Hamas leader a-Zahar: Ground zero mosque must be built

August 16, 2010 16:06

NEW YORK — Senior Hamas official Mahmoud a-Zahar said Sunday that Muslims "have to build" a mosque near ground zero.

Zahar spoke Sunday on "Aaron Klein Investigative Radio" on WABC-AM. He is a co-founder of Hamas and its chief in Gaza.He said Muslims "have to build everywhere" so that followers can pray, just like Christians and Jews build their places of worship.

US Sen. Chuck Schumer said Zahar's comments do not carry any weight because Hamas is a terrorist organization. Schumer has not taken a stand on the mosque.

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