Excerpts from the following have been published in the Jewish Week December 13, 2007
In response to the letters published in the Jewish Week, “Wrong Focus on Almontaser” and “Feels Betrayed” the Stop the Madrassa Coalition has reported the facts regarding the Khalil Gibran International Academy. The research is well documented and can be checked on our website. You are free to ignore the truth, however labeling and slandering those shining the light on what may be a very dangerous public school situation is outrageous. It also creates a smokescreen for the real issues. The distortions are all yours unless you see Almontaser’s association with radical groups and individuals as a “mere coincidence”; again, this is all documented.
Since AWAAM was mentioned let’s take a look. AWAAM has been involved with Almontaser since the founding of her Yemini American Association in 2005. The group is listed as a volunteer in the grand opening brochure. Mona Eldahry, a co-founding director of AWAAM is active in AL-Awda, a group whose only goal is “The right of Return”, code for the annihilation of Israel. Al-Awda has quoted the Hamas slogan, “Palestine will be free from the river to the sea”. Can anyone still think that the NYC Intifada t-shirts were a “shaking off” by girls feeling oppressed in NYC? At an Al-Awda rally on July 28, 2006 in NYC there were signs that read, “Want Peace? Dismantle Israel“. AWAAM has expressed, with its NYC Intifada t-shirts, a violent agenda through its director’s association with Al-Awda. The Intifada t-shirt now becomes self-explanatory.
Almontaser refused to answer a NY Sun reporter’s question as to whether she thought Hamas and Hezbollah were terrorist organizations. She never condemned theNYC Intifada t-shirts either, a point made emphatically by Mona Eldahry at Almontaser’s press conference. Anyone who does not condone terrorism would immediately define the Intifada for what it is, a hate-filled violence personified by terrorizing homocide-bombers. The least Almontaser could have done was realize that a Principal of a NYC public school needed to be “sensitive” to those in NYC who felt the Intifada intimately. Given her Department of Education sponsored sensitivity training courses it would be only logical to think that she would have sensitivity toward others and not only her special interest group. A Principal in NYC needs to be sensitive to all.
According to a statement made by Lena Alhusseini of the Arab-American Family Support Center, (a main partnering organization of the KGIA) during an appearance at the Beth El Synagogue in Great Neck, NY on Monday November 26, 2007, Almontaser turned to her friends first to become collaborators in the development of the KGIA. Therefore, Almontaser herself invited and included these groups in the formation and daily operations of the school. These friends include radical Imams and radical organizations. CAIR, the Council on Islamic American Relations, according to the KGIA Executive Summary is supplying the school with lawyers through the American Muslim Lawyer’s Association to work with the children and develop Leadership Programs. CAIR is not the civil rights group as it purports to be. It is the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States. This is a well documented fact. Their goal is for Sharia adherent law to supersede our Constitution. CAIR officials have stated this publicly. Council on American Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper has also said, “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 near future…But I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I am going to do that through education”. Progressive Jews need to take a good, long, hard look at the facts and see who is being betrayed by whom.