The news was buried under two thick paragraphs and five large photos in an article in New York YIMBY on a different project: “Construction has yet to begin even at 51 Park Place, which is expected to become a 71-foot, 16,000-square-foot Islamic cultural center.” The infamous Ground Zero Mosque project, a long-buried effort to build a triumphal mosque at the site of the worst jihadist terror attack in American history, is back.
Construction has yet to begin, but it will: the shady developer behind the Ground Zero mosque scheme, Sharif El-Gamal, has worked for years to build this sinister structure.
We have already defeated the Ground Zero Mosque project once. The 16-story mosque that El-Gamal originally planned to build there was not built. Our efforts to show how insulting it was to the American people and the victims of 9/11, and how many Muslims around the world would inevitably see it as a triumphal mosque built on the site of a jihadist attack, have defeated it. Tens of thousands of people came to our Lower Manhattan rallies against this celebration of the 9/11 attacks, and El-Gamal was beaten in the court of public opinion.
It has been a long battle. president Obama announced his support for the mosque at an Iftar dinner, no less. The then mayor of New York and the current presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg supported even the mosque, hysterically claiming that “if we don’t build it, the terrorists will win!” The media have actively campaigned for this – elites in their increasingly fragile ivory towers have incessantly perplexed about the Cordoba mosque (euphemistically called an Islamic center with a prayer space) for years.
Yet despite all this opposition and more, people stood up and fought the Ground Zero Mosque and won. An army of David.
But that wasn’t the end of the story. Crains New York reported on El-Gamal’s new project in 2015 in a story that showed how the developer hoped to give birth to his triumphal mosque: “Mr. El-Gamal’s Soho Properties proposed a 667-foot condominium tower at 45 Park Place in Lower Manhattan. The glass skyscraper, which has yet to open, will include at least 15 full-story units ranging from 3,200 to 3,700 square feet and average prices in excess of $ 3,000 per square foot, according to plans released to Bloomberg by the developer.
It looked quite normal. But then the article added: “Adjacent to the tower, Soho Properties will build a public plaza connected to a three-story Islamic museum and prayer space.” An Islamic prayer space is a mosque. The article also said, “An Islamic museum ‘is just as insulting,’ ‘Pamela Geller, a blogger and one of the centre’s most vocal opponents, wrote in an email. ‘It will be like having a museum advertising the glories of the Japanese Empire in Pearl Harbor.’ “
I think an Islamic museum at Ground Zero dedicated to half a billion victims of jihadist wars, land grabs, sharia law, cultural annihilation, slavery and sharia enforcement is an excellent idea, but is that what Sharif El-Gamal had in mind? Obviously not. And how did El-Gamal plan to finance it? The response was predictable. The New York Post reported in May 2016 that “the developer of the failed Ground Zero Mosque nailed ‘Sharia compliant funding’ for a new luxury condominium tower and Islamic cultural museum on the same site, he and his banking partners said.”
Then, in May 2017, the New York Times published a story entitled “The tower of the condominium will rise where the center of the Muslim community has been proposed”. The Times said that “45 Park Place, a 43-story condominium that will soon rise three blocks from the World Trade Center,” was “something of a consolation prize for the developer,” as it “replaces the 2010 plan of the developer to build a 15-story Islamic mosque and cultural center on this site, an idea that has exploded into a national controversy and a cable news network bonanza. “
In the past two years, there has been virtually no news about this “Islamic museum”. But the history of New York YIMBY shows that the project is advancing in the dark. A 71-foot-tall structure is three stories high, as in the revised plans announced in 2015.
El-Gamal has many friends and allies among New York’s political and media elites. It is likely that de Blasio city officials and the New York Times and other city newspapers met with El-Gamal and agreed to keep reporting on this project to an absolute minimum so that it could be built without incurring the right anger of the audience again. The first time around, they wooed advertising and tried to make El-Gamal a hero. We demolished it and destroyed their plans. So now they have clearly decided to go ahead secretly.
It is disgusting that El-Gamal continues to taunt Americans and strike at America’s most striking recent memory. El-Gamal was there when there were tens of thousands of people in the streets opposing his Ground Zero mosque. He knows how angry and angry people are in front of these Islamic structures on the scene of the jihad. The Muslim terrorists of September 11 have praised Allah no less than 90 times in their last letters. Will those letters be displayed in this Islamic cultural center / museum?
There is an important lesson to be learned here – and it would be wise to adopt it. They never stop. No matter how absolutely they lose, how many setbacks they suffer, they continue to pursue their supremacist goals.
The Ground Zero Mosque project was and is a middle finger for the American people. There has never been a mosque of reconciliation and healing built on the site of a jihadist attack. Never. It is, on the other hand, an Islamic model to build triumphal mosques on the beloved sites of the conquered lands. History is dotted with triumphal mosques built on the sites of jihad attacks or stolen from other religions: the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque on the site of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, and countless mosques built on the sites of Hindu temples that they were demolished by the Muslims all attest to.
And now it looks like Sharif El-Gamal will be able to build his triumphal mosque at Ground Zero, after all.