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September 26, 2010

Postville Chabad Landlord Files Discrimination Suits Against City

Postville sign Gabay G. Menahem alleges in federal and state-court lawsuits that city officials subjected his business to discrimination, retaliation and interference. City officials also allegedly made "negative comments designed to direct business away" from Menahem and his company, GAL Investments Ltd.

Postville landlord files discrimination lawsuits
By GRANT SCHULTE • Des Moines Register

Postville sign A Postville landlord has filed discrimination lawsuits against the city, the city clerk and two council members, alleging that their actions devastated his business.

Gabay G. Menahem alleges in federal and state-court lawsuits that city officials subjected his business to discrimination, retaliation and interference. City officials also allegedly made "negative comments designed to direct business away" from Menahem and his company, GAL Investments Ltd., the federal lawsuit states.

GAL Investments Ltd. was the second-largest real estate company in Postville and a major supplier of apartments for immigrant workers at the now-disbanded Agriprocessors Inc.

Menahem is a Jew who was born in Israel but moved to Postville, among a large population of Chabad-Lubavitch Jews.

He claims the discrimination dates to 2006, when Postville City Clerk Darcy Radloff allegedly started to enforce water disconnection procedures on his properties differently than for other owners.

Rather than shut off water for tenants who hadn't paid their bills, the lawsuit says, the city allowed bills to mount for Menahem. Menahem says he was blamed for properties that had fallen into disrepair under another owner.

The lawsuit alleges that City Council members made disparaging remarks about the city's Hispanic and Jewish populations.

The lawsuit names the city, Postville City Clerk Darcy Radloff, and council members Virginia Medberry and Jeff Reinhardt as defendants.

It also seeks compensatory damages, equitable relief and punitive damages against Radloff, Medberry and Reinhardt.

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Sounds like Gabay is grasping at straws. His properties were in disrepair and he made no attempt to repair them after many people complained. Since his tenants were for the most part undocumented, he figured their complaints would go nowhere. When the RCF went bust Gabay's business went to hell, he feel behind on his loans and didn't pay electric or water bills. The banks went after the RCF real estate properties and took control of them. Gabay survived and now claims discrimination (read anti-Semitism)?
Fat chance.

Did GAL Investments Ltd. actually go into bankruptcy? What is the connection to Seibert Construction? I see that some properties in Postville are being fixed up.

What is the connection to Seibert Construction?

I think Seibert took over management of some of the GAL properties when the bank took them.

This could never happen in Hooterville.

gabay needs to fly back to israel on his nasty, dirty, bug infested mattresses he sold!

Does Gabay still live in Postville and if so, is he working or getting a handout? Haven't seen him around like i used to, but someone saw him in a nearby town? I think is he blowing smoke with the lawsuit.

Are you kidding me?

I should think a thank you is in order to the city of Postville for the $ $ $ thst was forgiven, $ $ $ owed by Gabay. Darcy should be commended for her seemingly tireless endeavor, pursuant to 'cleaning up the financial messes' left behind by the properties 'owned' by Gabay.

Thank you-Darcy & the Postville City Council for your time & effort in managing the aftermath of this 'property nightmare'.

City officials also allegedly made "negative comments designed to direct business away" from Menahem and his company, GAL Investments Ltd., the federal lawsuit states.


Were those negative comments in Spanish?

Good point nachos. Gracias! :)

Gabay, Start taking personal responsibilty foryourself and your own impotence. Everything is always the Gov'tmts fault, never yours.
When are you going to begin the anti-semetism rote used by all the "pious" crooks and their sect of feeble minded thieves.
Business was good as long as the head crook SMR was around to hold you near his breast, and feed you. Now that you have no cover, it has sbecome the Gov'tmts fault. HOGWASH

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