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Monday, May 08, 2006

"A cut of meat is kosher. A piece of fish, savory foods, and all kinds of dang things are kosher, but a probation report is not kosher.

Full Quote- A cut of meat is kosher. A piece of fish, savory foods, and all kinds of dang things are kosher, but a probation report is not kosher. A probation report is merely a probation report.

another one from Haaretz

Kosher inspector jailed for 6 months for importing non-kosher meat
By Itim

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Sunday sentenced for six months in jail a kosher inspector convicted of assisting meat importers to smuggle and import non-kosher meat into Israel.

At the time of committing the offense Aharon Rabinowitz, 56, was a slaughterhouse inspector for the Chief Rabbinate and was in charge over the inspection of imported kosher meat. The court convicted him of stealing kosher certificates from the rabbinate and selling them to meat importers, thus allowing them to bring into Israel non-kosher meat and selling it as kosher meat.

The court ruled that in 1996 Rabinowitz allowed the importation of the uncertified meat as kosher and as having been slaughtered by butchers certified by the Chief Rabbinate in Israel. But the meat was actually imported without the required supervision, with fake and stolen certificates used by importers to bring into Israel large quantities of meat.

The charge sheet stated that only two stolen certificates were seized in the investigation, which Rabinowitz sold for $10,000 to a meat importer. The prosecution could not establish how Rabinowitz used other stolen certificates.

Judge Eilata Ziskind ruled "the severity of the offenses extends beyond the financial issue when the Chief Rabbinate is the body responsible in Israel for the issuance of kosher certificates and when the majority of the public relies on these certificates."

"The defendant, as a Chief Rabinnate employee and a rabbi, who was expected to be most attentive to these sensitive issues, betrayed the principles and essence of his position and committed the severe offenses of which he was convicted," the judge said.

Despite the fact Rabinowitz committed the offenses ten years ago and was fired from his job without compensation, the court insisted that "committing fraud, breach of trust and stealing documents for money, require in the name of the public's interests a deterring punitive measure - a jail sentence - which is the appropriate punishment for the severe offenses, due to the harsh blow to the public."

Judge Ziskind sentenced Rabinowitz to six months in prison, to be converted to public service and imposed a NIS 30,000 fine.

He got off too easy. ONLY 6 months. Guess his real judgement will come from the judge of Judges who wasn't appointed


Quote from City Hall (1996)

The possibility that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
– Abraham Lincoln


At 4:14 PM, May 08, 2006, Blogger Datingmaster, Jerusalem said...


At 1:41 AM, May 09, 2006, Blogger sis said...

now you know why Dan wont let us eat rabbanut when we come to visit!!!!!!!!

At 2:05 AM, May 09, 2006, Blogger Lady-Light said...

I am so naive, I can't believe these things are happening!!
Not only is this horrible for a 'frum' Jew to be doing such an aveira which also hurts his fellow Jews, but this is (to paraphrase my grandmother, a"h)a 'SHANDA'for the goyim. It plays right into their hands: The corrupt, sleazy Jews who'll do anything for money.
One could say,
"NO WONDER the Shoah happened, terrorists attack Israelis, Israel is having so many problems politically and economically, the Beit HaMikdash is in Arab hands (practically speaking), and the world is in such a terrible state. For as it is for the Jews, so it will be for the world.
We have to 'clean up our act', or else...

At 6:17 AM, May 09, 2006, Blogger Amishav said...

Gee whiz- it casts doubt on the whole Kosher meat industry really. How does one really know then if its really Kosher or not? With all the information about the non-kosher practices that go on in some American kosher slaughterhouses, it makes you wonder what is really going on.

At 7:22 PM, May 09, 2006, Blogger kasamba said...

That is absolutely shocking!!
Amishav's right; How do we know if meat is kosher or not? Who can we really rely on?

At 3:11 PM, May 10, 2006, Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

DMJ - thank you for that thoughful comment.

Sis - just don't tell him.

Lady-light - the question is where to start cleaning up.

Amishav - who knows whats really going on. I wish I knew.

Kasamba - very true. thanks for stopping by.

At 11:30 PM, May 10, 2006, Blogger Lady-Light said...

Where to start cleaning up...let's see; I guess we should start by the Jewish/Israeli community ratting on these people, if they know about it. This involves the dilemma of 'lashon hara'. I, however believe in 'government in the sunshine', or anything else in the sunshine - meaning, to reveal a problem or violation if there IS one present.
Also, this is strange; this Ha-aretz article: http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/713577.html states that the incident happened in 1996! Why is it just being revealed now?


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