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NJ to Gadhafi: Libyan, go home

posted at 10:30 am on August 25, 2009 by

Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi wants to pitch his tent at a Libyan-owned estate in Englewood, NJ. But the residents want nothing to do with the man who gave a hero’s welcome to the Lockerbie bomber.

Plans to set up a tent and allow him to stay at a Libyan-owned estate in the upscale community of Englewood, New Jersey, located 12 miles north of Manhattan, were attacked Monday by neighborhood residents and public officials, particularly after the hero’s welcome Libya extended last week to the lone man convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan American Flight 103.

Why is Gadhafi coming to America? To address the UN next month. Last year Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, this year the Gadhafi—who’s next? Idi Amin is dead, but I’m sure that they could find someone equally as evil.

Even Shmuley Boteach doesn’t want him there.

Shmuley Boteach, an orthodox Jewish rabbi, family counselor and star of the mainstream television series “Shalom in the Home,” lives next door to the Libyan estate.

He was initially supportive of the idea of Gadhafi coming to the US, but that changed after the release of al-Megrahi.

“I don’t want him as a neighbor,” said Boteach. “The events of the past few days have changed everything. Gadhafi has shown his true colors.”

The fight has been joined by Senator Frank Lautenberg. But I’m going to make a prediction: The State Department is going to allow the dictator in NJ, even though when the estate was bought, then-mayor (and now Congressman) Steve Rothman fought having the dictator stay there.

Rothman was mayor of Englewood 26 years ago when the city learned the Libyan Mission to the United Nations had purchased the Palisade Avenue estate. He said local officials worked out a deal with the US State Department limiting its use to the recreational activities by the ambassador and his family. Gadhafi was expressly forbidden to live there, he said.

Adding insult to injury, the Libyans pay no property taxes to the town, either. So if the dictator does stay, Englewood will be paying for the extra police that will be needed to protect him.

Soon after the purchase, Libya sought to be exempt from local property taxes, prompting a long court battle with the city. A federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled in favor of Libya in 1985. Englewood officials estimate that the estate would have generated more than $1 million in property taxes by now.

I can’t believe I’ve found yet another reason to loathe the UN. I didn’t know that their ambassadors could purchase property in the U.S. and not pay taxes. It’s just us citizen schlubs who have to do things like that.

I’ve got a simple slogan for the people of Englewood: Libyan, go home.

Cross-posted here.

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Did they repeal the law that states UN delegations and diplomats can only stray 25 miles outside the NYC limits?

erp on August 25, 2009 at 11:19 AM

People called Libyani they go to the house.

Daggett on August 25, 2009 at 12:20 PM

I believe the “no property tax” law is reciprocated in other countries but I could be wrong. If it isn’t, then we should allow communities to collect taxes.

journeyintothewhirlwind on August 25, 2009 at 12:23 PM

If The State Department wants him there, let them protect him.

Farmer62 on August 25, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Kaddafi’s tent is a distraction from the real outrage here. The mastermind of PAF103 air piracy and mass murder should NOT be allowed anywhere near NYC airspace.

The Guide of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriyaholds no public office or title. If Foggy Bottom can restrict Libya’s NJ residence to “Ambassadorial use only“, surely they can restrict this nobody from US airspace. Let the Libyan Navy drop him off.

FLASHBACK 1989: JFK Intn’l is where Kaddafi’s mass-murdered Lockerbie dead were forklifted in cardboard boxes for their families to retrieve from airport livestock storage.

JFK is the LAST place Kaddafi should be permitted to set foot. The very idea is yet another agonizing injury to the victims’ families grief.

/Kaddafi delenda est

Terp Mole on August 27, 2009 at 7:21 PM