Gil Ofarim (41) is back: As he previously announced in an Instagram story, he started his “spring cleaning guitar sale” on Thursday night. “Some of my old friends are looking for a new home,” he begins in his first Instagram post since the end of his trial over the fabricated anti-Semitism scandal.

“They accompanied me on concerts, tours, studio recordings and very special moments in my life. Now I hope you'll have fun with them and cherish them too.” He shows which guitars are connected in the linked hour-long YouTube video.

“I separate myself from my peers”

“Have a nice day everyone. My name is Gil Ofarim and this is a video. “Probably the first or the first post or the first thing I'll say in a while,” he begins his clip, referring to his months-long hiatus.

“I'm sure people are talking now about what I'm saying and what I'm doing. But I have things I want to show you and in short: I'm leaving my companions. I'm leaving my friends and companions and I wish them a good new home.

He then shows and plays different guitars and also describes the stories behind them. Among other things, he recalls his last musical performance in Leipzig in October 2021, with a black guitar in his hand. “This guitar sent me to the hotel lobby. I don't think I need to say anything more.”

Gil Ofarim and the anti-Semitism scandal

In October 2021, the musician accused a hotel employee of anti-Semitism in a video shared through his social media channels. Among other things, Ofarim claimed in an Instagram video that a hotel employee asked him to take off his Star of David. A hotel employee then reported Ofarim for defamation.

At a libel trial in November, Ofarim made a surprise confession and admitted that he had made up the anti-Semitism accusations. The proceedings were discontinued with respect to a fine of 10,000 euros.

Ofarim is also selling one of his father's guitars

Another link on Ofarim's Instagram page leads directly to the corresponding classifieds page. The cheapest guitar is currently listed at 2,700 euros. The most expensive one, which belonged to his late father Abi Ofarim (1937-2018), was sold for 10,000 euros. “Papa's favorite guitar…” says the accompanying text, among other things. “This piece should actually go to a museum or something…” he continues. The singer also offers amplifiers for sale. It is not known if Ofarim has had financial difficulties since pleading guilty. Ofarim has not given any public appearances or concerts since the scandal.

Any new music coming soon?

Ofarim also announces new music in both a video and his Instagram post. “I… will dedicate myself to music again and write my new record!” Apparently, the singer hopes for a new beginning. “Life goes on, step by step” and “Everything is based on hope” he summarizes his emotional state of the moment.

Many fans seem to be happy about his return, and there is a lot of positive feedback within the first hour of the post. “Nice to hear from you again” or “Don't let this get you down,” among other comments. But it didn't take long for critical voices to arrive, demanding, among other things, a public apology. “With all due respect, after this massive transgression, a public apology would be long overdue,” or “Maybe you should explain the whole thing first, instead of pretending it's nothing,” among others.

After the scandal trial, singer Gil Ofarim went into hiding. After about four months, the singer revealed the meeting on Instagram. That's what's behind Gil Ofarim's cryptic Instagram message.

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