The foundation of the Khalil Gibran International Academy project is beginning to crack.
An early supporter – in fact, one of the much-vaunted members of that all-cleric Advisory Council – is now claiming the Council “never met” to discuss the school, according to Elizabeth Green, N.Y. Sun, reporting on our investigation of Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid below.
Daniel Pipes and Beila Rabinowitz, members of the rapidly growing Stop The Madrassa Community Coalition, disclosed yesterday that Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid’s mosque, the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood, prominently displays the pledge of the Muslim Brotherhood on its “About” page:
Allah is our goal
The Prophet Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah is our leader
The Qu’ran is our constitution
Jihad is our way
And death in the way of Allah is our promised end.
Within hours of our exposure of Abdur-Rashid’s association with this radical profession of Islamist belief, Rabbi Andrew Bachman, another member of the much-publicized KGIA Advisory Council, is now claiming that the Advisory Council never met and is “effectively absolved,” according to Green’s article. Rabbi Bachman also claims that the new principal has not talked to the Advisory Council since she was hurriedly substituted for ex-principal Dhabah Almontaser, proponent of the “Intifada NYC” t-shirt.
The words displayed at the KGIA advisor’s Mosque website – ” The Qu’ran is our constitution, Jihad is our way, And death in the way of Allah is our promised end” – are particular chilling in light of the recent NYPD Report “Radicalization in the West – a Home Grown Threat (page 43)”
STAGE 4: JIHADIZATION. This is the phase in which members of the cluster accept their individual duty to participate in jihad and self-designate themselves as holy warriors or mujahedeen. Ultimately, the group will begin operational planning for jihad or a terrorist attack. These “acts in furtherance” will include planning, preparation and execution.
By the jihadization phase, small group dynamics play a much more prominent role. While during the earlier stages, the group members may have been only acquaintances, meeting each other in Salafi chat rooms, at university or simply by being friends, by the jihadization phase the group has solidified and hardened. Individuals see themselves as part a movement and group loyalty becomes paramount above all other relationships.
“Group-think” now becomes a force multiplier for radicalization and invariably paves the way for action. As action becomes a group objective, each member of the cluster is challenged to accept jihad as an individual obligation-anointing themselves as holy warriors or mujahedeen.
By ELIZABETH GREEN
Staff Reporter of the Sun
August 20, 2007 updated 5:28 pm EDT
A group that has been campaigning to close the Arabic-language public school set to open in Brooklyn next month called today for the firing of an adviser to the school, Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, a cleric at a Harlem mosque.
The group, the Stop the Madrassa Coalition, accuses Mr. Abdur-Rashid of distorting history to favor Islamic contributions in his teachings. A spokeswoman for the group, Pamela Hall, described them as “indoctrination in which they make everything Muslim- and Islamic-centric, at the expense of the rest of the world’s contribution to history.”
Mr. Abdur-Rashid was one of several people to serve on an advisory council of the Khalil Gibran International Academy selected by its original principal, Dhaba Almontaser. A call to Mr. Abdur-Rashid seeking comment was not immediately returned.
A member of the advisory council, Rabbi Andrew Bachman, today said the board never actually met and has been effectively absolved since Ms. Almontaser resigned earlier this month. Rabbi Bachman said he has not heard from Khalil Gibran’s new principal, Danielle Salzberg, since she took over last week.
The Stop the Madrassa Coalition, includes about 70 community members, some of them public school parents, according to the group. Supporters include a group that opposes illegal immigration, New Yorkers for Immigration Control and Enforcement, and a group that describes itself as a watchdog against domestic terrorism, the United American Committee, according to the group’s website.
The organization’s demand appears timed to coincide with a rally in support of the school, scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening at the Department of Education headquarters downtown. The rally is being sponsored by religious and political groups, including Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, an immigrant rights group, the Center for Immigrant Families, and an Arab cultural group, the Arab Women Active in Art and Media.
The women’s group created T-shirts that read “Intifada NYC,” which were publicized by the Stop the Madrassa Coalition as evidence of what they describe as the hidden extremism of Ms. Almontaser, who had defended the T-shirts.
Ms. Almontaser has worked for 11 years in the city schools, where she focused on teaching inter-group communication and tolerance.
The Stop the Madrassa Coalition today also called for an increase in Arabic-language classes in the city and announced plans to start a library of patriotic American books. “Think of it as America’s Back-To-School resistance to radical Islam in our schools,” the group said in a statement.