By William Mayer and Beila Rabinowitz
August 21, 2007 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org –
Brooklyn’s Muslim community is up in arms over last week’s resignation of Dhabah Almontaser the principal designate of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, and has vowed to retaliate against the individuals and institutions it sees as being responsible. Toward that end, on the evening of August 13 a community meeting was held at the Islamic Center of Bay Ridge, in Brooklyn by supporters of the besieged Arabic school.
PipeLineNews.org has managed to obtain an exclusive recording of the “off-the-record” meeting documenting the Islamist action plan going forward, which might well include a Ramadan boycott of the New York Post and the New York Sun – which have been editorially critical of the school – demands to Mayor Bloomberg and education Chancellor Klein to reinstate Almontaser, as well as the creation of a media watch group.
Examples of paranoia and conspiratorial thinking were continually on display as the evening progressed, with one speaker claiming that Almontaser had been the victim of a massive “right-wing” conspiracy led by the Stop the Madrassa Coalition.
“The other important point I think, is to go back, as was mentioned, to this Stop the Madrassa Coalition, and see whose behind that. It’s not just a few bigoted individuals, it’s some right, extreme right-wing organizations, who have a national agenda…They include groups like New York ICE [a reference to New York Immigration and Control, a grassroots group dealing with immigration issues ] which is a violently anti-immigrant organization. It’s no coincidence that these same groups are part of this coalition. So that has to be exposed fully. There not just community members who are nervous about the school. They are extremely organized right-wing organizations, with a political agenda” [source, transcript, produced in its entirety below].
Those most directly involved with the school – whose pronouncements and actions have only further damaged KGIA’s already tattered reputation – are lying low because any additional public airing of their radicalism and agenda might end the school once and for all.
“We’re at a point right now, where we feel we have to take action. People who are involved in this school are not here today, because they don’t want to jeopardize the school, but that doesn’t mean they don’t support us” [source, transcript].
To those who continue to insist that KGIA will be a school merely devoted to Arabic language instruction along with some elements of Arabic culture and not a madrassah – an Islamist indoctrination facility catering to Muslims only – the atmosphere of recrimination and accusations of bigotry which dominated the event, the setting in which it was held and those who participated, all should be of great concern.
The fact that this strategy session was held at a mosque rather than a secular location is only the most obvious red-flag regarding the event and it is a clear indication of the undeniable co-linking of Islam and KGIA.
It’s important to note that the Bay Ridge Islamic Center is not just any mosque; it has a long history serving as a hotbed of jihadist activity; a key indicator of the radical forces which will control the KGIA if it is allowed to open in September……
Windows media audio file available here – audio file