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When Prosecutors Target Symbols

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

In pondering the alarming phenomenon of police officers being randomly targeted by gunmen in several areas of the country, it would do us well to consider developments in Baltimore involving the prosecution of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

The six were charged with contributing to the death of Mr. Gray, an African-American, by failing to ensure his safety while being transported in a police van. To the cheers of demonstrators last May, Baltimore’s top prosecutor, Marilyn J. Mosby, announced charges against the six officers. Legal observers at the time suggested that there was no apparent evidence of any criminal complicity in Mr. Gray’s death, but Baltimore’s top prosecutor insisted she would go forward nonetheless:


To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America: I heard your call for ‘No Justice, no peace.’ Last but certainly not least, to the youth of the city: I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment. This is your moment. Let’s ensure we have peaceful and productive rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come. You’re at the forefront of this cause and as young people, our time is now.


This kind of rhetoric hardly suggests that possible crimes committed by six individuals are to be the focus. Rather it appears that what’s in play is the prosecuting of symbols of an allegedly oppressive political system. So any cop, anywhere, becomes part of the problem being addressed and thus becomes a potential target of those pursuing violent retribution.

Consider, though, that Ms. Mosby is African-American. The mayor of Baltimore is African-American. The police commissioner is African-American. Three of the six police officers charged are African-Americans. But that didn’t seem to matter to Ms. Mosby.

In any case, the judge presiding over the prosecutions, also an African-American, has found three of the four officers already tried not guilty because of a lack of evidence linking anything they did to the Gray death. A fourth officer’s trial ended in a mistrial. Two other officers still await trial.

It was the worst possible signal for a protesting crowd to be told they were going to be appeased by the mounting of criminal prosecutions. But in the minds of all too many, it also made anyone wearing a police uniform a partner in the death of Freddie Gray.

Editorial Board

Cholov Yisrael and ‘Glatt’ at Wal-Mart!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

“Kosher” is the new fad, and some of America’s largest discount chains are cashing in.

It was nearly two years ago that a Wal-Mart spokesman revealed that the mega discounter carried kosher products in more than 500 stores, part of a growing trend where Club stores and discount chains like Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, and BJ’s were investing more in kosher.

For Wal-Mart, its emergence as the nation’s largest grocer meant that it was only a matter of time that the mega discounter would challenge supermarkets with an emphasis on kosher. Every summer Wal-Mart becomes a serious competitor in kosher at its Catskills stores where sales are said to approach $3 million for just the 10 weeks of the summer when tens of thousands of Jews descend on the Upstate New York resort area.

Its new store in Skokie, Illinois raises the bar on kosher with hundreds of kosher products, including Cholov Yisrael products and glatt kosher meats.

Most notable in the new store is its rather impressive large signage of kosher aisles, special refrigerators and freezers and even bakery. Its average kosher section in many stores is about 12 square feet compared to 100 square feet for the Skokie store.

Wal-Mart will be taking on the impressive Kosher Marketplace in Jewel-Osco, the city’s largest interdependent exclusive kosher supermarket, Hungarian Kosher and the small Kol Tuv market.

Soon to come will be a new Marriano’s supermarket that has already announced its intention of including a robust kosher section.

Wal-Mart is not alone in its quest for a share of the kosher market. Costco continues to upgrade its kosher offerings as is Target and BJ’s.

While many kosher purveyors expressed delight at the Wal-Mart development, they acknowledge that “it is still very much an experiment for them.”

Kosher Today

Excellent Work Plan

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Some Palestinian speaker detailing his view on negotiations over “Palestine,” and meanwhile offers a very good and reliable plan for Israel to deal with his kind. Just change the name to “Israel” and act accordingly, the situation would be resolved in under a day.

As a good friend of mine pit it, once you place yourself outside the law, you cannot continue to receive protection from the same law. This is a superb example of this axiom.

Last night, after someone in Lebanon shot four Katyusha rockets at Naharia, I expected a couple of IAF wings to get over to South Lebanon and return a large swath of land to the 12th century. Instead, we saw a proportionate response, an attack on some target south of Beirut which killed no one and didn’t even damage property.

We need to appoint this Palestinian man as our prime minister and follow whatever he says – except apply it to the enemy. Trust me, we will be immeasurably successful.

Oh – and watch the two Neturei Karta guys with the anti-Zionist sign. Do they recognize a pogrom in the making? I wonder.

Yori Yanover

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