Hamas ‘leader’: Ground Zero mosque “must be built”

Posted by: ST on August 16, 2010 at 9:50 am

This NY Post report is sure to give the Obama administration one more headache over its muddled response to the Ground Zero mosque controversy:

A leader of the Hamas terror group yesterday jumped into the emotional debate on the plan to construct a mosque near Ground Zero — insisting Muslims “have to build” it there.

“We have to build everywhere,” said Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas and the organization’s chief on the Gaza Strip.

“In every area we have, [as] Muslim[s], we have to pray, and this mosque is the only site of prayer,” he said on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on WABC.

“We have to build the mosque, as you are allowed to build the church and Israelis are building their holy places.”

Hamas, he added, “is representing the vast majority of the Arabic and Islamic world — especially the Islamic side.”


Zahar said Muslims around the world, including those who live in this country, are united in a common cause.

“First of all, we have to address that we are different as people, as a nation, totally different,” he said.

“We already are living under the tradition of Islam.

“Islam is controlling every source of our life as regard to marriage, divorce, our commercial relationships,” Zahar said.

“Even the Islamic people or the Muslims in your country, they are living now in the tradition of Islam. They are fasting; they are praying.”

And in Afghanistan and Iraq, killing.

It should be noted the Ground Zero mosque imam himself has refused to condemn Hamas:

Hamas first came up in the mosque debate earlier this summer when Abdul Rauf refused to describe the group as a terrorist organization — despite the State Department listing that identifies it as such.

Tom Brown, a chief opponent of the mosque, said: “This is what we’ve been saying . . . Imam Rauf is a radical Muslim who will not call Hamas a terror group.”

A retired firefighter who was a first responder on 9/11, Brown lost 100 of his FDNY friends at the Twin Towers.

“How much evidence do we need that this guy is a radical Muslim?” he asked.

“If Rauf really were a bridge builder and an interfaith guy and all the things he professes to be, he wouldn’t be doing this to people.”

Abdul Rauf raised eyebrows last week when he departed on a State Department-sponsored goodwill mission to the Middle East, despite concerns that the trip may be helping him with the mosque’s $100 million fund-raising goal.

The Obama administration insisted the trip, reportedly with stops in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar, was strictly to improve understanding about Muslim communities in the United States.

But a London-based Arabic-language newspaper that interviewed Abdul Rauf reported that he said he would also collect money from Muslim and Arab nations around the world — raising the possibility that the American government is helping him build contacts in oil-rich states.

That sure is nice to know.

So, let’s recap: 3000 innocents were killed by radical Islamic terrorists on American soil on 9/11. A vast majority of the murders took place at the WTC, now known as Ground Zero. 9 years after the attacks, a developer group – standing shoulder to shoulder to shoulder with a radical imam who has blamed America not only for the attacks but who also blamed America for ‘creating’ OBL … and who is also in favor of stealth campaigns to implement sharia law in the US – gets approval to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero. Not only is this radical imam the face of the movement to build this mosque, but he’s also a PAID point man for the Obama administration on “building bridges” overseas between Islamists and America. 70% of the American people oppose building this mosque so close to Ground Zero, yet this imam will be funded by our State Dept. to not only allegedly “spread good will” in Islamic countries overseas, but to raise money – presumably to help with the Ground Zero mosque development.

Among other things.

And instead of looking like a leader on the issue, our President comes off as an arrogant, insensitive fop, insinuating that all opposition to the building of the Ground Zero mosque is based on “bigotry” and “religious intolerance,” thereby painting himself and the mosque supporters in the best possible light, while hanging the rest of us out to dry. He then tries to “clarify” his remarks the next day by saying that his speech should not be construed as being a statement on the “wisdom” of putting a mosque so close to Ground Zero.

This story sure keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?

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14 Responses to “Hamas ‘leader’: Ground Zero mosque “must be built””


  1. Disgusted by Rauf says:

    This has become a power struggle. If the muslims cared at all about “building bridges” they would build their mosque elsewhere. They won’t because they now see it as a test of their muscle. “Can we cram a mosque right next to Ground Zero or not?” “How easy are Americans to manipulate using their own cultural values?” “How many in power will bow to us (answer is in when it comes to Obama)?”

  2. Carlos says:

    Yeah, and a temple must be built in the middle of the place where the original ark of the covenant was said to be. Unfortunately, one of their “holy places” is there, but hey, they don’t seem to care about “holy” places, just building bridges, and what better way than to reach out to the Jews?

    I’ll believe their new-found desire for “tolerance” when they start giving up instead of demanding all the time.

  3. KP says:

    Still looking for that Catholic church in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan…

    hmmmm….wonder where it is hidden?

  4. Trencherbone says:

    Does any politician seriously think that allowing the Muslims to build this Victory Mosque will pacify them or prevent further attacks? In fact it will only encourage them, in the same way that allowing Hitler to occupy the Rhineland led to his occupation of Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland and then the whole of Europe.

    They should read the links under ‘appeasement’ at EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ISLAM

  5. Jo says:

    It is nothing but a show of victory over the nation but explain that to the peace-loving, ‘civil rights’ upholding Libtards. They can’t see for the briars of Dem-ology that have taken hold in their brains. And, hey, as exemplified by Our Dear Waffling leader, they are in charge now so it will most likely go forward and stand not only as a monument to Islam but also to the Lib’s inherent stupidity and blindness.

  6. Kate T says:

    does anyone know the story about the church (St. Nicholas) that is not being allowed to rebuild at Ground Zero?

  7. Now I read on the web that the White House wants no more discussion of the mosque.

    And why is that?

    Because BHO looks like an ass and a traitor for what he said at the Ramadan dinner at the White House.

  8. Kate says:

    Why doesn’t the Islamic world send all those funds to build a mosque in a well-off USA to those poor pathetic people in Pakistan who are being wiped out by floods?

    …and yeah, not a speck of Christian church structures allowed in Saudi Arabia….how about a church across the street from the Rock of their covenant…yeah, that’s a nice tolerant and cross cultural thing to do.

  9. JakeG says:

    After much deliberation and studious thought, you can always expect Obama to do exactly what the majority of Americans don’t want. Its almost as though he waits for the general concensus to be registered then makes opposing statements. His wealth of ignorance ceases to amaze me. Maybe if he gets the endorsement of Hezbollah and Hamas, he will have a political hat-trick.

  10. Reid Maggart says:

    In other words, Americans citizens who are Muslim are not “first class” citizens, only “second class” Where have we heard this before in our history about efforts to make some citizens “second class,” not because of whom they worshiped, but based on the color of the skin or their national origin ?

  11. Name says:

    In 628 C.E. Prophet Muhammad (s) granted a Charter of Privileges to the monks of St. Catherine Monastery in Mt. Sinai. It consisted of several clauses covering all aspects of human rights including such topics as the protection of Christians, freedom of worship and movement, freedom to appoint their own judges and to own and maintain their property, exemption from military service, and the right to protection in war.

    An English translation of that document is presented below.

    – This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.
    – Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
    – No compulsion is to be on them.
    – Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.
    – No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses.
    – Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.
    – No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight.
    – The Muslims are to fight for them.
    – If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.
    – Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.
    – No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).