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              ****  Just In Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 ****

    *EPIPHONE Casino, 1967,  deep vibrant Cherry Red, 2 P-90s 
      with metal covers, white pickguard w/ Epsilon logo,
      1 9/16" at the nut exc, original plush chipboard case...  

    *GIBSON ES-125 T, 1967, Sunburst, 1 P-90 at the neck position
       with a black plastic cover, all original, 1 owner, thin
       non-cutaway body, 1 9/16" at the nut, exc+, hsc...$1795

    *GRETSCH G6130 Custom Shop, 2017, perfect re-issue of a mid '50s
       Gretsch Roundup, made at the Grteesch USA Custom Shop by Steve 
       Stern, all details down to the T top!....$6950 

    *LsL Grimey, used, one pickup Telecaster with repurposed 
       old knotty pine, stained grey neck with maple board

    *TAYLOR 224CE Koa Deluxe, 2022, cutaway

    *EASTMAN T186MX, 2023, New, 335 style, 16" across, Bare Knuckles
      humbucking pickups, Cherry, dot inlays, block inside
      under the bridge and pickup

    *EASTMAN T386 RD, 2023, New, 16" 335 style with Kent
      Armstrong humbuckers

    *EASTMAN E20 00SS, 2023, NEW, Sunburst, Slope shoulder
      00 sized flat top, Adirondack top, Rosewood back
      & sides, Ebony board, firestripe pickguard

     *EASTMAN E20OM, 2023, NEW, 000 sized flat top, Adirondack top,
       Madagascar Rosewood back & sides, Ebony board, teardrop 
       tortoise pickguard, 1 3/4" at the bone nut, 24.9" scale,
        Herringbone trim, Ebony board with snowflake inlay

    *EASTMAN E10 00SS, 2023, NEW, Sunburst, Slope shoulder
      00 sized flat top, Adirondack top, Flamed Maple back
      & sides, Ebony board, firestripe pickguard

              ****  Just In Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 ****

 *RICKENBACKER 4003S, 2022, JetGlo, dot inlay, like new, ohsc..$1895

 *VOX Phantom XII, 208830, Kandy Kolored Tangerine Flake 
        refin by George Barris, solid body electric 12 string,
       3 single coil pickups, trem, ohsc, exc...$2750

 *FENDER Custom Shop Master Built Strat by Vincent Van Trigt,
       Shoreline gold over Sunburst, heavy Relic, papers, ohsc..$7900 

 *FENDER Telecaster  1953 Heavy Relic, 2011 Custom Shop,
      Premium Ash butterscotch Ash body,lacquer finish,
      Brass saddles, '50s soft Vee neck, Vintage '50s Tele
      pickups, 6.7 lbs, cert, tweed case....$3250

 *LANEY Linebacker 100 Bass Amp Combo, exc.....$295

    *DIGITECH BP50 Modelling Bass Processor pedal, exc, w/ box...$85

    *BOSS RC-3 Loop Station, w/ box and manual, exc....$125

           ****  Just In Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 ****
 *GIBSON Les Paul Custom, 1973, Black, 1-piece neck, 
       sandwich body, repaired peghead crack, has the LE 
        Limited Edition serial number prefix, 2 "Gibson USA"
       humbuckers, original fretless wonder frets, vgc, hsc..$3750 

 *GIBSON Melody Maker, 1964, Sunburst, Double cutaway, 2
       original single coil pickups, snakehead, Vibrola,
       all original, exc, ossc.......$2750 

 *GIBSON V2, 1980, sculpted Walnut body with ebony board,
      'V'shaped pickups, gold hardware, some repairs to the edge
       of the fingerboard, good condition, beat original case...$2950

 *MARTIN HD-35, 2007, Spruce top trimmed with Herring-
      bone purfling, Rosewood sides and 3 piece Rosewood back, 
      bound Ebony board and Ebony bridge, scalloped braces,
     exc, ohsc....$2495

 *GIBSON DOVE, 1968, Cherry Sunburst, Cherry sunburst Spruce
      top with pearl Dove inlaid in tortoise style pickguard,
      MAple back and sides, Brazilian board, tunomatic saddle 
      in Rosewood bridge with pearl inlays, Dearmond soundhole 
      pickup with endpin jack, plays and sounds great, vgc, hsc....$6250

 *CHIHOE HAHN Telecaster, ca 2017, Red top & back w/ white sides,
       Rosewood board,Mahogany V neck, traditional Tele setup, exc-, 
       original Hahn gigbag.....$2495

 *FENDER Strat, Ed O'Brien model made in Mexico, White
      body, Sustainer Pickup at the neck with 2 toggle
       controls, Maple neck, exc, gigbag.......$895

 *MARTIN A Style Mandolin, 1923, with Spruce top,
       Mahogany back & sides, well repaired side crack, all original
       with bar frets that are hardly worn, older hsc, exc-...$950 
 *FENDER Stratocaster, 1957, burgundy burst refin, the most
      original looking refin we've seen, except for the color this
      might pass for original, and the signs of paint stick 
      usage in the neck pocket which was not practiced
      in the '50s, and a coupla small screw holes in the pocket
      that are unusual, all original parts and wiring except the
      3 common grounds soldered to the pot,
      tweed case too...$20,000   

    gbl           **** UPDATE WEDNESDAY, January 25th, 2023 ****

  *EASTMAN MD-615 F-Style Mandolin, NEW, 2023, Golden
       Sunburst finish, hand carved solid spruce top,
       hand carved flamed  solid maple back & sides, pearl block
       inlays in Ebony board,  hsc... $1749

 *EASTMAN EL REY (ER-M) Electric Mandolin, Sheraton Brown, 
       Solid Maple Top, Solid One Piece Mahogany Back & Sides, Maple Neck,
      Ebony Fingerboard, Lollar Mandolin Humbucker, 1 3/32" at the bone Nut,
      Compensated Ebony Bridge, Nitrocellulose Gloss lacquer, Pearl El Rey 
      Thumbnail Inlays, 12"Fingerboard Radius, Ivoroid Top Binding, 
      Cast Aluminum Tailpiece, there's not a better electric mandolin!

               **** UPDATE Tuesday, January 22nd, 2023 ****

 FENDER Jaguar, 1965, Lake Placid Blue, matching peghead,
       shows some wear - more on the back and sides than front,
        green guard, Brazilian rosewood board with pearloid dots, 
        Lindsey Buckingham used this guitar on many recordings, 
      7.81 lbs, vgc, hsc........$12,500

 *GIBSON ES-335, 1967, Polaris White, label 
     says "Sp. White", older tuners re-installed- probably had 
     Grovers- and the original white finish has most likely had an 
      overspray, Patent No. Humbuckers, newer saddles,
     overall vgc++, ohsc....

 *GIBSON ES-335 DOT, 2004, Black, Orange label,  slim wide
       neck, belt buckle wear, vgc++, ohsc....$2295

 *FENDER Twin Reverb, 1975, Silver Panel been upgraded
       to Black Panel Specs by Matt Wells,  2-12" 417BH 
       Series II ALTEC Speakers like BB King used in his amps, 
       with casters, vgc.....$1395

 *FENDER Pro Reverb, 1980, Silver Panel, Tremolo
      Reverb,  Master Volume, 2 12" Jensens, vgc...$995
 *VICTORIA Regal-Amp Combo, ca 2015, Creme, 5 watts, 1-15"
       speaker, 6v6 Power tube, exc....$1495, reduced...$1295

 *FENDER Custom Shop'60 Custom Telecaster Relic, LEFTY, 2019, 
      Limited Edition, Sunburst, bound top and back,
      Rosewood board, 7.2 lbs,'51 Nocaster pickups,
      Flamed AA Maple neck,, 6100 Fretwire, 9.5" radius,
      1.65" at the nut, 60 Style Oval "C" neck shape with
       no finish from 1st to 12th fret, exc+, certs, brown case..$2750

 *MARTIN D-18E Retro, 2014, exc, ohsc......$2350
    *EPIPHONE Joe Pass Emperor, ca 2001, Blonde Archtop cutaway,
        2 humbuckers, exc, gigbag...$550 

 *OVATION Legend 1117, 1991, full body non-cutaway, 
       natural finish, near mint, ohsc, papers....$600

 *MARTIN OM-42, New...$6399

 *GIBSON 25/50 25th Anniversary Custom, 1978, sunburst 
          curly maple top, gold hardware, ohsc....$4400

          **** Just In Monday, January 16th, 2023 ****
 *GIBSON 'A' Style Mandolin, 1920, Sheraton Brown,
      beautiful in every way, great action, exc, hsc.....$1495

 *MARTIN Style A Mandolin, 1930, Spruce top, Mahogany back &
      sides, almost new condition, original canvas case....$1050

 *EASTMAN MDA 815 MANDOLA, ca 2015, sunburst, F-style,
      curly Maple back and sides, solid carved curly Maple 
      neck with arched ebony board, solid carved Spruce top
      K&K pickup, some dings and dents, vgc+, ohsc......$1295

 *RECORDING KING Resonator Mandolin, New, 

 *DOMINO Dawson slim line semi-hollow 
     electric guitar, ca 1970, made in Japan, light sunburst,
     2 pickups, world's longest whammy bar, exc, ssc...$595

 *COLLINGS I35 LC, ca 2021, faded cherry, 
     15" 335 style, Semi hollow w/ maple/spruce center block
     Maple laminate body, Honduran mahogany Neck
     Kluson ABR-1 bridge, Kluson nickel-plated Stop tailpiece,  
     Rosewood board w/dot inlays, 12" radius, ThroBak Humbuckers
     1 11/16" at t he nut, 24 7/8" scale, Extra long mortise & tenon 
     neck joint, Nickel Gotoh tuners w/ Collings logo
     High gloss nitrocellulose Aged finish, Deluxe hardshell case
     by Ameritage  like new, ohsc, papers....$5500

 *COLLINGS 000-2H, 1998, sunburst, 12 Fret slotted peghead,
       Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back * sides, 1 13/16" at
       the bone nut,25.4" scale, 1 hairline repaired top crack,
         Ebony board, K&K pickup, vgc+, ohsc.....$4000
 *OME 5-String Banjo, ca 1985, Mastertone style, dot inlays in
       Brazilian Rosewood board, 5th string capo, exc, ohsc...$1500

    *SLINGERLANDS MayBelle Tenor banjo, '20s, 

 *NATIONAL Delphi Resonator guitar, 2007, matte
     nickel finish on a steel body, single resonator, 
     vgc+, ohsc....$1795

 *FENDER Vibrolux Reverb, 1965, Black Panel, 2x10" Jensen
      Special Design original speakers, Reverb, Tremolo,
      a couple of small tears in the grill cloth, some
      new caps, original transformers and all else,
                 **** Just In Wednesday, January 11th, 2023 ****

 *MARTIN OM-28E Modern Deluxe, 2022, light two-way 
        titanium truss rod (64 percent lighter than steel), bridge pins
        made from Liquidmetal Technologies a unique alloy that increases 
        volume about 3db, a composite carbon-fiber bridge plate 
        made of a layer of Adirondack spruce between two layers of 
        carbon fiber - designed to increase volume,Vintage Tone System 
       (VTS) Sitka spruce top, Rosewood back & sides, Adirondack spruce
        scalloped X-bracing, protein glue, with the Aura VT pickup
         system hidden inside, near mint, ohsc....$3900

 *HARMONY Sovereign Jumbo 1260, ca 1962, the iconic Sovereign that
       for $69 new served many, including me,  well back then, solid 
       Spruce top, solid Mahogany back & sides, big tone, 
       vgc+, hsc.....$950 

 *FENDER Champ Amp, 1975, Silver Panel, vgc+..$795

 *RORY GALLAGHER Relic Strat, 2006, sunburst, Rosewood
       board, slight amount of fret ware, certificate,
       original brown case, exc.....$4395

 *FENDER Esquire, 1966, Refinished aged black by J Black who
      also refretted it and rewound the original pickup, a humbucking
       route was also filled in the neck pickup position where
       now there is a regular Tele rhythm pickup installed,
       Rosewood board, fine looking and playing, 8.6 lbs, hsc..$8500
               **** Just In Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023 ****
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 *GIBSON SG Les Paul Custom, 1997, White, 3 Humbuckers, Gold
       hardware, impressed 5 digit serial number- no 'made in USA',
       no volute, Tunomatic and Stop tailpiece, has some mysterious
       pinkish blob stains into the finish, otherwise excellent
       condition, brown ohsc.....$2500

 *GIBSON Les Paul Standard SG, '61 Historic
       re-issue, 2003, cherry, 2 Humbucking pickups, with Gibson Deluxe
       Vibrato, nickel hardware, exc, ohsc..$3750

 *GIBSON SG Les Paul Standard,'61 re-issue, 2013,
       cherry, Gibson Vibrato "operates in direction of
        pick stroke" says Gibson in their 1962 catalog,
        chrome hardware, 2 Humbucking pickups, exc-, ohsc..$1750

 *GIBSON SG Elegant, Custom Shop, cherry 
     Blistered Maple top, bound Madagascar fretboard with 
     Abalone crown inlays, Mahogany body and neck,
     2 humbuckers, gold hardware, exc-, certificate, ohsc..$3500
  *LES PAUL Junior, 2005, sunburst, single cutaway, 7.2 lbs,
        a little finish flaking at the tip of the peghead 
        overlay, wrap tailpiece, exc-, gigbag...$895
 *GIBSON ES-336, ca 2007, Custom Shop, burgundy, 2 Gibson 
       PAF humbuckers, 14" across, semi-hollow thin body
       with comfort carved back, vgc, hsc...$1900

 *GIBSON Les Paul Standard '50s P-90 GOLDTOP, 2022, 
       with 2 P-90 pickups, a Tunomatic and Stop Tailpiece,    
       near mint, brown case.....$1950

 *HERITAGE H150 Artisan, recent, light sunburst 
         Les Paul model, beautiful aged flamed Maple top, aged Mahogany
        body, exc, ohsc...$2500

 *PRS CE, CE-24 Semi-Hollow, Amber Smokewrap burst, 2020,
         PRS says: the body pairs the traditional combination of
         Semi-hollow Mahogany body, Carved figured Maple top with the 
         single F hole and Pattern Thin carved  bolt-on Maple neck,
         with a rosewood fretboard, 2 knobs consisting of a  
         volume and push/pull tone control with a 3-way toggle switch,
         giving six classic sounds from the PRS 85/15 pickups. 
         10″ radius Rosewood fingerboard with the Bird inlays,
         25″ scale length, 1 11/16th” nut width, PRS patented molded 
         tremolo and low mass locking tuners, near mint, gig bag..$1895

 *OVATION 12 String 1538 Elite, natural top with Epaulet sound holes,
      Adamas style but solid Spruce top, full body, volume and tone
      wooden knobs on the side, exc+, ohsc...$1295

    *HEADSTRONG L'IL KING, used but like new...$1495

 *FENDER Strat '65 Custom Shop NOS Relic,1999, Candy Apple Red,
       white plastic, pearloid dots, small peghead w/ transition
       logo, some lacquer flaking at the peghead, dark rosewood 
       board vgc+, original black hsc....$2100 

 *FENDER Stratocaster Standard, c 1998, sunburst ash body, 
      Maple neck, exc, plastic hsc......$950

  gbl           **** Just In Wednesday, December 28th, 2022 ****

 *GIBSON Reverse V, 2007, natural, what can you say about this
      that's kind?, well, the original Vs were ignored and laughed  
      at too,  vgc++, ohsc.......$2000

 *EPIPHONE Les Paul Bonamassa Model, Green, 
       with Bigsby, hsc, exc....$950

 *COLBY Lil Darlin, used, Red & White, a 5 watt 
    take on a'Champ", exc...$950

            **** UPDATED, Monday, December 26th, 2022 ****

 *ANALOG OUTFITTERS Stack, c 2017, Road Model Head with
      2-6V6 power tubes, Yellow metal shell with "Playing"
      logo, Maple 2 tone red/Natural cabinet with 1-12" Celestion
      G-12-65 speaker, Cabinet and Amp use re-purposed 
      Hammond Organ components and wood, exc...$1750

    *FENDER Blues Deluxe Reissue, used, Tweed, 40 watts with 1-12" 
        Cannabis Rex Eminence speaker, 2x6L6 power tubes, with
        Reverb, Master Vol, near mint, w/cover......$595
 *RICKENBACKER 330, 2022, Mapleglo, 6-String, 2 Hi-Gain
        Rick pickups, near mint, ohsc.......$1695

 *RIVOLTA Mondata by Nova Guitars, recent, designed by
       Dennis Fano, metallic turquois, sculpted body with 3
       'Fumante' mini-humbuckers, near mint, ossc....$950

   GBL              **** UPDATED, Tuesday, December 20th, 2022 ****

 *FENDER Twin Reverb, 1965, Black Panel, 2-12" Fender Utah Speakers
      (Utahs are what George used in his Bassman cabinet), some
       marring on the panel paint, vgc, casters.....$2250

 *EASTMAN T-486, NEW, transparent Cherry finish on figured
       Maple body, ES-335 style with 2 Duncan Humbuckers,
        1 3/4" at the bone nut, Ebony board with parallelogram 
       inlays, ohsc, $1879 list.....$1499

 *EASTMAN MD 0305, NEW, Octave mandolin, A style body with ƒ holes,
       natural violin finish, solid Spruce top, solid Maple back
       and sides, 21" scale, gigbag, $1149 list price...$919

    *EASTMAN MD 505, NEW, A-Style with F-holes, Gloss finish,
     shaded top, handcarved solid spruce top, handcarved flamed 
     solid maple back & sides, Parallel bracing, hard case, $1149 list...$919
 *EASTMAN MD514, NEW, F-2 Style Mandolin with Oval 
     sound hole, handcarved solid spruce top, handcarved flamed 
     solid maple back & sides, Parallel bracing, arched ebony
     board, ohsc, $1619 list.... $1299 

 *REGAL Dobro, used, sunburst round neck upgraded with a 
       Beard spider and cone, exc, hsc..$595

  *MARTIN D-45, 1941, 1 of the original 91 pre-war D-45s with
       Adirondack Spruce top, Brazilian Rosewood back & sides,
       Ebony board with hexagonal Abalone pearl inlays, Abalone
       purfling on all borders including neck joint, the guitar 
       has been expertly restored by John Arnold including a 
       masterful conversion from sloppily enlarged tuner
       shaft holes in the peghead back to the original 
       open back Waverly tuners, it has new maple bridge plate  
        made from aged sugar maple salvaged from an antique piano 
        by John who states that the guitar probably had a '50s-'60s
        refinish at the Martin factory- it has a checked and aged  
        nitrocellulose finish, there are several small tight 
        repaired top cracks and 2 splinted top cracks, there is
        1 side crack at the bass waist about 2 1/2" long
        with lacquer touchup, there are no back cracks, bracing appears
        unmodified except for the aforementioned bridge plate,
        all repairs made with hot hide glue including to a neck heel 
        crack, it has a perfect repro ebony slotted thru bridge and  
        has the original un-slotted bridge pins, a neck set was also
        done by Mr. Arnold and the frets were leveled, re-crowned 
        and polished, a new ivory nut was fabricated as well as 
        a new saddle, all resulting in a structurally sound instrument
        that is an extremely wonderful sounding and playing guitar,
        with Calton case....$295,000


 *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
                          Link for email weekly updates: SEE BELOW 
Drop in your email for weekly updates: 
  In the 1/24/13  Bergen Record, nice article-  http://snipurl.com/26aujli
                              *STORE PANORAMIC VIEW- OF SORTS

     To see Lark Street Music's Wall click here

                Duke Levine w/ the Roy Sludge Trio in the store the day between 
         the Bowery and the Bell House gigs in NY last week - click here for a clip.  
         Also check out 

                                 ********* 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

  2 Centuries of Progress!
        more to come....

    featuring Buck Malen, Johnny Rabb, Kevin Maul, unknown banjo phenom & Frances


                              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.

  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

       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

           DON'T SCROLL DOWN -    Feelings below

  Political sentiments
Turn back before it's too late!

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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