Baltimore Mom’s Lesson For The Middle East

It struck me while watching that heroic mother in Baltimore emphatically educating her son (see it here) about the perils of rioting and throwing rocks at police that she should be a role model for Israeli and Palestinian mothers.

Toya Graham saw her son Michael, 16, on TV and immediately went out on the streets looking to literally knock some sense into his head.

"I don't want him to be a Freddy Gray," she explained, referring to the Baltimore man whose death after suffering severe injuries while in police custody ignited the protests.

Graham's profanity-laced lecture and the public humiliation her son suffered have people in Baltimore calling her "Mom of the Year."

The Israelis and Palestinians could use a lot of mothers like Toya Graham.  Peaceful protests are fine, she said, but violence is counter-productive. The Middle East already has an abundance of martyrs and people for whom throwing rocks is a preferred mode of communication.

It's time to send in the moms.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.