Stormoskeen som skal bygges nær Ground Zero og innvies 11. september 2011, skal bygges av en stiftelse som har 20.000 dollar på konto. Bygget skal koste 100 millioner dollar. Hvor kommer pengene fra, byens befolkning har krav på å få vite, skriver kandidat ved guvernørvalget, den tidligere republikanske kongressmannen Rick Lazio.
In June, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the proposed Ground Zero mosque, was asked on live radio if he believed Hamas is a terrorist organization.
This isn’t a difficult question: Hamas employs suicide bombers and fires incendiary rockets at civilian targets within Israel. It calls for the destruction of the Jewish state followed by the establishment of a potentially fundamentalist and repressive regime.
Governments all over the world, including the United States and the European Union, rightfully consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization that willfully and indiscriminately targets innocent civilians. Yet Imam Rauf, after being asked this simple, straightforward question, refused to state whether or not he believed Hamas to be a terrorist organization. He said: «I will not allow anybody to put me in a position where I am seen by any party in the world as an adversary or as an enemy.»
The radio show comments were not the first time Imam Rauf has said troubling things or been associated with troubling activities. On CBS’ «60 Minutes,» less than a month after the attacks, he said American policies were an «accessory» to the crime of 9/11. «In fact,» he added, «in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.»
Imam Rauf is also listed on the website of the Perdana Global Peace Organization as a «role player and contributor.» This group was a financial backer of the Gaza flotilla, which attempted in May to break the Israeli’s blockade of Gaza.