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‘SNL’ tries to pass off anti-Israel hate as humor

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'SNL' tries to pass off anti-Israel hate as humor

We’d let Michael Che’s ugly joke last weekend pass, except it rests on multiple elements of vile anti-Israel propaganda.

Che took Israel’s universally admired success in and flipped it into a slur of racism, or maybe imperialism: “Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population,” he noted on the Weekend Update segment, and, “I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half.”

For starters, Israel is (as you’d expect) a lot more than half Jewish. To see it otherwise, you have to include the population of the Palestinian territories — and so basically insist that Israel has no right to be the Jewish state it was founded as.

And, as the Israeli US ambassador Gilad Erdan tweeted, “every citizen of Israel — Jewish, Muslim, Christian — is entitled” to the vaccine.

In fact, some 43 percent of Israeli Arabs had gotten jabbed when Che spoke. That lags the Jewish rate, but for a host of reasons — including Palestinian Authority propaganda that claims Jerusalem is experimenting on Arabs under the guise of immunization.

Che’s “joke” also captures the gist of the global left’s line, which calls Israel criminal for jabbing its own citizens but not those of the PA.

Problem is, the PA is responsible for health care on its own territory, and in fact its officials admitted to not asking Israel for help early on as they instead secured deals for the AstraZeneca and Russian Sputnik V vaccines.

Haters are going to hate, we guess, but do they have to try passing it off as comedy?

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Food critics who rip indoor dining are sabotaging their industry

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Among all the curious responses to the COVID-19 crisis, the weirdest might be the reaction of most New York City restaurant critics and reporters to the return of low-capacity indoor dining. They are opposed to it — fiercely. We’re all going to die! Those who disagree are “—holes!” 

Bizarrely, a whole class of journalists is now acting to destroy the very industry on which their livelihoods depend. 

During last autumn’s short-lived restoration of indoor dining, through the winter months when only outdoor service was allowed and, most especially, since the indoor resumption approved by Gov. Cuomo began on Feb. 12, the drumbeat’s been unrelenting. 

New York Times critic Pete Wells wrote in September that Cuomo was risking “another outbreak in New York so restaurants can have dining rooms that are three-quarters empty.” 

His view has not mellowed since the original 25 percent capacity limit was upped to 35 percent. Maybe he’s just weary of the reviewing grind after more than 10 years on the job. 

I’ve covered restaurants for longer. I’m confident in New York state’s official data which found that a scant 1.43 percent of new COVID infections — a figure taken from actual contact tracing, not based on vague CDC and academic pronouncements stemming from “models” — originated inside restaurants, compared with more than 70 percent that occurred in homes. 

Never mind. Eater.com critic Ryan Sutton has howled against indoor dining time and again, most recently under the headline “Cuomo’s reckless return to indoor dining values NYC restaurants over lives.” 

Sutton, who’s astute in restaurant-industry economics, writes that back-of-house employees are disproportionately at risk of infection — but pays only lip service to the economic and psychic toll taken on jobless workers and their families. 

New Yorker staff writer Helen Rosner
New Yorker staff writer Helen Rosner
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Perhaps the solution’s to simply let “government” pay all their salaries, which former members of President Biden’s virus task force proposed in a recent New York Times op-ed column. Or, as Grubstreet.com’s Rachel Sugar blithely put it, “Keep everything closed and just pay people.” 

The New Yorker staff writer Helen Rosner claimed that the mortal danger of indoor dining was beyond debate and those who insist on enjoying it are selfish flaunters of settled science. She used the “a-word” in a tweet to characterize those who disagreed, and cited findings from two universities, one of which (Stanford) deemed restaurants “superspreaders” based on zero clinical evidence. In a tweet, Rosner agreed with a friend who called indoor diners “a–holes — certainly a useful contribution to the discussion. 

Only New York magazine’s Adam Platt allowed any wiggle room: “I wouldn’t condemn [indoor dining] for the record although I personally wouldn’t do it in NYC,” he told The Post by e-mail. “Call me a member of the rigorous outdoor dining camp,” he added, although he recently reviewed Stone Barns in Westchester indoors. 

Last week, Hearth chef/owner Marco Canora called out the critical hypocrisy. He posted on Instagram, “To all the remote working food journos who’ve suffered no pain of lost income and who have strong opinions about restaurant operators who choose to open for indoor dining, you might consider employing some more empathy toward those you claim you want to protect — the cook, the server, the porter. These folks don’t have the luxury of working from home. They are hungry and anxious and more than willing to take on some risk, don a mask and work indoors.” 

New York magazine’s Adam Platt
New York magazine’s Adam Platt
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Why are critics so hostile to indoor dining? Remember that New York City, with all its restaurant restrictions and closures, has seen 27,000 COVID deaths to date while the whole state of Florida has suffered only about 3,000 more despite having nearly three times the Big Apple’s population and looser dining regulations. 

Journalists united against indoor dining might be genuinely motivated by health fears. But there’s more than a whiff of woke about it. Remember, Mayor de Blasio declared last summer that indoor dining signifies “entitlement,” even though most of the low-paid restaurant workers are anything but entitled, and “restaurants” include many more cheap pizza, burger and dumpling joints than fine-dining locations. 

Maybe they’re all taking their cues from Hizzoner, who last August characterized “indoor dining” — an activity that includes a day laborer sitting down for a $3.99 Egg McMuffin — “as obviously a very optional activity, which some people do a lot who have the resources and others can’t do at all because they don’t have the resources.” 

Hearth chef/owner Marco Canora is sick of the hypocrisy of food journalists.
Hearth chef/owner Marco Canora is sick of the hypocrisy of food journalists.
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Other chefs and owners have yet to join Canora in his condemnation of critics, possibly because they fear retribution when normalcy is restored. 

But they needn’t worry: The journalists’ own words suggest they’ve lost interest in eating out entirely in favor of super-spreading woke baloney on stale bread.

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Biden’s getting exactly the border crisis he asked for

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Biden's getting exactly the border crisis he asked for

A new year, a new president, a return of an old problem: unaccompanied children crossing the border in droves.

Thousands of children — usually older teens, 16 or 17, but Border Patrol agents report increasing numbers of kids younger than 13 — are arriving each month from Central America.

On Thursday, a Customs and Border Protection staffer reportedly told top Biden administration officials to expect a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied minors to cross the border in May — the highest level ever.

“We’re seeing the highest February numbers [that] we’ve ever seen in the history of the [Unaccompanied Alien Child] program,” a Department of Health and Human Services official told Axios.

That’s right: a crisis worse than the one that brought the “kids in cages” backlash under President Donald Trump, and the earlier crises that prompted the building of those “cages” under President Barack Obama.

And it’s a crisis that we and others warned would come, as soon as President Biden started reversing every Trump border policy, even those clearly responsible for producing historic lows in illegal crossers, and returning to Obama policies that first triggered the unprecedented waves of children crossing without family.

Now Biden’s having to reopen shelters to house the kids until the feds can figure out what to do with them — shelters that his usual allies denounced as horrors in the Trump years. Yet, says White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, “There are very few good options here, and we chose the one we thought is best.”

That’s only because her boss already rejected the option of trying to ensure they don’t come here in the first place.

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Letters to the Editor — Feb. 27, 2021

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Letters to the Editor — Feb. 27, 2021

The Issue: The parole of a man convicted of killing NYPD Officer Harry Ryman in 1980.

The parole of cop-killer Paul Ford is yet another sign that Gov. Cuomo has absolutely no regard for victims’ families (“Slain-cop kin aghast at murderer’s parole,” Feb. 21).

Cuomo has no interest in protecting the residents of New York, as his criminal-justice reforms and handpicked Parole Board members are causing violent criminals to be released onto our streets.

It is time for all New Yorkers to wake up and protect themselves by pushing this ruthless tyrant out of his easy chair.

Nicholas Maffei
Yonkers

Some 20 cop-killers have been released by Cuomo’s moronic and irresponsible Parole Board since 2017, including one who murdered two cops in one incident.

Combine that with the release of the killer of two moms who were slain with their kids in the house, and you have to wonder how board members keep their jobs.

Meanwhile, Cuomo, who appointed them, wrote a book on leadership, which in retrospect is a total joke, even aside from the parole board.

Where is the outrage over this? How is giving hope to murderers serving society? When will they disband this Parole Board?

Niles Welikson
Williston Park

The Parole Board members lack reason and common sense.

This board has released 20 cop-killers since 2017. What an embarrassing record.

This is morally bankrupt, unethical and shows absolutely no compassion or consideration for these police officers’ families.

This time, it’s the killer of Police Officer Harry Ryman, who gave up his life trying to stop three thugs from stealing a neighbor’s car.

These poor families had to suffer without a father, husband or son.

So tell me: How is anyone’s life improved by of the release of another cop-killer?

Mike Pedano
South Farmingdale

Cuomo’s tenure as governor will forever be remembered for the thousands of nursing-home deaths attributed to his incompetence. That is how it should be.

However, the release of cop-killer Paul Ford by a Cuomo-appointed Parole Board is a reminder that the damage done by this politician is far-reaching.

A life sentence has no meaning in a progressive, liberal state. Who could have guessed that some 40 years after the murder of a policeman, the cops would be the bad guys and lowlife scum like Ford would be freed?

Robert Mangi
Westbury

The Issue: A new documentary that details the accusations of sexual abuse against Woody Allen.

I am fuming after reading Andrea Peyser’s column (“Put me on Team Woody — Mia is full of it,” Feb. 22).

The reason why child molestation continues is because people turn a blind eye to the facts.

Let me ask you this — who in their right mind marries their partner’s own child, adopted or not? If you cannot see there is something wrong with that picture, you have blinders on.

There are limited instances where people have falsely accused others of being child molesters in order to gain custody of their children during a divorce or separation.

In the case between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, you have to look at his behavior. I believe the claims are true.

Panagiota Giakoumis
Middleburgh

I never liked Allen or Farrow, so I have no bias in this endless feud, but I’m shocked that anyone could watch the new HBO documentary and not realize that it’s corrupt and dishonest to only tell one side.

Anyone can make another person look bad with lies or exaggerations.

Andrew Nace-Enzminger
Brooklyn

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