Congressional Candidate Calls for Libya to Sell Englewood Mansion in Wake of Attacks

Rabbi says officials should revoke tax-free status on sprawling estate.

Republican congressional candidate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach called on the Libyan government to sell its Englewood mansion next door to his home and donate the proceeds to rebuilding the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which was stormed by militants in an attack that killed the American ambassador and members of his staff.

“That would be an incredible gesture to show the American people that the Libyan people care,” the 9th District candidate said at a rally Thursday.  

Boteach condemned violent outbursts sparked by an online video mocking Muslims and depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a child-molester. J. Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, was killed amid angry protests over the video.

While the motivations and timing of the apparently well-planned attack in Benghazi remained murky, Boteach said he was fed up with official statements on the video.

“I am tired of hearing American officials waste their time condemning this film,” he said.

“There’s a lot of sewage that comes out of the lens of a camera, but to use that as an excuse for murder is repugnant in the extreme and what we ought to be condemning right now is the cold-blooded murder of an American ambassador,” Boteach said.

Libya should sell the East Hill property, which Boteach estimated would go for at least $10 million, and donate the funds to the state department and the families of those killed in Benghazi, he said. Still, the rabbi did not fault Libyan officials in the deaths, but raised questions about the response of security forces.

“What happened in Benghazi is one of the most disgusting modern international incidents that I have ever witnessed,” he said.

Boteach said the estate’s tax-exempt status should be revoked and chastised the residents for not flying flags at half-mast in honor of the slain Americans. Officials at the Libyan Mission in New York City could not be reached for comment late Thursday.

The rabbi waged a public battle in 2009 to block then-Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi from staying at the sprawling estate during the U.N. General Assembly. It is not clear who has been occupying the mansion since Gaddafi’s death and the collapse of his regime.

“This property should not be here,” Boteach said. “Englewood is not the United Nations.”

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shimon baum September 14, 2012 at 01:46 PM
If only Boteach would sell his house as well.
Baba O'Riley September 14, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Did we let our guard down again? What a surprise (not) if we did. Have we not learned that most of the people in the Middle East and Northern Africa do not like us!? If the government of Libya was complicit in this action then diplomatic steps should be taken; if not then this is a non-issue. Nothing like a politician grandstanding during a crisis (right out of Rahm Emanuel's playbook)!
Art Elmers September 14, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Pure and simple, this was a failure of our intelligence agencies. Or maybe there was no action taken when warning signs went up. Sound familiar? Over the next few weeks or months every bit of intel will be gone over with a fine tooth comb. It was obvious to me, and hopefully others, on day one that this was not the result of a protest but a planned attack. What will hopefully come out is who knew what and when they knew it. I don't feel that Libya was behind this as they are trying to put their country back together and this does not benefit them at all. Some individuals inside the Lybian security forces might have provided (leaked) information as to the location of the safe house attacked as Marines were rescuing US personel. Years ago I read a book about Sept 11th that said that it doesn't matter whether we have people in the Middle East or whether we withdraw. That in the eyes of a few radical islamists the United States is the new Satan and must be destroyed. I thank all those who perished for their service and the fact that they are keeping this fight away from our shores.
Marsha Greenberg September 14, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Anyone who thinks it's no big deal to have a Libyan mission in their neighborhood obviously doesn't live there and doesn't have to see the Libyan flag flying there. I passed it the other day AFTER the Ambassador and 3 others were murdered.It's sickening. I agree with Shmuely, they should be KICKED OUT. What's the matter with you people??
Luca D. September 14, 2012 at 05:44 PM
There is a serious problem with the current administration's foreign policy when it's knee jerk reaction is to apologize to the world for our right to free speech in producing a film instead of addressing the fact that lives were lost, men were tortured, American flags burned and we as a nation were again ridiculed. The fact that the rabbi brought attention to the atrocities should be commended, preferably without the "running for congress" sign. The burning of a US Consulate and a US embassy made Page 3 of the New York Times. Reason being, the media does not feel that the public cares.
wdeptuch September 14, 2012 at 08:43 PM
He wants it sold be cause IT IS RIGHT NEXT TO HIS HOUSE!!! Literally next to his house, they had construction a couple of years back and he was upset over it.
wdeptuch September 14, 2012 at 08:44 PM
He's only annoyed because he lives right next door and a couple years ago they were having construction done that was bothering him.
wdeptuch September 14, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Your sick of seeing a flag? close your eyes. Because technically anyone can fly a flag.
William Mays September 14, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Condemning the asshole that made the film and apologizing are two different things. This guy wouldn't care about the mansion if it wasn't next to to his house.
William Mays September 14, 2012 at 09:18 PM
The embassy was attacked by the radicals and condemned by the same government that owns the mansion. If I lived in Englewood, I wouldn't care, I drive past it a lot on the way back from the gym, doesn't bother me at all and I'm Jewish. Rabbi Attention Whore needs to realize that he has no chance, even with the 500k donation he got from his pimp, Sheldon Adelson.
William Mays September 14, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Not all Muslims are lunatics, I'm sure that most Muslims are just as disgusted by this as you are.
John Santaella September 14, 2012 at 09:34 PM
The Libyan's were in Englewood before Shmuley Boteach moved to Englewood. Why did he purchase this house if he objects to the Libyans so much?
Tracy September 15, 2012 at 12:57 AM
And the detail that seems to be overlooked---the man who wrote and created the video is not even American.....but we are being blamed.
V. Scheurich September 15, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Here are your top ten terror tied C.A.I.R. leaders listed with an article attached defining their involvement and support of terror: 1. Ghassan Elashi 2. Muthanna al-Hanooti 3. Abdurahman Alamoudi 4. Siraj Wahhaj 5. Randall "Ismail" Royer 6. Bassam Khafagi 7. Laura Jaghlit 8. Nihad Awad 9. Omar Ahmad 10. Nabil Sodoun http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/rogues-gallery-of-terror-tied-cair-leaders/ http://weaselzippers.us/2011/11/17/fbi-report-shows-only-13-of-religious-hate-crimes-targeted-muslims-65-were-anti-jewish/ http://weaselzippers.us/2012/07/24/cair-demands-pentagon-drop-anti-islam-speaker/
Rocco Caputo September 15, 2012 at 02:53 PM
We all condemn the violence, Boteach goes to far, seem to have a presonal problem.
John Pellegrino September 15, 2012 at 05:16 PM
The Libyan government is legally responsible to protect the American Embassy and Consulates. It is a complete outrage to have an embassy violated and a diplomat murdered. What is wrong with asking (asking not saying they have to) the extremely rich Libyan government to use its assets to compensate the murder victim's family? A New Jersey congressional district that had a view of the Twin Towers will vote with those who condemn extreme Islamic murderers, not those who apologize for them.
William Mays September 15, 2012 at 05:34 PM
No one has apologized to them. Condemning the person who made the video and then also blamed the video on the Jews and apologizing are two different things. Whats wrong is that he has a huge conflict of interest in this matter. This district will elect Bill Pascrell and not bow down to Sheldon Adelson.
Al Norton September 16, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Yea Bill Pascrell who last night gives a speech to the VFW on his efforts to help brain trauma soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.Certainly a good cause but he's part of an administration that are weak poll peeking apologists to the core. We ought to rename the Democratic Party,the Neville Chamberlain party. And after seeing peoples heads cut off on the internet,diplomats assassinated and dragged through the streets, we have a problem selling property in Englewood? Shameful really.Vote the complete Obama adminstration out.
William Mays September 16, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Get this in your head, saying that the video was wrong and apologizing are two different things.
Al Norton September 16, 2012 at 04:38 PM
We can look forward to FBI investigation in Benghazi and rounding up usual suspects which will in all probability will not get extradited and whitewash will continue.Better yet if extradited,numbnuts AG Eric Holder will put em on trial in Foley Square, NYC. Apoligists to the core!!! Send em all packing!!!
William Mays September 16, 2012 at 04:49 PM
You must be still surprised why you didn't get elected.
Al Norton September 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Billy, come on you voted for me, admit it!!!!!I
Jack B Goode September 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I agree, the buck stops with the faker in the White House, does anyone feel safe with him as Commander-in Chief?
Jack B Goode September 18, 2012 at 01:04 AM
What exactly is this Administration's position on this crime? does anyone know? There has been so mus onflicting misinformation because of the pacifist nature of the apologist--in-chief. I understand if someone doesn't like Romney, but how could anyone with a brain and a memory vote for this dangerous charlatan in the White House?
William Mays September 18, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I was considering voting for you, but then you started saying stupid stuff.
Al Norton September 19, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Jack the appeasor in chief has no plans except to send out sniveling mouthpiece Jay Carney to maintain blame on the film and proclaim "ongoing investigation".Egyptian government now has "arrest warrants" on filmaker. Salmon Rushdie " death fatwa" sure to follow. Benghazi will be swept under the rugs. Feckless fools in the White House.
Al Norton September 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM
The Appeasor in Chief (BHO) and his sniveling mouthpiece (Jay Carney) are now calling the 9/11 attack in Benghazi a "terrorist attack".What a disgrace to the victims of the original 9/11.Has anyone seen Hillary lately,complicit in the original coverup,seems to be quiet lately. Maybe we should enlist the Keystone Cops as a step up in our foreign policy!!!
Al Norton October 08, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Kudos to CBS tonight in their evening news to continue the investigation into Benghazi. The Appeasor in Chief (BHO) is not being allowed to whitewash this tragedy. Truth be told the Obama Whitehouse,DOD and State Department had ample warning of this attack.By placing blame elsewhere brings the term politician to a new low!!
Al Norton October 21, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I am no idealogue hawk but as everyone suspected and now confimed, Bengazi was a terrorist attack and known immediately.Political expediency dictated the cover-up with Clinton now being thrown under the bus. Tough to always measure candidates but Obama wouldn't have his contract renewed as CEO of corporation on merit and his cover up of 4 American deaths is a disgusting measure of him and his administration.Vote out Obama,Biden,Clinton and enabler Pascrell !!
Abraham February 11, 2013 at 04:32 PM
William Mays: He didn't say ALL Muslims are lunatics. He said that there are "lunatic Muslims out there" who are "waiting for us to let our guard down." In any case, why don't we let the other Muslims speak for themselves, if they are so disgusted? Let's hear their voices.


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