Jerusalem Post
November 24, 2010

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Officials from the planned Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York have requested financial grants from an agency which aids Lower Manhattan in its rehabilitation from the September 11 al-Qaida terror attacks, the New York Times reported on Monday.

Directors of the Park51, which serves as a community center and mosque, have asked for an estimated five million dollars, according to a source with information about the grant application.

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The request was filed with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation two weeks ago, according to Sharif el-Gamal, the developer of the center. The money, which would be extracted from two billion dollars worth of federal funds supervised by the corporation, will support domestic violence prevention programs, language classes, exhibitions of art and other social services held by Park51.

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