Inside the Middle East
March 24, 2011
Posted: 1054 GMT

A woman was killed and more than 50 other people were wounded in a blast near Jerusalem's central bus station, as the evening rush hour began Wednesday, authorities said.

Mayor Nir Barkat condemned the terrorist attack as "cowardly."

The explosion took place in a crowded area with "a lot of civilians and two buses," said Yonatan Yagadovsky, a spokesman for Israel's emergency services.

"Three to four are in critical condition. The rest of the casualties are moderately to lightly injured," he said before the woman's death was announced. The injuries came from both the force of the blast and from flying shrapnel, he said.

Wednesday's explosion was caused by a medium-sized device in a bag that had been left near the bus station, Israeli police and medical officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the terrorist attack.

David Horovitz, the editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, said it was odd for an unattended bag to go unnoticed in security-conscious Israel.

All the people hurt in the blast were located between the bus station and a bus, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Read more...

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John A   March 24th, 2011 2:52 pm ET

Palestinian civilians have been known to fight for their freedom with home made weapons. Israel has non democratically stolen Palestinian land and bombed Palestinian civilians with heavy weapons.

When will the UN offer modern arms to the Palestinians civilians who fight against all the odds to over throw the might of Israels ruthless heavy weaponry and Israels illegal political activity?

According to the United Nations Isreal has breached more resolutions than Libya or any other country. Israel has used its high tech military to bomb civilian targets with illegal phosphorus bombs and killed thousands. Israels army has killed by far the biggest amount of civilians in the middle east. Israels politics has caused more destabilization than any other country in the middle east.

When will the UN impose a no fly zone over Israel?
When will the West make a coalition with the Arab league to reign in the criminal state of Israel?

When will the UN fire over one hundred cruise missiles at Israel each night, until Israel withdraws from its utterly illegal military occupation of Palestine?

Do the Palestinian civilians need to discover oil, before the UN will afford them the same protection that it now offers to the Libyan rebels?

Lets not forget, Hamas and Fatah were about to start talks. A united Palestinian political force would worry Israel. A road side bomb (not used by Palestinians before) could have easily been another Israeli false flag attack, to allow another violent response on Palestine and again split the unity process between Hamas and Fatah.

But who cares any more. There has been way to much violence for way to long. Its time for the UN to step in help the civilian freedom fighters of Palestine. Its time for the UN to over throw the most ugly murderous regime known as Israel.

Or do we need to wait until Israel uses all her weapons to kill thousands of civilians again?

rich   March 25th, 2011 1:12 pm ET

i agree with the seryan offical that cnn is causing trouble. cnn should report news not cause a world riot

Amir   March 26th, 2011 8:55 am ET

"Do we need to wait kill thousands of civilians again?"

Mr. Have you ever checked any fact before you write such nonsense?

During 100 years of conflict you can not measure thousands of deads from both sides (I'm not talking about soldiers)

In one year in Iraq died more than all the deads in the Palestinian – Israeli conflict.

But unfortunatly we live in a world that people like you that promote double standard live. When 10 people that belongs to a terrorist Islamic group (IMH) are killed by Israel the UN sets a special resolution. When Assad butchers his people or Gadafi or all Arab leaders we hear nothing (unless of course you feel it gets to your oil than you go to action)
Hamas is willing to talk? About what you ignorant. Have you read their charter stating that their gaol is the destruction of Israel and of course the setting of the "modern Islamic state" which I truely hope you will be a citizen of.

John A   March 26th, 2011 6:21 pm ET

Amir says, "In one year in Iraq died more than all the dead in the Palestinian – Israeli conflict"
America has been killing Iraqi civilians for 10 years now.

Amir says,"When 10 people that belongs to a terrorist Islamic group (IMH) are killed by Israel the UN sets a special resolution"
The UN has never taken action against Israel. For 60 years Israel has targeted and killed civilians. Or have you forgotten 1400 in Gaza December 2008, has you forgotten the aid workers in international waters last year?

Amir says,"Hamas is willing to talk? About what you ignorant. Have you read their charter stating that their gaol is the destruction of Israel".
Hamas and the entire Arab league have offered to normalize relations with Israel, if Israel withdraws to her recognized 1967 boarders. Israel is currently recognized by the entire world community (including America) as the illegal occupier. Occupier means aggressor and not defender.

Amir, I think you know all you wrote was a pack of lies? You must grow up a realize the world is not as brainwashed as your CNN America audience. The world community has not time for the criminal state of Israel.

miriam   March 26th, 2011 7:46 pm ET

John A,

So the Palestinians have gone beyond claiming Israel as their home. Seemingly Iran, China, N. Korea, Russia and all the other sources of their weapons must be "home" if they are all home made.

I doubt you have counted the number of UN resolutions proposed against Libya compared to the number brought against Israel. No wonder you can make such claims. All you prove is the anti-Israel political agenda of the UN members and varIous councils which consistently condemn the democratic, Jewish state but ignore all the abusive, autocratic nations of the world. After all, it's not that long ago that Libya was head of the UNSC and of the UNCHR.

Israel does not bomb civilians although Palestinian civilians are used as human shield by their leaders and are unfortunately sometimes killed in legal strikes necessary for the self-defense of Israeli citizens.
Israeli civilians however, are the target of Palestinian attacks which include phosphorus-filled rockets, illegal under international law. Israeli munitions containing phosphorus are used legally under Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons with does not discount occasional incidental incendiary effects.

Your expectations from the UN, West and Arab League just shows exactly how detached you are from reality and understanding of the ME and of Israel altogether.
How often do you have to have it explained that there has never been a Palestinian state and the repeated mantra of an Israeli "occupation" is pure rhetoric and distortion of international law.

Hamas and Fatah have already started talks, producing, once again no progress. The groups are so divided within themselves that any reconciliation is likely far off.

You may like to apologize to the families of the US diplomats who were killed by roadside bombs in Gaza. I don't expect you to apologize to the families of Israelis killed in similar circumstances.

The UN has been "helping" the civilian Palestinians in their fight against Israel. They have helped keep Palestinians reliant on Western aid, living in supposed poverty, supporting anti-Israel incitement in school books and permitting weapon stores adjacent to food storage facilities and schools, at the same time perpetuating the unrealistic aim to one day destroy Israel and occupy the Jewish state.

More Israelis have been killed by Arab aggression than Palestinians by Israel and more Arabs have been killed by Arabs than by Israel.

If the UN should do anything it is to admit that it is irrelevant and create a new organization to oversee vital developmental projects aiding the real needy. As long as the UN is morally corrupt, so much so, that self-appointed individuals feel that they can demand all kinds of illegal actions, it has no role to play in achieving its mandated charter.

proud zionist   March 26th, 2011 8:36 pm ET

as usual John antisemite nazi A condons murder and terror.

What else is new?

COUNTRYCOOK   March 26th, 2011 9:48 pm ET


John A   March 27th, 2011 11:11 am ET

Miriam, your mind numbing blog forgets that Israel is the illegal occupier. Occupier means aggressor and not defender. All people around the world have the right to resist an illegal military occupation.

By the way, when Israel moves family settlements into illegally occupied ground, Israel is in fact using Jewish families as human shields. If the families (who are frequently armed and violent) are pushed back by Palestinians, Israel will call it an act of terror. But it is Israel which robs land and initiates the terror. Palestinians merely resist.

And good luck to Palestinians. I cant think of any time in history when such a small group of people have for so long been bullied by the world community. Palestinians will be remembered as amongst the most durable and courageous people ever.

Zak   March 28th, 2011 11:09 am ET

The UN is a corrupt body that is made up of the world's worst coutries, some of them have no human rights in their vocabulary others are just plain ol' failed states.

So all these "resolutions" against Israel are not worth even mentioning.

As for Palestinians... they should learn to fight for their rights in a non violent way. As long as they use violence, as is so prevalent in the arab culture, they can't expect to be treated any better by the Israelis.

pete   March 28th, 2011 12:30 pm ET


SwidishLady   March 28th, 2011 6:49 pm ET

Zionism has never been about judaism. It 's only about racist invaders from Europe stealing Palestine from Palestinians who are the real owners of that land.

Dan   March 28th, 2011 9:42 pm ET


Why are you justifying the murder of an innocent woman (who by the way was not even Israeli) and the casualty of over 50 others? Do you truly believe that an action like this is acceptable? Do you see any value in the human lives involved? You are obviously very passionate about the lives of Palestinians but you show no respect (in fact you show the opposite) for the lives of innocent others. You justified the atrocity that befell the people living in Israel with a sick ideology stating that "they deserved it because of the mistreatment of the Palestinians". Unfortunately John, this ideology will only bring more war and suffering, though after you stated that the UN should "fire over one hundred cruise missiles at Israel each night", I believe that more war and suffering is what you want. You have no desire for peace and once again I am drawn to the conclusion that you have no regard for innocent human lives. You are only contributing to the conflict, you are contributing to the suffering of Palestinians and Israeli's.

beaujam90   March 29th, 2011 4:48 am ET

ZIonists are the most racist people ever by far!
(I am away that not all jews are racists, and that the majority of zionists are US evangelists who themselves hate jews).

miriam   March 29th, 2011 11:15 am ET

John A,

The definition of "occupation" in international law states that

the territory has to have been seized from a recognized sovereign,
there is no independent leadership,
and the previous sovereign claims the territory.

Egypt and Jordan were not recognized internationally as the sovereign rulers of Gaza and the WB respectively when the territory was won by Israel.
Over 90% of the Palestinians population is ruled by their own Palestinian leaders.
Egypt and Jordan have no claims to the territories they lost in battle.

It is legal to gain territory in defensive war as happened in 1967.

Israel has not moved any settlements into the WB, or any settlers. Nobody has been forced there and the lower property prices were equivalent to other peripheral communities. Today, due to the de facto building freeze, the prices have rocketed.

Recognizing your narrow knowledge of world history, it is not surprising that you cannot think outside of the box.

John A   March 29th, 2011 1:31 pm ET

Wow Amazing how many dumb Americans there are. Actually its not so amazing, that's why they are now 15 trillion dollars in debt hahaha

Are we supposed to believe Americans wouldn't fight back, if their land was robbed after they had developed it for 2000 years? You cant even walk down central park without an American trying to rob possessions which have never been theirs. Americans are basically sick animals.

So lets remember the facts:

1. Israel’s violations of international law

The Israeli government is in constant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which protects people living under occupation, and forbids an occupying power from making its presence a permanent one.

A whole swathe of UN resolutions call on Israel to end its occupation, stop its settlement construction, respect the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, and end Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem. The Israeli government have flouted all these resolutions with impunity, as it has the UN’s demand for Israel’s nuclear facilities to be inspected.

Even the International Court of Justice’s ruling against Israel’s building of a Wall inside Occupied Palestinian Territory has been ignored.
The British government must act to force Israel to abide by international law. Why should Israel be able to violate humanitarian law with impunity?
2. Bringing Israeli war criminals to justice

Following the seeking of an arrest warrant against Tzipi Livni in December 2009, David Miliband said that "The Government is looking urgently at ways in which the UK system might be changed in order to avoid this sort of situation arising again."

The Israeli government, in which Tzipi Livni served in as Foreign Affairs minister, planned and executed the war on Gaza during December 2008 and January 2009.

The United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict was led by Justice Richard Goldstone. His report pointed out that, ‘several of the violations referred to in this report amount to grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Goldstone noted that there is a duty imposed by the Geneva Conventions on all High Contracting Parties to search for and bring before their courts those responsible for the alleged violations. The UK is a High Contracting Party – and has a responsibility to uphold international law, regardless of whether someone accused of war crimes is considered a friend of the current government or not, and regardless of their status, rank or influence.

Britain must not change its laws in order to avoid any future attempts to prosecute suspected war criminals, Israeli or otherwise.

The power to arrest individuals reasonably suspected of war crimes anywhere in the world should they set foot on UK soil is necessary, as victims of war crimes are often unable to seek justice in their own country. The government should not succumb to pressure from any foreign power to alter this crucial aspect of the judicial process.
Bringing those responsible for war crimes to justice is essential to end the culture of impunity that referred to in the Goldstone report, and end Israel’s continued military assaults.
‘The Mission was struck by the repeated comment of Palestinian victims, human rights defenders, civil society interlocutors and officials that they hoped that this would be the last investigative mission of its kind, because action for justice would follow from it. It was struck, as well, by the comment that every time a report is published and no action follows, this emboldens Israel and her conviction of being untouchable’. (Goldstone, para 1754)
3. Ending the siege on Gaza

Since June 2007, Israel has imposed a brutal and illegal siege on 1.5 million people living in the Gaza strip. The UN and EU have repeatedly stated that the blockade of Gaza, including restricting supply of electricity and fuel, constitutes collective punishment of a civilian population, is prohibited in international humanitarian law under Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Israel’s bombardment and invasion of Gaza between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009 killed 1,417 Palestinians, including 313 children, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. 14 Israelis were killed, of whom 11 were soldiers. Despite massive destruction of infrastructure, Israel prevents the entry of cement and building materials, forcing people to live in makeshift shelters and tents among the ruins of their former homes.

According to the report “Failing Gaza”, published by 16 organizations including Amnesty International, “In the first two years of the blockade, an average of just 112 truckloads per day – one fifth of the previous levels – were allowed into Gaza. Exports have been entirely banned with the exception of several small shipments. The report states that “currently Israel only regularly allows about 35 categories of items entry into Gaza. In contrast, some 4,000 items were imported before the blockade began”.

The Goldstone Report ‘found that the following grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention were committed by Israeli forces in Gaza: wilful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, and extensive destruction of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly. As grave breaches these acts give rise to individual criminal responsibility. The Mission notes that the use of human shields also constitutes a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.’ (para 1732)

The report also found that ‘the series of acts that deprive Palestinians in the Gaza Strip of their means of subsistence, employment, housing and water, that deny their freedom of movement and their right to leave and enter their own country, that limit their rights to access a court of law and an effective remedy, could lead a competent court to find that the crime of persecution, a crime against humanity, has been committed.’ (para 1733)]
Palestinians in Gaza have experienced a horrific and illegal collective punishment – for daring to exercise their right to democratically elect MPs to represent them.
4. Ban the import of settlement goods

Almost 500,000 Israeli settlers live illegally in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The UN reported that ‘more than 38% of the Occupied West Bank is taken up by Israeli settlements, outposts, military bases and closed military areas, Israeli declared nature reserves or other related infrastructure that are off limits or tightly controlled to Palestinians.’

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website states that “The government has been clear that settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank are illegal.” UN Security Council resolutions 446 and 465 “deplore” the building of settlements on Palestinian land and instruct member states not to assist the building of settlements. The Geneva Convention states that the transfer of a civilian population into occupied territory is a war crime; to be ancillary to this crime is also a crime in English law.

Yet despite this, goods grown in Israeli settlements, on stolen Palestinian land, are exported and sold in Britain.
As settlements are illegal under international law, the export of settlement products must be banned. We have a duty not to economically aid those carrying out illegal acts.
5. Suspending the EU-Israel trade agreement

Our government should push for the suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement until Israel meets its obligations under international law. Article 2 of the Agreement requires Israel to comply with human rights provisions – something it has clearly not complied with.

Since 2000, the EU Israel Association Agreement (EUIAA) has promoted strong trade, business and cultural ties between Israel and the EU. Today, 30% of Israel’s exports go to the EU under a preferential trade tariff, paid for by the EU taxpayer. There are even current negotiations in progress to upgrade this agreement despite Israel’s gross breaches of Article 2 of the EUIAA that requires it to ‘respect human rights and democratic principles’.
Why should Israel be allowed to violate the terms of the EU-Israel trade agreement and continue to financially benefit from preferential trade terms?

6. Ending the arms trade with Israel
Equipment used on Gazans contained UK-supplied components. In a Ministerial Statement on 21 April 2009, Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary David Miliband admitted that Israeli equipment used in Gaza "almost certainly" contained UK-supplied components. He cited F16 combat aircraft, Apache attack helicopters, Saar-Class corvettes and armoured personnel carriers. Then Foreign Minister Bill Rammell told the Commons' Committees on Arms Export Controls that no licences for components for the F16s, helicopters or armoured personnel carriers had been approved since the war on the Lebanon in 2006. On 13 July 2009 the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Britain cancelled five out of 182 licensed British arms exports to Israel, all involving equipment for the Saar 4.5 class Corvette, a naval vessel used in Israel’s war on Gaza.

John A   March 29th, 2011 1:36 pm ET

Are all you Americans too gutless to answer this question:

Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links

Rebels forces in Libya have admitted that among the ranks of those fighting against the government are islamic militants who have fought and killed US troops in Iraq, otherwise known as “al qaeda” fighters.

So now American soldiers fight with al qaeda!!!!

Which side are you on.
Gadaffi or NATO/al qaeda????

miriam   March 30th, 2011 4:13 pm ET

John A,

The 2010 UK elections have been and gone and your copy and paste dishonest propaganda campaign is irrelevant.

Recently, you have belabored the point that the UN is a waste of time.

At least we can see through your hypocrisy.

proud zionist   March 31st, 2011 9:31 pm ET

John nitwit A

inciting again to massacre Jews


proud zionist   April 1st, 2011 6:09 pm ET

John nazi A is inciting again to kill Jews

and CNN censors,a s usual let him, while avoiding tp publish those who unmask his nazi hamas propaganda

John A   April 3rd, 2011 12:39 pm ET

Proud Zionist again defending an illegal occupation, which includes a full spectrum destruction of Palestinian life and Miriam again editing the truth while thinking she has got away with some more outrageous pro Israeli propaganda.

Proud Zionist you constantly ignore that I am inciting Israeli Jews to act legally and refrain from illegal occupation and refrain from wiping Palestine of the map. And Palestine is the only land in the world which is being wiped of the map!!

Proud Zionist; I have recently educated you in the fact that your misappropriate use of the word "antisemitic" is in fact a form blasphemy against Judaism. So now you have adopted a new word "Nazi". Again you use this word inappropriately. It seems you are determined to expose you ignorance to the world. But as Zionism is a form of racist ignorance, I cant be surprised at that.

proud zionist   April 3rd, 2011 9:54 pm ET

John antisemite Nazi,

Againyou try to eveade proof that you are a liar. You claimed 1400 civilians were killed in Gaza, although you knew this to be a lie. When I exposed your lie, you ignored it, as you ignored the facts every single time you were ex[posed as nothing but a loudmouthed liar inciting to kill jews.

so once more:

Hamas Admits 700 Palestinian Fighters Killed in Gaza War
On Nov. 1, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad told the London-based Al-Hayat: “On the first day of the war Israel struck police headquarters and killed 250 members of Hamas and the various factions, in addition to the 200-300 operatives from the al-Qassam Brigades. In addition, 150 security personnel were killed.”

The overall number is consistent with the findings of the Israeli defense establishment, which reported 1,166 Palestinians killed. 609 were Hamas terrorist operatives and security forces. One hundred more were operatives from other terrorist organizations, so that the overall number of terrorist operatives killed was 709 (about 60% of the total number of deaths).

During and after the war, Hamas employed a policy of hiding the real number of its operatives killed by the IDF. The policy was implemented to prevent demoralization and to reinforce the (false) message that Israel was deliberately directing its military actions against civilians.

Reducing the number of terrorist operatives killed and greatly exaggerating the number of civilians killed served Hamas in dealing with the Goldstone Commission. The Hamas policy of hiding the actual number of Hamas operatives killed outlived its usefulness after the Goldstone Report was issued.

The Goldstone Report states that according to the Palestinian NGO statistics, only one of every five casualties was a “combatant” [20% - instead of the actual 60%].


Now. Johnny baby, you cannot even quote Goldstone anymore, Nazi

REVA Haskett   April 3rd, 2011 11:14 pm ET

I was so angry when I heard about this Bombing. The Palestians say they want peace but they really don't. They want ALL of Israel for themselves. Well I have news for them, JESUS CHRIST will soon be
comming back for the Rapture and after that the 7yr. Tribulation then the'll see that God gave that land to the JEWS, also the'll find out that half of their lands also belong to the Jews.

REVA Haskett   April 3rd, 2011 11:35 pm ET

i AGREE WITH proud zionist iSRAEL BELONGS TO THE jews gIVEN TO THE jews SINCE abraham'S TIME. come on you guys read your BIBLE if you own one, you will see right in Genesis What GOD SAID TO abraham. so THE jews ARE NOT THE ONES OCCUPING IT'S THE PALESTINIANS. in FACT THERE NEVER REALLY WAS EVER A PALESTINIAN STATE.!

John A   April 4th, 2011 10:36 am ET

REVA Haskett,

To understand the full dimension of your madness, you beleive that millions of people who lived in Palestine for thousands of years should be displace to make way for millions of European Jewish immigrants.

The injustice caused to the inhabitants of Palestine doesn't matter, because a loving and invisible God said so? And who has spoken to the loving invisible God who appears to have total disregard for Palestinian life? The Jews are the only ones who know this strange God and the Jews claim God chose them as the highest life form.

Reva the only thing you said which sounded logical, was your agreement with Proud Zionist. This is logical, as you are both clearly mad.

proud zionist   April 4th, 2011 9:39 pm ET




John A   April 5th, 2011 10:54 am ET

Proud Zionist Your trying to avoid the truth by starting an argument again. So lets try again with the truth.

To understand the full dimension of Zionist madness, you must know Zionists beleive that millions of people who lived in Palestine for thousands of years should be displace to make way for millions of European Jewish immigrants.

The injustice caused to the inhabitants of Palestine doesn't matter, because a loving and invisible God said so? And who has spoken to the loving invisible God who appears to have total disregard for Palestinian life? The Jews are the only ones who know this strange God and the Jews claim God chose them as the highest life form.

And for stating this Proud Zionist thinks I'm hallucinating (but obviously he cant spell big words properly)

So if I am hallucinating, then Proud Zionist must be sure that God has spoken to him and explained Jews from anywhere in the world should be able to evict Palestinians who have lived in the region for 1000s years.

Well Proud Zionist has once again effectively demonstrated that Zionism is a mental illness.

proud zionist   April 10th, 2011 8:00 pm ET

"Palestinians who have lived in the region for 1000s years".
What BS Johny baby.

Palestinians lived in the region for 1000s of years. Oh yeah, they were there before the Jews, even before Islam existed, right nitwit?

You lies are so transparent, Nazi

Reagan   April 11th, 2011 9:07 am ET

Proud Zionist, I think John A refers to all the people who lived there before you and your Jewish family got of the boat.

proud zionist   April 11th, 2011 11:23 am ET


nazi John A needs interpreters now?

John A   April 11th, 2011 2:07 pm ET

Proud Zionist, you don't need an interpreter you need a shrink.

By the way, Reagan understands. Why cant you?

miriam   May 2nd, 2011 1:35 pm ET

John A,

In 1947 there were less than 2 million inhabitants in the British Mandate consisting of Jews, Christians, Muslims and others including British, French, Italians, Greeks, Arabs, Mandatory Palestine Jews and Mandatory Palestine Arabs.

The first half of the 20th century saw increased Arab immigration alongside increased Jewish immigration resulting from the attractive living and work conditions created by the Jewish immigration.

Arabs were not displaced to make way for European Jewish immigration.
Some Arabs fled or were encouraged to leave by their leaders when they began the fight for the prevention of the establishment of the Jewish state and a few villages were destroyed in retaliation for the destruction of Jewish communities by gangs from those villages. Many Arabs who fled were rehoused in the homes of the Jews who were expelled and ethnically cleansed from territory occupied by Jordan and Egypt.

Zionist ideology has never called for the displacement of Arabs, rather it specifically calls for the respect of non-Jews and their equal rights and freedom of religion, living alongside Jews in the secular Jewish state.

Unfortunately, anti-Zionist rhetoric cannot accept the fact that the Jewish state does not treat its minority populations in the same way as Arab/Muslim states treat their minorities. Typically, they mistakenly and deliberately project their own ideologies onto the Jewish state.

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