Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, a major investor in News Corp and the guy often cited by Fox News as a funder of the "Ground Zero" mosque, has spoken out against the project. In a recent interview, Prince Alwaleed clarified that while he has contributed to Cordoba Initiative, the group run by New York's Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, he has not given any money for Park51, the Islamic community center and mosque proposed for lower Manhattan. He tells Arabian Business why he's against the project:

I say that I am against putting the mosque in that particular place. And I’ll tell you why. For two reasons: first of all, those people behind the mosque have to respect, have to appreciate and have to defer to the people of New York, and not try to agitate the wound by saying "we need to put the mosque next to the 9/11 site." The wound is still there. Just because the wound is healing you can’t say "let’s just go back to where we were pre-9/11."

I am against putting the mosque there out of respect for those people who have been wounded over there. More importantly, the mosque is not in the best location, the mosque has to be in a dignified location. It can’t be next to a bar or a strip club, or in a neighbourhood that is not really refined and good. The impression I have is that this mosque is just being inserted and squeezed over there. So I am personally against putting the mosque over there.

At this point, the person most committed to the project is developer Sharif El-Gamal. Both Imam Rauf and one of the project's main investors have previously expressed willingness to consider another location. But El-Gamal said at the end of last month that he is "100% committed" to building the mosque at the current location, two blocks from the World Trade Center site.