The truth about Sheikh Jarrah and other commentary

Foreign desk: The Truth About Sheikh Jarrah

“The truth about Sheikh Jarrah is the opposite” of the narrative peddled by media progressives, argue Avi Bell and Eugene Kontorovich in The Wall Street Journal. According to the narrative, Israelis search to lawlessly evict Palestinians from the Jerusalem neighborhood. Yet “the Jewish claimants’ ownership of the few plots of land has been confirmed repeatedly in court, following laws that apply equally regardless of ethnicity.” The case earlier than Israel’s courts now entails a Jewish title to properties relationship again to 1875. When Jordan invaded Israel in 1948, it expelled the Jewish residents and seized their properties. The Jewish state recovered these properties following the 1967 Six Day War however allowed Palestinian residents to remain “in the many cases in which Jordan had officially transferred the title of Jewish-owned properties to Palestinians.” However, “title to the properties in dispute in Sheikh Jarrah was never given by Jordan to Palestinians, so Israeli law respects the unbroken title of the plaintiffs.” So a lot for “ethnic cleansing.”

Pandemic journal: The Forever Maskers

“Will Democrats mask America forever?” wonders Kat Rosenfield at UnHerd. Nowhere has the masks problem “become more detached from reality, more partisan, than in America, where public-health advice that should be celebrated” — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement the totally vaccinated can forgo masks and social distancing — “has been met with outrage.” Those who put on masks “as a symbol of political and moral purity” intend “to keep wearing them” in an act of “political posturing” paying homage to post-9/11 life, “when questioning the necessity of, say, removing one’s shoes at the airport was seen as something akin to treason.” But when the vaccinated “won’t remove their masks,” they ship the message “that getting the vaccine changes nothing” — an obstacle to returning to normalcy.

Free-marketeer: Capitalism Ended COVID

People grateful to be jabbed prefer to thank “science,” notes Ira Stoll at The New York Sun. Yet it was former President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner who “championed Operation Warp Speed,” which led to the vaccine’s fast manufacturing, although one not often sees “Thanks, Jared” ­labels. More vital, for-profit corporations like Pfizer, Moderna, CVS and Walgreens performed an enormous function in delivering photographs, but “Thanks, free-enterprise system” is equally uncommon. “So thank science” for the vax, positive. But additionally thank “capitalism and freedom,” democratic governments and ­“inspired individuals” who “use science not to persecute, but to heal.”

Conservative: Stefanik Changes Nothing for GOP

“The GOP pretended to value its base” in ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) from House management and changing her with Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY) — but it surely was all “a fake virtue signal,” scoffs Spectator USA’s Amber Athey. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy determined Cheney wanted to go solely after she “started undermining the party and her colleagues to the press,” proving that “it was her insubordination, not her anti-Trumpism, that caused the party establishment to turn on her.” And whereas Stefanik is “ostensibly more ‘pro-Trump’ than Cheney,” her “hardly conservative” voting file and place as “one of the most moderate Republicans in the House” present that the elevation is “purely symbolic.” The GOP is clearly “hoping its pro-Trump base will see it bolstering a congresswoman who says the right things about Trump and be satisfied. Actually embracing the issues that made Trump so popular is a different story.”

Faith beat: Don’t Give Joe Communion

The Roman church’s “sacramental life must not be turned into a political weapon,” warns First Things’ R.R. Reno. But President Biden “makes no attempt to curtail our abortion regime. . . . And he has joined those who denounce any effort to restrict abortion as hostile to ‘women’s health.’ In short, he is a fully paid-up member of the pro-abortion party” — a place that “drives a wedge between church teaching and the church’s sacramental life,” requiring bishops to “guard the integrity of the Eucharist” and deny him communion.

Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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