New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) praised President Donald Trump and his administration for deporting Jakiw Palij, the Nazi War Criminal who resided comfortably in Queens, New York for years despite Hikind’s protests. This last year, Hikind called on President Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take Palij into custody as an illegal alien deport him. Hikind organized nearly 100 of his colleagues in the NYS Assembly and Senate to lend their voices to the plea to remove Palij.
Hikind’s requests followed more than a decade of efforts to expose and deport Palij. During World War II, Palij worked at the notorious Treblinka death camp, where thousands of innocent men, women and children were murdered and thrown into pits. He was also an armed guard at the nearby Trawniki training camp, where Nazi troops were trained to carry out the extermination of Polish Jews. Palij entered the U.S. claiming that he was a farmer and war refugee, concealing his work as a Nazi guard, and was granted citizenship in 1957. After the revelations about his past became known, he was subsequently stripped of his U.S. citizenship, which was obtained illegally and under false pretenses. His deportation order was upheld by the courts in 2004 but until today, Palij remained a resident of Queens.
“Never give up! That is a vital message in this story of long-overdue justice,” said Hikind. “I have remained with this issue for 14 years because Palij’s presence here mocked the memory of the millions who perished. There was no question of his guilt. It was imperative that someone responsible for Nazi atrocities be held accountable for his crimes. While his victims can no longer seek justice, I am delighted that President Trump and his administration took it upon themselves to deliver justice.”
Earlier this year, Hikind recently released an emotional video about Palij, encouraging U.S. citizens to call the White House and demand justice.
Hikind also praised Eli Rosenbaum, Director of HRSP (Human Rights and Special Prosecutions) of the Department of Justice; Rambam Mesivta led by Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman for their constant efforts to bring attention of Palij’s crimes; and his numerous colleagues in the New York State Assembly and Senate.
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