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Israeli Musician Attacks Terrorist With Acoustic Guitar

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Israeli Yishai Montgomery, 26, who has become a local celebrity after smashing his guitar over the head of a Palestinian on a fatal stabbing rampage along the Tel Aviv seafront, holds a guitar at a music instrument shop in the city of Tel Aviv, on March 10, 2016. 

A local musician in Israel has suddenly become an international hero after helping stop a terrorist in his tracks, using only his instrument as his weapon.

Twenty-six-year-old Yishai Montgomery was enjoying a peaceful moment with his guitar on the beach in Jaffa on Tuesday when he overheard pandemonium -- a man was on a stabbing spree, running around with a knife after killing one American tourist and wounding many others.

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As reported by Jerusalem Online, Montgomery told local news reporters that “I had just sat down to play my guitar near the ocean when I heard screams from down the road. Immediately, I stood up and started to run after him with my guitar. I slammed it on his head. He was stunned and didn’t know what to do with himself.”

Dazed but not out, 22 year-old Bashar Massalha continued running while Montgomery chased him, yelling “terrorist!” at him until police shot and killed the attacker.

After the incredible story broke, a GoFundMe campaign was launched to raise funds to buy Montgomery a new guitar, netting nearly $4,500 in donations the first day. It all makes for an interesting modern twist on the inscription Woody Guthrie once bore on his guitar: “This machine kills fascists.”