Le Monde: KGIA said to be “a seedbed of leftists and Islamists”

From Le Monde, on the opposition to Khalil Gibran International Academy:

Depuis des mois, l’ouverture de cette nouvelle école publique, la première où l’enseignement sera bilingue, en anglais et en arabe, fait l’objet d’une vive polémique. Divers groupes, emmenés par Daniel Pipes, ex-conseiller du président George Bush, et soutenus par le quotidien populaire New York Post (groupe Murdoch), ont demandé son interdiction.

Son encadrement, ont-ils plaidé, serait “une pépinière de gauchistes et d’islamistes”. Cette “madrasa”, ont expliqué William Mayer et Beila Rabinowitz sur PipeLineNews.org, “fonctionnera comme un centre de recrutement pour le djihad”. Elu démocrate de l’Etat de New York, Dov Hikind a jugé “l’idée d’ouvrir une école en arabe dangereuse”.

[Approximate translation]

In recent months, the opening of this new public school, the first where teaching will be bilingual, in English and Arabic, is the subject of a sharp polemic. Various groups, influenced by Daniel Pipes, ex-adviser of president George Bush, and supported by the popular daily newspaper New York Post (Murdoch group), have demanded its prohibition.

Its approach, they have argued, would be “a seedbed of leftists and Islamists”. This “madrassa”, explained William Mayer and Beila Rabinowitz on PipeLineNews.org, “will function as a center of recruitment for the jihad”. Democratic elected official of the State of New York, Dov Hikind has judged “the idea to open an Arabic school to be dangerous”.

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