Former SDS, Communist Party, and Weather Underground Extremists Defame Critics of Khalil Gibran Academy;
They Join Prior Supporters, Such as Cop-Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and Rabbi Michael Paley, in Support of Dhabah Almontaser & KGIA

I assure it is up to us to stop the islamification of our public schools. Here and now. Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition is calling for volunteers and supporters to help us in this fight.  Please be in touch with us at (212) 726-1124 for more information.

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York, New York
4, 2008 —  Once again, radical Islamist groups and their
enablers are attempting to silence American citizens through boycotts,
name-calling, threats of lawsuits, defamatory accusations and other forms of

This time,
as the Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA) finds
itself under new fire from angry parents in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn
who feel KGIA is being imposed on their elementary school,  hard Leftist KGIA
supporters are attempting to bolster the failing "multi-cultural" experiment by
defaming their critics.  In a letter this week
to Mayor Bloomberg, KGIA supporters label those who have questioned the
creation, purpose, affiliates, management, and other issues regarding the Arabic
school "a small group of fear-mongering bigots."

Among those who signed the letter to Mayor
Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein were a number of well- known former
leaders of extremist Leftist organizations.  For example, as reported by the open source
Wikipedia, William Ayers, who is now at
the University of Illinois
at Chicago, reportedly was “a Weather Underground member…. he became radicalized at
Michigan. During his years there, he became involved in the New
Left and the SDS.
Ayers went underground with several
comrades after their co-conspirators’ bomb accidentally exploded on
March 6, 1970, destroying a
townhouse and killing three members of the
Weather Underground…. They avoided the police and FBI
while bombing high-profile government buildings—including the United
States Capitol
(two bombs on March 1, 1970), The
(May 19, 1972), and the Harry S
Building which houses the United States Department of State (on
January 29, 1975)—along with several banks, police department headquarters and
precincts, state and federal courthouses, and state prison administrative
offices. Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn raised two children, Zayd and Malik,
underground before turning themselves in in 1981, when most charges were dropped
because of prosecutorial misconduct during the long search for the
fugitives…. Ayers published his memoirs in 2001 with the book Fugitive Days.
His interview with the New York
to promote his book was published on
11, 200
…. In this interview, he… was quoted as saying,
"I don’t regret setting bombs; I feel we didn’t do enough."…. In the fall of
2006, Ayers was asked not to attend a progressive educators’ conference on the
basis that the organizers did not want to risk an association of their movement
with his violent past. "
Another of those defaming critics of KGIA is
Michael Klonsky, of the Small Schools Workshop who, again according to the open source Wikipedia, "…helped organize the first
chapter of Students for a Democratic Society in the area. He became active in
national SDS early in 1967…. During his community organizing, Klonsky began
developing a proto-Marxist ideology which emphasized community and worker
organizing…. In late 1969, Klonsky founded the October League, a communist
party which in 1977 became the Communist Party, Marxist-Leninist. He was elected
the party’s chairman…. Klonsky made several trips to China
beginning in July 1977, where he was warmly received by government and Communist
Party of China officials and treated to state dinners… "
Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition (STM) has filed
Freedom of Information Law requests to
obtain complete information concerning textbooks,
lesson plans and design documents to be used at KGIA.
Because the DOE did not comply STM was forced to file
an Article 78 petition in Manhattan
. Not
surprisingly the documents turned over pursuant to the FOIL requests
substantiated STM concerns.  To date the school does not have proper textbooks,
curricla, or lesson plans for teaching middle and high school Arabic language
and culture. What was discovered from FOIL requests is that KGIA was poorly
designed and poorly thought-out. 
In recent months STM has stepped up its calls for immediate closure of
KGIA, and expanded its fight nationwide to halt the imposition of radical
Islamist agendas in curricula, Arab language programs, history classes,
textbooks, teacher training, and charter schools
. STM does not
oppose the teaching of Arabic language or Arabic culture in a balanced public
school curriculum offering several languages and covering all

We will not be silenced and
we stand in solidarity with others who have been defamed or targeted for
exposing the dangers of Islamo-fasxism and jihadism.

# # #

Stop the Madrassa Community
Coalition is a grassroots organization working to
help parents and
teachers investigate, expose and eliminate Islamist and other ideological
influence on textbooks, curricula and courses. . For more information please
visit www.stopthemadrassa.wordpress.org..


Text of Open Letter from
Educators in Support of the
Khalil Gibran International Academy and Principal Debbie
Almontaser to:

  Joel Klein
Mayor of New York City Chancellor of New York City Department of Education
Dear Mayor Michael
and Chancellor Joel Klein,
In 2007 the New York
Public Schools approved the establishment of the first-ever NY
public school focusing on Arabic language and culture. This new small
dual-language school, Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA),
addressed a need and dream of many in New York’s Arab communities. Leading the
campaign for this specialty academy was Debbie Almontaser, a respected
educator and community leader, who was selected to become the school’s founding
Before the school ever opened its doors, Almontaser was forced to resign.
When Debbie Almontaser was forced out as principal of the Khalil Gibran
International Academy, a blow was struck against the rights and academic freedom
of educators everywhere.  Principal Almontaser was the guiding light and the
pioneer behind the founding of the new school, which was envisioned as part of a
vibrant small-schools movement fostering personalization, autonomy, and the
empowerment of teachers.
A campaign of lies, racial fear, and anti-Arab prejudice, emanating from a
conservative media group including the New York
and supported by Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein, forced
Almontaser from her post. Prior to and during the first semester of the school’s
existence, Almontaser was replaced by two principals, neither of whom possesses
her exceptional academic qualifications, her leadership capabilities, her
relationship with the school community, nor her knowledge of Arabic language and
KGIA was attacked by a small group of
fear-mongering bigots.
It was labeled a "terrorist school" and a
"madrassa." But this campaign of slander has been met by a broad coalition
supporting the school and its intended principal, including leading
organizations spanning the many diverse communities in New
. This coalition is pursuing every channel to restore Almontaser to
her rightful position and to clear her name and her reputation.
Debbie Almontaser did nothing wrong. She committed no crime. She violated
no rules nor any terms of her contract. She was forced to resign after doing
nothing more than answering a reporter’s question about the root meaning of the
word “intifada.”
For those of us working in the field of education, the treatment of Debbie
Almontaser represents a threat not only to our rights as educators and citizens
in a democratic society; it is also an attack on the small-schools movement and
on the push for diversity and equity within our system of public education. Will
bigotry be allowed to decide which public schools can exist and who can lead
We the undersigned insist that Debbie Almontaser be returned to her post as
founding principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy.
Bernadette Anand, Bank Street Graduate School of
Gary Anderson, Steinhardt School of Education,
Rick Ayers, UC Berkeley Graduate School of
William Ayers, University of Illinois at
Carmen Colon, Association of NYC’s Educated
Kathleen Cushman, Education Writer
Lisa Delpit, Center for Urban Education and
Innovation, F.I.U.
Michelle Fine, The Graduate Center – City
University of New York
Ofelia Garcia, Teachers College, Columbia
Maxine Greene, Teachers College, Columbia
Kris D. Gutierrez, Graduate School of Education and
Information Studies, UCLA
Paula Hajar, Bronx
Charter School for Better Learning
Annette Henry, Education Program, University of
Washington, Tacoma
Jay P. Heubert, Teachers College, Columbia
Mike Klonsky, Small Schools Workshop
Susan Klonsky, Small Schools Workshop
Kevin Kumashiro, University of Illinois at
Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of
Carol Lee, Northwestern
Sally Lee, Teachers Unite
Linda Levine, Bank Street Graduate School of
Tara Mack, Education for Liberation Network
Edwin Mayorga, New
Collective of Radical Educators
Deborah W. Meier, Steinhardt School of Education,
Jon Moscow,
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Arwa Nasser, United Nations International
Donna Nevel, Center for Immigrant Families
Pedro A. Noguera, Metropolitan Center for Urban
Education, N.Y.U.
Gary Orfield, Civil
Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, UCLA
Granville Leo Stevens, Independent Parents
*affiliations listed for identification purposes

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