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Jewish People in Favor of the Ground Zero Mosque in New York

Jewish People in Favor of the Ground Zero Mosque in New York

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Published by: Bosnian Muslims and Jews on Sep 01, 2010
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Jewish People in Favor of Mosque Near Ground Zero in New York City
A coalition that includes relatives of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks staged ademonstration Wednesday in support of a plan to build a mosque near the attack site in lower Manhattan. New York is home to some 800,000 Muslims, about 10 percent of the city’s population, andthere are about 100 mosques throughout the city’s five boroughs.The group, calling itself “New York Neighbors for American Values,” gathered Wednesdaynear “Ground Zero” and the site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque two blocks away.The group includes the Arab Muslim American Federation, the American Civil Liberties Union,the Dialogue Project, The New York City Chapter of the Humanist Party, The Shalom Center and Woodstock International.“As community groups and organizations representing hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers,we welcome the planned Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan as we would welcomeany center planned by neighbors of good will,” they said in a statement.The New York municipal council in May approved construction of the Islamic center mosquenear the site of the former World Trade Center, setting off a national debate as it would be soclose to where Al-Qaeda hijackers brought down the Twin Towers, killing nearly 3,000 people.President Barack Obama weighed in on the issue in August, with a defense of religiousfreedom. A recent CNN/Opinion Research poll revealed that 68 percent of Americans opposethe project and 29 percent are in favor.“We were not attacked by the Muslim world,said Donna O’Connor, spokeswoman for September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, whose pregnant daughter was killed in theWorld Trade Center attacks. “We 100 percent fully support the Islamic cultural center in NewYork City.”A prominent Jewish leader, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, also voiced his strongsupport in favor of the Mosque.Flanked by the centre’s developer and the wife of its imam, he said that he understood whymany thought that choosing an alternative site would end the controversy.“But it won’t. The question will then become, how big should the ‘no-mosque zone’ around theWorld Trade Centre be? There is already a mosque four blocks away. Should it, too, bemoved?”Moving the mosque, he said, “would send a signal around the world that Muslim-Americansmay be equal in the eyes of the law, but separate in the eyes of their countrymen”.
Official Press Release follows
 New York, NY — America is strongest when her people stand united by the freedoms our nation was founded on. New York Neighbors for American Values embraces our core Americanvalues of religious freedom, diversity and equality. As community groups and organizationsrepresenting hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, we welcome the planned Muslimcommunity center in Lower Manhattan as we would welcome any center planned byneighbors of good will. New York is one of the world’s great cities thanks to the richness, vibrancy and diversity of those who call New York home. The shared hopes and dreams of countless New Yorkers haveunited our city for centuries. We will not allow anyone to sow fear and division or condemn thewarm embrace we have always offered to all people from all lands. We call on our country’s politicians, pundits and leaders to live up to the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution, thevery values Americans have fought for and held dear for centuries. And we call on our neighbors in New York and across the nation to stand up and stand united: Our Constitution’sfounding freedoms extend to every person and every house of worship, regardless of creed or color. America’s founding values must be welcome on every street and in every town squareacross the nation.The Coalition of NY Neighbors for American Values [In Formation]:Organizational Members:Arab Muslim American Federation, American Civil Liberties Union, Asian American LegalDefense and Education Fund (AALDEF), Auburn Theological Seminary, Brennan Center for Justice, Brooklyn for Peace, Center for Constitutional Rights, Center for Understanding Islam,Citizen Action of New York, Common Cause/New York, Community Voices Heard,Convergence of Cultures/NY, Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY, Demos, DowntownIndependent Democrats, Good Jobs New York, Greater NYC for Change, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, Interfaith Center of New York, Islamic Mission of America inc.,Jews for Racial and Economic Justice [JFREJ], Judson Memorial Church, League of WomenVoters of the City of New York, Lower Manhattan Democrats (LMD), Manhattan YoungDemocrats, Middle East Crisis Response (MECR), Muslim Bar Association of New York,Muslim Consultative Network, Muslim Public Affairs Council –NYC, New York CivilLiberties Union (NYCLU), New York Theological Seminary, New York City New SanctuaryMovement, Pax Christi Metro New York, Planners Network, The Dialogue Project, The NewYork City Chapter of Humanist Party, The Shalom Center, Woodstock International,Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter RingIndividual Members (organizational affiliation for identification only)Talat Hamdani, Mother of Mohammad Salman Hamdani NYPD Cadet, EMT, WTC IIAdem Carroll, Muslim American Civil Liberties CoalitionDebbie Almontaser, Founding and Former Principal of the Khalil Gibran InternationalAcademyHester Eisenstein, Sociology, Queens College and the Graduate Center Jennifer Baumgardner, Co-Owner, Soapbox Inc.
Dr. Lucinda Allen Mosher, Interreligious Relations ConsultantSerene Jones, President, Union Theological SeminaryRev. Charles H. Straut, Jr., DMin, Consultant in Ministry, New York Annual Conference of theUnited Methodist ChurchDr. Diane Steinman, Co-Chair, New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration ReformLuis Barrios, Ph.D., BCFE, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice- Department of Latin American & Latina/o StudiesPeter Marcuse, Professor emeritus of Urban Planning, Columbia UniversityRev. Bruce Southworth, Senior Minister, The Community Church of NY Unitarian UniversalistFortyRev. Freeman Palmer, Metro Association Minister, United Church of Christ, New York ConferenceRev Dr Rita M Root, Interim Conference Minister, New York Conference, United Church of ChristRev. Dr. Robert L. Brashear, Pastor, West-Park Presbyterian ChurchTarak Kauff , Veterans For Peace, MECR, Editor Woodstock International newspaper Quotes in Support of the Coalition:“We cannot bring back the family members we lost on 9/11 but we can try to recoup what is best about America. We are firm in our commitment to civil liberties and religious freedom andwe encourage civility and human decency in our interactions with each other.”Donna Marsh O’Conner , national spokeswoman for September 11th for Peaceful Tomorrows“We long for an America that will learn to welcome new groups, new ideas, new energy.”Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, President, New Sanctuary Movement“America’s core values, principles and beliefs in equality and justice must guide our actions asa society in order for this great experiment in democracy to succeed. The United States’ motto,‘E pluribus unum’ – Out of many, one – is more than just a saying adopted by Congress in1782. The inclusiveness of our society – so evident on the streets of New York – has made usunique among the nations of the world and has been a vital source of our strength and progressas a country. Our voices are clear: We must fight for inclusion, against fear-mongering anddefend the rights of our Muslim neighbors who wish to exercise their Constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms.”Té Revesz, Member of the Board of Directors of Citizen Action of New York “The controversy over Park51 and centers nationwide reveal a new wave of anti-Muslimsentiment peddled by extreme right organizations and some politicians exploiting the tragedy of 9/11 to spread fear and hate. While some officials have rejected this kind of divisive tactic,others risk mainstreaming such bigoted and un-American attitudes. As such, we urge Governor Patterson to reject any insinuation of collective guilt by standing up for the rights of Muslim New Yorkers to build an Islamic center anywhere in our state. To oppose any house of worship

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