New York community panel approves plan for mosque at Ground Zero

After hours of contentious public comment, a New York City community board has voted to support a plan to build a mosque and Muslim cultural center near ground zero.

26 May 2010

New York community panel approves plan for mosque at Ground Zero

An opponent of a proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero shouts his opposition during a community board meeting Photo: GETTY IMAGES

“It’s a seed of peace,” board member Rob Townley said. “We believe that this is a significant step in the Muslim community to counteract the hate and fanaticism in the minority of the community.”

The vote was 29-to-1 in favor of the plan, with 10 abstentions. The move by the Manhattan Community Board 1, while not necessary for the building’s owners to move forward with the project, is seen as key to obtaining residents’ support.

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