Jewish World Review May 2, 2002 /20 Iyar, 5762
Arafat placed under house arrest with
former Sotheby's exec
Unusual Arrangement Must Be Approved by Building's Co-op Board
In a U.S.-brokered compromise that some critics have called "flawed", Yasser Arafat
will be moved from his compound in Ramallah today and placed under house
arrest in the Manhattan apartment of disgraced former Sotheby's executive Diana
For the next six months, Arafat must remain confined with Ms. Brooks in her Park
Avenue apartment, leaving only to accompany Ms. Brooks when she performs
community service for her part in the Sotheby's/Christie's price-fixing scandal.
In addition, Mr. Arafat will be forbidden from traveling to Ms. Brooks' vacation houses
in Connecticut or Jupiter Island, Fla.
While some critics said that a sentence of house arrest on Park Avenue was letting
Mr. Arafat off too lightly, others disagreed, saying that six months cooped up with a
cranky Ms. Brooks was more punishment than the Palestinian Authority Chairman
The deal has yet to be approved by Ms. Brooks' building's co-op board, which has
given thumbs down to many would-be residents in the past.
Charles Holcomb, a member of the co-op board, said that Mr. Arafat would face
tough grilling from its members but indicated that the Palestinian Authority
Chairman would not be rejected out of hand.
"Look, none of us are thrilled about Yasser Arafat living here," Mr. Holcomb said.
"But at least it's not Alec Baldwin."
JWR Contributor Andy Borowitz, a former president of the Harvard Lampoon, is a regular humor columnist for Newsweek.com, The New Yorker, The New York Times and TV Guide. Recognized by Esquire magazine as one of the most powerful producers in television, he was the creator and producer of the hit TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and producer of the Oscar-nominated film Pleasantville. He is the author, most recently, of "Trillionaire Next Door: The Greedy Investor's Guide to Day Trading" and "Rationalizations to Live By". Comments by clicking here. Visit his website by clicking here.
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