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New York, NY - Chabad Committee Formed to Help Rubashkin Defense

Published on: December 30, 2008 04:18 PM
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New York, NY - A group of Lubavitch Chassidim, members of the Chabad Jewish Community in Brooklyn, NY, is planning on monitoring the well being of Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin, imprisoned head of the Agriprocessors Kosher meat plant in Postville, IA.

The group, which has years of experience in assisting community members with legal troubles, turned their attention to Rubashkin six weeks ago. Called The Committee of Concerned Anash for Pidyon Shevuyim (Anash meaning Chassidim, Pidyon Shevuyim - the mitzva of redemption of prisoners) will focus on assisting the Rubashkin family.

The Committee is working with top lawyers for the best defense and a public relations group, and will be collecting funds for the legal defense and keeping the community involved.

Committee members include Levi Balkany, Yingy Bistritsky, Ari Chitrik, Sholom Duchman, Mendel Feller, Noson Hecht, Shea Hecht, Shmuli Hecht, Sholem B. Hecht, Sholom B. Lipskar, Benjy Stock, Zalman Vishedsky and Yaakov Weiss. They are joined by Suri Ciment, Hindy Labkowski and Molly Resnick.

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In a press release sent to COLlive, they wrote: “The committee wants the public to know they are the official group to assist and aid the Rubashkins, endorsed by the family. The committee has years of experience in dealing with pidyon shevuyim cases, and now they have turned their attention to helping Sholom Rubashkin.”

Several members of the committee held a private meeting today (Sunday) at the offices of The National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE), a Brooklyn-based educational and humanitarian organization (which both Hecht brothers direct).

Following the meeting - of which COLlive was invited to photograph but not record - the committee held a press conference for the Lubavitch media in an effort to “call on the worldwide Lubavitch community to take action, get involved, and donate to the Rubashkin legal fund.”

Other Jewish groups are expected to speak out on behalf of Rubashkin, citing that “the case is now an attack against shechita.”

Rabbi Pesach Lerner of Young Israel and Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zweibel of Agudas Yisroel are said to be planning a trip to Iowa to meet with Rubashkin in prison.

This Tuesday, lawyers from Grefe and Sidney will be visiting Crown Heights to meet with the committee and residents. They are scheduled to meet with Aron Rubashkin, patriarch and founder of the Agri plant.

“Lubavitch in Crown Heights, and around the world, needs to know – from S. Padre Island, Texas to Shanghai, China, Kosher meat was available because of the Rubashkins,” Rabbi Sholem Ber Hecht said. “Any traveler, as well, benefitted from Rubashkin. This affects every single person that eats kosher throughout the world.”



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 Dec 30, 2008 at 04:35 PM Der Yid Says:

Legal defense fund? More like ILEGAL!

Whats next? The Pidyon Madoff Solidarty Fund???

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 04:31 PM whatever Says:

what took so long for you guys to get it together......Finally some action from the Jewish leaders Yay!!!

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 04:48 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Would it help Rubashkin get out on bail if Mondrowitz is (finally) extradited?

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 04:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Der Yid Says:

Legal defense fund? More like ILEGAL!

Whats next? The Pidyon Madoff Solidarty Fund???

Pidyon Shvuim also applies according to the Rambam when one is guilty.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 05:14 PM Anonymous Says:

its about time, and it shouldnt only be chabad, it should be a united front from satmar belz ger young israel, all jews should do what they can to get someone on bail

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 05:02 PM free rubashkin Says:

rabbi shea hecht is great - much hatzlocho to the folks involved.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 05:21 PM The Tzig,Hempstead Says:

I'm getting worried now.After all the only reason Rubashkin was not bailed out was because he listened to all kinds of chachumim and spinmeisters.
The anti-semitic defense card is the absolute worst idea.The thought that an organized "attack" on the judge by vocal Chabad rabbis will help is foolish.No judge worth his s alt will back off if he is attacked in this way.
What has to be done is a quiet, behind the scene attempt.Many people are prepared to give money for bail.I'm sure that within a week or two ten million$ could be raised.
Sha, shtil the old fashioned Jewish style of advocacy is still the best way to go.
We tried the "new" way and Rubashkin gets to sit pre-trial!Imagine that.Pre-trial and nebach he is allready in chad gadya.
Time we called in real proffesionals

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 05:41 PM deepthinker Says:

May they be blessed for their efforts, and may they have Hatzlacha!

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 07:11 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Der Yid Says:

Legal defense fund? More like ILEGAL!

Whats next? The Pidyon Madoff Solidarty Fund???

What a stupid ignorant comment! Go read Der Yid and stop posting your stupid comments! So let's say he is guilty of hiring illegal's, why shouldn't he be free on bail until proven guilty???? Because his name isn't Madoff, and didn't make people poor????

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 07:12 PM murray Says:

Reply to #3  
Charlie Hall Says:

Would it help Rubashkin get out on bail if Mondrowitz is (finally) extradited?

How dare you create this 'linkage', I don't know what your motive is, but it is wrong to use "mondowitz" and "rubashkin" in the same sentence. Rubashkin might indeed be guilty of some infractions, but he is no animal like Mondrobeast.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 06:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Der Yid Says:

Legal defense fund? More like ILEGAL!

Whats next? The Pidyon Madoff Solidarty Fund???

How dare you! It's because of people like you that we are still in golus. There may have been a few legal issues that were wrong, but to compare him to Madoff who stole billions for his personal gain! It seems that the Rubashkins are ba'alei chesed and anshei ma'aseh. They were always there to help others. They need your help now. The world needs more of them, and nobody else like you.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 06:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

its about time, and it shouldnt only be chabad, it should be a united front from satmar belz ger young israel, all jews should do what they can to get someone on bail

why? if he committed crimes and chilul hashem, let the system work the case.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 06:15 PM Anonymous Says:

For the record i grew up and live in Boro Park and there is a restaurant on 13th ave. called CROWNS bet.50th and 49th street which is owned by the Rubashkin family for over 45 years and every poor and hungry person can eat there at NO cost. The community owes it to the Rubashkins now that they need the HELP we should all be there for them. May the ones who are involved in helping those wonderful people (guilty or innocent) hashem should pay you back that you should never EVER be in such a position...Shlach Lachmechu Al Hamayim KI beroiv haumim Timtzuenu....

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 06:12 PM cubs fan Says:

this is what SMR needed from the onset of his situation real street fighters, i know these people and they have a great track record. there are many of you out there that have always blasted the rubashkin family, their product, etc. you should be ashamed of yourself, your a larger disgrace to the jewish world than madoff, mondrowitz etc. will ever be you people seem to KVEL on someone elses problems. SMR stay strong.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 07:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

why? if he committed crimes and chilul hashem, let the system work the case.

Exactly. AFTER his conviction, after his sentencing, when all the tummell and noise has quieted down, that is when people like Satmar would step in "Quietly" and help out to try to get him out, or whatever solution was possible.

They do a lot of that work, for non-Chassidim as well as for Chassidim of all rebbes.

But, to create publicity now, just keeps the story in the forefront of the news, and keeps the Chillul Hashem in everyone's minds, and increases hatred and anti-semitism.

Sure, every responsible Jew wants to help out any Jew who in incarcerated. Lubavitch has the Aleph Institute, and Satmar has their own, more descreet than Aleph and very quietly successful, but it is irresponsible as a Jew to make noise which will bring anti-semitism on all the Jews.

We must balance the needs of the Jewish People, with the need to help the individuals. Both needs to be done, but in balance.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 08:34 PM Kol Hakavod Says:

Kol Hakavod to the Vaad. May you be blessed with much Hatzlacha. I will do what I can to help out.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 10:35 PM Bugsy Siegel Says:

Well now lubavitch is doing things right. Instead of crying that Rubashkin is innocent and crying anti-semitism, now they are working to help his defense.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 10:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

How dare you! It's because of people like you that we are still in golus. There may have been a few legal issues that were wrong, but to compare him to Madoff who stole billions for his personal gain! It seems that the Rubashkins are ba'alei chesed and anshei ma'aseh. They were always there to help others. They need your help now. The world needs more of them, and nobody else like you.

I don't think we should get all worked up with these comments against Rubashkin. this guy just likes to see everyone's reaction. I just don't understand why the oilam doesn't realize that he already paid so many fines, why is his name not cleared? Secondly, no one wants to do the job of these illegals. they don't know how, even after being trained patiently, and money taken out on their flight , they leave after three weeks because it is too hard for them. Why do people think he is greedy? When the demand got bigger he got bigger but believe you me they did not live luxuriously AT ALL. The illegals, nor he did not steal a dime from anyone! Nor did they take away anyone's job! so STOP the BASHING!

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 09:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
cubs fan Says:

this is what SMR needed from the onset of his situation real street fighters, i know these people and they have a great track record. there are many of you out there that have always blasted the rubashkin family, their product, etc. you should be ashamed of yourself, your a larger disgrace to the jewish world than madoff, mondrowitz etc. will ever be you people seem to KVEL on someone elses problems. SMR stay strong.

You seem to be ok with giving Rubashkin, Madoff and Mondrowitz the "benefit of the doubt" simply bcause they are yidden....the pain and suffering they have caused for others is a stain on Klal Yisroel and you seem to be oblivious to what is happening

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 12:24 AM Elisheva Says:

Rubashkins do so much no one knows about.
Two weeks ago they hosted Yeshiva University for a Shabbaton.
All 75 or so were invited to Fabringe at the Rubashkin home.

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 04:14 AM GO YINGY!!! Says:

If yingy is here to help that means something will be done. he is a man of action!!

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 03:54 AM NOT TRUE!!! Says:

Reply to #19  
Anonymous Says:

I don't think we should get all worked up with these comments against Rubashkin. this guy just likes to see everyone's reaction. I just don't understand why the oilam doesn't realize that he already paid so many fines, why is his name not cleared? Secondly, no one wants to do the job of these illegals. they don't know how, even after being trained patiently, and money taken out on their flight , they leave after three weeks because it is too hard for them. Why do people think he is greedy? When the demand got bigger he got bigger but believe you me they did not live luxuriously AT ALL. The illegals, nor he did not steal a dime from anyone! Nor did they take away anyone's job! so STOP the BASHING!

Reb Yid #19. What you say is not true:< He is a ganef. He didnt pay workers overtime and didnt pay them what was promised to them back in their home country of Palau. He also threatened and put JEWISH businesses out of business. Please: DO SOME RESEARCH and stop defending a Ganef and Intimidator and even worse. For all the good he may have done he also com 9000 labor code violations.....A real Baal Chesed .....

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 07:40 AM lazer Says:

Reply to #1  
Der Yid Says:

Legal defense fund? More like ILEGAL!

Whats next? The Pidyon Madoff Solidarty Fund???

all i can say to you is you should never need Pidyon Shivuin...!!!!!!!

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 08:37 AM yoine Says:

beter late than ever,
to all of you helping out i say more power to you!
no one can stay on the sideline, everyone who belongs to "kol yisroel achim" need to, and we are going to do whatever it's necesarry for the "rubashkins" one of the greatest family's, they always came forward to help us, now is the time to help them. no body said it will be easy, the soton has many ways to obstruct, don't lea son to any of them just do the holy work regardless of the mekatregim and reshoim. for them i say 3 times every day, "velamalshinim"

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 08:12 AM Anonymous Says:

I think #23 is one pf PETA's Chevra. Hatzlocho Rabba to the committee and with Hashems Help he will be a free from his Tzoras very soon.

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 10:13 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #26  
Anonymous Says:

I think #23 is one pf PETA's Chevra. Hatzlocho Rabba to the committee and with Hashems Help he will be a free from his Tzoras very soon.

i agree - totally horrible comment. must be PETA or some other wacko

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 11:04 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Anonymous Says:

i agree - totally horrible comment. must be PETA or some other wacko

Not a horrible comment, a true and honest one.
I am not the writer you are condemning, but I agree with him.

Sorry, I am not Peta or a member of any "Wacko" group as you would like to call it. Just a fellow Jew who cannot condone the behaviors shown by SMR.

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 11:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #26  
Anonymous Says:

I think #23 is one pf PETA's Chevra. Hatzlocho Rabba to the committee and with Hashems Help he will be a free from his Tzoras very soon.

WRONG!

I am not PETA. I am a heimishe Yid who totally agrees with him.
Sorry, but the more you know about Agriprocessing's activities the more you realize it was run by ganovim mamash.
The Rubashkin family may have been, and may still be total Tzadkim in their personal lives, or in their work in Boro Park and CH, but in their Agriprocessing business, they are not tzadikim.
Sorry to burst your bubble. But not all who do not condone their behavior are Peta or Evil, or bad people.
We are Yidden who are hurt and embarrassed by SMR's actions, and we realize how much he did hurt so many people.

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 11:08 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

Exactly. AFTER his conviction, after his sentencing, when all the tummell and noise has quieted down, that is when people like Satmar would step in "Quietly" and help out to try to get him out, or whatever solution was possible.

They do a lot of that work, for non-Chassidim as well as for Chassidim of all rebbes.

But, to create publicity now, just keeps the story in the forefront of the news, and keeps the Chillul Hashem in everyone's minds, and increases hatred and anti-semitism.

Sure, every responsible Jew wants to help out any Jew who in incarcerated. Lubavitch has the Aleph Institute, and Satmar has their own, more descreet than Aleph and very quietly successful, but it is irresponsible as a Jew to make noise which will bring anti-semitism on all the Jews.

We must balance the needs of the Jewish People, with the need to help the individuals. Both needs to be done, but in balance.

Well said. Thank you for a clearly stated truth.

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 12:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Der Yid Says:

Legal defense fund? More like ILEGAL!

Whats next? The Pidyon Madoff Solidarty Fund???

The real truth is ,is to such a silly and stupit comment their should be no reply ,but unfortantly their are goyim and (i say this for a fact) that read this sight ,and especally the bad comments against sholem rubashkin ,so before you write something stupit you should know you might have blood on your hands !!!(those who were involved in moshe rubashkin case know exactly what i mean ....enough said...)

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 11:06 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
NOT TRUE!!! Says:

Reb Yid #19. What you say is not true:< He is a ganef. He didnt pay workers overtime and didnt pay them what was promised to them back in their home country of Palau. He also threatened and put JEWISH businesses out of business. Please: DO SOME RESEARCH and stop defending a Ganef and Intimidator and even worse. For all the good he may have done he also com 9000 labor code violations.....A real Baal Chesed .....

Thank you! Well stated. Truthful and accurate.
Sometimes the truth hurts, and many of these people are screaming from the pain. But better to know the truth.
Though they may be good people in their community, in business the Rubashkins are not doing business in a way which would bring zchus and shevach on the Jewish people.

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 03:27 PM s Says:

Anash is a acronym for: Anshei Shlomenu

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 06:03 PM devorah l RUBASHKIN #29 Says:

Reply to #29  
Anonymous Says:

WRONG!

I am not PETA. I am a heimishe Yid who totally agrees with him.
Sorry, but the more you know about Agriprocessing's activities the more you realize it was run by ganovim mamash.
The Rubashkin family may have been, and may still be total Tzadkim in their personal lives, or in their work in Boro Park and CH, but in their Agriprocessing business, they are not tzadikim.
Sorry to burst your bubble. But not all who do not condone their behavior are Peta or Evil, or bad people.
We are Yidden who are hurt and embarrassed by SMR's actions, and we realize how much he did hurt so many people.

if u r such a heimishe yid then why dont u have a name to back ur disgusting comment. what happened to heimishe yidden judging lkaf zchus and innocent until proven guilty, when did the biased media become ur gold standard for truth?

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 07:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #34  
devorah l RUBASHKIN #29 Says:

if u r such a heimishe yid then why dont u have a name to back ur disgusting comment. what happened to heimishe yidden judging lkaf zchus and innocent until proven guilty, when did the biased media become ur gold standard for truth?

Innocent until proven guilty is an American concept, as well as the Bankruptcy Act. Under Torah law, there are no such things. Rubashkin is responsible for his actions, including his debts, until the final reckoning.

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 08:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #34  
devorah l RUBASHKIN #29 Says:

if u r such a heimishe yid then why dont u have a name to back ur disgusting comment. what happened to heimishe yidden judging lkaf zchus and innocent until proven guilty, when did the biased media become ur gold standard for truth?

Hurtful comment, maybe. ... because truth sometimes hurts. But it seems YOU were the attacking one here. This writer was only voicing an opinions, and wrote respectfully.

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 08:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #31  
Anonymous Says:

The real truth is ,is to such a silly and stupit comment their should be no reply ,but unfortantly their are goyim and (i say this for a fact) that read this sight ,and especally the bad comments against sholem rubashkin ,so before you write something stupit you should know you might have blood on your hands !!!(those who were involved in moshe rubashkin case know exactly what i mean ....enough said...)

"Enough Said" is a NY thing to say when you have nothing to back up what you say.

Sorry, but when they do wrong, they do wrong. Defending them adds to the Chillul Hashem.

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 11:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Der Yid Says:

Legal defense fund? More like ILEGAL!

Whats next? The Pidyon Madoff Solidarty Fund???

It's illegal to set up a defense fund? So when a fellow Jew is in trouble people should sit around with their hands folded because of crimes he allegedly committed? AFAIK, bail was denied; this fund is for his DEFENSE. Even the biggest criminal has the right to legal defense, and that costs money. Since when does Ahavas Yisroel get thrown out the window the minute someone is accused of a crime? What would you be saying if there was no legal defense committee? "Where is Lubavitch when one of theirs gets in trouble"!

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 Jan 01, 2009 at 09:12 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #34  
devorah l RUBASHKIN #29 Says:

if u r such a heimishe yid then why dont u have a name to back ur disgusting comment. what happened to heimishe yidden judging lkaf zchus and innocent until proven guilty, when did the biased media become ur gold standard for truth?

I am sorry for you, Devorah. Putting your name down only reinforces the fact that you agree with the chillul Hashem that went on and continues to go on.

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 Jan 01, 2009 at 08:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #38  
Anonymous Says:

It's illegal to set up a defense fund? So when a fellow Jew is in trouble people should sit around with their hands folded because of crimes he allegedly committed? AFAIK, bail was denied; this fund is for his DEFENSE. Even the biggest criminal has the right to legal defense, and that costs money. Since when does Ahavas Yisroel get thrown out the window the minute someone is accused of a crime? What would you be saying if there was no legal defense committee? "Where is Lubavitch when one of theirs gets in trouble"!

LUBAVITCH SHOULD BE ON THE FOREFRONT SAYING "WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG!!" What he did was wrong and a chilll Hashem and we want no part of it.

Instead, they are cowering in the rear and muttering 'antisemite', 'peta', 'union', competition (and they never said who the competition was)', 'lets hire a spinmaster so people think he is good, not bad'.

Now they are trying to 'help' a fellow Jew. Let them spend their money on the fellow Jews that lost their parnossa because of Rubaskin's greed. That would truly be a Kiddush Hashem, instead of the fraud that they are trying to perpetuate now.

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