9/11 Ground Zero mosque must be built: Hamas

A Hamas leader says Muslims "have to build" a mosque near ground zero.

Updated: Aug 16, 2010, 18:04 PM IST

New York: A Hamas leader says Muslims "have to build" a mosque near ground zero.

Mahmoud al-Zahar said Muslims "have to build everywhere" so that followers can pray, just like Christians and Jews build their places of worship.

Al-Zahar spoke Sunday on "Aaron Klein Investigative Radio" on WABC-AM. He is a co-founder of Hamas and its chief on the Gaza Strip.

Sen. Chuck Schumer says Al-Zahar`s comments don`t carry any weight because Hamas is a terrorist organization. Schumer hasn`t taken a stand on the mosque.

Rep. Peter King, who opposes the mosque, says he won`t respond to Hamas.

The mosque is a project of the Cordoba Initiative, an advocacy group that promotes improved relations between Islam and the West. It didn`t respond to Al-Zahar`s comments.

Bureau Report