Sunday, August 26, 2018

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Late Senator John McCain Remembered as ‘True Supporter of Israel’
The death of Senator John McCain is being mourned by US Jewish groups and Israeli political leaders from across the political spectrum.

The 81-year-old McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who was the Republican nominee for president in 2008, passed away on Saturday at his home in Arizona after a battle with brain cancer.

During his three decades in the Senate, McCain — the son and grandson of four-star admirals who graduated from the Naval Academy and served his country as a fighter pilot — was known as a staunch advocate for freedom around the world.

Part of this outlook was manifested by his backing of a strong US-Israel relationship.

“Throughout his congressional career Senator McCain stood with Israel because throughout his life he stood up for America’s allies and our shared democratic values,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement on Saturday. “As Chairman and longtime member of the Armed Services Committee, Senator McCain consistently worked to ensure that Israel had the critical resources to defend herself. In times of crisis, his eloquent voice could always be counted on to speak out in solidarity with the Jewish state.”

American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris remembered McCain as a “statesman and a national treasure — and an avid supporter of Israel, an ally he first visited nearly 40 years ago.”

“A passionate advocate for American global leadership, Senator McCain rightly bemoaned those who favored a US pullback from world affairs,” Harris added.
Jewish leaders mourn McCain for his bipartisanship, fierce commitment to Israel
Sen. John McCain, who made human rights and Israel centerpieces of his advocacy for a robust US influence across the planet, has died.

The Arizona Republican, who on Friday declined further treatment for brain cancer, died Saturday. He was 81.

He was with his family at the family ranch in Sedona, Arizona, when he passed. “With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family,” a statement from his office said. “At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”

Never-Trump Republicans and not a few Democrats during the campaign and presidency of Donald Trump have held up McCain as an avatar of what the Republican party once was, and still could be: the national security flagship ready to overcome partisan differences to advance US interests. Indeed, the relationship that was perhaps most emblematic of his dedication to national security and to bipartisanship was his close friendship with Joseph Lieberman, the Orthodox Jewish senator from Connecticut.

McCain became in his final years the reluctant unTrump; he was the hero who spent 1967-1973 in a Vietnamese jail for American POWs, when Donald Trump was a swinging young businessman who won five deferments from service; McCain was the victim of torture who led advocacy against the practice, while Trump embraced it; McCain was the flag-bearer for robust American interventionism abroad, while Trump counsels conciliation and isolationism; McCain was candid about his flaws while Trump seldom apologizes; McCain took long meetings and delved into detail, while Trump eschews particulars for the big picture; McCain forgave his enemies while Trump nurtures his enmities.
Netanyahu salutes McCain as American patriot, true friend of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli politicians on Sunday hailed US Sen. John McCain for his principled leadership and stalwart support of the Jewish state, following his death on Saturday.

McCain, a war hero and towering figure in American politics known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided nation, passed away Saturday following a battle with brain cancer. He was 81.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of John McCain, a great American patriot and a great supporter of Israel,” Netanyahu tweeted in English Sunday morning. “I will always treasure the constant friendship he showed to the people of Israel and to me personally.”

“His support for Israel never wavered,” he said. “It sprang from his belief in democracy and freedom. The State of Israel salutes John McCain.”

President Reuven Rivlin bid farewell to the “great leader,” whom he hailed as a “defender of his people, a man of strong values, and a true supporter of Israel.”

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman praised McCain as “an American war hero” and one of Israel’s “greatest friends.” Liberman recalled that in a recent meeting with McCain, the senator showed him a photo of his time in captivity and told him that “even despite my terrible suffering I never wavered in my commitment to the values of freedom and justice.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meeting Senator John McCain during a visit to Israel in 2015. (GPO)

Former prime minister Ehud Barak said that McCain, a longtime personal friend, was among the few principled political leaders today.

“A man that was in touching distance of the White House, but never let it crush his spirit. Neither in Vietnam, nor at the peak of his political career in Washington.” Barak added that McCain was “a huge friend to Israel, especially regarding its security.”

Natan Sharansky: Sharansky pays tribute: John McCain understood why I refused to leave prison
A few months after the 2008 elections, I happened to be in Washington and sought out my old friend senator John McCain. I hoped to express my support in the face of his defeat in those elections, and my confidence that his legacy wouldn’t be defined by it. I was taken to a small chamber in the Senate to await McCain, who was embroiled in a legislative battle on the floor and didn’t want to leave the building.

The man who walked into the chamber to meet me was glad to receive my condolences and assurances, but he didn’t need them. His defeat was no longer on his mind. He was afire, instead, with his passion for his most recent battle, the crusade to outlaw torture. “I don’t need to explain to you why we must stop this,” he said, dismissing the criticism his position drew from his own political camp. “We understand.”

The “we” senator McCain spoke of, and the affinity he alluded to, was formed in our very first meeting, when I visited the US shortly after my release from the Soviet gulag in 1986. “I understand why you refused to be released on the USSR’s terms two years ago,” he told me then, referring to a deal I rejected, to the shock and consternation of many western supporters.

Many couldn’t understand why I refused to request an early release from prison for health reasons. After all, the Soviet authorities had secretly promised their American counterparts that they would grant such a request. McCain, who experienced the horrors of captivity and dictatorship first hand, understood what they couldn’t.
Michael Oren: In Appreciation: John McCain was my friend
The accolades are by now familiar. Patriot, war hero, maverick, devoted father and husband, a man of unswerving principles and a staunch defender of Israel. I can only add one more: John McCain was my friend.

That friendship began in 2008, when I was on sabbatical in the United States. I was invited to a dinner held in John’s honor outside of New York. He was then in the thick of his presidential campaign, running 20-hour days. And yet, when it came time to leave, he offered me a lift into the city, and rather than sleeping, spent the entire trip asking me about Israel. What had motivated me to move there, he wanted to know, and what was it like raising an Israeli family and serving in the IDF? And he kept asking me right up to the time he dropped me off at home.

I had other occasions to meet John after that – at an award ceremony for his hero, Nathan Sharansky – but not until my appointment as ambassador in 2009 did I have the honor of working with him. And on every issue impacting Israel – missile defense, the peace process, Iran – John was passionate.

These were the Obama years, a challenging time in US-Israel relations, and John was tireless in assuring that the Senate, in particular, and Congress, in general, always stood firmly with Israel. Together with senators Lindsey Graham and Joseph Lieberman – the “three amigos” – John preserved the bipartisan support so vital to Israel’s security. It would be difficult to overstate the debt that all Israelis owe to John and our profoundest gratitude.

But in addition to pressing diplomatic and defense matters, most memorable were the hours he spent with me, my family and friends, chatting in his office, listening to his harrowing war stories. The most extraordinary event, though, was a retirement banquet at the Israel Embassy for Joe Lieberman.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked: John McCain was 'a true friend of Israel'
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked eulogized the late US senator John McCain on social media writing that "he was a true patriot and a true friend of Israel."

McCain passed away on Saturday from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, at the age of 81.

Shaked lauded the veteran US Navy pilot for his refusal of an offer from the Vietcong to release him in 1968 when his father, John S. McCain Jr, was named commander of all U.S. forces in Vietnam.

"He refused to be liberated from his captivity before other soldiers were released," Shaked wrote.

McCain was captured in October 1967 when his A-4E Skyhawk was shot down by a missile over Hanoi. He was a prisoner of war until his release in 1973.

"He knew the challenges [facing] the state of Israel," Shaked wrote, "during his 36 years of service...the governments of Israel knew they had a friend. May his memory be a blessing."

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman also wrote on social media a personal story about the late US Senator.

"During one of our last meetings in Washington D.C.," wrote Liberman, "he showed me a photograph taken when he was in captivity and said: "Despite the terrible suffering, I never doubted my commitment to the values of freedom and justice."
$200 Million Cut in US Aid Might Bring Palestinians to Negotiating Table, Israeli Government Official Says
The Trump administration’s decision to cut more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinians has drawn praise from a top Israeli government official and criticism from a former US ambassador to the Jewish state.

A senior US State Department official said on Friday, without elaborating, that the funds — originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza — would address “high-priority projects elsewhere.”

“We have undertaken a review of US assistance to the Palestinian Authority and in the West Bank and Gaza to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with US national interests and provide value to the US taxpayer,” the official said in a statement.

This latest development came amid the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing boycott of the Trump administration, which has been trying to revive the long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Responding on Twitter to the news of the aid cut, Michael Oren — a deputy minister in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and Kulanu MK — said, “Each time they refused to negotiate in the past, the Palestinians were rewarded. So of course they refused to negotiate. But now the US will punish them. Perhaps being punished by a $200 million reduction in aid will do what rewards didn’t — bring the Palestinians to the table.”

Minister hails US for reportedly planning to reject ‘fictitious right of return’
An Israeli minister on Sunday praised US President Donald Trump’s administration for reportedly planning to announce shortly that it rejects the Palestinian demand of a “right of return” to Israel for refugees and their descendants, and said Jerusalem would support such a declaration.

“An American cancellation of the recognition of the fictitious ‘right’ of return and of the fictitious refugee-by-descent status would be a courageous and just step that uncovers layers of lies,” Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party and a member of the high-level security cabinet, said in a statement.

The “right of return” is one of the key core issues of dispute in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians claim that five million people — tens of thousands of original refugees from what is today’s Israel, and their millions of descendants — have a “right of return.”

Israel rejects the demand, saying that it represents a bid by the Palestinians to destroy Israel by weight of numbers. Israel’s population is almost nine million, some three-quarters of whom are Jewish. An influx of millions would mean Israel would no longer be a Jewish-majority state.

Should America Stop Funding UNRWA?
UNRWA provides aid to Palestinians. But it does some harmful things too: slandering Jews and putting Israeli lives in danger. It even worsens the refugee problem. Trump wants to cut funding. So why is the Israeli PM urging him to reconsider? The answers might surprise you.

PLO official raps reported US plan to cancel ‘right of return’ as nonsense
A Palestine Liberation Organization official blasted US President Donald Trump’s reported plan to abrogate “the Palestinian right of return” on Sunday, describing it as “worthless nonsense.”

On Saturday, Israel’s Hadashot News reported that the Trump administration “is expected to announce a new policy in the coming days that essentially abrogates the Palestinian right of return.”

The new policy is slated to include a series of measures, including the publication of a report which puts the total number of Palestinian refugees at approximately 500,000, the TV report said.

According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, a UN body that provides Palestinian refugees with education, health, social welfare and other services, there are 5.3 million Palestinian refugees.

In sharp contrast to the definition of a refugee set out by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UNRWA tally uniquely counts the millions of descendants of Palestinian refugees, including those who have citizenship in other countries, a policy that has drawn fierce criticism from Israel.

In peace talks, the Palestinian leadership has always publicly demanded a “right of return” to Israel for these millions. Israel has long rejected the return of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to their former and ancestral homes in Israel, arguing that such a move would spell the end of the country as a Jewish-majority state.
PA: We haven't received US aid for a year
Yousuf al-Mahmoud, the official spokesman of the PA, confirmed that the American administration has not met its financial "commitment" to the Palestinian Authority for more than a year, and therefore there is nothing new in the American announcement of a cut in millions of dollars in aid to the PA that was recently published on the matter.

Mahmoud added that the American announcement of the cessation of aid was part of the policy of “blackmail” and pressure exerted by President Donald Trump against PA leadership in an attempt to force it to accept the “Deal of the Century,” the American peace initiative to resolve the conflict.

Mahmoud stressed that the “Palestinian people” and their leadership would not submit to any pressure and would not bargain over their national principles, since these principles are sacred to every “Palestinian” and cannot be replaced with something “tainted.”

He said that the current US policy supports the "Israeli occupation" and undermines any possibility of peace.
BBC News report on US aid cut excludes relevant context
However, BBC audiences have not seen any meaningful coverage of the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to stop paying salaries to terrorists even in light of that policy’s negative effect on its finances and aid donations to Palestinians.

Significantly, visitors to the BBC News website also did not see any reporting on the transfer of an estimated $42 million of US aid to the Palestinian Authority when it emerged at the beginning of this month.

“The Trump administration recently released millions of dollars of frozen aid money to the Palestinian Authority, but only for Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation, The Times of Israel learned on Thursday.

While Washington says it will continue to review its assistance to the Palestinians, it chose to allocate specific funds for the current fiscal year to specific PA programs that ostensibly serve American interests, including terrorist prevention measures in the territories, an official said. […]

“This assistance underpins Palestinian Authority security cooperation with Israel, which remains in force despite recent tensions,” the official added. “This decision does not in any way prejudge the outcome of our review of other funding streams and programs. It is simply the first decision to emerge from the review, which is ongoing.””

While readers of this BBC report are told that the US is now redirecting “more than $200m (£155m) in economic aid” that had previously been allocated for use by the end of September and that the US “already withheld $65m from the UN relief agency for the Palestinians”, they were not provided with the broader context available on a US State Department interactive webpage: the fact that in 2018 the US has donated well over $92 million to projects in PA and Hamas controlled areas.
Head of the Har Hevron Regional Council calls on the IDF and police to issue orders against leftists who broke into town of Mitzpe Yair.
Yochai Dimri, head of the Har Hevron Regional Council, responded on Saturday night to the incident in which leftist activists from the Ta’ayush organization broke into the Jewish town of Mitzpe Yair during Shabbat.

The four activists claimed that they were in the area to take photographs and that they were attacked by local residents while doing so. They were lightly injured and transferred to a local hospital.

"After the activists of the anarchist Ta’ayush organization supported illegal Arab construction on state lands, they chose to disrupt the Shabbat quiet of the residents of Mitzpe Yair, entering private homes, photographing them and violating a closed military zone order in order to create a provocation. Any healthy person who experiences a break-in to his home would act to protect his home and his family and remove the invading criminals," said Dimri.

"The leftist activists, when they understood that they were about to be arrested, asked to be evacuated to the hospital, but from an examination we conducted in the hospital, they were simply putting on a show meant to produce headlines. We again call upon the IDF and the police to issue restraining orders against the group. Their presence causes violations of the law and harms our communities. Every community they come to later suffers from burglaries and thefts and massive illegal construction by Arabs. The time has come to put an end to this, once and for all,” he added.

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) commented on the provocation as well and added, "Violent provocateurs who leave their home every Shabbat and travel many kilometers to encourage and cooperate with Arab rioters and trespassers who harm the settlement enterprise by using violence and endangering the lives of the residents. It is reasonable to assume that they were injured in the course of their own violence and that they are making up stories about the local residents, who at worst had to protect themselves from the rioters and invaders."
After Abbas
Dr. Martin Sherman discusses what will be if and when PA chief Abbas is no longer in control.

'Israel will negotiate with Hamas only when there is complete calm'
Israel will only agree to engage in indirect negotiations with Hamas about easing the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip only when attacks on southern Israel, particularly the areas adjacent to Gaza, stop completely and calm is fully restored, a senior official traveling with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Lithuania said this weekend.

The official spoke following protests on the Gaza border on Friday and recent reports of an imminent cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas.

"There is no deal yet," the official said. "Everyone is working together in a coordinated fashion. Yes, we are working to secure a cease-fire."

The official said further that Israel would be willing, in principle, to increase the electricity supply to Gaza if Qatar were to fund it, and that it would also be willing to transfer Qatari-funded salaries to Palestinian Authority employees in the Gaza Strip. Another possibility the official mentioned was talks over a potential maritime supply route between Cyprus and Gaza.

However, the official explained, all these gestures would be entirely contingent on a complete cease-fire along the border, similar to the calm following the 2014 Operation Protective Edge.
Hamas: Israel did not offer us an airport near Eilat
Hamas denied on Saturday that Israel had offered it an airport near Eilat as part of a long-term truce agreement between the two sides.

The denial came in response to claims by Mahmoud al-Aloul, deputy head of the Palestinian ruling Fatah faction, who was quoted last Thursday as saying that Israel had offered Hamas an airport near Eilat.

Commenting on Aloul’s remarks, senior Hamas official Musa Abu Marzouk said: “How do we know the reality from fantasy, and the truth from lies? One of the officials (Aloul) said things – half of which are lies. We did not present any idea related to an airport, other than the one in the Gaza Strip.”

The Hamas official was referring to the airport which the Palestinians opened in the southern Gaza Strip in 1998, and which is named after former PLO leader Yasser Arafat. The airport ceased operation in October 2001, after Israel bombed its radar station and control tower, and cut the runway apart in response to terror attacks waged by the Palestinians during the Second Intifada.
The Jewish exodus which Corbyn ignores
Hardly a day goes by without another shocking revelation of Jeremy Corbyn’s association with antisemites. But while most of us recoil at Corbyn’s documented support for his “friends” Hamas and Hezbollah, his appearances on the Iranian-funded Press TV, and his tribute to the perpetrators of the Munich massacre, little has been said about the intellectual underpinnings of the ideological world-view that Corbyn has clung to for 40 years. It is time that they were debunked from a Sephardi or Mizrahi perspective.

I doubt whether Corbyn has heard of Mizrachi or Sephardi Jews. Did he know that 850,000 Jewish refugees fled Arab and Muslim antisemitism in a single generation?

Would it appall him that ancient communities once numbering many thousands of Jews — from Morocco in the West to Yemen in the East — were driven to extinction (barely 4,500 are left), their property stolen and their rich heritage erased? Maybe he will blame the Zionists — or say that the Jews left of their own free will.

The evidence of a forced Jewish exodus is incontrovertible, however. The Jews fled in larger numbers than the Palestinians from Israel. The majority of Jews were escaping harassment, intimidation, violence and persecution — ranging from arrests and imprisonment to execution on trumped-up charges. Theirs was the largest mass movement of non-Muslims until the post-2003 flight of Christians from Iraq.

Clearly, Corbyn’s revulsion for the state of Israel lies at the heart of his belief system. Many believe he has been reluctant to accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism so that he might continue to call the Jewish state “racist”and allow offensive comparisons between Zionists and Nazis. He insists on distinguishing between “good” anti-Zionist Jews and “bad” Jews — the great majority of whom identify with Israel.

Yet the bitter experiences of Middle Eastern and North African Jews teach us that the distinction between Jews and Zionists cannot be maintained for long.
UK Labour’s Jewish MPs, delegates to receive bodyguards for party conference
Jewish delegates to the upcoming British Labour Party conference will be given bodyguards over fears for their safety from supporters of party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The protection also will be offered to Jewish Labour Party lawmakers, the Daily Mail reported late Saturday.

The newspaper reported that the Jewish Labour Movement has held talks with the Community Security Trust, which oversees security for the Jewish community in Britain, about providing security for next month’s conference, which will be held in Liverpool.

The Daily Mail quoted an unnamed source as saying that “CST are reporting back with a full assessment of the security requirements. There is a real concern about safety.”

Jewish Labour lawmaker Luciana Berger, who serves as parliamentary chair for the Jewish Labour Movement, on Saturday slammed Corbyn for statements he made in 2013 that surfaced last week on video, in which he said that “Zionists” were unable to understand British ways of thinking despite growing up in the country.

Berger said she felt “unwelcome” in her own party after Corbyn’s “inexcusable comments.”

Op-Ed: If I Wasn’t an Anti-Semite Before, I Am Now (satire)
(Op-Ed by Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party.)

Look. Some of my best friends are Jews. Or were, before all of this. Some of my best friends are also members of Hamas and Hezbollah, I have a lot of friends, ok? Since when is having lots of friends a crime?

I have always stood up for the Jews and any victims of bigotry. In the Labour Party there is no place for it, not anti-Semitism, anti-terrorism, or any of the other anti-isms. By changing the definition of anti-Semitism, I have reduced the number of cases of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party that can be considered anti-Semitic by 98%. So it cannot be said that I am not making serious efforts to clamp down on the Jewish problem.

But after everything I’ve ever done for the Jews – all the times I’ve been forced to come out and say that they’re not all bad; and that anti-Semitism, when people find out about it, is bad; and that it’s a shame the Holocaust happened, but at least the Jews can learn some lessons from it – despite all of that, they’ve turned against me.

PMW: PA: PMW caused PA leader Rajoub’s suspension from FIFA
The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) has condemned the international football association FIFA for suspending its chairman Jibril Rajoub, "based on the claims of an Israeli organization... Palestinian Media Watch," reports WAFA, the official PA news agency. [WAFA, Aug. 24, 2018]

According to the PFA, PMW's complaint should not have been accepted because PMW is "not a neutral side," given that PMW is involved in an "unresolved dispute with the Palestinian Football Association." This apparently is a reference to PMW's two earlier complaints against the PFA and Jibril Rajoub, about which FIFA has not yet ruled.

In March 2017, PMW submitted a detailed complaint to FIFA against Rajoub and the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), providing evidence that Rajoub was in breach, among others, of Article 53 of FIFA's Disciplinary Code. In May 2017, PMW submitted a second complaint after the PFA held its annual competition named after "Abu Jihad," who the PA credits with murdering 125 Israelis.

Rajoub was suspended now following his recent calls for violence against the Argentinian football team. In May this year, Rajoub called to burn shirts and pictures of Argentinian star Lionel Messi after the Argentinian football team scheduled a friendly match with the Israeli national football team in Israel.
BBC Sport report amplifies bizarre Palestinian FA claims
The Palestinian Football Association’s reaction to the June cancellation was portrayed in forty-nine words and that of the Israel Football Association in forty-three words.

The report’s remaining 107 words – i.e. 35.7% of its content – were given over to uncritical amplification of some decidedly bizarre remarks from the Palestinian Football Association concerning its president’s suspension.

BBC audiences were not told what the phrase ‘”some settler extremist group” who “reside, illegally, in the Palestinian occupied territories”‘ is supposed to mean or what is its relevance to the story. Neither were they informed that what is opaquely described as ‘media statements made by Rajoub to a Lebanese media channel in 2013’ in fact refers to an interview with Al Mayadeen in which Rajoub said “We [the Palestinians] as yet don’t have a nuke, but I swear that if we had a nuke, we’d have used it this very morning”.

How the generous yet uncritical amplification of those statements from the Palestinian Football Association can be claimed to enhance audience understanding of the story is of course unclear.

New York’s ‘Last Nazi’ Is Finally Deported to Germany
Did Palij, during the 15 years he spent in Queens stripped of his citizenship without being deported, ever show any remorse for his crime? Not likely. In his view, he was just as much a victim as the Jews in whose deaths he assisted. “I know what they say, but I was never a collaborator,” he told The New York Times in 2003. Had he not worked in Trawniki, he insisted, the Germans “would [have] kill[ed] me and my family. I did it to save their lives, and I never even wore a Nazi uniform.”

Ten years later, Palij was saying much the same. “I am not SS, I have nothing to do with SS,” he told two reporters from The New York Post in November 2013, who came to cover one of the several demonstrations outside Palij’s house organized by the local Jewish community. He even played the sympathy card. “My wife, she passed away two months ago,” he said. “She told me not to blame these children coming here and calling me a Nazi. They are just doing what they are taught to do. But the grown men? They talk nonsense.”

Palij’s excuses, of course, have been heard hundreds of times from other Nazi collaborators in Europe, who say that their complicity in the murder of Jews was the price of staying alive under Nazi occupation. More recently, that has been accompanied by a tendency among governments in the region — with the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia among the worst offenders in this regard — to publicly honor certain Nazi collaborators on the grounds that they were also heroic anti-Soviet resistance fighters. Through this revision of history, the murder of six million Jews becomes just one of many examples of inhumanity during the Second World War, rather than the driving obsession and ultimate goal of the Nazi regime.

Hence the significance of what looked, on the surface, like the belated, perhaps even pointless, delivery of justice to an old man who will likely not live much longer. One of Palij’s neighbors in Queens, Jason Quijano, put it nicely in a press interview: “I’m not somebody that wishes anybody any harm, but if he has to face justice now, I think it’s something that has to happen. You can’t hide from anything in this world. It will come back to you.”

In Germany, where Palij will see out his remaining days, he will be treated humanely, and given all the attention that a person his age requires to maintain their comfort and dignity. That, most probably, will be the last lesson this monster receives in the merits of the civilization that he fought in the name of barbarism.

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