During a Tuesday night Ramadan dinner at Gracie Mansion, Mayor Bloomberg continued his support of the Park 51 mosque and community center project proposed for 45-47 Park Place, two blocks from the World Trade Center site. During his speech, he mentioned the words spoken by Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf at a memorial service for Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by Muslim extremists, "Imam Rauf said, quote, 'If to be a Jew means to say with all one's heart, mind, and soul: Shma` Yisrael, Adonai Elohenu Adonai Ehad; Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One, not only today I am a Jew, I have always been one.'" However, Pearl's father believes the mosque should be moved.

Judea Pearl spoke to the Jewish Telegraph Agency, "If I were [New York] Mayor Bloomberg I would reassert their right to build the mosque, but I would expend the same energy trying to convince them to put it somewhere else. Public reaction tells us that it is not the right time, and that it will create further animosity and division in this country." Some Muslims overseas also agree with this point of view—the NY Times reported today, "A senior cleric at Egypt’s Al Azhar, the closest equivalent in the Sunni Islamic world to the Vatican, said that building at the proposed location sounded like bad judgment on the part of American Muslims. 'It will create a permanent link between Islam and 9/11,' said Abdel Moety Bayoumi, a member of the Islamic Research Institute at Al Azhar. 'Why should we put ourselves and Islam in a position of blame?'"

Pearl also suggested that the Muslim-American leadership hadn't done enough to engage Americans: They "had nine years to build up trust by pro-actively resisting anti-American ideologies of victimhood, anger and entitlement... Reactions to the mosque project indicate that they were not too successful in this endeavor."