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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Intifadeh in NYC?

Hey boys and girls - guess what's coming to your town? Be the first on your block to own an Intifada NYC shirt, and matching Jihad vest.

Intifada and Jihad - coming soon in a city near you.

Whose great idea for interfaith relations was this?

Ami Isseroff





New York Post
August 6, 2007
FUROR: The pro-violence shirt (above) is being
defended by Principal Debbie Almontaser.
August 6, 2007 -- Activists with ties to the principal of the city's controversial new Arabic-themed school are hawking T- shirts that glorify Palestinian terror, The Post has learned.

The inflammatory tees boldly declare "Intifada NYC" - apparently a call for a Gaza-style uprising in the Big Apple.

The organization selling the shirts, Arab Women Active in Art and Media, shares office space on Brooklyn's Third Avenue with the Saba Association of American Yemenis.

Dhabah "Debbie" Almontaser, principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy - which is scheduled to open in Brooklyn next month - is a board member and spokeswoman for Saba.

Members of AWAAM refused to comment.

But Almontaser downplayed the significance of the T-shirts.

"The word [intifada] basically means 'shaking off.' That is the root word if you look it up in Arabic," she said.

"I understand it is developing a negative connotation due to the uprising in the Palestinian-Israeli areas. I don't believe the intention is to have any of that kind of [violence] in New York City.

"I think it's pretty much an opportunity for girls to express that they are part of New York City society . . . and shaking off oppression."

AWAAM's co-founders, Rama Kased and Mona Eldahry, are also active in the more militant pro-Palestinian group, al-Awda, whose main U.S. office is in California.

That organization, according to the Anti-Defamation League, is an active supporter of the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas.

"The T-shirt is a reflection of a movement that increasingly lauds violence against Israelis instead of rejecting it. That is disturbing," said Oren Segal, a spokesman for the ADL.

Almontaser, a community activist and Muslim, has said the new grade 6-12 public school will be modeled on other dual-language city schools and have no religious component.

But the shirt sales are giving new ammunition to critics who fear Almontaser's school will teach a biased view of Middle Eastern history.

"Intifada is a war. Isn't that what Arafat had?" said Pamela Hall, a Manhattan mom opposed to the academy on the grounds that it violates separation of church and state.

A Department of Education spokeswoman defended Almontaser, saying her link to the T-shirt was tenuous.




NYC Officials Accused of Withholding Information on Arab School
By Fred Lucas Staff Writer
August 06, 2007

( - New York City officials have not been open or candid, critics say, about a controversial public school set to open in Brooklyn next month that will teach Arab language and culture -- the Khalil Gibran International Academy.

A local group, Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition, fears the school will become a Muslim-oriented school that promotes a religious and political agenda to its incoming sixth-grade class.

Administrators have claimed otherwise, but the coalition has received few details about the school's curriculum, faculty, textbooks and students, so its questions are still unanswered.

The suspicions are fueled by
comments made by the school's incoming principal, Debbie Almontaser, as well as by some of her allegedly radical Islamist associations.

She has said, for instance, that U.S. foreign policy is "racist" and that the U.S. "triggered" terrorism by not being a fair mediator in the Middle East.

Further, the advisory board for the school includes three imams (Islamic leaders), as well as Christian and Jewish clergy.

"What's to hide? We know what we see," said Pamela Hall, a New York resident and a spokeswoman for the Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition. (A madrassa is a Muslim school). "We see a religious advisory board and a principal with a track record in radical Islam," Hall said.

The group filed a Freedom of Information Act
request with city and state agencies last month for more information on the school.

The school is not religious and will be shut down if it becomes religious, said Joe Klein, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, in several news accounts.

"It would be against the Constitution for a public school to teach a religion," Melody Meyer, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Education told Cybercast News Service. "Religion will not be affecting the curriculum."

Even though New York City has Greek, Chinese, and Russian public schools to teach distinct cultures, those cultures aren't as intertwined with a single faith as are Arabs and Islam, said John Matthies, assistant director of Islamist Watch, which has monitored the situation.

He also expressed concerns about the advisory board for the school.

"I don't know why all these religions are on the board. It's evenly divided among Christians, Jews, and Muslims, seemingly to allay concerns," Matthies told Cybercast News Service.

Yet the make-up of the advisory board "absolutely" did not have anything to do with religion, said Meyer.

"The board was chosen because they are people who could speak to the hearts and minds of the community," she said. "They were chosen based on their ability to communicate."

Meyer added that the curriculum and textbooks would be the same as those of other New York City schools.

Meanwhile, the Arab-American Family Support Center, which initially
organized the school, said on its website that the school would include Arabic as a second language and college prep courses in common subjects such as science, math and social studies.

Hall, who described the Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition as a "broad spectrum" of about 50 parents, teachers and other New York City residents, said citizens want to know how the school will be monitored by the city.

They want to ensure it isn't influenced by politics or religion, and the lack of transparency from New York City officials hasn't boosted their confidence.

Hall wants more information on how history will be taught. She further noted that some English-language textbooks have been published that teach the radical Islamist perspective of history.

Meyer said there would be no point of view in history classes: "We have rigorous accountability on public schools that measures student performance and a grade for each school. We have feedback from students and parents should any concern come up. Schools do not operate in isolation."

It was in March, this year, when New York City Department of Education officials announced the establishment of the academy, named for Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese Christian poet.

The school faced near-immediate controversy when parents and teachers at the original site of the school - inside an existing Brooklyn public school - objected to its location. Officials then chose to move the school's proposed location in June to occupy space in another school in Brooklyn and agreeing to invest in construction at the school.

The school will host grades 6-12, but it will include only a sixth grade class the first year and then expand each year as students are promoted. The academy will enroll 60 students at a cost of more than $12,000 per pupil and about five faculty members - all certified teachers, Meyer said.

Some of the contention about the Academy surrounds Almontaser's past
political comments such as, "Fundamentalist Muslims were blamed for the terror attacks ... I have realized that our foreign policy is racist; in the 'war against terror' people of color are the target."

She has also said, "terrorist attacks have been triggered by the way the USA breaks its promises with countries across the world, especially in the Middle East, and the fact that it has not been a fair mediator with its foreign policy."

Almontaser was also given an award by the controversial Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and others in Congress have accused of having ties to terrorism.

"In this situation, they are giving a green light to an inexperienced principal who has ties to an Islamic organization," said Hall.

Others contend that Almontaser has reached out to all communities.

"Through joint coalition work in Brooklyn against hate crimes, she has demonstrated her support for the civil liberties of all people," Joel J. Levy of the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish anti-discrimination group, said in a
letter last May to The New York Sun.

"She is deeply committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that embraces the unparalleled diversity of New York City," Levy said.

Opponents concede the school will open after Labor Day as planned. But the protests will continue, and the school will be closely watched, said Hall.

"When the school meets, we're not just going to say, 'oh, we lost' and walk away," Hall said. "This is the tip of the iceberg. When the school opens, it will be a harder fight."





Principal designate of Khalil Gibran school aims to indocrinate not educate -Dhabah Almontaser's Islamism in video expose'

July 31, 2007

This item is available on the Militant Islam Monitor website, at

Principal Of Khalil Gibran International Academy, Dhabah Almontaser Slammed In Expose

By William Mayer and Beila Rabinowitz

July 30, 2007 - San Francisco, CA - - A five minute video [Access Video Here] just released casts grave doubt as to the suitability of Dhabah Almontaser to serve as the principal at the embattled Khalil Gibran International Academy, a proposed Arab-centric public school scheduled to open in September.

The charges directed against Almontaser go to the heart of the debate over the school, which has parents, national security researchers, Middle East experts and advocates of church-state separation uniting in their opposition to the school's opening in Brooklyn.

Almontaser has served in the New York's Department of Education since 911 doing what is essentially dawa work, wearing a hijab so she can act as a "role model for young women throughout the city"- seemingly a clear case of the type of religious proselytizing which is expressly denied in the First Amendment's "establishment clause" - while denying in classroom settings that the September 11 attackers were either Muslim or Arab.

"I don't recognize the people who committed the attacks as either Arabs or Muslims." - Dhabah Almontaser [source]

Almontaser's public school work mandate to spread what is clearly Islamist revisionism has been granted by New York's multicultural educrats because of the undocumented canard - loudly spread by faux Muslim civil rights groups - that there has been huge increase in anti-Muslim hostility since the September attacks.

The proposal to create a public school pushing an Arabist agenda and carrying out much of its instruction in Arabic highlights the absurdity of rewarding a noisy minority group well versed in using the system against itself, in this case to cravenly recycle the 911 attacks, using them once again against the society which has already been forced to endure them.

This is a calculated logic of rejecting assimilation while imposing elements of Sharia incrementally. It is dialectic in which every instance of Islamic terror can then be used to assert charges of Islamophobia.

In a July 30 article published in USA Today dealing with the encroachment of Sharia - Islamic law - into the public school system, Dr. Daniel Pipes, the director of the Middle East Forum stated:

"The goal of Islamists is the application of Islamic law."

Agreeing with Pipes in this piece was Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center who said:

"What (school officials) are to give Muslim students religious benefits that they do not give any other religion right now." [source]

The degree to which the Islamists are willing to bend reality in furtherance of their goals is demonstrated by Almontaser who has not only denied that the 911 attackers - 15 of whom were Saudis - were either Muslim or Arab, but has asserted that the United States was itself responsible for the September 11 attacks.

In an interview with Amnesty International she stated, "I believe that the terrorist attacks can have been triggered by the way the USA breaks its promises with countries across the world, especially in the Middle East"

Though increased facility with the Arabic language is posited as a laudable reason for supporting KGIA's language program, in that same interview Ms. Almontaser states her opposition to the use of Arabic speaking undercover agents in stopping domestic terrorism plots, saying "a little while ago the FBI infiltrated our community, people speaking Arabic were spying on us, that has lead to new detentions."

Given this predisposition it seems a reasonable proposition to assume that the true goal of people like Ms. Almontaser is to teach Arabic only for its likely use in promoting greater reverence for the Quran.

Underlining Almontaser's non-support of employing Arab speakers in a national security capacity - an area in which there is a real need - she decried the prosecution and conviction of domestic terrorist Shahawar Matin Siraj in a plot to bomb the 34th Street Subway station in New York, allying herself with the prevailing sentiment within Brooklyn's Bay Ridge Muslim community that Siraj was entrapped, a victim of undercover agents speaking Arabic – a process which she characterized as "reeking of FBI tactics."

The new video points to Almontaser wide range of troubling associations, her activity in Islamist organizations and working relationships with people who have ties to terrorism, such as Linda Sarsour, her partner in the Dialogue Project.

Sarsour's association with Almontaser provides an alarming insight into the forces that will drive KGIA if the school becomes a reality in September and poses a serious challenge to those who blindly maintain that KGIA is just another New York City public school, because Linda Sarsour is tied to the terrorist organization Hamas as well as other radical causes. Deepening the concern, the community from which Sarsour operates shares her views as well as her support for Islamism.

In a 2004 piece by Sarmad S. Ali, "Kerry Drew Disenchanted Arabs in Bay Ridge" published in the Columbia Journalism Review, Linda Sarsour matter-of-factly documents her family's ties to Hamas as depicted in the Arab language terrorist newspaper that she is reading while being interviewed:

"As the presidential election grew near, Linda Sarsour sat in her small office at the Arab-American Association in , Brooklyn, looking at the photos of two thickly bearded young Arabs on the front page of an Arabic-language newspaper.

The paper carried fervent slogans calling on young people to become martyrs in the conflict with Israel.

Sarsour, a 24-year-old Palestinian-American, sighed. One of the men, she said, was a cousin who has been in Israeli jails for 25 years. The other man, she said, was a family friend serving a 99-year prison sentence in Israel. Her brother-in-law, she said, is also serving a 12-year sentence, accused of being an activist in the Hamas, the religious militant group, though, she said, he was secular in his beliefs."[source]

She continued, as if the deportation proceedings against her Palestinian husband whose brother was a jailed Hamas member had no wider implications.

"Despite those concerns, she said, she was more worried these days about her own future in America, She said she had been questioned by U.S. authorities, and her Palestinian husband, after seven years in America, faced deportation proceedings…"

The Arab American Family Support Center [AAFSC] is the main partnering organization of the KGIA and is run by Islamist Lena Alhusseini a self proclaimed "Palestinian" who has lived in Saudi Arabia. Among her professional associates are Johari Abdul Malik the outreach coordinator of Dar Al Hijrah mosqe in Virginia called "the most dangerous mosque in America" by investigative journalist Paul Sperry.

Another affiliate of KGIA and AAFSC is Sayid Sayeed the former president of the Wahhabist funded Islamic Society of North America [ISNA].

ISNA was recently named as an unidicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas funding terror prosecution. Three AAFSC board members Assad Jebbara, Samar Khalaf and Christine Moore Vassalos are active members of the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee. The ADC is funded by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal whose contribution to the 9/11 victims fund was rejected by then New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani after Talal blamed the September 11 attacks on the United States' policy in the Middle East, especially its support of Israel.

Almontaser has been recognized and rewarded for her activism by what is perhaps the lead Islamist group in the United States. At a 2005 fundraiser, Ms. Dhabah Almontaser was honored and given an award by the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR].

CAIR is a Saudi-funded Hamas front group which was, along with ISNA, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror fundraising prosecution which is currently underway in Texas. Her co-awardee at this event was Ghazi Khankan, the former director of CAIR New York who once during a political rally shouted to the crowd, "I bring you salaams and greetings from the Mujahideen of CAIR."

Everything about Dhabah Almontaser suggests that as head of the Khalil Gibran International Academy she will use that institution to promote an extremist ideology.

Under her leadership students will be taught a revisionist version of history which minimizes or denies the contributions of Western thought and the foundational position within it of Judeo/Christian ethics and replaces it with the view that Arabs and Islam have been the primary movers of cultural and scientific innovation.

With Almontaser at the helm, students at KGIA will be inculcated into a culture of victimhood and suspicion that will serve to further alienate them from the larger surrounding society, possibly making them susceptible to the calls to terrorist violence that already exist in this community, as demonstrated by the numerous and successful federal terror prosecutions which have taken place there involving local residents and mosques.

We therefore call upon New York education chancellor Joel Klein to, as a first step in dealing with the rising public concern over KGIA, immediately remove Ms. Almontaser as its principal.

Her extremist views and troubling associations make her unfit for such a position of leadership.

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