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Englewood, NJ - Rabbi Boteach Files Lawsuit Against Qaddafi Over illegal Construction

Published on: September 1, 2009 04:18 PM
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Englewood, NJ - The law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP announced that it filed a lawsuit yesterday in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County, on behalf of nationally syndicated journalist and author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and his wife Deborah Boteach, seeking an injunction to stop the Libyan government’s ongoing illegal construction at its Englewood, New Jersey property, which is interfering with the Boteach family’s use and enjoyment of their neighboring home.

The lawsuit also seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as a result of, among other things, the Libyans’ unauthorized removal of at least 10 trees and a fence from the Boteach property. The Boteach complaint names as defendants: the Libyan Government, Col. Moammar Qaddafi, the Libyan U.N. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi, as well as the construction contractor retained for the work on the Libyan property, Quattro Construction Management, and its owner, Sal Dunia.

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The Boteach lawsuit alleges, among other things, that the Libyan government is carrying out extensive unauthorized renovations and other construction at its Englewood property, including the planned building of a huge tent, in anticipation of a visit by Col. Qaddafi for the September opening of the United Nations General Assembly. The complaint alleges that this construction poses a safety and security risk to Rabbi Boteach’s family and neighbors and that the Libyan Government’s actions constitute public and private nuisance, trespass, negligence and conversion of Rabbi Boteach’s property.

While there have been reports that the Libyan Government has bowed to tremendous local opposition and agreed not to build the planned tent on the Libyan property in Englewood, the construction work at the property continues.


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 Sep 01, 2009 at 03:40 PM Anonymous Says:

investigate the contractor for terror ties, my guess is you'll find something

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 03:51 PM velvel Says:

kol hakavod rabbi u have to stand up for yourself especially when were talking about a terroorist supporter

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 03:47 PM ornan Says:

sounds to me that boteach simply wants to gain further publicity by keeping this issue "alive".

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 03:25 PM Eli W Says:

Not sure if I would have the courage to confront a terrorist.
Perhaps he may be endangering his own life.
Reminds me of Bruno's meeting with the Hezbollah terrorist.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 05:24 PM Stamar Says:

Finally, boteach does something i agree with....

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 06:10 PM LEMAAN HASHEM Says:

Reply to #2  
velvel Says:

kol hakavod rabbi u have to stand up for yourself especially when were talking about a terroorist supporter

I dont think so......This is called HISGARUS BEUMOIS!!!!!

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 06:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
ornan Says:

sounds to me that boteach simply wants to gain further publicity by keeping this issue "alive".

I was waiting for the first idiot to make that comment. You don't have to love Boteach, but you sure don't have his guts either.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 08:17 PM Anonymous Says:

one thing is for sure. the rabbi speaks his mind and sticks to his guns. which is important. no matter what the issue is.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 01:58 AM Anonymous Says:

Red passport. Diplomatic immunity. No lawsuit. Any questions?

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 12:08 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

one thing is for sure. the rabbi speaks his mind and sticks to his guns. which is important. no matter what the issue is.

I love the guy, he's nothing but the truth and is not ashamed of what he thinks is right.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:39 PM To all nay sayers Says:

To all the negative boteach bashers, what would you do if a terrorist came knocking down a part of your property?

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 09:59 AM Anonymous Says:

@ 9: Check your facts - Diplomatic immunity does not apply, thanks to families of Pan Am 103 who pushed for legislative change in the Sovereign immunity act. Hence US citizens may sue a foriegn country.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 12:56 PM Bruce Says:

As a Lubavitcher, he almost always makes me cringe but here I wish him well in this endeavor.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 01:15 PM Neil Says:

The US gov't. should declare war on Libya for invading US territory!!! A good old rabbanic curse on Quaddafi, yemach shmo va zecho is also in order!!!

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 03:11 PM Anonymous Says:

where is our president!!!!!

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