at the United Nations and also David Friedman who is the American Ambassador in Israel and others, they will never be content as long as a single Jew remains living in Israel. As this is the reality and we know that the Arabs will never stop pushing as long as there is an Israel, there will come the day when we will have nowhere left to back into as we are all living in Tel Aviv with half sleeping on the beach, hopefully we will wake up and learn that we need to fight for what is ours, period, when this day arrives we will have to fight and take what is ours. Until we show the world that we, the Jews, will fight for what is ours and defend all that is ours and had been ours since before London or Paris were camps where a family sat around a fire shivering in the cold telling stories of the coming summer and hoping to make it until then, thus enforcing our claim to our homelands and bring an end to the Arab attempts to steal away all that is ours rightfully. Once we fight and make our claim and take our lands with a show of force so fierce that it scares them senseless, then the world will leave us be as they will know we mean business and that we will not tolerate their perfidy any longer. Then we will have a secure Israel and the sooner we realize this and take the steps which we must take, the sooner we will have a real and lasting peace. Joshua did not have the lands handed him, he needed to take the lands and clear the squatters out as Hashem commanded. We need to take a page from the book of Joshua and realize the truths known by King David and King Solomon. We need to have the bravery of Bar Kokhba and Ze’ev Jabotinsky and regain the knowledge they shared and we require. Then there will be a Jewish State of Israel established for all time and until then we will suffer humiliations at the hands of our own leaders.

 

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October 13, 2016

Coming of Obama’s Parting Shot @ Israel

 

President Obama, contrary to many leftist American Jews’ commentaries and letters to editors, has a quite high animosity towards Israel which has been evident from his Cairo speech onward. We will grant that we have been experiencing a calmed and quieted President Obama concerning Israel over the summer. That changed this week on the slightest of provocations. Israel announced their intention to continue with a previously announced building of homes in the Jewish community of Shiloh. These homes are being built in order to provide the families whose homes in a nearby community are to be destroyed in response to President Obama and the State Department efforts. Apparently President Obama and the State department desired these Jews be forced from beyond the 1949 Armistice line, the Green Line, and within the indefensible pre June 1967 borders. By the way, the belief that the pre June 1967 borders, the Green Line, being indefensible is not just the Israeli government’s belief but has been the position of numerous American Presidents, Secretary of States, Defense Secretaries and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Pentagon and other Generals. Should Israel ever be forced back within those previous borders the midsection of the country in and around Tel Aviv will be a mere nine miles. Yes, Israel would be pushed into a border with her midsection only nine miles wide which, just for reference, is less than half the width of Washington, D.C. Yet there are rumors that President Obama is planning a last ditch ambush against Israel to punish Netanyahu and Israel for not making his Nobel Peace Prize valid and of having been awarded with valid foresight. The editorials and other commentaries criticizing the Nobel Committee for getting carried away over the election of the first President of the United States of color in their rush to award President Obama with the Nobel Peace Prize had even some within the Nobel Central Committee suggesting that the award be negated in the view of the actual record of President Obama’s Administration. Perhaps this might be President Obama’s effort to validate his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on the backs of the safety and possible future of Israel and her people.

 

Obama Kerry believe greatest threat to world peace war criminal worst human rights record United States enemy responsible for all wars in Middle East and North Africa is Netanyahu

 

Some have questioned what might be the real harm behind such a United Nations passing of such a resolution. There have been almost countless United Nations General Assembly Resolution and official denunciations from the Human Rights Council against Israel and Israel has survived them all quite nicely even to include the 1975 Zionism as racism General Assembly Resolution which was finally repealed some sixteen years later. Would another meaningless and unenforceable United Nations General Assembly generated piece of paper actually have any deleterious effects on Israel and the day to day life of the average Israeli? Well, that depends on whether what President Obama is intending to pursue is simply a harmless General Assembly Resolution or whether he is intent on something with more weight and potentially even some teeth to the motion. Granted, much of what might be accomplished at the United Nations, especially in the General Assembly where anything anti-Israel has a sort of built in guarantee of passage, would not be all that threatening but that is not what we expect from what we have been capable of gathering and assume from our efforts.

 

President Obama has had the vision of himself as the man who ultimately ended the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict and he has been determined since his very first day in the White House when he made his very first official phone call from the Oval Office to Mahmoud Abbas even before calling any actual head of state. There have been unconfirmed rumors about the content of that phone call which White House official commentary has passed off as being cordial but nothing of substance nor should any importance be placed in the call without proof that there were any guarantees or promises of intent communicated. Such a disclaimer reeks of something worth concealing being the reality and we have suspected that President Obama, filled with the grand visions of himself as some great communicator and a special individual with privilege and promise greater than his predecessors did in fact give guarantees to Mahmoud Abbas that he would press forward and bring about the Palestinian State which the President himself believed in his heart was the right and proper thing that was on the right side of history, and we all know President Obama’s sense of importance on things he perceives to be on the right side of history, whether that be the real side or not being unimportant. President Obama has criticized Vladimir Putin for being on the wrong side of history expecting that such a criticism would force President Putin to alter his plans and prevent him from such dangerous actions which would fall on the wrong side of history such as invading the Ukraine or interfering in President Obama’s plans in Syria. This right side of history theme plays a large part in President Obama’s views of the world and he also appears to believe that he has this special ability to judge what is and is not on the right side of history, and a Palestinian State is on his perceived right side of history as has been the Iran Nuclear Deal while Prime Minister Netanyahu is on the wrong side of History.

 

It is our conjecture that President Obama is not planning on a General Assembly Resolution calling for the formation of a Palestinian State with the Green Line as its borders and that all Israeli towns and other structures and settlements are merely unhelpful and undesired as they are preventing the settlement of the conflict. This is mere restating of what he and others have claimed in ever increasing volume and irascibility. President Obama has not given up on settling the conflict in what he views as the correct and properly fair manner which is, of course, the right side of history. As he sees history, Israel was illegally formed and has stolen Palestinian Arab lands as the Jews are a people of ill will; evil, dark hearts who have aggressively strode to steal ever more Arab Palestinian homeland and probably never should have been given the land for their state in 1948 or ever and do not deserve a nation of their own as they are to be punished to roam the world living at the kindness of others whom they repay with spite and poisoning their host’s lands and are accursed by Heaven and are the spawn of Satan. Simply stated, he agreed with every sermon condemning the Jews he ever heard in the Reverend Wright’s Mosque disguised as a church and was a friend and believer with Edward Said, Louis Farrakhan and Rashid Ismail Khalidi. These men were among the fomenters of President Obama’s feud with Israel and desire to destroy Israel through whatever means he was able and he sees that opportunity slipping from his grasp and will take whatever measures he feels will be effective in setting in motion the eventual destruction of Israel and by doing so rid the world of the Jew.

 

So what is it we fear that President Obama will be pursuing and at what point in his remaining weeks should his actions be expected. President Obama cannot act before the election and will remain mute while he will have others deny, deny, deny and deny any accusations no matter what evidence may be presented and will call on some of his “Jewish” friends to defend him such as the leaders of J-Street and friends from academia who share his distaste for Israel. Once the election has passed and the Christmas “Winter” break approaches and congress is ready to run for the hills, or from the Hill, he will arrange for a quiet, low key and unpublicized meeting of the Security Council where only those nations desired will be formally invited with the rest receiving the information of the meeting the night before. President Obama will then have presented a Resolution recognizing the State of Palestine with the Green Line as its borders and East Jerusalem as its Capital City. Where we believe he will actually go so far as to make the proposal a Chapter Seven Resolution which is enforceable by the use of military intervention if any side does not comply appropriately and within a reasonable period of time, he may still be persuaded to simply settle for a Chapter Six Resolution which is a strong and insistent demand which will be accepted by the vast majority of nations, does not allow for the use of military force to enforce the resolution, just economic and other methods including removing embassies and ambassadors, economic sanctions, diplomatic pressures and anything else as long as it remains short of military intervention. The reason he might not call for a Chapter Seven is should Donald Trump have won the election he knows that there would be little if any chance that his resolution no matter its wording would be enforced by the United States which pretty much means it would not be enforced. But should Hillary have won the election, President Obama would be free to go for all the marbles knowing that at worst a President Hillary Clinton would do little if anything to prevent military enforcement and would pretend her hands were tied and implement heavy political and economic pressures including an end to all aid to Israel and perhaps arming Arab forces and provide them with protective air support in forcing Israel to comply with President Obama’s final efforts. This could be done even against the will of Congress providing the efforts did not go beyond the Presidential prerogative for use of force. Going further could bring on charges of impeachment but should there be sufficient Democrat membership in congress, President Hillary Clinton could even ignore all limitations knowing she was safe from being fully impeached by both houses such that even if she were charged she would not be convicted.

 

As far as what could prevent President Obama from taking such actions, the answer is unfortunately, “Nothing.” Should he decide that such would establish for him his rightful place in history, on the right side of history as he sees it, then he will likely do as he sees fit. The minimum would be a simple General Assembly Resolution which would be next to meaningless but still fulfill his promises to see to the recognition of statehood for the Palestinians even despite such an action having no teeth. Such an effort would take little extra action as such a proposed Resolution, as stated before, would breeze through the General Assembly and could be accomplished even if he waited until after the New Year as he has the first three weeks before the inauguration to do as he feels proper and Congress does not return until the week of the inauguration and does not convene until after the inauguration. Anything done in January would be performed without any interference from Congress or ratification from Congress, of course. Congress is unlikely to approve of whatever moves President Obama chooses but that would have little effect on the General Assembly as they have often thumbed their noses at the United States Congress and also the President when it suited their mood of the moment. Any Security Council Resolution would eventually require the confirmation as if a treaty by Congress which would present problems for the United States supporting the action of the American President, even if a ‘lame duck’ in his final moments. Should the Resolution be a Chapter Seven Security Council Resolution then it would most definitively require Congressional ratification just as if it were a treaty, something the Senate would be unlikely to approve. As for what effect that would have on the United Nations Security Council actions is a wholly different kettle of fish. Finally, there is also the possibility that the Security Council Resolution could be introduced by a nation other than the United States and in order to avoid any fallout President Obama could simply have the United States abstain and not work against the resolution knowing that by doing such he would be granting the effort a tacit approval which would influence the other permanent members of the Security Council to at worst also abstain thus allowing it to very probably pass as some of the other members would still support such a measure. There is one other possibility, that of one of the other permanent members using their veto thus ending the resolution and if it were a Chapter Seven Resolution we are willing to bet that is exactly what would be the case. The nations most likely to use their veto might surprise many but we would expect either China or Russia to be the veto wielding savior. So, imagine an American President attempting to use the Security Council of the United Nations to have the world force Israel to surrender all lands gained in the 1967 Six Day War and retreat behind the Green Line and the Russians or the Chinese vetoing the Resolution foiling the efforts of the President of the United States. That would be the ultimate embarrassment and there could be no more fitting manner in which to provide President Obama with the award of being consistently on the wrong side of history in his entire eight years as President.

 

As far as counting on anything to counter any actions intended by President Obama as he got on average three-quarters of the Jewish vote in his two elections if not higher. About the only Jews who can be definitively counted upon to raise the roof are the ZOA (Zionist Organization of America) who will be left talking while the phone has been secured under a cushion and the aide has left the room. There is nothing that the American Jews would even be willing to do as there will be at least as high a percentage voting for Hillary Clinton as voted for President Obama and most of the rest are represented by the ZOA or are Orthodox Jews likely residing in the New York greater metropolitan area and thus their votes even ifnot for Hillary will make little if any difference unless the all but unthinkable happens and New York State becomes a close race and Trump actually has even the slightest of hopes. That is unlikely but we can hope.

 

So what can be done and is it possible? What can be done is risk it all and have Prime Minister Netanyahu call the American Amabassador to his office, have the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations call the American Ambassador to his office, have the Israeli Ambaddador to the United States call the Secretary of State for an urgent meeting, and if refused, then leave a letter at the White House addressed to the President and hand delivered all with a single message. Should President Obama use the Security Council for any resolution establishing a Palestinian State or declaring the 1949 Armistice Lines as a recognized border, Israel will take action. These lines are also called the Green Line, the one President Obama misnames as the 1967 lines, as they were not established in 1967 but were corrected in 1967. The action Israel would take should the United States seek official recognition of such as a border by the Security Council, would be to establish the Jordan River as the border as it is legally under all international laws including at least one treaty ratified by the United States when stating and signing on to agreements that the San Remo Conference was a valid document and the Treaty of Sèvres and all others based on San Remo are valid in signifying the borders for the Jewish State.

 

This establishment of the proper and legal borders will not permit a single Palestinian to become a citizen immediately and will establish the officers, leaders and security force officers and all of the special forces as personna non grata in Israel and provide them with two weeks to find new living arrangements. All of the Palestinian Security Forces will have forty eight hours to turn in their weapons and each will be reviewed and may potentially be hired for the new police force under Israeli police command. Some may even be granted their former rank and even placed in command positions if they check to have no connections to terrorist entities past or present. Finally, the citizens of the Palestinian Authority will be permitted to remain and will continue to have their businesses, their homes, their jobs if they work for an Israeli owned company, and some employees if requested by companies which relocated within Israel due to the BDS boycotts may be granted work entry permits to return to their former positions should the company so request. After a year there will be decision made as to whether and the procedure that interested Arabs formerly under the Palestinian Authority government will be permitted to start the procedures for Israeli citizenship. Within six months of that date there will be free and open election in the former areas of the Palestinian Authority under Israeli supervision. Former Palestinian Authority citizens will be granted local voting rights in their areas but should they move they will be required to seek Israeli citizenship once a procedure is established before being granted the vote. As the Palestinian Authority citizens will initially be considered alien residents, they will not have rights to vote in Israeli general elections as that will remain reserved for Israeli citizens, including any of the Palestinian Authority Arabs who gain such citizenship. Israel will immediately take over the police and security functions and all radio and television and cable networked shows and start a review to see if they meet with Israeli broadcast regulations and laws before being permitted back on the air. Other problems will be handled as they present themselves and any terrorist activity will be punished by immediate repatriation to their country of origin or any nation they might choose who will accept them even to include the United States.

 

An example might be the Palestinian Authority Registrar for the National Palestinian Committee for Education, Culture and Science who was not only not from the Israeli area but his name tells his nationality as he is from Sudan as the rest of Murad Al-Sudani clan originated. He is the Secretary General as listed on their official site here about half way down the page. He is far from the only officer or person of importance as most of the higher ranking persons, Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas amongst them, are of foreign origins, another of the dirty little secrets which are constantly denied and all proof ignored by the rest of the world as their desired future lies with an Arab extinguishing of Israel. That alone should have been enough reason for the PLO, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and their gangs be removed and law and order replace the kleptocrats stealing the people blind and sent packing giving peace and real opportunity returned to the decent people of the West Bank and Gaza, and there are a number of decent people who are mostly scared to death and must watch their every utterrance. They deserve better and a fair opportunity for a productive life.

 

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