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Exploring Israel: Part 2

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We are loving Israel so much. Perez feels like an honorary Jewban!

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On our second day of exploring the Holy Land, we visited Caesarea, where the remnants of the Roman occupation of Israel are visible in the unearthed theater, hippodrome and palace.

We then went to Haifa and stopped for a breathtaking view of the city and the Baha'i shrine. (above).

A very yummy and too filling lunch was had at a nearby Druze village, and it was fascinating to learn about that community.

After our meal, we headed to Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, and visited a few of the local churches.

It's such a shame that so much of Israel's history has been destroyed. Original churches and temples destroyed when new rulers occupied the land. Built again. Destroyed again.

In the grand scheme of things, the churches in Nazareth are very modern. But the history of that town is…. godly!

Check out more photos from our journey (below).

[Perez's sunglasses courtesy of Carrera, hoodie courtesy of Dim Mak, and promo Sue Sylvester t-shirt thanks to Fox and GLEE.]

115 comments to “Exploring Israel: Part 2”

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  1. 1

    A Jewban? Are you fucking retarded?



  2. 2

    There he goes again…stinking up the sacred archeological sites.



  3. 3

    Why do you keep jumping up in the air with your gaping horse mouth like you are in a High School Musical poster? Aren't you like 35 year old? Grow the hell up. BTW you better watch yourself because middle easterners don't take too kindly to flaming queens shoving their sexuality down their throats. Hope you end up in prison for sodomy.

  4. miya says – reply to this


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    you're a good son, taking your momma with you, que bueno que despues de todo el success que Dios te ha dado tu seas lindo con tu mama!



  5. 5

    Your mother is super cute, Perez! And I'm so jealous of your trips! I want to go there! And Mexico, and China, you've been everywhere!



  6. 6

    Beautiful, would love to visit the middle east one day just for the archaeology….not religion, which is what is destroying the area to begin with. You and your mom are very fortunate.
    Wonder where that sign is, with the quote from the Koran, it's hilarious!



  7. 7

    u look like ur having a great time



  8. 8

    Yeaaaaaay, I'm traveling to exotic countries….. with my mom! AWESOME!!!



  9. 9

    So glad you went to Haifa and the Baha'i Shrine. I was going to recommend you visiting but you beat me to it. Wish you'd post a view of Mount Carmel and the Baha'i Shrine itself - it's quite breath-taking.



  10. 10

    Jewban is slang for a Jewish Cuban so he's spot on!

    Perez - let us know where you will be tomorrow so your Israeli fans can come out and see you!



  11. 11

    ahh that seems like so much fun! im so jealous! have fun, thats so sweet that you're taking your mom around the world



  12. 12

    Re: TrannyTakesATumble – took the words outta my mouth.



  13. 13

    Re: TrannyTakesATumble – Lmaoo. My thoughts exactly on the jumping in the air shit.



  14. 14

    So glad you're enjoying yourself! Check out the Golan Heights, Rosh Hanikra in the North, and the Dead Sea and Masada in the South! Beautiful sites!
    Have an amazing night!

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    Re: Chris J – I am so grateful! Blessed!

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    Re: Kimbo272 – Exactamente! :-)



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    Re: TrannyTakesATumble – It doesn't look like you know too much about the Gay community in Israel. Israel is one of the most progressive countries in the world and the most tolerant country in the Middle East in legislating equality for sexual minorities and ensuring their civil and personal rights. Gay marriages are recognized in Israel, Gays serve openly in the army, they can adopt, and Gay Palestinians flee to Israel in fear of being persecuted at home. Israel is not your typical Middle Eastern country :)



  18. 18

    @TrannyTakesATumble
    It doesn't look like you know too much about the Gay community in Israel. Israel is one of the most progressive countries in the world and the most tolerant country in the Middle East in legislating equality for sexual minorities and ensuring their civil and personal rights. Gay marriages are recognized in Israel, Gays serve openly in the army, they can adopt, and Gay Palestinians flee to Israel in fear of being persecuted at home. Israel is not your typical Middle Eastern country :)



  19. 19

    please stay there!
    and dear Israel…please don't judge Americans based on him.



  20. 20

    wow Perez looking good :) definitely got a makeover…. but looks great!!!



  21. 21

    Thanks for taking us on vacation with you. I must admit i am jealous.
    The jumping up in the air is pretty funny.
    Too bad you cannot put captions on your pictures to explain what exactly they are.
    Mom looks like she is having fun.



  22. 22

    it makes me SO HAPPY that you are in Israel!!! it's such an amazing place, i lived there in high school for a semester. i hope you have a great time, be sure to eat falafel and shwarma! i hope this makes you bring up Israel more in your blog!



  23. 23

    its palstine not israeal or whatever its PALSTINE :D



  24. 24

    i am SO HAPPY that you are in Israel and loving it!!!! it's my favorite place in the world, I hope you will bring up Israel now more in your blog! have a great time xoxo



  25. 25

    They not stoned you to death yet?



  26. 26

    A Jewban huh??



  27. 27

    Have you thought about visiting any of the Palestinian camps or communities? Israel is a beautiful place but its killing innocent Palestinian and Israeli children every day and has built a wall mirroring one that was not so long ago in Berlin. I hope that you don't ignore the very dark side of this beauty.



  28. 28

    Re: Hamartia – I think you're confused — stoning is common in Iran, not Israel. Stoning is illegal here.



  29. 29

    my friend is coming to israel and she rlly wants to meet u. how long ru staying? and where r u gnna be?? plz let me know thnk u so much i love u perez!!! biggest fan ever xoxoxoxoxooxox



  30. 30

    Re: Michali1
    Sorry but: Currently it is not possible to conduct same-sex marriages because only government-recognized religious authorities — all of whom disallow same-sex marriage — may officiate marriages in Israel, with no provisions for civil or secular marriages. Gay marriages outside of Israel are recognized.



  31. 31

    you got a lot of nerve entering a holy church, you wretched sodomite. Why don't you go find your homeland of Sodom and Gomorrah and die?



  32. 32

    I just visited over there this summer, We went to Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and acouple other places. It sure is a shame alot of places destroyed. But you do know it is destroyed because of the Israeli's bombing the sh*t out of the place!! And is a shame that the PALESTINIANS history is being destroyed.



  33. 33

    Fuck Israel- it's Palestine



  34. 34

    These two pictures speak volumes why you can't find true love,the Jewban comment doesn't help your case either. Get your spine back and go back to keeping self absorbed celebrity egos in check. Everyone knows your trying to get your readers to do your dirty work with the what do you think at the end of your posts.



  35. 35

    HA MOMMA PEREZ IS SHOWING CLEAVAGE, HOPING TO ATTRACT THE JEWS



  36. 36

    IT LOOKS LIKE PEREZ'S MOM WENT BACK TO THAT BUTCH HAIRCUT EXCEPT NOW SHES DYED IT RED AS WELL



  37. 37

    I WONDER HOW PEREZ SNEAKS IN HIS ANONYMOUS GAY BATHROOM SEX IF HIS MOM IS WITH HIM ALL THE TIME



  38. 38

    Ha! Like I posted last time, his mom looks like a butch Annie Lennox. No wonder where Mario got the gay gene.



  39. 39

    Re: curiousred – It doesn't look like you read my comment above correctly — I didn't say that Gays can get married in Israel, I said that Gay marriages are recognized in Israel. Israel is among only 20 countries where Gay marriage is recognized or performed.



  40. 40

    Re: robotunicornRe: whitelephant

    The Security Wall is nothing like the Berlin Wall. It was built for security purposes, to prevent terror attacks. 95% of terrorists attacks have gone down since the wall was built. As soon as terrorism ends the wall will come down. Inconveniences caused by the wall are reversible, the death of innocent men, women and children is not. Also, the concrete part of the wall (which is what you're referring to) only comprises less than 5% of the actual fence, the other 90% is a wire fence. The Berlin wall was entirely made of concrete.



  41. 41

    lol you guys are mean xD

  42. LeenB says – reply to this


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    I hope you went to Jesus town! Was the best thing ever.



  43. 43

    Is Perez aware that all the homophobic shit in the Bible is of JEWISH origin???

  44. LeenB says – reply to this


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    Re: godisgreat
    Lol yup, precisely what you say. Plus, Nazareth is an Arab city.



  45. 45

    Re: godisgreat – Israel's bombing Bethlehem and Jerusalem? Are you sure about that? And it's destroying the Palestinians' history? Palestinians didn't arrive in Palestine, which was a name given to the area by the Greeks, until the 7th Century. Jews have been there continuously for more than 5,000 years. Peace. Salaam. Shalom.



  46. 46

    Re: maxie pad – Where do you get information? Do you know that Israel is one of the most progressive countries in the world with regards to Gay rights and the most liberal country in the Middle East? Gays serve openly in the army, can adopt and Gay marriage is recognized in Israel. Gay culture is vibrant in Tel Aviv and Gay Palestinians flee to Israel in fear of persecution at home.



  47. 47

    Re: Michali1 – you're annoying.



  48. 48

    mario, it's a shame that while you were giving your high school musical jumps you didn't fall those steps. now THAT would be funny. love is louder. just like your fucking annoying voice. VERY loud.



  49. 49

    Re: Michali1 – Palestine is a name that goes at least as far back as circa 100AD, when the Jews were expelled from Jerusalem by Emperor Hadrian (in fact, the Palestinians - called Philistines in the Bible - had been there long before that). The Azkhenazim did not even exist as Jews until centuries after the Diaspora.



  50. 50

    Your clothes are so ugly, perez



  51. 51

    Re: Michali1 – Marry 3 yrs old girl is legal in Israel according to the Talmud.

    Much better than stoning, pedophiles all the way.

    Salam

  52. Mase says – reply to this


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    CORRECTION : You were exploring PALESTINE.



  53. 53

    Re: carolhellton – Thanks! :)



  54. 54

    I love you even more for going to the Holy Land. I am very proud to be your fan. You and your mother are adorable. Since you are in the north you really should visit the Golan Heights, as well as Tel Dan. I hope you have a very Israeli New Year.
    ps: the haters are so rude.



  55. 55

    Re: maxie pad – Yes, that's correct regarding the name Palestine, but the term Palestinian was given to anyone who lived in historic Palestine — regardless of their ethnicity or religion. Therefore both Jews and Arabs living there before 1948 were called Palestinians.

    You're also right about Ashkenazi Jews, but what does that have to do with anything?

    The Azkhenazim did not even exist as Jews until centuries after the Diaspora.



  56. 56

    Re: AmazingAbra – I agree



  57. 57

    Re: alemeh2 – I think you're confused — Pedophilia is permitted in Islam, not Judaism. It's considered a sin in Israel and is illegal. Pedophiles are prosecuted and sent to prison. In some Muslim countries such as Yemen and Saudi Arabia men can marry young girls as young as 8. Only recently in Saudi Arabia an 11-year-old girl won a divorce from her 80-year-old husband.



  58. 58

    Mario you and your mom look great! Remember this day forever!
    Happy Holidays!

  59. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Looks warm, and imagine that, no chemtrails over Israel.
    Teresita could use some spf 30 below her neck.



  60. 60

    Re: Michali1

    isnt this the perfect time to start?



  61. 61

    Re: Michali1 – Wrong, read the Talmud, the jewish book and you will see that I am right.

    Educate yourself.



  62. 62

    Re: Michali1 – Thanks for providing the proper info. Too many people just blurt out what they think they know and seem to lump all Middle Eastern countries together. So kudos!



  63. 63

    Re: Moogle80 – Thank you!



  64. 64

    BTW are you going to visit Tel Aviv as well? Very cool city!



  65. 65

    Re: Michali1

    If you'd done your homework you'd see that actually pedophilia is not permitted in Islam. Just because there are corrupt governments that allow this sort of behavior (i.e. Saudi Arabia) in the name of the religion, doesn't mean that the religion itself allows it. I suggest you stop breeding hate by perpetuating falsehoods.

    Perhaps you should step out of that bubble of yours and really understand the people you claim to "share" your country with.



  66. 66

    Re: decembertime – According to what I've read in the Qu'ran Pedophilia is permitted in Islam. When Muhammad was a man he was married to Aisha who was a young girl. There were other figures in the Qu'ran who married young girls as well. In addition, Qur'an 65:4 implies that Pedophilia is permitted and there are Muslim clerics who use Islam as an excuse to condone Pedophilia. If I'm wrong than please do enlighten me.

    My goal is definitely not to breed hate and I wasn't the one who started this conversation — I was just responding to a false accusation someone else made.

    And in modern Muslim countries like Egypt, Jordan and others Pedophilia is illegal because people know that what was permitted and right 100s of years ago isn't appropriate now. For example, in Judaism sacrificing animals used to be customary thousands of years ago, but is no longer done. Peace. Salaam. Shalom.



  67. 67

    HEY PEREZ, IS YOUR MOTHER A LESBIAN? I DON'T MEAN TO BE RUDE BUT SHE LOOKS KIND OF GAY IN THESE PICTURES. THAT MAY EXPLAIN WHY YOU DATE HER.



  68. 68

    Re: LetttyB – really? what kind of asshole question is that to ask? is your mom a crack whore? not to be rude but that could explain why youre such a retard. his mom is adorable



  69. 69

    I placed a call to Hamas for a suicide bomber to blow up your gay ass!!!



  70. 70

    you know you have no life when you are forced to go on holiday with your MOTHER, 35 yrs old!..do you not have any friends perez?..well you can't count your celeb friends, as they are just using you and taking the piss out of you!

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    Re: maxie pad – ok first of all saying that the palestinians are in any way connected to the philistines of the bible is like saying greeks today are the same greeks as thousands of years ago. second of all, ashkenazim is a term to descibe jews who lived in europe. please get your facts straight and stop using terms you know nothing of to make it seem like you know what you're talking about.



  72. 72

    I love you Perez, but please crack open a history book. Knowledge is power



  73. 73

    Re: Michali1 – "In some Muslim countries such as Yemen and Saudi Arabia men can marry young girls as young as 8. Only recently in Saudi Arabia an 11-year-old girl won a divorce from her 80-year-old husband. "

    OMG that is so gross. wtf



  74. 74

    Re: jonboy86 – He loves his mom so what. I think it's cool he has that type of relationship. Most people don't. His mom seems pretty cool. I'd hang out with her myself.



  75. 75

    Michael1- You are much too kind to the mooslum scum on this board. Pedophilia is a huge part of pisslam. Millions of little girls annually are sold into arranged marriages. In Afghanistan, little boys called Bacha Bazi are the biggest pastime of stinky old Afghani men. The saying there is: women are for having babies, little boys are for pleasure. When the mooslum scum try and denigrate the Old Testament, what they don't want to admit is that the Jews no longer practice such barbarian things as stonings, but the mooslums excel at this type of barbarity,not to mention their unholy book demands such draconian punishments for everything! And yes, moehammy was the biggest pedophile, rapist, murderer, the world has ever seen and this is what they honor! It's no wonder pedophilia is a mainstay of their shithole countries. And the nerve to call it Palestine!!! They do not want peace. Their backward SUPREMACIST, totalitarian political ideology calls for the killing of Jews and Christians in every other verse. That these backward people think they will ever dominate the world is as sad as their gender and non-mooslum apartied world and female genital mutilation practices. I'm glad Mario's in Israel now, I was afraid the Egyptians would kill him for being homosexual. Remember how they banned Elton John from performing there! 97% of Egyptian women have no genitals! mooslums are the scourge of the earth and pisslam evil incarnate!



  76. 76

    Long live Israel and the Jews! Without the Jews, humankind would be back in the stone ages, where the mooslums still are!

    Y Mario, tu madre es bella, y que buen hijo eres! Que disfrutan! Pero quedase fuera de los paises musulmanes, 'chacho! Esa gente son animales!



  77. 77

    Re: ml456 – Groundless pretense will take you places…. NOT



  78. 78

    Re: Michali1 – excuse u. phedophilia is not allowed in islam. just because a country allows it does not mean the religion says it is allowed. when mormon representative have sex with 10 year olds does that mean that the religion allows it when israel attacks a boat transporting food to palestinians is that a rep of all israelites noo. learn ur shit before u go informing others retard



  79. 79

    Re: womenareprey – u r a retard i hope that one of those "evil muslim" that u speak of jump u. fucktard



  80. 80

    Re: Michali1 – and native americans have been here longer than everybody else. ur point???



  81. 81

    Re: hatestupidcelebs
    Huh? What do Native Americans have to do with Israel? They've never lived there, but they are the indigenous people of North America.



  82. 82

    don't forget to check out where Jacov was bar mitzvahed …..that is…before the Greeks changed his name to Jesus.



  83. 83

    I cannot believe how mean these comments are! Especially after Perez relaunched his website and became anti-bullying and more about sharing news and speaking positively. Perez works all the time and is now on an awesome vacay with his mammita, enjoying a gorgeous country. For those of you who can't spell, it's ISRAEL and PALESTINE. And what do politics have to do with this post anyways? Three cheers to Perez for sharing his fun pics and here's to hoping he continues to enjoy his travels!!!



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    Re: regzeveg – Amen!



  85. 85

    And it's destroying the Palestinians' history? Palestinians didn't arrive in Palestine, which was a name given to the area by the Greeks, until the 7th Century. Re: Michali1

    Actually, Judea was renamed Syria-Palestina by Roman Emperor, Hadrian, after the Bar Kokhba Rebellion.



  86. 86

    Hey Perez! Loving the amazing pictures! I am so glad you are having such a good time in Israel! Don't forget to swing by the Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus in Jerusalem for some incredible vistas over the Old City and the Judean Desert! I work there and I can tell you it's definitely worth it!



  87. 87

    Did you take time to visit the virtual ghetto camp created by Israel named Gaza?



  88. 88

    Did you take a trip around the ghetto camp of imprisoned Palestinians called Gaza?

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    Re: Michali1
    Nope. It isn't. The Aparthied Wall has separated Palestinians from their land. It has also sought out to destroy the status quo of East Jerusalem, as well sa annex land in the West Bank which illegal settlements have been built on. It is illegal by international law, because it is built on Palestinian land and not around Israel. It is also illegal because the only people who see the wall, are in fact Palestinians, not Israelis. They separate Palestinians from their jobs, their families, their schools, and so on. As a result of the wall, Palestinians have lost over 40% of the 1967 borders. It is precisely and exactly like the Berlin Wall.

    If Israel wants a wall, build it around Israel, not in Palestine.

  90. LeenB says – reply to this


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    Re: Michali1 – Actually…
    As Palestinian who lived in Jerusalem for over 18 years, yeah that's pretty much spot on. Except the bombings have not been in Jerusalem, but there has been alot of bombings in Bethlehem especially during the intifada. I remember several years back the Israeli military even stormed into Bethlehem on Christmas Eve and started to shell the Nativity Church. Furthermore, Israel is bent on erasing the Palestinian identity. It is illegal to mention the Nakbeh, my friends are constantly harrassed on airports when they bring back the Hatta (a Palestinian scarf) and bracelets with the Palestinian flags. They are often told that they have been inflitrated by terrorist and are detained for hours during interrogations. Furthermore, in my Israeli ID, my ethnicity is 'Jordanian', despite the fact I am not allowed to live in Jordan, nor do I have any connections to Jordan. Hell, even recently, Israel has passed a law disallowing 'Arab' tourist guides because they do not represent Israel. Despite the fact that half of Jerusalem is arab, and 20% of the Israeli population is in fact, Arab.

  91. LeenB says – reply to this


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    Re: Michali1
    Forgot to mention, Palestinian flags are illegal in Israel. And Palestinians are a complex nationality, that's because people have a mix of origins. But that doesn't mean they were not here. I know for a fact that my ancestors have been here since the Byzantines. I sure as hell have been here more than the Russians and the Ethiopians and the Ashkenazi Jews living in this land.

  92. LeenB says – reply to this


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    Re: Michali1
    Pedophilia is not permitted. However, I do know the issue with Aisha is a sensitive one. First of all, the girl has to have developped in order for her to get married. Aisha was married by the age of 13. By that time she did get married she was developped and was already menstruating. She was also consented if she wanted to get married to Muhammad, which she said yes. They both loved eachother dearly and Aisha was very outspoken. Remember, this happened during the 6th century, and I am sure it was not only muslims or Arabs who married young… I do believe Marie Antoinette married by the age of 12 or 13, and other kingdoms always had their children betrothed by the age of 4. This was common practice.

  93. LeenB says – reply to this


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    Re: Michali1
    There's also one thing you are missing in your post. At that time, girls in hot climates developped much earlier than girls say in cooler climates. It was common for a girl to menstruate at the age of 8 or 9 or 10. Furthermore, if you have read any quotes by Aisha, you would have seen she was an outspoken, intelligent and often argued with the companions of Muahmmad, and was actually very liberal towards women's rights. So no, I do not believe that the situation with Muhammad and Aisha classify as pedophilia, and certainly does not advocate it. I just checked out the verse you mentioned. It doesn't say anything about marrying young girls. It merely talks about divorce and you have to wait for 3 months until you can divorce (to make sure the woman isn't pregnant). Care to provide another verse?



  94. 94

    Re: LeenB – Tell the truth -

    65.4 “If you divorce your (child) wife before she reaches menstruation age her idda is three months”.

    According to this aya a muslim man can marry (and have sex with) even a one day old infant girl .

    ISLAMIC AUTHORITIES PROMOTE IT

    There is no argument on this point among Islamic authorities whether shia or sunni . they all agree that a muslim man can have sex with baby girl.

    This is what Imam Khomeini , the top shia authority says:

    “A muslim man can have sexual pleasure with a little girl as young as a baby. But he should not penetrate her vaginally, however he can sodomize her”. (Tehriro vasyleh, fourth edition, Qom, Iran, 1990)



  95. 95

    Re: LeenB
    You're extremely annoying
    Re: Michali1
    Shut the fuck up……. your comment you tagged me is completely irrelevant to what I said
    Re: Mase
    YES!

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    Re: WatcherOne
    Just googled the verse in English from Quran.com (because I reaad it in Arabic and it mentioned nothing about young girls. I don't have my books explaning the Quran with me at the moment, unfortunately).
    this is what I got
    And those who no longer expect menstruation among your women - if you doubt, then their period is three months, and [also for] those who have not menstruated. And for those who are pregnant, their term is until they give birth. And whoever fears Allah - He will make for him of his matter ease. (65:4)

    So in fact, they are talking about women who are going through menopause. Clearly this has nothing to do with pedophilia. I knew there was something wrong with what you said, because I have been studying divorce in Islam for the last couple of month (even read the Iranian divorce law) and there was nothing mentioning young girls. So no, this is not promoted, nor is it advocated and I am pretty sure it is against islamic law.
    Dude, there is a political party in Netherlands that is promoting pedophilia as well, so because some crazy Imam is saying it's okay, doesn't mean it is nor does it mean it is Islamic. Once more, care to provide a REAL verse from the Quran that says pedophilia is ok?

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    Re: robotunicorn
    erm why?



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    Re: robotunicorn – Yes, you're right it's irrelevant and I mistakenly tagged you. That's not reason to be rude and tell someone to shut the f*** up. You could have just asked politely why I tagged you. Being rude isn't going to get you very far.



  99. 99

    You're so lucky!



  100. 100

    Re: Michali1 – my point is that one group of people have always lived there before another. so to proclaim that group owns the country is ridiculous especially when it is the africans who own the country and lived there before anyone

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