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Sara Springer of theyesterday’s article pushing the nightmare of a public school madrassa agenda.
In general we are being accused of the school’s failure given Almontaser
resigned due to her statements about the NYC Intifada t-shirts. By the time
Almontaser resigned mid-August the curriculum had been chosen, the teachers
hired, and she had completed her personal recruitment of students for the
school. She worked with a Design Team for a year prior to KGIA’s opening.
Ostensibly the school should have been ready to go. Whether or not she was
there should not matter. A public school should be able to function well with
Evidently the school’s students are experiencing
behavioral problems. Almontaser recruited them personally and elementary
schools forward the student’s records so she had to know her student body. If
provisions were not made then the responsibility rests with
Following are quotes from the NY Times article with my
"NY TIMES: But Ms. Almontaser’s
downfall was not merely the result of a spontaneous outcry by concerned parents
and neighborhood activists. It was also the work of a growing and organized
movement to stop Muslim citizens who are seeking an expanded role in
American public life."
SPRINGER RESPONDS: Outrageous assertion. We
have been extraordinarily careful in documenting every statement linking
Almontaser to radical Islamist groups such as CAIR, American Muslim Lawyers
Association (AMLA), Muslim Consultive Network, Muslim American Society, Adalah,
and Al Awda. This statement is prejudicial to the extent that it infers we are
opposed to Muslims participating in American life. We have absolutely no issue
with this. Our concern is with the "soft jihad" that is infiltrating our
schools with the intent of bringing Shari’s law into our society by
indoctrinating our children. Ibrihim Hooper spokesman for CAIR told the
Minneapolis Star Tribune in a 1993 interview "I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the
government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future. But I’m
not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going to do it through
NY TIMES: "Muslim leaders, academics and
others see the drive against the school as the latest in a series of
discriminatory attacks intended to distort the truth and play on American’s fear
of terrorism. They say the campaign is also part of a wider effort to silence
critics of Washington’s policy on Israel and the Middle East."
SPRINGER: Our concern is based on the people and organizations that
Almontaser has hand-picked to work with the school and students. Truth has not
been distorted. Again, we have carefully documented our statements and have
pursued our right to legally seek transparency from the Department of
NY TIMES: "(The advisory council never met and has
since been dismantled, and the school does not offer halal food, Education
Department officials said)."
SPRINGER: According to KGIA’s
Executive summary the plan and intent was to offer Halal food in the school
cafeteria. The school does not offer halal food because the DOE refused the
request. KGIA was supposed to officially disband the advisory board through a
public statement but this was never done.
NY TIMES: Although Ms. Almontaser said she never spoke to the reporter about
the t-shirt, she defended the girls in the organization because she believed
that the reporter was set on "vilifying innocent teenagers."
SPRINGER: Mona Eldhary, a co-founder of AWAAM, the organization that
designed, produced, and distributed the NYC Intifada t-shirts is an active
member of Al Awda (she is listed as such on their website). Al
Awda (the Return in Arabic) is …..a political advocacy organization that calls
not for a peaceful settlement with Israel,
but “peace” through the replacement of Israel
by an Arab dominated state called Palestine.” [go here for more]. Its website clearly states its mission,
“Al-Awda supports the struggle for the liberation of
"NY TIMES: During the Post interview, Ms. Almontaser said, she told the
reporter Chuck Bennett that the Arab women’s organization was not connected to
her or the school, and that she would never be affiliated with any group that
SPRINGER: The NYC Intifada T-shirt was produced
and distributed by AWAAM, a group closely affiliated with Almontaser. They are
the lead organization supporting her reinstatement.
Almontaser’s connection to the AWAAM group is not
tenuous; she is both a founder and board member of the Yemeni American Association (SABA – YAA), and the AWAAM website (before it was quickly revised after the
t-shirt exposé) directed “Contact Us” information to the YAA. The AAFSC, primary sponsors of KGIA, also sponsored the event
where the t-shirts were sold.
"NY TIMES: A department spokeswoman said that
a list of textbooks selected for the school was sent to the lawyer last fall."
SPRINGER: The documents given to the Stop the Madrassa Coalition
pursuant to an Article 78 demanding the information since 4 FOIL’s were not
adequately responded to did not contain textbooks, lesson plans, or worksheets
regarding the teaching of Arabic language and culture.
in her interview liked to the article said that the opponents of the school
don’t like Arabic language dual education. We at the Stop the Madrassa
Coalition have always maintained that many languages including Arabic should be
taught as an elective in schools across the city.
NY TIMES: "Ms. Almontaser never
considered herself unenthusiastic about America, she said."· Almontaser has called America
a racist country.· She has said that the U.S. brought the 9/11 attack upon
itself.· She opposes the War on
Terror· She supports numerous radical organizations,
including the Council for American-Islamic Relations
unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Trial for terrorist financing, where
CAIR’s relationship to Hamas, a designated terrorist organization, has been
repeatedly argued by the prosecution· She accepted an annual award from CAIR in
2005.· She is on the board of the Muslim Consultative
Network, whose members include unindicted co-conspirator CAIR and the radical
Islamic Circle of North America. The Muslim Consultative Network is a major
sponsor of the Almontaser Reinstatement Effort.· Has been a spokesperson for the Muslim American
Society for a NYC 9/11 event.· Refused to answer a NY Sun reporter as to whether
or not Hamas and Hezbollah are terrorist
organizations· Refused to say that the Intifada was a Palestinian
terror campaign against innocent Israeli civilians, children, women, and
men.· Dabah has appointed radical Imams to her schools Board
on organizations partnering with KGIA
1. The American Muslim Association of Lawyers (AMAL) offers
internships, and helps with a course in human rights (in 6th grade…) (P. 7, p.
18). The AMAL website appears to be inactive (http://www.theamal.org/index.shtml)
but the group (or at least their website) was founded by Omar
Mohammedi, President of the New York Chapter of
the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and lawyer for the infamous “6
imams” who have threatened to sue airline personnel and passengers for
“profiling.” CAIR is currently under investigation in the Holy Land
Terror-financing trial, as an unindicted
co-conspirator.2. The American Mideast Leadership Network will participate
with the school as an important partner (pages 16-18). According to the
Executive Summary, the AMLN will provide trips to “ stabilized” Middle Eastern
countries, create internships, provide an after-school leadership program and
provide intensive language opportunities. According to our research, they may do
all this while acting as Hezbollah apologists, if their leader’s statements are
representative. On July 31, 2006 Rami Nuseir, the President of the AMLN,
stated on CNN that:“A lot of people look at Hezbollah as
a social service agency that provides a lot of help for the Lebanese people. And
that’s where the sympathy comes from.”3A main partner listed in the Executive Summary, the
Columbia University Teachers College Department of International and
Transcultural Studies teacher training in fact teaches about one religion and
one only – Islam. KGIA only recognizes
the teaching of a single religion in this ostensibly public school (page
8):4. Arab Culture will be taught, however no where is there mention of
Sephardic Jews, Ba hai’s, Coptic Christians, Druze, Lebanese Christians, or any
other Arab culture except Islamic
culture.5.6. The DOE website for the KGIA lists as its first partner the Arab-American
Ant-Discrimination Committee. Its
founder and President is none other than the former Democratic Senator James
Abourezk who recently appeared on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar Television. Al-Manar is banned in the U.S. because
Hezbollah is designated by the government as a terrorist organization. Azbourezk stated that the Arabs involved in
9/11 co-operated with Zionists, the Israel Lobby controls the U.S. Congress,
Hamas and Hezbollah are “resistance” fighters, not terrorist organizations! Lastly Abourezk said that all Americans
are racist.Note that the ADC website provides biased educational
instruction and curricula for middle and high schools and is overtly Islamic in
its ideology. Not only is the ADC the
first name on KGIA’s DOE website as the main partnering organization, this name
was the first on the petition to reinstate Dhabah Almontaser as Principal.7. The
Arabic-American Family Suport Center located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn is another
key partner working with KGIA. Their
website links to the Council on Islamic Education’s lesson plans. Why are NYC public school students being taught the
nuances of Jihad?· Define Jihad in its literal and applied meanings,
as a principal and as an institution.· Describe
legitimate conduct of war according to Islamic Law.· Differentiate between rebellion and terrorism according
to Muslim jurists.This is what middle school
children will be learning in a public school. The Executive Summary specifically states
that the school will teach Islam and there were teacher training retreats held
this past summer so that all teachers would be on the same wavelength.
As for school performance? It”s an abject failure.
KGIA, enthusiastically supported by, among others, convicted
cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal, former Weather Underground leader and
bombing justifier William Ayers, former SDS and Communist Party
organizer Michael Klonsky, and Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New Black
Panther Party (created by the late racist Khalid Muhammed), and a local imam who proudly posted the
slogan and symbol on his website, has been the focus of numerous media
reports, including one published in today’s New York Times by winning reporter Andrea Elliott.Ms. Elliott reports that shorly after KGIA’s opening day, “Chaos
soon erupted inside. Students cut classes and got into fights with
little consequence, said staff members, parents and students. At least
12 of the 60 students showed signs of behavioral problems or learning
disabilities, said Leslie Kahn, a licensed social worker and counselor
who was employed at the school until January. (Education Department
officials, who denied repeated requests by The Times to visit the
school, said there are currently six special-needs students there.)“ ‘Something is flying through the air, every class, every day,’
Sean R. Grogan, a science teacher at the school, said in an interview.
‘Kids bang on the partitions, yell and scream, curse and swear. It’s
out of control.’
account continues, “Physical altercations are frequent, Mr. Grogan and
others said, with Arab students and teachers the target of ethnic
slurs. “I just don’t feel safe,” said an Arab-American student, 11, who
will not return to the school next year.Stop the Madrassa also is speaking out about the relationship
between KGIA’s founding principal, Ms. Almontaser, and a deeply
troubling “community statement” that was recently addressed to Policy Commissioner Raymond Kelly.According to journalist and author Stephen Suleiman Schwartz, who
is executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, on November
23, 2007, in response to the above-mentioned community statement, a
statement was issued “in the name of the ‘Muslim community,’ ”
protesting the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) release last year of
its vital report on terrorism. Among other demands, the community
statement called on the NYPD to stop distributing the report to other
jurisdictions’ law enforcement agencies, and, as Schwartz put it,
“arrogated to themselves the right to decide what the city’s police
should do in response to the challenge of radical Islam. “Schwartz, writing in The Weekly Standard, also reports that in a March 3, 2008 meeting in,
CAIR officials Faiza Ali, Aliya Latif, and Omar Mohammadi “were joined
by Islamist agitator Syed Z. Sayeed, religious adviser to the
Saudi-backed Muslim Students Association at
. They noted that the NYPD had asked for a detailed reply to the
report. The participants at the March 3 get-together also observed that
while they would prepare such a response, CAIR itself has financed and
is working on a more thorough text designated its ‘long-term
analysis/alternative model of radicalization.’ “Almontaser was also,as
Schwartz reports, involved in CAIR’s counter-attack against the NYPD as
evidenced by that fact that her “assignment in dealing with NYPD was to
organize an online discussion group for input into the Community
Statement.”Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition notes Mr. Schwartz’s
assessment that “…Almontaser should quit her masquerade as a moderate
and her non-Muslim enablers should end their naïve defense of her
alleged mainstream outlook. “ The coalition further points out that Ms.
Almontaser has been a financial supporter of controversial ,
and adds that the time is long overdue for a full city and state
investigation into the creation of KGIA and the possible role of
Islamist organizations in any aspect of the school’s establishment or
Please read it all.
And there was this incredible admission from a teacher made in the comment section of the article:
As a teacher at KGIA I have to say things have barely improved since Holly Reichert’s appointment. This week alone we have 6 students out on Suspension, one for carrying a knife to school. We have a teacher on a medical leave of absence after a student threatened to beat her, this caused her blood pressure to spike to a very unhealthy level.
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