Rabbi wants to buy Libyan estate in NJ

The News Leader

January 23, 2010 11:35:08 AM PST
A rabbi who lives next door to the New Jersey mansion where Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi sought to stay during his first U.S. visit wants to buy the site and turn it into a Jewish learning center. Libya has owned the 4-acre Englewood property since 1983, and Gadhafi wanted to stay there while visiting the United Nations last September.

But that plan was scrapped when it drew widespread outrage and legal challenges in New Jersey, which lost dozens of residents in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that was widely believed to have been the work of Libyan intelligence.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach told The Record of Bergen County that he wants to raise up to $6 million to buy the property. But there's no indication that Libya wants to sell.

A call to the Libyan mission was not immediately returned Saturday