Mystery Continues Over Where Gadhafi Will Sleep
Is he commuting to U.N from Westchester?
Where will Muammar Gadhafi lay his weary head during the U.N. General Assembly this week? Lodging troubles for the Libyan dictator began in August, when townspeople protested a plan to pitch his Bedouin-style tent in Englewood, New Jersey; New York City’s Central Park and two Manhattan hotels also reportedly turned him down. According to a real estate broker interviewed by ABC News, Gadhafi’s agents even pretended to be members of Holland’s delegation in an attempt to rent a townhouse. (“I’m not a linguist, but it became pretty clear I wasn’t dealing with the Dutch,” the broker said.) Now, some media outlets, including the Israeli news site Ynet and Fox News, say he’s staying at the home of the Libyan ambassador to the United Nations (where protesters gathered yesterday), while others report rumors that he’s pitching his tent in the Westchester County town of Bedford, up the street from Martha Stewart—possibly, according to the Huffington Post, on Donald Trump’s estate. (A Trump spokesman denied this). Vincent L. Leibell, the state senator who represents the area, confirmed to ABC that Gadhafi’s delegation had rented property there, and added cowboyishly, “Don’t want to see him in my county or my district. There’s not going to be any welcome mat for him in Bedford.” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, found a hotel near U.N. headquarters, but has reportedly been turned down from two New York banquet halls where he hoped to hold functions.
Gaddafi Pitches Tent in Bedford, But No Sign of Gaddafi—Yet [ABC News]
Gaddafi Can’t Find Place to Sleep in New York [Ynet]
Gaddafi on Donald Trump Estate? [HuffPost]
Earlier: Daybreak: Gadhafi Unwelcome in N.J. Suburb
Ahmadinejad varies his script, a Madoff ‘collaborator,’ and more in the news
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.