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     SOME PEOPLE don't know that the PICTURES for each GUITAR
         are inside that little guitar  to the
              left of each listing, so just click it!

              ****  JUST IN Friday June 21st, 2024 ***

 *GUILD Starfire IV, 1966, Cherry, double cutaway, Guild
       Bigsby B-7 model with hold-down roller bar, all original, 
       vgc+, ohsc.....

 *EPIPHONE Les Paul Custom Pro, recent, Silverburst,
        2 humbuckers with push/pull knobs for coil splitting
        and phase, exc+, hsc..$495

    *IBANEZ GIO, recent, dark blue, humbucker at the bridge
      and 2 single coils, regular tremolo, exc...$125


  gbl           ****  JUST IN Tuesday June 18th, 2024 ***

 *VOX Mando-Guitar, '70s, sunburst, made in Italy,
       2 pickups, perfect new frets, high strung 12 string electric,
        15" scale with 1 3/4" at the nut some lacquer checking, plays great,
        all original with hsc, vgc++.....$2500

 *FENDER Paisley Stratocaster, Crafted in Japan 
      ca 2008, Maple neck, 7.6 lbs, no fret wear,  plastic still 
      on the pick guard, looks new! near mint, gb...$1750

  *ORTEGA Striped Suite CE, NEW, cutaway Classical with pickup,
      Solid Spruce top, Spanish heel  Built-in armrest
       Ortega 12hole bridge, Matt brass & black tuning machines,
       Rosewood binding, 25.5" scale, 1 7/8" at the nut,
       Deluxe gig bag....$999

  *ORTEGA Tour Player RTPDLX-FMA, New, Blue, Semi-hollow Okoume body 
       with cutouts, Flamed Maple top with gloss blue finish, Okoume neck 
       with matte finish, Laurel fretboard & bridge, Ortega 12 hole bridge
       1 7/8" at the bone nut, Flamed maple side binding, 25.59″ scale,
       Rechargeable Ortega Magus X Electronics, Moon Fretboard Inlay 12th fret
       Built-in Tuner, Tour Player Gig Bag included...$499
       
 *FENDER Reverb unit, ca 1964, White, all original, vgc++...$1995

 *ALEMBIC Distillate/Scorpion Bass, 1984, natural blistered Maple
      top and back over a solid Mahogany body, Ebony board with pearl 
      inlays, 2 Alembic pickups, Brass bridge, nut and tailpiece,
       5 piece Maple/Mahogany Neck-thru Body neck, LED "on" light,
       gold Schaller tuners, dual truss rods, 24 frets, 
       32 1/4" scale, exc....$8900, reduced...$7900

  *GIBSON Les Paul '56 Goldtop re-issue, probably 2010,
        9.5 lbs, 2 P-90s, all original, exc, ohsc....$3500

    *LUXE By Martin® Kovar™ Strings,  Luxe by Martin® Kovar strings deliver
        Superior Performance core with the unique benefits of Kovar wrap wire, 
        a nickel-cobalt alloy. Featuring natural corrosion resistance, clear 
        and balanced tone, and voicing for enhanced attack and response. Martin's
        impeccable standards for instrument tone are imbedded in our string design 
        and precision manufacturing process...$19.99


                      ****  UPDATED Friday June 7th, 2024 ***
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 *GIBSON ES-335 Dot, 1982, Cherry red, one of the early Dot re-issues
       with 2 Tim Shaw humbuckers (1 has the lead wire spliced in), neck pickup
       measure 7.3K ohms, Lead is 7.31K,  .854" neck depth at the first fret, 
       1.011" at the 12th, 1 11/16" wide at the nut, Truss rod cover is factory 
       engraved "335 Dot Neck", minor dings and surface scratches, straight
        neck, frets are fine, oval white label, exc-, ohsc....$4250

 *GREENFIELD GF, 2015, small Jumbo Cutaway, 15 1/4" across
      the lower bout, Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back and sides, 1 3/4" 
      at the nut, 25.5" scale, Ebony board and bridge, some playing wear 
      on top, an astounding sound! plays great, exc, ohsc.....$12,950 

 *GIBSON Les Paul Custom '57 Re-issue, 2004, Cherry 
      with figured Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Ebony board
      with pearl block inlays, 10.1 lbs, Gibson PAF repro humbuckers,
      long tenon, inked serial number, near mint, ohsc...$4250

 *IBANEZ UE-400 MultiEffects, '80s, with Pedal, exc....$495

 *EPIPHONE Riviera, 2006, Natural, label says "DOT NA, 
     ES-335Dot neck style with 2 humbuckers, has a Roland GK-3 pickup 
     with controls added, the GK-3 Divided Pickup attaches to any steel-stringed
     electric — no drilling necessary — and delivers accurate performance data 
     to guitar synthesizers such as Roland’s popular GR-55. The GK-3’s slim-line
     design enables ideal placement on the guitar,  exc, hsc....$695
  

                 ****  UPDATED Tuesday June 4th, 2024 ***
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 *MARSHALL 1969 4x12 straight cabinet has 
        all original green backs with Pulsonic cones, 
        ready to gig with, has edge wear ....$3000

 *CARSON HESS '53 Telecaster Replica, 2021, butterscotch, 1-piece
      Maple neck, 1 11/16" at the nut.95" at the 1st fret and 1" at the 12th, 
     1 pice swamp ash body, Bakelite guard, Lollar Vintage T bridge pickup
     and '52 neck pickup, 6.49 lbs, brown thermometer case, exc...$4200

 *FENDER Princeton Amp, 1959, Tweed, reconed original 8" Jensen
      speaker, 5 F2A circuit, new output transformer, vgc++....$2850

 *VINTAGE Les Paul Junior copy, recent, Pacifivc Rim, looks like
      a '54 sunburst single cut Junior, exc, gigbag..$275

 *WASHBURN EA16MBL, recent, Vivid Blue, 00 size cutaway flat top,
        built in pickup with chorus, exc, gigbag....$350
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 *MARTIN CEO-7, 2024, NEW, Gloss sunburst finish, 00 size with 14 Fret 
      Slope Shoulder body,  Scalloped X-Bracing, Adirondack Spruce
      Mahogany back & sides, Dovetail Neck Joint, Modified V Neck Shape
      w/  Standard Taper neck, straight-across Ebony bridge, 24.9" Scale,
       1 3/4'' at nut, ohsc...$3199 
 
       
  
    gbl             ****  UPDATED Tuesday May 28th, 2024 ***

 *GIBSON Dove, c 1968, natural top, curly Maple back, sides 
        and neck all cherry stain, 3 piece neck, screwed down pickguard,
        adj. saddle, 1 11/16" at the nut, some finish flaking on the
        side of the lower bout, plays and sounds great, vgc++ ohsc..$5900

 *COLLINGS 00-2HRA, 2012,  Premium Adirondack Spruce top 
       with Herringbone trim, Honduran Rosewood back & sides, Torch inlaid 
       in peghead, Ebony board with snowflake inlays, Ebony Pyramid bridge,
       near mint, a very special guitar,  ohsc....$5900

 *GIBSON Les Paul Junior, 2019, single cut, sunburst, 
      1 P-90, wrap tailpiece, hsc...$1095

 *MARTIN Custom Shop 0-21, 2016, slotted peghead, Spruce top, 
        Rosewood back & sides, 12 frets to the body, 1 11/16"  
        at the nut, 25.4" scale, Ebony board & Bridge, gold
        butterbean Grover tuners, exc, hsc...$1895

 *GIBSON EC-10 Standard, 1998, Black, had a well done peghead repair 
        and top crack repair, plays fine, pickup with side controls is gone,
        cutaway, Rosewood board Grover tuners, gc....$595 

 *RICKENBACKER 330 Walnut, 2023, Walnut body, 3 piece neck with
       Maple/Walnut/Maple construction, Maple board, 2 Hi-gain single
       coil pickups with a 5-knob layout for a wide range of tones,
       satin oil finish, near mint, ohsc....$1595
 
 *RHODES Suitcase Electric Piano, 88 keys with tremolo, 2x 12" powered 
       speaker cabinet, in beautiful condition, fully adjusted, exc...$4900

 *AUTOGRAPHED Stedman Pro Tele, recent, American Flag top graphic with
       signatures of Bucky Pizzarelli, Les Paul, Lou Pallo, Ed Laub,
       Frank Vignola, Tom Doyle and others, exc...$750

 *HEADSTRONG Lil King Amp, Used, black tolex w/ silver 
      grill, 12" speaker with Reverb and Vibrato, like a Princeton 
      Reverb but with a 12" speaker, vgc+....$1995

 *JERRY JONES Master Sitar, USA, ca 2010, made in USA by 
      Jerry Jones, a very accurate but better playing
      version of the Vinnie Bell designed Coral Sitar
      by Danelectro, red alligator finish, exc, hsc..$2295, reduced!...$1695 



                  ****  JUST IN Monday May 20th, 2024 ***
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 *Roland RE-201 Space Echo, 70's, Japanese market version 110V, comes with 120V 
      converter, VU Meter works when it feels like it, VG+...$1495

 *Fender '62 AVRI Jazzmaster, 2008, Refinished by MJT in Lake Placid Blue with 
      matching headstock, Lollar '59 pickups, Mustang bridge, 
      8.5lbs, w/ brown OHSC....$2795

 *LAPLANTE "1962 Style" D-28S, made in 2012, 12 fret 
    Dreadnought, gorgeous Brazilian Rosewood back & sides, Spruce top, 
    slotted peghead, exc+, Martin hsc....$4500

 *FENDER Vibro Champ, 1965, Black Panel, original 8" Fender Special
         Design speaker, Vibrato, exc.....$1950 

 *FENDER Blues Junior, used, lacquered tweed, exc...$595

 *FUCHS Aged Tweed Deluxe "Tweedle Dee" NEW, all hand picked premium parts, 
       has a bit more headroom and fuller mid range than the originals
       but these still break up very easily and very much like the originals
       except LOUDER,  the cabs are sent down to Josh Grove at Protocaster Guitars
       to be shot in 100% nitrocellulose lacquer and then aged to perfection!!!..$3150

 MARTIN 000-18, 1943, light weight and beautiful, Adirondack 
     Spruce top, Mahogany back & sides, some usual wear on the finish,
      bridge is slightly cut down, original bridge plate, scalloped braces,
      original tuners, refretted,  vgc+, hsc.....$16,500
      

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               ****  JUST IN Thursday May 16th, 2024 ***

 *D'PERGO Vintage Classic, 2006, Strat style with 3 single
        coil pickups, Vintage cream nitrocellulose finish, Alder body, 
        aged Maple neck, soft V, 8.1 lbs, tremolo, exc, ohsc....$5250 

 *DAN ARMSTRONG Lucite Guitar, 1969, clear as day, superb condition
        with 2 extra pickups and tags, exc+, ohsc.....$5500

 *FENDER Telecaster Relic, 2007 Custom Shop Esquire 
      Relic, Lake Placid Blue, built for the 2008 NAMM show,  bound top, 
      someone converted it and now has a Custom Shop '50s Maple Telecaster 
      neck, the guitar is currently set up as a Telecaster with an 
      Analogman / Fralin Jim Weider Big T neck pickup, also used a separate
      loaded control plate to make switching back extremely easy, the Tele
      control plate is an aged Telecaster Prewired Gotoh Control Plate & Harness 
      WD Full Size Pots Oak Grigsby Switchcraft Russian Surplus .047uF PIO Cap 
      with adjustable Treble Bleed, they also have a separate
      Tele control panel to include the neck pickup while the original controls 
      and pickguard are in the tweed case, exc, ohsc, certificate.......$3250
   
 *NATIONAL Resophonic RM1 Mandolin, 2007, sunburst, curly Maple
       top, walnut back, brass hardware, had belonged to Chris Hillman,
       the loudest mandolin in existence,  a little bit of finish wear,
        exc-, ohsc.......$3250

 *GIBSON Les Paul Standard, 1986, Alpine White, all original,
        flawless, exc, ohsc....$3250

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                ****  JUST IN Tuesday May 14th, 2024 ***

 *MARTIN 00-28 Modern Deluxe, 2024, NEW,  is a new take on Martin Vintage. 
        This guitar is packed with custom features and modern technology 
        that you have to see, feel, and hear for yourself. The vintage 
        appointments include a spruce VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM® (VTS) top,
        a dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction, 
        giving it the rich, fully aged Martin tone that has inspired 
        generations. The look is unlike anything in our production line
        with European flamed maple binding, stylish gold frets, gold open-
        gear tuners, and a unique 1930s style script logo inlaid in pearl 
         on the headstock. Some ultra-modern features include Liquid metal 
        bridge pins with red dots and a composite carbon fiber bridgeplate 
        that boosts volume, and a new neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical
        for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard, 12 frets to the body,
        slotted peghead, 1 3/4" at the bone nut, 24.9" scale, Ebony Pyramid
        bridge, Ebony board with abalone cut squares, herringbone trim,
        OHSC ...$4399  

    *GIBSON B-15, ca 1968, Mahogany top, laminated Mahogany back
        and sides, slim peghead, all original, vgc, ssc....$950



                      ****  UPDATED Monday May 13th, 2024 ***

 *GIBSON L-5CESN, 1997, Blonde L-5 Archtop, cutaway electric with
      carved Spruce top, curly Maple back and sides, 2 humbuckers,
      gold plated hardware, exc+, ohsc.....$9250

 *FENDER Stratocaster, 1966, Sunburst, Rare "A" width neck 
     dated Dec '65, some bruise in the lower part of the face, all original, 
     vgc, ohsc....$16,500 

 *NATIONAL Style 0, 2023, Brass body, nickel/silver plated with etched 
      Hawaian scenes, single resonator, mint, ohsc....$3500

 *FENDER Jazz Bass Neck, LEFTY, USA, recent, Special Edition,
        Rosewood board, with tuners, exc...$250

 *PREMIER 71 AMP, 1960, Combo with 1X12" Speaker and
      2x4" Jensens, Vibrato, sounds great turned up- when 
      turned low there's an annoying hum, gc....$450

 *TRAMONTANE TRAVEL SP-E Parlor guitar, New, 23.5" scale, 14" across at the
      lower bout, 1 11/16" at the nut, solid Engleman Spruce top with
      scalloped bracing, Mahogany back & sides, arched back, internal pickup
      with side controls, designed in France and made in China,
      $895 List......$395

    *OVATION Sam Ash Elite Custom, recent, cutaway full bowl, solid Spruce
       top, pickup with side controls, epaulet sound holes, exc-, ohsc...$895 


                      ****  UPDATED Monday May 6th, 2024 ***

 *GIBSON L-5CES Wes Montgomery, 1996, Tobacco Sunburst, 1 humbucker
       at the neck, 2 hairline top cracks repaired, curly Maple back,
       new pickguard, vgc, ohsc........$8500

 *MARTIN 0X2E, 2024, New, The remastered X Series is made to play. The 
        0-X2E Cocobolo is a small body acoustic-electric featuring a hand-
        rubbed satin spruce top with an elegant abalone pattern rosette  
        and eye-catching cocobolo pattern high-pressure laminate (HPL) 
        back and sides for added durability and looks, without sacrificing
        that classic Martin tone. Playability enhancements include a thinner 
        fingerboard with a gently beveled comfort edge and refined string 
        spacing, and a modernized bridge contour for a smooth and comfortable
        playing experience. It also features a select hardwood neck, fingerboard,
        and bridge for improved sound and sustain, and Martin E-1 electronics 
         with a built-in chromatic tuner and volume, tone, and phase controls.
         The 0-X2E Cocobolo provides clear, crisp trebles with delicate bass, 
         unplugged or plugged in, letting you play how you want, wherever you
         want, with softshell case...$699
 
 *FENDER Stratocaster, 1964, sunburst, green guard,
      clay dots, all original, neck dated Aug. 64, grey bottom pickups,
      pro refret with slightly larger frets, fingerboard has not
      been planed, vgc+, ohsc...$24,000

  
                  ****  UPDATED Wednesday May 1st, 2024 ***
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 *FENDER Deluxe Amp, 1952,  Tweed, Wide panel, 5B3 circuit,
        original speaker re-coned, vgc....$4500

 *GOLDTONE OB-2 Mastertone Bow-Tie 5-String Banjo, NEW, flathead
      tone ring, hsc...$1899

    *GOLDTONE GT-500 6-String Banjo, NEW, Banjitar Deluxe, w/ pickup,
        gigbag.....$895

 *EPIPHONE Casino, 1961, light sunburst, dot inlays, Epi tremolo,
       2 black plastic covered P-90 pickups, small chip at the edge of
        the peghead, otherwise excellent, sometimes known as 
        the Keith Richard's Casino,  hsc....$16,500 

 *GIBSON Les Paul Special, 1960, Cherry, 2 P-90s, neck
       pickup about an inch from the end of fingerboard, vibrant
       cherry,slim but not too slim neck profile, many small dings
       and dents and a little bit of plastic strap shadow on the
      back, vgc++, hsc.....$13,900

 *MARTIN D-41, 2004, Dreadnought with pearl trimmed top and rosette,
        some minor wear, fine action, exc-, ohsc.....$3500

 *IBANEZ Musician, MC-500, 1980, natural, Ash body, neck-thru
       body construction, 2 original humbuckers with brown plastic 
       covers, several switches for tonal pleasure, Jerry & Bob like these guitars
           exc, gigbag...$1750  


 * 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
 
 
                        Books-

  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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  In the 1/24/13  Bergen Record, nice article-  http://snipurl.com/26aujli
  
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                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.  
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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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          http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teaneck-NJ/Lark-Street-Music/46986714380
 
 

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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-

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

 A breathtaking speech by Miriam Novak at the UN General Assembly. Don't miss a word!
For two thousand years we have lived among you, offering you our knowledge, discoveries and inventions.
At the UN Special General Assembly in New York, held at the request of the leaders of the European Union and the New Arab Bloc, the representative of Israel, Miriam Novak, spoke.
Standing at the podium, in front of the green marble wall of the main UN hall, Miriam Novak said into the microphone:
"Ladies and gentlemen! As you know, eighty years ago, Europe, led by Germany, carried out an ethnic purge: it exterminated almost all the Jews who lived there. French, Belgians, Dutch, Norwegians, Hungarians, Slovaks, Poles, Lithuanians, Ukrainians – all helped the fascists. 
You killed at least six million Jews, including newborn babies. Each of them could have given the world children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, so you can multiply the number of killed by four or five... 
And now, when we are again plundered, beaten and killed in all your countries, and your courts release the murderers, you tell us that we have no right to defend ourselves? 
We have no right to warn our enemies that we will respond to a new ethnic cleansing with an even more powerful strike? 
Perhaps you can name another nation whose extermination is so fanatically sought by your new Iranian-led international community? And why? 
For two thousand years, we have lived among you, offering you our knowledge, discoveries and inventions. 
We have given you the alphabet, the Bible, the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, the twelve apostles, Spinoza, Disraeli, Columbus, Newton, Nostradamus, Heine, Mendelssohn, Einstein, Singer, Eisenstein, Freud, Landau, Gershwin, Offenbach, Rubinstein, Saint-Saëns, Kafka, Lombroso, Montaigne, Mahler, Marcel Marceau, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Yehudi Menuhin, Stefan Zweig, Arthur Miller, Maya Plisetskaya, Stanley Kubrick, Irving Berlin, Edward Teller, Lion Feuchtwanger, Paul Newman,  Robert Oppenheimer, Benny Goodman, Eugène Ionesco, Imre Kálmán, Marcel Proust, Marc Chagall, Barbra Streisand, Claude Lelouch, Steven Spielberg, Anouk Aimée, Leonard Bernstein, Norbert Wiener, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Andrew Lloyd Webber and thousands of other scientists and educators. 
Imagine how many such geniuses could have been born from the millions of Jews killed by you, and then from their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!
But these unborn geniuses disappeared forever in crematoriums, burned synagogues, and mass graves. 
So do you really think that your resolutions, boycotts and sanctions can bring us back to the gas chambers? 
No, ladies and gentlemen! Having lived among you for two thousand years, we have had to adapt to you and learn not only your languages, but also some aspects of your psychology. 
Otherwise, how would we have survived in Persia without Persian perfidy? In Spain without the Spanish cruelty? In Germany without German submission to discipline? In France without French avarice? In Poland without Polish vanity, and in Russia without the oaths and the Russian habit of court latrines, where one must squat and talk about one's spiritual greatness? — (Laughter in the room.)
"And that is why I will tell you frankly: yes, we are not angels. Among us there have been international crooks and gangsters, Lansky, Medoff and Epstein, thieves, looters, adventurers and even pedophiles. 
But in all our common history, there has never been a Jewish Bogdan Khmelnitsky, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. There have never been Jewish Josef Mengele and Erik Koch, Jewish Adolf Eichmann and Idi Amin, Jewish Andrei Chikatilo and Li Zicheng, Jewish Jeffrey Dahmer and Jean Bokassa, Jewish Fritz Haarmann and Ted Bundy, Jewish Nikolai Dzhumagaliev and Albert Fish. 
We have never made necklaces with human ears, never scalped, never eaten human flesh, never made soap with human fat, never made lampshades with human skin, never made mattresses with women's hair, never burned people in religious temples, and never killed children in gas chambers. Instead, we created things that changed the world for the better.
Drip irrigation, seawater desalination, Intel processors and Centrino and Core Duo platforms, the world's smallest DNA computer and the world's first USB flash drive, nanowire and camera pill, multiple sclerosis drug and exoskeleton, Google Glass for the blind and baby breathing monitor,  The radar that can see through walls, the holographic reality artificial intelligence synthesizer, and hundreds of other wonderful things.
Representing only 0.2% of the world's population, we have given the world 32% of the Nobel Prize winners. Yes, I forgot to tell you: we have never consumed and do not consume the blood of Christian infants to make matzah. Already in 1913, three Orthodox experts on Judaism proved this at the famous Beilis trial in Kiev.
In 1962, the Second Vatican Council lifted our guilt for the crucifixion of Christ, and in 2011, Pope Benedict XVI declared that "the Christian cannot be anti-Semitic, we have the same roots."
In 2019, his successor, Pope Francis I, said that "every Christian has a Jew in him" and that "one cannot be a true Christian without acknowledging one's Jewish roots."
In addition, the head of the global Catholic Church said that "the covenant between God and Jews continues to apply" and "that anti-Semitism includes not only attacks on Jews, but also criticism of Israel."
Finally, in June 2020, the Rev. John Hagee, the leader of American Evangelical Christians, published his "Appeal to the World," in which he said simply and clearly, "Why do we, eight million patriotic American Christians, support Israel? Because God is on Israel's side! If a Christian says he doesn't like Jews, then his false Christianity is very dubious. God says, "I will bless those who bless Israel! I will curse those who curse Israel!"
And now I want to ask the European delegates in this room: who do you think you are? Are you Christians or not? When you pray to Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the holy apostles, are you not praying to the Jews? And when you say that you carry the image of Christ in your heart, do you not admit that you carry a Jew in your soul?
Even if you are a hard-core atheist, your ancestors were Christians for two thousand years, and therefore, Judaism is in your blood – whether you like it or not!
So, ladies and gentlemen. If you insist on the international boycott of Israel because you continue to hate Jews and want the total extermination of Jews on earth, then be consistent – start with yourselves, do seppuku! It will be an honest ethnic purge.
And now, as we say here in America, I have news for you. Now, after the Christians, it is the turn of the Muslims to get rid of anti-Semitism. 
Yes, it won't be easy, but just as the Almighty helped humanity get rid of the bubonic plague, anthrax, cholera, and coronavirus, He will help you get rid of anti-Semitism. 
You ask: why? Why has the Almighty brought us back to Israel and forced you to give up your desire to destroy us? For He has to have a purpose, doesn't He?
I will give you my personal opinion. For according to His purpose, every nation is to bring to mankind what it does best.
The French - cooks and perfumers.
The English and the Russians - writers and poets.
Italians - artists and musicians.
The Germans - soldiers and philosophers.
And we Jews - geniuses.
Geniuses who, in all fields, are advancing humanity from barbarism and idolatry to culture, humanism and technical progress. This is our mission, which we have been accomplishing for two thousand years, despite everything!
So whether we have genetic, torsional, nuclear, tectonic, cosmic, or other defense weapons, that's none of your business! Whether you allow us to have defensive weapons or not, we don't care.
As one of the founders of our state, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, once said: "Whether you like us or not, we don't care, we arrived before you and we will leave after you."

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-

 
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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."
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