KGIA: Dhabah’s Deceit

The Islamist principal of the NY public school madrassa will not give it up. More Islamic lies and deceit. We ought to sue for slander.

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Dhabah Almontaser’s Campaign Of Deceit
By William Mayer and Beila Rabinowitz

December 18, 2007 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – On Sunday December
16, Dhabah Almontaser, the recently ousted principal of Brooklyn’s embattled
Arab language school Khalil Gibran International Academy, spoke as part of a
series called the "Masked Talkback Series," held at the Daryl Roth 2 theater.
The "talkback series" being organized around the controversial, pro-Intifada
off-Broadway play, "Masked." Written by Israeli Ami Dayan, the plot revolves
around the killing of a 7 year old Palestinian youth and the tension experienced
within a Palestinian family, involved in the Intifada, who suspect that one of
the family’s three brothers is an Israeli informant, see "Masked" website,

Almontaser’s presence at the event [listen to audio file here, Almontaser
] brings her full circle back to the subject which was the tipping
point, turning the tide against her effort to remain the head of KGIA.

Almontaser’s remarks at the event betray a level of deception that might be
shocking to those who fail to understand that misrepresentations and outright
lies are stock-in-trade among Islamists – pushed with much histrionics by groups
like CAIR – who have made the strategic calculation that in a world where
multiculturalism and moral equivalency are in ascendance, legitimate critics of
radical Islam can be muzzled, dismissed as bigoted Islamophobes.

Towards that end Almontaser’s remarks spun a conspiratorial tale in which she
was intentionally set up and "smeared" by a coalition led by certain New York
and alternative media sources and shepherded back-stage along the way by the
omnipresent bogeyman, the noted Middle East historian Dr. Daniel Pipes.

Even a partial transcript [13:50 – 24:12] is damning:

"The school was announced on February 12…a couple of days later
the bloggers began to blog, so the notorious Daniel Pipes started blogging about
the school as being a school that would be developing home grown terrorists,
suicide bomber…"

Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can access Pipes’ blogs on
KGIA; they are collected here.

On March 7 of this year he wrote:

"My take on the school: In principle it is a great idea – the United States
needs more Arabic-speakers."

Thus during the time frame to which Almontaser refers, not only absent from
Pipes’ entries are any references to "home grown terrorists" or "suicide
bombers," but rather, verbiage clearly supportive of KGIA conceptually. His
reservations regarding implementation of such a program, "…In practice,
however, Arabic instruction is heavy with Islamist and Arabist overtones and
demands." – are scholarly, reserved and stripped entirely of invective.

On this charge if Almontaser is not simply lying, she is delusional, neither
desirable traits for someone who is still employed by the New York DOE.

Almontaser continues:

"…the second phase of the smear was actually on me, where they
started calling me an Islamic jihadist…behind those closed doors I was going to
be developing terrorists…"

PipeLineNews.org has actively covered KGIA and Ms. Almontaser. We, not Dr.
Pipes [who has never been one of our writers and has no connection to our
organization] produced the short video mentioned in the court filing in
Almontaser’s lawsuit against the NY DOE for wrongful termination. We believe
that our statements in that work are characteristic of what the overwhelming
majority of critics of that school and her inept stewardship of it have said.

The piece is here. There is so much more GO!

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