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              ****  Just In Thursday  February 29th  2024 ***

 *GIBSON L-5CESN, 1997, Blonde, 2 PAF Humbuckers, top of the line
       17" cutaway, Ebony board with pearl block inlays, 1 11/16" at
       the nut, carved Spruce top, curly Maple back, sides, and neck,
        exc, hsc.....$9500

 *GIBSON Johnny Smith, 1968, sunburst, 17" cutaway Jazz guitar 
      with 1 floating JS pickup at the neck, carved Spruce top,
      curly Maple back and sides, Ebony board with pearl split block
      inlays, 1 11/16" at the nut, some wear in the finish but
      overall excellent condition, ohsc....$9000

 *GUSTAVSSON 7-String Les Paul, 2002, a one-of-a-kind '58 Burst replica
       albeit with 7 strings, so there's a low B - made by Johan Gustavsson,
      made for Matte Henderson with old growth woods, Brazilian fingerboard,
      curly Maple top, Honduran Mahogany body and neck, custom Gil 
      Yaron-wound humbuckers, push/push coil tap on bridge pickup, 
      real 50s Gibson knobs, Gene Baker (b3 Guitars) designed/made bridge
      and tailpiece,  exc, ohsc...$21,500 

    *NASH '57 Strat, 2018, aged black finish on Ash body, Lollar pickups,
     bridge pickup replaced w/ a stacked humbucker but original is in
     the case,  Maple neck, exc, ohsc..$1750

 *MARTIN Custom Shop HD-28VS, 2012, 12 frets to the body, slotted peghead
       with 1 11/16" nut, Herringbone trim, Alpine Spruce top, Madagascar
       Rosewood back and sides, repaired back crack, scalloped braces,
       truss rod, exc-, ohsc.....$3450 

 *MARTIN HJ-38 Stefan Grossman Custom Signature model, 
       2008, Sitka Spruce top,  
       Madagascar Rosewood back & sides, Ebony bridge and fingerboard,
       forward shifted X bracing, 1 3/4" at the nut, 25.4" scale, Gold 
       Waverly Tuners, basically an "M" body but deeper- 4 3/4" at the butt end, 
       Herringbone trim, abalone rosette, 42 style inlays in board,
       vertical CF MARTIN logo in abalone, signed paper label, exc, ohsc...$3900

    *YAMAHA LL6, RECENT, SUNBURST, Sunburst, Acoustic-electric dreadnought
         with solid Engelmann Spruce top, Rosewood back & sides, Rosewood 
        fingerboard,  Abalone soundhole rosette, exc, gigbag...$429

  *FENDER Jazzmaster, 1965, Sunburst, one owner guitar in beautiful
      condition, a late '65 with bound neck with dot inlays, all
      original, exc, ohsc....$9500
 
    

                ****  Just In Friday February 23rd  2024 ***
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 *IBANEZ Artist 2617, 1977, natural Ash body with faux pearl
      trim, Ebony board with split block pearl inlays, fancy
      peghead inlay, original double white  humbuckers, all original, 
      exc+, hsc..$1750

 *PARKER NiteFly, c 1997, made in USA, White, 3 single coil
      pickups, trem, Piezo pickup in bridge, all original,
      original gigbag, exc....$1750

    *FENDER Precision Bass, 2023, made in Mexico, Black, Rosewood
       fretboard, exc, gigbag....$595

 *FENDER Performer Precision Bass, recent, USA, Lake
       Placid Blue, P/J pickup arrangement, Maple neck, exc...$950

 *GIBSON Les Paul Standard, 2010, faded cherry sunburst, 7.85 lbs,
       a fairly chunky neck, nice top, exc+, ohsc...hold

 *GRETSCH Synchromatic 6192 Country Club, 1954, sunburst,
      cutaway, 2 DeArmond pickups, had a neck set, all original except
      the replacement tailpiece is chrome plated not gold- the original
      gold one is broken but in the case, vgc....$2650

    *EASTMAN MD404 BK, 2024, New, A style mandolin with oval sound hole,
     diamond pattern rosette, carved Spruce top, carved solid Mahogany
     back and sides,12" radiused Ebony board, ohsc, list price is $999, sell...$839 



    gbl            ****  Just In Thursday  February 15th  2024 ***

 *DUESENBERG Starplayer TV Goldtop, 2014, semi-hollow arched
      Spruce top  with ƒ hole, Maple back, Grand Vintage Humbucker 
      at the bridge, Domino Single Coil pickup at the neck, 
      1 11/16" at the nut, 25.5" scale, dual action truss rod, 
      "Bigsby" style tremolo, exc, papers, ohsc.....$2500

 *KAUER Banshee, Gold, 'Reverse" Firebird style, 3 P-90 style
       pickups, tunomatic and stop tailpiece, exc, ohsc...$2250 

 *GIBSON ES-175/CC, 1979, the single Charlie Christian pickup has been
       replaced with a Tom Doyle double blade humbucker  and the
       original CC pickup is in the case, Maple top and back, vgc,
       ohsc....$3950 

 *FENDER Acoustisonic Series Telecaster, White, bridge is made of 
      Rosewood and has an acoustic bone saddle, with Fishman Aura Image 
      Casting electronics, this is way different then the current 
      Acoustisonic series, made in Mexico, Rosewood board, vgc...$795

 *MARTIN D-28, 2017, one of the latest Imagined series D-28s, 
      the classic Dreadnought with Sitka Spruce top, Rosewood back & sides, 
       slight playing wear,  exc-, ohsc...$2195

 *GIBSON ES-335, 1991, White, all original, PAF re-issue
     humbuckers, exc, older Gibson hsc..$4250

  *GIBSON AJ, 2002, Sunburst,  Gibson's Advanced Jumbo series 
         re-issued from the '30s with Spruce top, Rosewood back
         and sides, Pearl prewar script logo, arrowhead fingerboard 
         inlays, repaired crack at peghead,
         vgc+, ohsc.....$2100

 *CLAPTON Strat, 2009, Black with Maple neck, exc, hsc...$1350

 *FENDER '54 Limited Edition Strat, 2004, 2 tone sunburst, 
       1 piece ash body, 'bakelite' plastic pickup covers,  small 'bakelite' knobs, 
        by John English, certificate, 2 cases, exc....$8900

               ****  Just In Tuesday  February 6th  2024 ***
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 *MARTIN 000-30 Authentic, Custom Shop, 2017, 12 fret slotted neck,
      Adirondack top, Madagascar Rosewood back and sides, green-brown 
      striped binding as found on 19th century style 30s, 1919 
      Scalloped X-Brace, Authentic 1919 (V profile) neck with
      Standard Taper, Logo Stamped on Back of Headstock, Ebony
      fingerboard with Snowflakes in abalone,  Hide glue used throughout,
      1 7/8" at the bone nut, 25.4" long scale, Bridge is Authentic Pyramid 
      with Bone Long Saddle, 2 3/8” Bridge String Spacing, Golden Age Nickel
      Side Mount tuners with pearl  buttons, Grained Ivoroid Binding,
      near mint, ohsc..$6750  
 
  MARTIN Custom Shop 00-18, 2012, amber shaded Adirondack
         24.9" scale, Spruce top, Mahogany back & sides, 1 3/4" at the bone nut, 
         Ebony bridge with slotted thru saddle, tortoise bindings, 
         14 fret neck,  exc...$2250

 *MARTIN Custom Shop Size 5, 2018, Spruce top, figured Maple
     back & sides, curly Maple neck, Rosewood board with cut squares
     short pattern, "MARTIN" vertical logo, exc, $8476 New price, ohsc...$3900
 
 *SCGC OM, sunburst top, made in 2000 by Santa Cruz Guitar 
        Company, Spruce top with herringbone trim, herringbone rosette,
        bound Ebony board with small dots, bound peghead, Waverly 
        butterbean tuners, Indian Rosewood  back & sides, 1 3/4" at the
         nut, 2 3/16" string spacing at the bridge, vgc+, ohsc..$3900

 *TAYLOR 355, 2000, Jumbo 12 String, Spruce top, Mahogany
      back & sides, vgc++, ohsc....$1250

 *RICKENBACKER Model B Lap Steel, 1937, Bakelite body and neck,
        horseshoe pickup, magnet 1 1/2" wide, knurled adjustment nuts 
        on pickup, 2 knobs, vgc+, ohsc.....$2200

 *FENDER '52 Re-Issue Telecaster, 2001, LEFTY, Butterscotch,
       Maple neck, black guard in case- set up with white pg now, exc,
       tweed case....  Hold

 *TELECASTER American Elite, 2018, sunburst, bound top, Noiseless
        pickups, Maple neck, pearloid pick guard, comfort carved back, 
        S-1 Series/Parallel switch, exc, ohsc....$1250

 *KAMAKA 6 String Tenor Ukulele, HF-36, 2000, all solid Koa,
       Rosewood board, doubled 1st and 3rd strings, exc, ohsc......$1200

 *KAMAKA HP-1 Pineapple uke, used, oval-shaped body, top, back and sides 
        are solid Hawaiian Koa wood, satin finish, exc, ohsc....$600

 *NATIONAL Steel bodied Ukulele, ca 2002, Blue powder coat
       finish, resonator, exc, ohsc.....$1500 

   

   gbl          ****  Just In Friday  February 2nd  2024 ***

 *FENDER '63 Strat Journeyman Custom Shop Relic, 2017, 
      Limited Edition, Daphne Blue, Rosewood slab board, green guard, 
      7.6 lbs, cert, white hsc, exc.....$3500

 *PELLETIER D-7, Dreadnought Flat top, 2007, Maine, 
      based on a Martin but more ornate than a D-45, 
      Spruce top with scalloped bracing, looks like Brazilian Rosewood
      back and sides, 1 11/16" at the bone nut, 25.4" scale length,
      too much pearl in too many places to list  and it has a  huge sound, 
      plays great, exc, hsc...$4500
        

       gbl      ****  Just In Thursday  February 1st  2024 ***

 *FENDER Jazz Bass, 1970, Sunburst, all original except the
       neck pickup was rewound, Rosewood board with pearl block inlays, 
     9.6 lbs,  vgc, hsc.....$6500

 *FENDER Telecaster, Daphne Blue Relic, 2021, 1960 light Relic,
      white guard, slab Rosewood board, exc, brown case...$2850 

 *MARTIN 00-28C, 1976, Classical, Spruce top, Indian Rosewood
       back & sides, wide fingerboard with 2 1/8' at the nut,
       26 1/4" scale, exc, ohsc....$2500

 *MARTIN 00-21NY, 1963, one of the best fingerpicking guitars,
       Spruce top, Brazilian Rosewood back and sides,exc, hsc...$7950

 *OAHU Deluxe Jumbo, Model 69K, '30s, cost $165 then, Oahu's
         most deluxe model, pearl trimmed Spruce top, "African" Rosewood 
         back and sides, according to the catalog description "bridge is not
         only glued but bolted to eliminate pulling loose" vgc+, ohsc...$4500 

 *GIBSON Les Paul Deluxe, 1972, nice faded cherry sunburst refin, 
      Duncan Antiquity humbuckers now inhabit the top where mini-humbuckers once 
       ruled, probably originally a gold top, vgc+, hsc..$2995
 
 *MARTIN D-28, 1942, Herringbone trim with Adirondack
       Spruce top, Brazilian Rosewood back & sides, scalloped
      braces, 1 short brace replaced, 4 tightly repaired back cracks, 
      had a perfect neck-set done, perfect replacement ebony belly
      slotted thru bridge, vgc+, hsc...$79,000

  *VEILLETTE AVANTE, New, 2024, sunburst, high strung 12 String
         acoustic, gigbag..$1400


     gbg       ****  Just In Monday  January 22nd  2024 ***

  *GIBSON LG-0, ca 1965, all Mahogany body, 1 11/16" at the nut,
       24 3/4" scale, bridge changed to a dark Rosewood pin bridge,
       ladder braced, tortoise top binding vgc...

    *INDIAN Sitar, used, double gourd, exc...$295

    *NEW Electro Harmonix Pedals Just Arrived-
           360 Looper....125.20
           Flatiron Fuzz.... $85.30
           Lizard Queen.......$99
           Triangle Big Muff.... $112.50
           Rams Head Big Muff....$131
           Op-Amp Big Muff....$96
           Soul Food........ $101.60
           Deluxe Memory Boy...$149.10
           Synth 9......$259
           B-9......$259
           Holy Grail.....$137.90
           Deep Freeze $190.10

 *Deering Black Diamond Custom, 1995, a bluegrass banjo with
       snap-on Mahogany resonator, and unlike most bluegrass banjos 
       that have a heavy duty metal tone ring, this model alone has a 
       wooden grenadillo tone ring  which produces a unique
      'wooden' tone, Ebony board, exc, ohsc....$1895
   
 
 * a BOB DYLAN Hohner MArine Band Harmonica,  Key of E,  
        Hohner Harmonica in the key of E, with approximately a 1” square of
        textured opaque white tape in the middle of the top of the 
        harmonica with the Key inked on in magic marker formerly owned by 
        Bob Dylan. This is how Bob had his harps marked so that he could 
        readily see the key he needed while on stage, or in the studio as
        Hohner identifies the key of each harp with only a tiny
        1/8” impression of the key into the end of the harp, extremely difficult to
        see in normal circumstances let alone during a session or a concert.
        This one was purchased by me from a friend, who was given it as a
        gift by one of Dylan's techs both of whom I know personally.   
        A similar one written in the same hand, on the exact same 
       textured tape and was sold at auction for $4886 including the buyer’s premium:
             https://www.rrauction.com/auctions/lot-detail/343653105965280
         The harmonica is in excellent condition, with case......$3500

 *HUSS & DALTON 000 SP Custom, 2006, 12 fret 000 with      
       shaded Mahogany top, Mahogany back & sides, 24.9" scale,
       slotted peghead, 1 13/16" at the nut, Ebony board
       and Ebony pyramid bridge,exc, ohsc...$3000

 *FENDER Super Champ, 1984, Rivera made, Reverb, exc....HOLD

 *FENDER Custom Shop Relic '60 Telecaster, 2021, Blonde Lacquer
      finish over Ash body, super faded and aged, narrow tall frets,
        9.5" radius, heavy relic neck back, AAA Rosewood board,  

 *RICKENBACKER 4003S, 2017, Maple glo, dot inlay,
          near mint, ohsc..$1850

 *ERNIE BALL Music Man Stingray Bass, sunburst, Rosewood board,
       exc++, ohsc....$1695 hold

  
  
                        Books-

 *Greig Hutton's Guide to MARTIN Guitars 1833-1969, 
      426 pages of insider info,  New...$70
 
  BACK IN STOCK!    *Palm Trees, Senoritas... and Rocket Ships" - the illustrated History of National, Dobro, 
           Supro, Valco and OMI Guitars
                   A 423 page tour-de-force that explores the
            fascinating design world of the musical instruments produced by the Dopyera
           Brothers from 1923 to 1993.  Famous for their 'National' guitars, they went
           on to pioneer electric pickups, fiberglass construction, amplifiers etc, and
           influenced the sound of Country Music, Bluegrass, Blues and Hawaiian music
           through most of the 20th Century.
                Entirely and lavishly illustrated with over 1100 musical instruments and
            amplifiers and more than 100 artists who used them - this is THE
            DEFINITIVE COLLECTION of all the various developments, designs, colours
            and engraving patterns of everything produced by the Dopyera Brothers
            in their various companies throughout the 20th century - National, Dobro, 
            Supro, Valco, Mosrite, Regal and OMI.  It has them ALL!  It also features lap steels, amplifiers 
             and various National and Valco manufactured items for other Trade houses. 
             The book is concluded with an updated list of the serial numbers of known
             and re-discovered instruments - now in excess of 4200.  A MUST HAVE for 
            anyone interested in these guitars.  Leaves other books on the subject 
            in the dust....$140
 
 
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                Duke Levine w/ the Roy Sludge Trio in the store the day between 
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                                 ********* PICTURES from the EXHIBIT *************
    These are fairly large prints and are here in the store for purchase, all signed by Jonathan Singer-
       check his site www.botanicamagnifica for his story. 
  Prices were from $500-$1000. On sale, 30-40% off

     SG and Marshall

    Defying logic- 3 Explorers, courtesy J. Menza
 
   Two '59 Les Pauls, courtesy J. Menza

   Two Airlines

  Three Strats, courtesy Lark Street Music

   Old Golds-ES-295 & '54 Les Paul, courtesy Lark Street Music

  The '60 Cherry Les Paul, courtesy J. Menza

  Moserite Double & Selmer Zodiac,  courtesy Lark Street Music

 Bacon & Days anyday, courtesy Lark Street Music

   Firebirds, courtesy Lark Street Music

  EPI EMPEROR & AMP
 
  2 Centuries of Progress!
 
        more to come....

 
   
             OUR FIRST, AND SO FAR ONLY, TV COMMERCIAL----
    featuring Buck Malen, Johnny Rabb, Kevin Maul, unknown banjo phenom & Frances
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1DrFtoJAe0
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                              Before  After ..... 
                We often get asked  "where do these guitars come from" ??? or "who buys these things" ??
                So here's an interesting picture of the quite rare White ES-345 (that we had for sale for about a year)
                with both it's original ( c. 1964), and current (April'06)  owners.

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  IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE VIEWING THESE PHOTOS, SEE BELOW 
  Some have complained about bad pictures.  If this is happening to you or your PC, let me know.  We have Macs 
  and the pictures are large and clear, so we'd like to know figure out why this problem is happening
  
An answer from my brother Rick-
  
By default, Internet Explorer will shrink pictures to fit onto one screen.
That's probably what people are complaining about. Usually, if they hold the
cursor over the picture for a few seconds, a button will appear and they can
click it to restore the pic to full size. I hate the feature, so I just turn
it off and always see the photos full-size:

From the IE menu bar, click Tools | Internet Options
Click the Advanced tab
Scroll down to the Multimedia section
Remove the check from "Enable Automatic Image Resizing"
Click OK to save settings
  


                           REPAIRS
       For you who don't know, we do all manner of guitar repair and restoration.  We do most of it here but 
      also give some work to Dom Ramos -repairing and building since working in Dan Armstrong's shop in 
      the '60s.  We've also been a Martin Warrantee Center since 1985 before Martin closed down all 5 NJ Centers 
      because of a tax dispute between NJ and Martin
 
   
 
 COMMENTARY-

           DON'T SCROLL DOWN -    Feelings below



  Political sentiments
Turn back before it's too late!\

FROM HONEST REPORTING- 11/27/23

During the tense four days that have passed since the start of the Israel-Hamas truce on November 24, media have created a false moral equivalence between the release of Israeli hostages held by the terrorist group and Palestinian prisoners who have been jailed in Israel. Such coverage, which implicitly equates Israel to Hamas and validates the latter’s strategy, may have far-reaching ramifications on the continuation of the war.

In order to achieve that distorted equation between innocent women and children who were abducted from their homes and prisoners who have been charged with acts of violence or terror, media have used three parallel strategies: Sanitizing the Palestinian prisoners, referring to the Israeli hostages as “prisoners” and creating textual and visual symmetry regarding the joyful family reunions of each side.

AP and Reuters Set the Narrative
The Associated Press has managed to incorporate the first two strategies in one headline: “Palestinian families rejoice over release of minors and women in wartime prisoner swap.”

   The rest of AP’s story, while including some background on the released Palestinian “minors and women” (but none on the Israeli “prisoners”) carries an empathetic tone that borders on justification for Hamas’ kidnappings. For example, it quotes an official referring to “prisoner exchanges” as “the only hope” for prisoners’ families, without mentioning that she works for a group with terror links:

“These kinds of prisoner exchanges are often the only hope families have to see their sons or fathers released before many years go by,” said Amira Khader, international advocacy officer at Addameer, a group supporting Palestinian prisoners. “It’s what they live for, it’s like a miracle from God.”

 The story ends with an emotional quote from a released Palestinian prisoner, who was jailed in Israel for throwing stones:

   It was his first glimpse of the world after a year in prison for throwing stones in the northern town of Qalqilya. He was freed even though he had eight months of his sentence left to serve.He turned toward his father, wrapping him into a hug. “Look, I’m almost bigger than you now,” he said.

   The hurling of rocks can kill, and it has killed Israelis in the past. It is most certainly not a harmless pastime activity as some media have intimated. The story also does not detail the various charges against most of the released Palestinians, which range from attempted murder and violent assault to terror affiliations.
      The same distorted patterns appear in Reuters coverage. A mind-boggling headline refers to Israel and Hamas “prisoners,” including a four-year-old whose parents were brutally murdered in front of her eyes before she was kidnapped to Gaza.

  An earlier version of the story included a video featuring a split-screen showing 9-year-old Emily Hand, an Israeli girl released from Hamas captivity, reunited with her father, next to the family reunion of released Palestinian bomber Israa Jaabis:
A textual symmetry followed the visual one: After detailing Hand’s family’s plight, the story ends with a quote from Shorouk Dwayyat. Nowhere does it mention that Dwayyat is a PFLP member who tried to stab Israelis to death:

In comments to Al Jazeera TV from her home, freed prisoner Shorouk Dwayyat, who had served half of her 16-year prison term, said she felt joy mixed with pain. “I feel like I am in a dream, but I hope that the war on Gaza will stop as soon as possible.”

When one of the world’s largest news agencies fails to mention such details, instead presenting terrorists on the same moral level as a 9-year-old who’s been abducted from her home, it violates journalistic and human values alike.

US, UK Media Sanitize and Equate
The New York Times also featured Israa Jaabis, sanitizing her attempted murder by passively blaming her vehicle:
    She was arrested that year after her car exploded at a checkpoint near Jerusalem in the West Bank, leaving her disfigured and an Israeli police officer seriously injured.

   National Public Radio didn’t even bother checking the facts. It simply published a photo gallery presenting the release of Israeli hostages amid pictures of Palestinians celebrating their prisoners’ release.

  The Washington Post, meanwhile, included the following paragraph about the Palestinian prisoners release after a description and photos of the family reunions of freed Israeli children:

   Videos posted on social media showed similarly joyful scenes in the West Bank, where Palestinian women and children freed by Israel were reunited with their families. A bus carrying Red Cross staff and the prisoners as part of the second day’s releases arrived to a crowd of supporters holding flags in the occupied West Bank early Sunday.

  But the “similarly joyful scenes” were not similar at all. As German magazine Bild has pointed out: “The Israelis celebrate the return of the hostages, the Palestinians the release of prisoners. The difference couldn’t be greater: Israeli parents peacefully hug their released children. Palestinian ex-prisoners are cheered at terror marches”.
   The Washington Post also does not say a word about why the Palestinian women and “children” (most of whom were minors) were arrested in the first place.

Israel spokesperson Mark Regev confronted a Sky News anchor about this issue, exposing the fact she was not even aware of the charges against the released Palestinians:
    Some media have created an abysmal narrative that whitewashes terrorists by comparing them to innocent toddlers.

Some have minimized the kidnappings that took place on October 7 by equating the suffering of Israeli hostages to that of Palestinians in Israeli jails.

And by doing so, they have created a false moral equivalence between Israel and Hamas. They have also implicitly validated Hamas’ strategy of kidnapping Israelis and undermined Israel’s justification to continue fighting against the terror organization.

In a week that may be decisive for the course of the war as the agreed-upon truce between Israel and Hamas comes to an end, media have a responsibility to report the facts, not to create them.

   END OF ARTICLE 






Bruria Efune  ·A LONG READ, BUT IT'S FAST AND TRUE-

 
  · 
I’m not writing this for the antisemites or closeted Jew-haters. They will always think and believe what they want to think and believe. 
But for the Jews who are confused; for our friends who want to support us but are being bombarded with false information; and for the youth on college campus and even high school who are pressured to stay quiet and hide—this is for you. 
We are one people, and when one of us bleeds, we all bleed. I know that you are also hurting inside, ever since the day you saw 1,400 of our people slaughtered in the most vicious way. And our friends worldwide who want a world of good, you also feel the pain of 200 kidnapped people—babies, children, and grandmas being held by terrorists. 
Let’s take a moment to understand what is really going on, and address the claims you may have been hearing. 
For perspective, let’s first look at what happened on Tuesday night, when suddenly every news outlet across the globe headlined that Israel bombed a hospital in Gaza and killed 500 people. 
The news outlets all published these headlines based on word they received from Hamas—a recognized terror organization that had just slaughtered 1,400 Israelis. None of them took a moment to consider that it was impossible for Hamas to know the death toll within mere minutes of the blast. None of them listened when Israel said that it does not target hospitals. It took until the next day when President Biden confirmed evidence that the blast was in fact from a failed Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket that these outlets changed their headlines only slightly. 
But the ridiculousness of it all came glaringly obvious in the morning, when photos and video footage showed that the blast had been in the hospital parking lot, where there was nothing but damaged cars. Realizing they were caught in a huge lie, Hamas dropped their death toll estimate to “10-40.” 
Take a moment to consider how eager everyone was to share word from a terror organization when it would make Israel look bad—even with significant evidence that it was false. Think how reluctant they were to correct the error, if they did at all. Now have this in mind whenever you hear any anti-Israel headlines. Consider how comfortable people feel with a lie when it’s to prosecute Israel. 
With that in mind, let’s look at some popular anti-Israel catchphrases going around these days:
*”Israel’s response is disproportionate.”*
After decades of firing tens of thousands missiles and mortars at Israeli civilians, on October 7th, terrorists from Gaza launched a full war on Israel. An estimated 2,900 Hamas terrorists broke through the Israeli border and tortured, raped, and murdered 1,400 Israelis, and kidnapped 200 more. The vast majority of those killed were civilians, including babies, children, and elderly Holocaust survivors. 
To quote one of the terrorists describing their cruelty, “we behaved like animals.”
The terrorists chose October 7th in order to target a music and peace festival being held in the forest near Gaza, which was full of teens and young adults. They stormed the festival and turned it into a bloodbath. 
Since October 7th, terrorist faction in Gaza fired 7,000 rockets and missiles at Israeli civilians, adding an entire Bedouin family to the death toll amongst others, displacing 500,000 Israeli civilians, and destroying homes, schools, playgrounds, and even a wing of Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. 
The only proportionate response is the complete eradication of Hamas, and a guarantee of safety to all Israeli citizens. 
*“Israelis are European colonizers!”*
This one is disgusting and blatant antisemitism. It’s shameful that we even need to respond to it. 
Israel is and always was home to the Jewish people. For 3,377 years there has never been a time when Jews did not live in Israel. Most Jews were forcefully exiled by foreign conquers and occupiers, but never once stopped praying for the return to Zion and Jerusalem, and attempting to return when possible. 
My husband and I can both personally trace our lineage to when our families were expelled from Israel, and when we returned, as can most Jews from both Europe and the Middle East. We are the indigenous people here, and it is racist to call us the occupiers or colonizers of our own land. 
In addition, not all Israelis are Jewish. Many are Muslim, Druze, Christian, or others, and they serve in the military too, and are also being killed by Hamas terrorists. 
*“The Palestinians just want a State!”*
In 1947 the Arabs in the British Mandate of Palestine were offered more than half the land in a partition plan. They refused it and chose instead to attempt the annihilation of all the Jews. They failed. 
Notably, when the land from the partition plan was mostly taken by Jordan and Egypt, no one called for them to make it into a Palestinian state. 
The Palestinians were again offered a state in the 1993 Oslo Accords, but Hamas opposed it, and instead chose to launch terror attacks on Israel. 
In 2000, at the Camp David Summit, the Palestinians refused an offer that included even more territory, and instead launched the Second Intifada. 
In 2005, Israel evacuated all 8,000 Jewish citizens from their homes Gaza, and gave the Palestinians a state with beautiful beaches and infrastructure. Countries worldwide poured in billions of dollars, hoping that the Palestinians would make it into a paradise. Instead, they elected Hamas as the government, and spent all the money on terror. 
The Hamas Covenant is very clear in what they actually want:
“Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious... The Islamic Resistance Movement is but one squadron that should be supported...until the enemy is vanquished and Allah's victory is realized. It strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine...”
*“Israel maintained a siege on Gaza.”*
That’s literally impossible, since Gaza also has a border with Egypt. 
Israel maintained security borders like any other country. Due to Hamas’s tendency to import rockets which are used on Israeli citizens, Israel inspects all imports at the border, and in non-war times, allows all safe materials through.
To enter Israel, you must have a visa or work permit, which plenty of people from Gaza had. Many of the small Israeli communities near Gaza are made up of people who dreamed of peace with Gaza, and therefore hired many Gaza workers. In a horrific turn of events, several of those permit-holding workers assisted in planning the terror attack, and stormed Israel on October 7th to murder and kidnap the very people they worked with. 
This pulls into question whether Israel should ever have given work permits to Gaza citizens at all.
*”Israel stopped supplying water and electricity to Gaza!”*
This sounds ridiculous when you think about it. What country supplies electricity and water to a people that declared war on them and slaughtered their civilians?
Gaza had its own power plant and water supply, but Hamas plundered the equipment to make rockets which they fired into Israel. Despite this, Israel had been supplying them with electricity, gas, and water. All three were turned off at the start of the war, but the water was turned back on shortly after. 
If Gaza can’t produce their own electricity now, they can turn to their other neighbor, Egypt, who they did not declare war on. 
*”Israel is killing civilians in Gaza!”*
Sadly, Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists hide in between civilians and use them as human shields. Historically, Israel has made a huge effort to minimize civilian casualties, by giving warnings before bombing any building, and using precision targeting. 
This time Israel has a moral obligation to the safety of its citizens to eradicate Hamas. Therefore the IDF gave Gaza civilians a safe evacuation route away from areas which will be under heavy fire, with two weeks notice to evacuate. Hamas has been making an effort to block civilian evacuation, though most have thus far succeeded in moving to safer locations. 
In addition, since October 7th, 1 in 5 rockets fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad fell short—that adds up to 550 rockets that they fired on their own people, contributing to an unknown but high number of civilian deaths in Gaza. 
*”Israel is committing an ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians!”*
The Palestinian population has been growing at the same rate as the Jewish population in Israel. That’s not how ethnic cleansing or genocide works. This is a bigger lie than the Gaza hospital bombing, and reeks of antisemitic undertones. 
*“Israel is apartheid.”*
All Israelis have equal rights, at every level. There are even Muslim parties in the Knesset (parliament), holding 10 of 120 seats. A quick stroll through any major Israeli city will show you Israelis of all religions getting about their day together, happily. My dentist and my husband’s primary physician are both Arab, and that’s the norm!
Often when people cry apartheid, they are referring to Palestinians. They are not Israeli, they live in either Gaza, which is under Hamas rule, or parts of the West Bank, which are under governance of the Palestinian Authority. They are treated like any other visitor to Israel - they can apply for a work or tourist visa to enter, and then work or tour like any other visa-holding visitor. 
*“Zionism is evil. Not all Jews are Zionists.”*
Zionism is a longing for Zion - Jerusalem, and Israel. Jews are from Zion. For over 2,000 years Jews have been praying three times a day, and after every time we eat bread, for the return of all Jews to Zion. You cannot separate Jerusalem from Judaism. 
Stand strong. The world has become a frightening place for the Jewish people. We remember those who stayed silent enablers during the Holocaust, and those who managed to resist the pressure and become heroes. We see you, and we respect you for making the right choice. 
Pictured: In between collecting mutilated bodies of Israelis killed by Hamas, and seeing the torture inflicted on families with small children before they were murdered, a ZAKA worker breaks down in tears.


A friend wrote this. I take no credit, but it's  food for thought.
"I'm not asking anyone to take my side, or the side of Israel, but I am asking you to think critically about the news you get from CNN and the BBC and AlJazeera or whatever station you watch
If we were colonizers, we would be actively planning wars, and TAKING land, not giving it away for PEACE. ( SINAI, Lebanon, Gaza strip...all relinquished, after being won, fairly, in a war, which we did not start. And yet still given away, in the promise of PEACE, which we have not gotten in return)
If we were committing genocide, then the population of Gaza and the West Bank would not have GROWN since 1967, but rather gotten smaller..no? Arabs in Gaza and the West Bank 1967: less than 1 million. Arabs in those areas today: 5 million) 
That is not GENOCIDE! You cannot have 500% population growth in a genocide. 
The definition of genocide is: 
" The deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group"
Does it look like we've destroyed anyone or are aiming to? 
Point of fact, we do not engage unless engaged with. And even then, our engagements are military, warnings in advance to clear the area and no civilian engagement whenever possible. 
Which brings me to the next part: 
War Crimes. Do you see in Israel rocket launchers on residential streets, missiles hidden under hospitals and schools (yes, even UNWRA schools got in on the deal)? Do you see 5 year old martyrs with hand grenades, and children trained with automatic weapons, and calls to behead all arabs, wherever we can find them? No, you do not. 
That is what our army faces against daily. And our CIVILIAN population is faced with daily, hourly....the WAR CRIMES of HAMAS and the Palestinian Authority. 
If we wanted to flatten all of Gaza and turn it into a parking lot, we have the weapon power to do it in 3 minutes. Why in the world do you think we haven't? After 10,000's of rockets and missiles have been fired indiscriminately at our cities and schools and homes, after Israelis have been killed and maimed and attacked....the reason is because we value HUMAN LIFE. Because we are trying to save the lives of the people of Gaza and the West Bank. We introduced water and power infrastructure to their villages. Before Israel, they had none. 
Next, the claims that Gaza is an open air prison, or a death camp etc. Ask yourself, how poor Gaza, that the BBC and NYT likes to claim is cut off from the world, and has no access to supplies...can import or import the materials to make thousands of rockets and missiles and rocket launchers --but can't import food, or medicine? Ask yourself where all of the cement and supplies to build schools and hospitals went...when instead there are hundreds of miles of cement and steel reinforced underground terror tunnels built every year. 
Finally, ask yourself how the leaders and government of poor Gaza have enough money to have a Billionaires Gaza Yacht Club with multi-million dollar yachts, and facilities, luxurious 5 star hotels, shopping malls filled with Gucci and Chanel and Polo shirts -- while their people literally starve and beg for help. 
And that is the main point. Israel does not govern GAZA. Israel is not in GAZA. Israel does not control GAZA. Gaza controls GAZA. So whatever the War Crime is for shelling your own population (430 rockets fired from Gaza at Israel have actually fallen within Gaza hurting and killing their own people), for putting rockets and missiles under their homes, for stealing their food and international aid -- you should know who to blame. The same Gazan leadership the Free Palestine movement funds and supports.
And now, think again critically about this situation. Do you honestly think that "Free-ing Palestine", and turning Israel over to these same folks that currently run GAZA or Ramallah so well is the solution to anything? Will provide more food or medicine or opportunity or freedom to ANYONE? Free Palestine hangs gay men from the tops of buildings and drags their bodies through the streets. Free Palestine supports honor killings of young women who have been raped or abused or shamed. Free Palestine calls for the elimination of all Jews. Free Palestine is in reality, nothing more than a thuggish, brutal, facist military regime, dressed up like a woke, liberal western project with nice slogans and catchy protest tunes. 
Like with most things, just follow the money and see what Free Palestine is really all about before lending your voice or your funds or support. 
Again, you don't have to wave an Israeli flag from your flagpole, but if you care about justice, real justice, and peace, freedom and security, think critically about the information you receive and then ask yourself what rings true."
ed by StandWithUs

     
 

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