UC Davis SJP Statement on Judicial Board Divestment Verdict

Dear UC Davis Community members,

A trial by the UC Davis Campus Court was held on 2/18 regarding the legality of Senate Resolution 9 under the constitution of ASUCD. This student court ruled in favor of nullifying the resolution, which was a call for UC Davis to divest from corporations that are complicit with Israel’s human rights violations against the Palestinian people, on the grounds that the resolution didn’t directly affect “student welfare” on campus and was “primarily a political document.”

Yet SR #9, deemed too “political” for the ASUCD to vote on, is similar to past resolutions including the call to divest from Apartheid South Africa and Sudan. Thus this court ruling was highly selective and politically biased in targeting only divestment from Israel. It also suggests that the welfare of UC Davis students who are Palestinian and their families who are displaced from Israel or targeted by Israeli violence and restrictions on freedom of movement, freedom to education, and freedom to live does not matter. Palestinian Lives Matter!

The verdict attempts to silence not only pro-Palestine activists on campus who are personally affected by UC Davis’s complicity with Israeli occupation and apartheid, but also future student activists who organize grassroots movements and participate in ASUCD’s democratic process. It is a tactic of campus ‘lawfare’ similar to that used by national Zionist groups to undermine the BDS movement. But this procedural maneuver cannot change the clear student consensus in favor of divestment for human rights.

Students for Justice in Palestine considers this court ruling invalid because it would infringe on free speech rights to disallow “political” statements and because the ruling attempts to override the democratic process that operates in ASUCD. This discriminatory and repressive verdict will not be accepted by the SJP community, and there will be an organized response to this injustice. The fact is that the divestment movement has won at UC Davis, and we and the Palestinian rights movement stand by this victory.
In solidarity,
SJP

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Stanford Student Senate Votes to Divest from Occupation of Palestine

For Immediate Release
February 18, 2015

Press Contacts: EKela Autry eautry@stanford.edu; Sherif Ibrahim sherif10@stanford.edu

STANFORD, Calif. – On February 17, the Undergraduate Senate of Stanford University voted 10-1-4 to pass a resolution to divest from the occupation of the Palestinian Territories. The resolution, entitled A Resolution to Divest from Companies Violating Human Rights in Occupied Palestine, calls on Stanford to stop investing in multinational corporations facilitating human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The Senate Chair and Senate Deputy Chair motioned to reconsider the resolution after it was narrowly defeated by one vote last week (9 for, 1 abstention, 5 against). The senators stated that the hostile environment opponents of divestment created at last week’s hearing impeded their ability to vote with clarity and requested the opportunity to align their votes with their true opinions. In the original vote, the two senators had respectively abstained and voted no. After their motion to reconsider passed in Tuesday’s hearing, they changed their votes to a ‘yes’ and ‘abstain.’ The re-vote followed a two hour-long hearing and ended in a historic vote in favor of divestment with 10 senators voting in support, one abstention, and 4 against.

Organizers of the campaign were surprised that the Senate decided to vote on the resolution again and expressed excitement about the Senate vote.

“After months of hard work, it is gratifying to witness the Senate answer our call and affirm our efforts towards divestment.” said sophomore Ramah Awad. “Our next step is to pressure the Board of Trustees to follow through. We ask the Board and President Hennessy directly: ‘Are you going to listen to the student voice?’”

Another student expressed support for the senators who decided to reconsider their vote.

“Students from the campaign against divestment have written us acknowledging their ‘hateful and spiteful’ behavior during last week’s hearing,” said senior Manny Thompson. “We appreciate that the Chair and Deputy Chair spoke up about how they felt intimidated to vote their conscience and that the Senate ultimately reaffirmed its majority support for divestment.”

The resolution focuses on multinational corporations and identifies multiple actors as being complicit in the violations against Palestinians living under occupation, including the governments of Israel, Egypt, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority. The resolution states that the Undergraduate Senate is not connected to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and affirms both Israelis and Palestinians’ rights to life, safety, and self-determination.

The resolution was brought forth by the Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine (SOOP) coalition. The diverse coalition consists of 19 student groups including the Black Student Union, MEChA, and Stanford Students for Queer Liberation. The resolution called on the University to evaluate its investments and divest from companies fitting the following criteria:

  1. Maintaining the illegal infrastructure of the Israeli occupation, in particular settlements and separation wall.
  2. Facilitating Israel and Egypt’s collective punishment of Palestinian civilians.
  3. Facilitating state repression against Palestinians by Israeli, Egyptian or Palestinian Authority security forces.

Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine came together in pursuit of selective divestment as a response to the call from Palestinian civil society to exert economic pressure to end to the violations of their basic human rights.  Over the course of seven weeks SOOP’s campaign gathered immense student support; over 1,600 Stanford students signed SOOP’s petition.

With tonight’s vote, Stanford joins a growing number of student governments–most notably the University of California Student Association–in responding to a call from Palestinian society for divestment. After this vote, SOOP will work with Senators to pressure the Board of Trustees to divest from the violation of Palestinian human rights.

“As a student in the movement, I look forward to continuously engaging the campus in this conversation,” said junior Natasha Patel, “We are not done uplifting the call of Palestinian peoples nor are we finished pushing our University to conduct an ethical review of its investments.”

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Stanford Divestment Resolution Achieves 9-5 Majority; Campaign Pushes on Despite Lack of Supermajority

Original Link: http://www.soopalestine.org/updates/stanford-divestment-resolution-achieves-9-5-majority-campaign-pushes-on-despite-lack-of-supermajority

For Immediate Release
Press Contacts: EKela Autry eautry@stanford.edu; Sherif Ibrahim sherif10@stanford.edu

STANFORD, Calif. – The Undergraduate Senate of Stanford University just voted on a resolution to divest from the occupation of the Palestinian Territories. The resolution, entitled A Resolution to Divest from Companies Violating Human Rights in Occupied Palestine, called on the University to divest from multinational corporations facilitating human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian territories. The vote followed a four-hour long Senate hearing and ended with 9 senators voting yes, 5 voting no, and one abstention.

“Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine commends university senators who voted in favor of the divestment resolution and aptly represented their constituents,” said EKela Autry. “As members of Stanford community, we are proud to be in solidarity with the Palestinian people. We resolve to continue our commitment to justice as a vehicle for peace. No rest ‘till we divest!”

“It was a victory that a majority of the Senate supported the text of the resolution,” said Manny Thompson. “This is indicative that the conversation around the occupation of Palestine is shifting, something we’ve witnessed in our monthss of campus work.”

The resolution focused on multinational corporations and identifies multiple actors as being complicit in the violations against Palestinians living under occupation, including the governments of Israel, Egypt, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority. The resolution stated that the Undergraduate Senate is not connected to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The resolution affirmed both Israelis and Palestinians’ rights to life, safety, and self-determination.

“The senators’ internal discussion of the resolution preceding the vote was incredibly calm and reasoned,” said Sid Patel. “We applaud our senators for having such a nuanced conversation, recognizing that this issue is not black and white, and we appreciate that they took into account the perspectives of the entire community.”

On Tuesday evening, over 400 hundred Stanford students and affiliates gathered in the Tresidder Oak Room to witness the Undergraduate Senate vote on the divestment resolution brought forth by the Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine (SOOP) coalition. The diverse coalition consists of 19 student groups including the Black Student Union, MEChA, and Stanford Students for Queer Liberation. The resolution called on the University to evaluate its investments and divest from companies fitting the following criteria:

  1. Maintaining the illegal infrastructure of the Israeli occupation, in particular settlements and separation wall.
  2. Facilitating Israel and Egypt’s collective punishment of Palestinian civilians.
  3. Facilitating state repression against Palestinians by Israeli, Egyptian or Palestinian Authority security forces.

Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine came together in pursuit of selective divestment as an effective response to the call from Palestinian society for university students to exert pressure for an end to the violations of their basic human rights. Over the course of six weeks SOOP’s campaign gathered immense student support; over 1600 students signed SOOP’s petition and about 400 supporters gathered at Tuesday’s hearing.

Student organizers point to the growing number of student associations that have chosen to take a step towards ending their institutions’ complicity in the violation of Palestinian human rights. On Sunday, the University of California Student Association System voted in favor of two divestment resolutions calling for an end to the system’s investments in Palestinian suffering.

“The campus movement for Stanford to divest from companies complicit in the suffering of the Palestinian people will continue,” said Autry. “As long as Palestine is occupied, our work must continue.”

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On to the Regents: In Historic Vote, UC Student Association Endorses Call for Divestment in Support of Palestinian Rights

For Immediate Release:

On to the Regents: In Historic Vote, UC Student Association Endorses Call for Divestment in Support of Palestinian Rights

Contact: Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA, sjpucla1@gmail.com
(SJP at UCLA can coordinate contacts with other student organizations)

On the morning of February 8, 2015, hundreds of students gathered in Tom Bradley International Hall at UCLA as the UC Student Association (UCSA) deliberated motions in support of divestment from companies engaged in the systematic violation of Palestinian rights in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Students from across California arrived to speak in favor of divestment, and to highlight the nearly 90 student organizations across the state which joined the call for the UCSA to endorse divestment. The historic vote passed in an overwhelming majority of 9-1 with 6 abstentions (click here to read the full text of the divestment motion).

The UC Student Association is the official voice of the student body of the University of California, and represents hundreds of thousands of undergraduate and graduate students across the UC system. Today it became the first multi-campus student association to vote in favor of divestment. This landmark vote is undoubtedly the largest victory thus far in the campus divestment movement in the United States.

Since 2012, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, UC Los Angeles, and UC Davis have passed resolutions through their campus undergraduate student governments calling on the UC Regents to divest endowment and pension funds from companies such as Raytheon, Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, and Cemex, which facilitate and profit from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, its construction of settlements in contravention of international law, its violent bombing campaigns in Gaza, and its construction of checkpoints and walls throughout the West Bank. In addition, the statewide union representing teaching assistants, tutors, and readers – UAW 2865 – recently held a statewide membership vote which resulted in nearly 2/3rds support for divestment.

Students for Justice in Palestine chapters and their many allies across the UC applaud and celebrate the UCSA’s decision to affirm student activism, endorse the divestment call, and carry it forth to the UC Regents.

Quotes regarding the divestment victory:

UC Berkeley External Vice President Caitlin Quinn commented on the nature of this victory and UCSA’s relationship to the student body: “I’m so proud that we passed it, and thankful for and humbled by the years of organizing that went into this. The work is far from over, but finally UCSA has taken the progressive stance many students have been waiting for.”

The External Vice President’s office at UC Riverside addressed the issue of accountability, stating: “We are aware of the unfortunate reality of a Board of Regents that has a very poor record of accomplishment of respecting democratic calls by the student body of the University of California…As firm believers in backing up words with action, we look forward to ensuring that the UCSA remains devoted to the follow-up work critical to an effective campaign.”

UCLA Student Safwan Ibrahim commented on the meaning of divestment to Palestinians at the UC: “As a Palestinian student in the UC system, it’s incredible to see the amount of intersectional solidarity across campuses, and to witness the shift in conversation regarding support of Palestinian human rights. It is especially inspiring to see the UCSA representatives take up the responsibility of carrying our voices to the Regents.”

UC Irvine SJP issued a statement, emphasizing the relationship between the student movement and the call from Palestinian civil society: “As privileged students living in this state, it is our obligation to obey the Palestinians’ call for BDS and push divestment from corporations that profit from and participate in the violation of Palestinian human rights…we hope to see a liberated Palestine in our lifetimes.”

UC Santa Cruz Committee for Justice in Palestine issued a statement, writing “This vote was a product of a monumental struggle that has spanned decades. It is a victory that has opened new fronts for the struggle for justice in Palestine. We would like to especially thank all of our allies, without whom we could have never gotten this far.”

UAW-2865 member Alex Holmstrom-Smith commented on the meaning of this vote to graduate students and student-workers: “I am happy that the UCSA has also listened to the voice of graduate students and student-workers, who earlier this year voted by an overwhelming margin to support BDS and the Palestinian call for justice.”

Students from earlier divestment campaigns also shared their feelings about the historic nature of this accomplishment. UC Berkeley graduate Emiliano Huet-Vaughn reflected: “When we put forward the initial divestment bill at Berkeley in 2010 we knew the pro-divestment position would eventually become the consensus. It is remarkable that student activists across the UC have made that day happen so quickly. The Regents should note this moment as one in a proud tradition of UC student activism, and, seriously consider whether they want the current generation of UC students, also tomorrow’s leaders, to remember them as supporters of – or as impediments to – justice.”

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The University of California Community Calls on the University of California Student Association to Support Divestment

Organizations:

AF3IRM, Orange County
Afghan Student Association, UCB
African/Black Student Alliance, UCSC
Afrikan Student Union, UCLA
Alkalima, UCI
Alpha Lambda Mu, UCSD
Arab Student Association, UCB
Armenian Students’ Association, UCLA
Armenian Student Association, UCR
Asian and Pacific-Islander Student Alliance, UCSD
Autonomous Students, UCSC
Ballet Folklorico de UCR
Bengali Student Association, UCLA
Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative, UCLA
Black Pre-Law Association, UCLA
Black Student Union, UCSB
Black Student Union, UCSD
Boycott from Within, Israel
Bruin Feminists for Equality, UCLA
Coalition of South Asian Peoples, UCSD
El Congreso, UCSB
Familia X, UCSC
Fem Newsmagazine, UCLA
Fossil Free, UCLA
Graduate Students of Color Collective, UCSB
IDEAS, UCSB
Incarcerated Youth Tutorial Project, UCLA
Islamic Awareness, UCB
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Israel
Jewish Voice for Peace, Bay Area Chapter
Jewish Voice for Peace, UCLA
Jewish Voice for Peace, UCSB
Kaibigang Pilipin@, UCSD
Law Students for Justice in Palestine, UCB
Law Students for Justice in Palestine, UCLA
Lebanese Student Association at Berkeley, UCB
Mentors For Academic and Peer Support, UCLA
Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán (MEChA) de UCSC
Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (MEChA) de UCSD
Muslim Law Students Association, UCLA
Muslim Student Association West
Muslim Student Association, UCB
Muslim Student Association, UCD
Muslim Student Association, UCLA
Muslim Student Association, UCR
Muslim Student Association, UCSC
Muslim Student Association, UCSD
Muslim Student Union, UCI
Muslim Students Association, SCU
National Lawyers Guild
Native American Student Alliance, UCSD
Native American Student Association, UCR
Native Roots, UCLA
Night of Cultura, UCLA
Pakistani Student Association, UCB
Pakistani Student Association, UCSD
Palestinian Youth Movement
Pan-Arab Student Association, UCSD
Queer Alliance, UCLA
Queer Alliance and Resource Center, UCB
Samahang Pilipino, UCLA
Sikh Student Association, UCSC
Socialist Organizer, UCB
South Asian Advocacy Group, SJSU
Student Affirmative Action Committee, UCSD
Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation, UCLA
Student Sustainability Collective, UCSD
Students Against Mass Incarceration, UCSD
Students for Justice in Palestine, SCU
Students for Justice in Palestine, SJSU
Students for Justice in Palestine, UCB
Students for Justice in Palestine, UCD
Students for Justice in Palestine, CSUF
Students for Justice in Palestine, UCI
Students for Justice in Palestine, UCLA
Students for Justice in Palestine, UCR
Students for Justice in Palestine, UCSB
Students for Justice in Palestine, UCSC
Students for Justice in Palestine, UCSD
Students for Justice in Palestine, USC
UAW-2865
Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios (USEU), UCLA
United Afghan Club, UCLA
United Arab Society, UCLA
United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), UCR
United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), UCD
Young Queers United for Empowerment, UCB

Faculty:

Ahmed Shabaik, Professor, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Andrew Paul Gutierrez, Professor Emeritus, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley
Barbara A. Barnes, Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley
Beatrice Pita, Lecturer, Literature, UC San Diego
Camille F. Forbes, Associate Professor, Department of Literature, UC San Diego
Caren Kaplan, Professor, American Studies, UC Davis
Curtis Marez, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies Department, UC San Diego
Dennis Childs, Associate Professor, Literature, UC San Diego
Fatima El-Tayeb, Professor of African-American Literature and Culture, UC San Diego
Fred Lonidier, Emeritus Professor, Visual Arts, UC San Diego
Hamid Algar, Professor of Islamic Studies, NES Department, UC Berkeley
Harvey Goldman, Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego
Hatem Bazian, Lecturer of Near Eastern and Asian American Studies, UC Berkeley
Ivonne del Valle, Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley
Jerome R Hoffman, MA MD, Professor of Medicine Emeritus, UC Los Angeles School of Medicine
Jin-kyung Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Literature, UC San Diego
Jody Blanco, Associate Professor, Literature, UC San Diego
K. Wayne Yang, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies Department, UC San Diego
Karen Brodkin, Research Professor, Anthropology, UC Los Angeles
Lisa Rofel, Professor, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz
Marie Kennedy, Visiting Professor, Urban Planning Department, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UC Los Angeles
Martha Lampland, Associate Professor, Sociology/Science Studies, UC San Diego
Michael Burawoy,Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley
Ricardo Dominguez, Associate Professor, Visual Arts, UC San Diego
Robin D. G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History & Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, UCLA
Rosaura Sanchez, Professor, Literature, UC San Diego
Roshanak Kheshti, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
Samer Madanat, Xenel Professor of Engineering, and Chair, UC Berkeley
Sarah Haley, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, UC Los Angeles
Shelley Streeby, Professor, Ethnic Studies and Literature Department, UC San Diego
Sohail Daulatzai, Professor of Film and Media Studies, African-American Studies, UC Irvine
Susan Ervin-Tripp, Professor of Psychology, Emerita, UC Berkeley

Students:

Yoel Haile
Arman Azedi
Maggie Sager
Matthew Adams
Matthew Adams
Hawraa Salami
Rasha Howlader
Masood Mokhlis
Mohamed Hussin
Fatima Elkabti
Evan J Dykman-Burke
Victoria Brykalski
Irene Morrison
Aaminah Khan
Yacoub Kureh
Kyla Burke
Kyla Burke
Jacquelene Obeid
Matthew Palm
Olivia
Derek Matthews
Eman
Fabiha Hossain
Maheen Ahmed
Naseem Golestani
Arturo Gomez
Daniel Valverde
Loubna Qutami
Westyn Narvaez
Batool Bany-Mohammed
Joseph Nazzal
Devin Murphy
Ismah Ahmad
Jacob Manheim
Omar Hassan
Alexandra Holmstrom-Smith
Anas Tresh
Homaira Faquiryan
Raquel Pacheco
Beezer de Martelly
Aaminah Khan
Colleen Casabal
Fatima Kamil
Moiz Ansari
Ali Abuelhassan
Mustafa Alemi
Sandra Jon Amon
Jaimeson L Cortez
Asad Yazdani
Maggie Quan
Nesreen Shatila
Ramisa
Natalia Custodio
Rana Tawfik
Humza Ali
Ghada Abulebdeh
Mairead Swyney
Alexandria Zaydahr-Kulka
Nitasha Kour
Hibah Khan
Kayla Newcomer
Nicolas Monteiro
Hilda G Uriarte
Kareem Kamel
Erineo Garcia
Sana Khan
Maaz Ahmad
Wafaa Eldereiny
Aaron Muñoz-Alvarado
Yusra Khafagi
Ali Jishi
Omar Issa Attar
Daniyal Aleem
Sarah Rahimi
Amy Huang
Safwan Ibrahim
Sarah Wolley
Samah Malik
Adam Milbes
Malika Mirvokhidova
Samad Raheem Guerra
Nour Katabi
Michael Oshiro
Bayan Abusneineh
Ayesha Rasheed
Mohsin Farooqui
Mina Saeid
Sukayna Jaidi
Tina Matar
Rasha Moubasher
Aminah Rahman
Nur Mirza
Ayesha Hussain
Juliann Hong
Ana R. Mendoza
Simran Anand
Ahmed Abdelgany
Sahar Pashtoonwar
Liliane Laborde-Edozien
Juan Manuel Heredia
Aaser Ali
Nesreen Shatila
Bria Stuart
Pati Vargas
Benjamin Hyunjae Kim
abdul hai naqvi
Zahra Mirza
Todd Lu
Ahmed Ali
Areeb Mehmood
Elizabeth Thornton
Samantha Pineda
Jillian Mariano
Alex Yu
Salsabil Gehan
Nosibah Gehan
Natasha Khokhar
Amani Proctor
Ahmed Abdelgany
Iris Delgado
Sarah Whetzell
Bushra Bangee
Casey Zirbel
Ali Shahbaz
Christine Ciganovich
Ali Hamdan
Syeda Fatima
Anuja Bose
Samuel Weeks
Alaa Abuadas
Catherine Bender
Anuja Bose
Sarah Larbah
Halleh Hashtpari
Cathy Chu
Sara Murdock
Phi Hong Su
Marge Sussman
Ellen Brotsky
Malak Kudaimi
Golzar Arvin
Art Motta
Kris Hidalgo
Preeti S
Rita Qatami
Laura Beebe
Gary Yeritsian
Nhada Ahmed
Muna Sinada
Basila Nathan
Hamdi hangol
Erum Khan
Jonathan Koch
Lina Stepick
Aiman Arif
Gary Fields
Freda Fair
E.K. Ziman
Wessam Awadalla
Eli Guzman-Martin
Gaby Guerrero
Katherine Berjikian
Shadin Awad
Damanjit Singh
Katherine Berjikian
German Octaviano
Carly Calbreath
Alborz Ghandehari
Ani De Grigorian
Tahmina Achekzai
Salam Awwad

Alumni:

Dana Saifan
Pouneh Navabi
Usamah Simjee
Sara Ahmad
Humera Durrani
Josue Castellon
Eidah Hilo
Daniel Rojas
Yasmine Arsala
Sean O’Neal
Osama Shabaik
Amina Larbah
Razmig Sarkissian
Liz Jackson
Anthony Delgado
Amal Dalmar
Raihan Dakhi
Loay EL

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UC Davis Passes Divestment, 6th UC Campus to Officially Endorse

6th UC to officially pass divestment, 7th campus to hold a majority vote. Davis joins UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine as officially supporting divestment.

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“At tonight’s (Jan. 29) ASUCD senate meeting, Senate Resolution (SR) #9 passed with an 8-2-2 vote. The text of SR #9 calls for the University of California (UC) Board of Regents to divest from “corporations that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and illegal settlements in Palestinian territories, violating both international humanitarian law and international human rights.” ASUCD voted down a similar resolution this past May.

With the passing vote, ASUCD formally recommends the UC Regents to divest from American companies Caterpillar Inc., G4S PLC, Veolia Environment and Raytheon.

Over 550 UC Davis students, staff and faculty members attended the senate meeting, which was called to order at 8:57 p.m. in the Sciences Lecture Hall 123.” Read more at The Aggie.

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