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Published on: April 21, 2009 05:30 PM
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hundreds protestedQueens, NY -  Approximately 200 students and faculty members of Rambam Mesivta staged a protest this afternoon on the continued presence of Nazi war criminal, Jakiw Palij, in front of his home at 33-18 89th Street, Jackson Heights, Queens, NY.
Documents show that in 1943 Palij served as an armed guard in the notorious Trawniki labor camp. On November 3, 1943 Trawniki guards conducted an SS operation code-named Operation Harvest Festival during which 6,000 people were brutally slaughtered in a 24 hour period.
In 1944, Palij was an active member of the Deployment Company that perpetrated numerous atrocities against innocent civilians.
Palij gained entry into the United States in 1949 by falsely claiming that he was a farmer during World War II. In July 2003, Palij was stripped of his citizenship on the grounds that he ‘directly contributed’ to the slaughter of Jews during the Holocaust. In June 2004, Judge Robert Owens ordered Palij’s deportation to the Ukraine - but Ukraine refused to extradite him.
Palij is the last known Nazi war criminal living in New York City. According to rally organizer Rabbi Zev Friedman, “Palij’s continued presence in the United States should disgust every freedom loving American. When we think of the fact that tens of thousands of brave young American men and women gave their lives to fight the Nazis scourge and were unable to start a new life on these shores, while these Nazi murderers illegally came to the United States and continue to benefit from everything that our country has to offer, one must be outraged.”

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Also attending the rally was radio show host Curtis Sliwa and other dignitaries.



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 Apr 21, 2009 at 04:38 PM ESL teacher Says:

Kudos to the students and faculty at Rambam! Their activism is an example for other NYC area schools and yeshivos.

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 04:43 PM Eli Says:

Curtis Sliwa is a real mentch, he always stands up for whats right.

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 05:03 PM leban Says:

718-899-3256 Ask Him Why He Murdered Our Parents.

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 05:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests?

I don't understand this world today.

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 05:08 PM cp Says:

Shkoiach to the bucherim from Rambam and to Curtis Sliwa!

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 05:56 PM ann Says:

Yup. Its a real number.and somone picked up. Everyone call

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 05:29 PM mr613 Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests?

I don't understand this world today.

apparently there is allot you don't understand

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 06:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests?

I don't understand this world today.

stay under the rock that you emerged from!

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 06:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests?

I don't understand this world today.

if protests can be done once a week in mea shearimkikar shabat why not in nyc?

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 07:24 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

if protests can be done once a week in mea shearimkikar shabat why not in nyc?

Hey there mr, were not in meah shearim...

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 07:22 PM huh Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests?

I don't understand this world today.

What do u mean? u wouldn't protest if someone killed ur parents?

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 06:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests?

I don't understand this world today.

Shame on you

Did you forget the words "NEVER AGAIN"


evrey jewish institution should be out there evrey sigle day to make sure that the world remebers what our parents went through, will never happen again.

wake up the anti semitizim can end up in your back yard!

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 07:35 PM andy Says:

What do they want him to do? Kill himself?

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 07:54 PM kohn Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

if protests can be done once a week in mea shearimkikar shabat why not in nyc?

I agree. Protests are important but not every week of school as this yeshiva seems to do. Activism can sometimes turn into self-aggrandizement when not harnessed properly. More time working 'in' the yeshiva might do some good.

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 07:44 PM Anonymous Says:

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andy Says:

What do they want him to do? Kill himself?

That would be a nice start!

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 08:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
kohn Says:

I agree. Protests are important but not every week of school as this yeshiva seems to do. Activism can sometimes turn into self-aggrandizement when not harnessed properly. More time working 'in' the yeshiva might do some good.

Its amazing how people state things with no basis. This Yeshiva goes on a total of 4-5 rallies per year. The only reason you think they go on so many rallies is because they do it right. They are teaching their students that they can make a difference and shouldn't just stay quite.

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 09:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Why was he not prosecuted or Indicted?

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 09:02 PM kohn Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

Its amazing how people state things with no basis. This Yeshiva goes on a total of 4-5 rallies per year. The only reason you think they go on so many rallies is because they do it right. They are teaching their students that they can make a difference and shouldn't just stay quite.

I don't 'think' they go on too many rallies, I just think the excessive publicity is consistent with all the other smoke and mirror endorsements the yeshiva and its administration is known for. Rallies, when done 'right,' can be an excellent tool for teaching, but so can exemplifying Torah and Mitzvot on a day to day basis, without the implication that other schools/organizations are not doing it 'right.'

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 08:57 PM Anonymous Says:

reply to #6 your a sick liberal its time to face reality were not in Lakewood were in NYC

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 08:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests?

I don't understand this world today.

it is bein hazmanim

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 08:28 PM Google-b-Doogle Says:

Why has he not been arrested for war crimes and why is the US and NY letting him live here?

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 08:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
kohn Says:

I agree. Protests are important but not every week of school as this yeshiva seems to do. Activism can sometimes turn into self-aggrandizement when not harnessed properly. More time working 'in' the yeshiva might do some good.

i know the yeshiva- my son graduated from there. it is a special place that teaches the talmidim true Ahavas Torah and commitment to to Klal Yisroel. They hold rallies a couple of times a year ( usually 4 maybe 5 the whole year). It is part of their program to teach he boys to go out and DO- not just 'talk'.
the rallies have a tremendous impact - (and often accomplish alot) so it seems like it's all the time- like you thought- but it's not .
It reminds me of the SSSJ rallies which made a powerful impression on me and many others - even though when i count it up i only went to a handful - but it feels like i went to dozens .

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 11:01 PM Getho Survivor Says:

They should do to him midah kenaged midah. Cut his hands feet. peel his skin an apply hot pepper with salt on his body an hang him in time square. As I'm remebring those achzorim what day did. Oih der yingah doir will an should never understant

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 09:47 PM Anonymous Says:

The world stands on Torah learning.

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 03:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Someone should do the same in front of Demjanjuk's house so that he does not have a moment's rest until he either peygers or is removed from the USA.

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 Apr 21, 2009 at 11:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests?

I don't understand this world today.

Maybe the school took them out during the time alloted for secular studies?
Or maybe the school truly believes that chinuch can also take place outside the 4 walls of the Yeshiva?
Or maybe they shortened the Nissan vacation by one day?
Or maybe instead of wondering about the talmidim going to a demonstration seeking justice for our kedoshim you should worry about all the things talmidim do in other yeshivos to waste time,?

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 08:01 AM PMO Says:

Reply to #15  
andy Says:

What do they want him to do? Kill himself?

Andy (#15): I wouldn't cry if he killed himself.

This man should never have a single moment of peace in his life. We know who he is and where he is. There is no excuse to not have a constant barrage of people at his door. There are more than enough of us that a small amount of time could be devoted to it. If you really want to drive the point home, bring a chair and a sefer and sit outside his window learning with a friend. Let the only noise he hears be the sound of bochurim learning Torah... which is the sound of his failure!

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 08:10 AM Conservative One Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests?

I don't understand this world today.

Are you really that stupid or did liberalism destroy your brain. I think you seriously need a brain transplant.

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 08:44 AM PMO Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests?

I don't understand this world today.

“ Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests? I don't understand this world today. "

Roshei yeshiva who take their blinders off and realize that there is a WORLD outside. Unfortunately, there are too many who don't. My guess is, they are the same ones who protect the child abusers, so their day is coming soon enough.

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 10:02 AM Z Says:

Reply to #15  
andy Says:

What do they want him to do? Kill himself?

No, as a graduate of Ramabmam, and one of the prime organizers of the rallies, I can tell you that our ultimate goal is to put pressure on the DOJ to push forward with his deportation.

Unfortunately, even though it can be proved that he was a guard at the Tranwiki labor camp, and since the crimes were committed outside the country- the US cannot prosecute him. The most they can do is deport him, based on the fact that he lied when he immigrated to the US- he said he was a farmer, but it has been proven in court he was actually a volunteer for the Nazis.

The problem is that his lawyers try to schelp out the hearings until he dies in this country, a free man, collecting social security...

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 09:56 AM kohn Says:

Reply to #31  
PMO Says:

“ Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests? I don't understand this world today. "

Roshei yeshiva who take their blinders off and realize that there is a WORLD outside. Unfortunately, there are too many who don't. My guess is, they are the same ones who protect the child abusers, so their day is coming soon enough.

So following your logic: If Roshei Yeshivot do not take their talmidim to rallies they don't realize there is an outiside world and probably promote pederosis. Brilliant.

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 09:53 AM kohn Says:

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Conservative One Says:

Are you really that stupid or did liberalism destroy your brain. I think you seriously need a brain transplant.

I didn't realize that lakewood was consisdered a 'liberal' minded place. wow, I think there should be an open dictionary with the word 'ironic' stamped on these postings.

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 09:24 AM avi Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests?

I don't understand this world today.

did you organize any protests, or are you just criticizing everyone else for something that you couldn't, or didn't do?

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 11:15 AM PMO Says:

Reply to #33  
kohn Says:

So following your logic: If Roshei Yeshivot do not take their talmidim to rallies they don't realize there is an outiside world and probably promote pederosis. Brilliant.

No. I did not say that one was dependent on the other. You foolishly assumed that.

Many roshei yeshiva do not have a real understanding of the outside world. They prefer isolation for themselves and their talmidim.

I take issue with the fact that complete isolation does not work. There are times when we must act in conjunction with the outside world in order to ensure justice and protect our community. Sometimes that means playing by their rules (ie. protests in the streets).

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 02:34 PM yoel Says:

I don't have any position on whether or not this rally was a good use of time, but I don't really get how being opposed to bitul zman (which I assume is what #6 was getting at) is the same thing as being liberal? And anyway, seriously, which is better, going out to protest something or learning Torah? Again, not making any value judgments, I'm sure the folks organizing these protests are doing what is right, I just don't think you should all be attacking this guy for what he said.

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 04:59 PM Anonymous Says:

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leban Says:

718-899-3256 Ask Him Why He Murdered Our Parents.

Is that his real number?

Anyway, good for these kids. I think more schools should teach their students to not just TALK but DO.

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 05:57 PM Chedder Says:

Reply to #37  
yoel Says:

I don't have any position on whether or not this rally was a good use of time, but I don't really get how being opposed to bitul zman (which I assume is what #6 was getting at) is the same thing as being liberal? And anyway, seriously, which is better, going out to protest something or learning Torah? Again, not making any value judgments, I'm sure the folks organizing these protests are doing what is right, I just don't think you should all be attacking this guy for what he said.

Nice analysis, Yoel. My other issue is that it just seems that while this particular yeshiva does good things, accompanying the good is a real sense of elitism and one-upmanship over other yeshivot who don't perhaps rally as often, or simply don't publicize it like a going out of business sale. I've met many alum from the yeshiva who are sincere and humble, and many who breed an ego/arrogance that should be unfounded in the jewish educational world. Not sure where it comes from, but you can only assume from the top.

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 10:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #39  
Chedder Says:

Nice analysis, Yoel. My other issue is that it just seems that while this particular yeshiva does good things, accompanying the good is a real sense of elitism and one-upmanship over other yeshivot who don't perhaps rally as often, or simply don't publicize it like a going out of business sale. I've met many alum from the yeshiva who are sincere and humble, and many who breed an ego/arrogance that should be unfounded in the jewish educational world. Not sure where it comes from, but you can only assume from the top.

my son went to rambam- i'm proud to say that he is real mensch who lives al pi Torah and exhibits fine midos in everything he does - ditto for his classmates. Yes , we stress that at home- but its strongly reinforced in the mesivta.We sent him to rambam DAVKA for that reason based on the many graduates we saw that fit that model- a mensch and a ben Torah.
are there some that might not have gotten the message of midos and humility- possibly - but to ONLY ASSUME that it comes from the top- is as silly and wrong as saying that the men my age that went to TV and CB who are michaleli Shabbos- is because they learned it from the top.
what is most troubling is how distracted we have become from the main issue- the fact that nazis YMSVZ live here and we dont do WHATEVER we can to get rid of them - as #27 and others expressed.

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 Apr 22, 2009 at 11:14 PM me Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Shame on you

Did you forget the words "NEVER AGAIN"


evrey jewish institution should be out there evrey sigle day to make sure that the world remebers what our parents went through, will never happen again.

wake up the anti semitizim can end up in your back yard!

R' Meir Kahane Hy"d almost got it right, but like most modern orthodox Jews, he forgot one thing. He forgot about the G-d factor. "Never Again" means that if the Jews transgress the entire torah and Hashem decides to bring a holocaust as descrobed in graphic detail in the tochachoh, we think that we can do something to change it. "Never Again" is kefira of the highest order.
signed
-Former JDL member who knew Ren meir and once stood armed security detail for him when he spoke in Florida, now a frum Jew who understands that G-d runs the world and we have very little say in the matter. Yes there is anti semitism in my back yard, but Torah and tefilah are the only thing that will change that.

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 06:55 AM Sherree Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Since when do rosh yeshivos take their talmidim out of the beis medresh to organize protests?

I don't understand this world today.

Since it is a kidush hashem to wipe out Amalek!!! Where have you been for the past couple of centuries??????

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 12:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #41  
me Says:

R' Meir Kahane Hy"d almost got it right, but like most modern orthodox Jews, he forgot one thing. He forgot about the G-d factor. "Never Again" means that if the Jews transgress the entire torah and Hashem decides to bring a holocaust as descrobed in graphic detail in the tochachoh, we think that we can do something to change it. "Never Again" is kefira of the highest order.
signed
-Former JDL member who knew Ren meir and once stood armed security detail for him when he spoke in Florida, now a frum Jew who understands that G-d runs the world and we have very little say in the matter. Yes there is anti semitism in my back yard, but Torah and tefilah are the only thing that will change that.

you are 100% correct- shouting never again- wont help- we need teshuva tefila tzedaka- BUT we also need 'hishtadlus ' like these talmidim are being taught
so after one davens , learns one should go out and put pressure on the killers of our families to get out and face justice.
btw- the idea of DOING doesn't come from RM Kahane HYD- it comes from the Avos-who actually fought ( Avraham) or were prepared to do so ( Yakov)
we should say teheilm- but also recall the the author- Dovid haMelech did what he had to on the battelfield.........
sp lets have complete Bitachon B'Hashem- but do our hishtadlus- and do teshuva that we did not rally , shout enough during ww2

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 09:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Dont just call him do it in middle of the night.

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