KGIA: NY PUBLIC SCHOOL Madrassah is Moved for 3RD Time

Reprinted from Atlasshrugs- 
Like pitbulls seized on an unwitting victim the Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA), New York’s Public Arabic school, is refusing to release an innocent parent student body from its chokehold. The currently failing school is moving to a top performing school in the Fort Green section. And the parents are not happy about it.
Mark Steyn understands the implications. Mark Steyn said this  of the Arabic public school opening in NY on my show a few months back;
” it shows how we mischaracterized, we willfully misunderstand Islam. Yes, on the face of it yes Arabic is a language in a sense there is would be no difference between opening a foreign language school – a Spanish language school or a french language school – but in fact Arabic is more than a language. It is explicated the language of Islam so in that sense it is part of the Islamic religious imperial project. Radical Islam advances through the Arabic language. And you go all kinds of places that aren’t in the Arab world now like Pakistan, Indonesia, Central Asia, the Balk ins, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Canada and the United States and you will here those Imams preaching in Arabic. Arabic is not just another language like French or Italian, it is the spearhead of an idea logical project that is deeply opposed to the United States
We need a specific amendment declaring seperation of Mosque and state becuase whatever we got now ain’t working.
But Some Parents at P.S. 287 Object To Sharing Space
by Mary Frost
FORT GREENE — The Department of Education has confirmed that the Arabic-themed Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA) will be moving from Boerum Hill to a building occupied by P.S. 287, at 50 Navy St., near the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

Parents also say that there are space issues at the school.

But parents at P.S. 287, who were told about the move at an “emergency” meeting Wednesday evening, say they are outraged.
“They ambushed us,” said Matrice Sherman, mother of two students at P.S. 287. “Garth Harries [DOE’s Chief Portfolio Officer], when he met with us last time, said there would be a dialog, and that they would hear our concerns.
“Who did he speak to? Not to the people at this school.”  Read more…

Almontaser Will Never be KGIA’s Principal But Who is Teaching These Children?

Today the  federal appeals court stated Dhabah “Debby” Almontaser cannot force New York City to give her another opportunity  to reapply as Principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy.  The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed  that Almontaser was acting in her official capacity as interim principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy when she defined “Intifada” as a “shaking off” to the NY Post.  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. Her own words defending the “Intifada NYC” slogan were the greatest evidence against her being in charge of any institution, as quoted in the New York Post :

“The word [intifada] basically means ’shaking off.’ That is the root word if you look it up in Arabic,” she said.

“I understand it is developing a negative connotation due to the uprising in the Palestinian-Israeli areas. I don’t believe the intention is to have any of that kind of [violence] in New York City.

“I think it’s pretty much an opportunity for girls to express that they are part of New York City society . . . and shaking off oppression.”

Almontaser’s inability to define the Intifada for what it is- a murderous campaign to kill and maim  Israeli citizens – is understandable in light of her political viewpoints.  She opposes the War on Terror and she blames the US for the 9-11 attacks as described in her interview in 2002 to Amnesty International’s Norwegian office  shortly after 9-11.  She supports numerous radical organizations, including the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Public Schools are not the venue for the furthering of Islamic ideology.  Youssef M. Ibrahim’s article, “The Islamist Trojan Horse is Already in Place” explains,  “Seemingly separate but unquestionably part of the same process of spreading militancy among immigrant Arab communities was the Debbie Almontaser episode of the Khalil Gibran School saga, in which what she saw as a benign use of the word “intifada” led to her being forced to quit as the school’s principal. Neither Ms. Almontaser’s project nor her unstated intention to create a Muslim school in Brooklyn under the guise of multiculturalism took place in a void. The common task among all these organizations and individuals is to instill the notion there are no Arab-Americans, only Muslim Americans.

What follows next, of course, is the “community’s” eventual embrace of jihad against the values and policies of the majority infidel. This is what has taken place in Britain among native British subjects of Muslim origin.” [http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0907/ibrahim092507.php3 ]  

It is unfortunate that the NYC Department of Education did not investigate Almontaser and the Islamic partnering organizations she brought into the school before announcing its opening.  Stop the Madrassa understood the agenda and was forced to do what the DOE would not;  investigate, educate, and attempt to protect NYC school children from an Islamic political agenda.  Almontaser is gone but the infrastructure she built is still in place.  What exactly are these children exposed to, and given the individuals and partnering organizations involved, what perspective on the Middle East and America is being taught?  We will continue to keep the public informed.  Hopefully the NYCDOE will begin to do their part.

Eurabia and Amerabia Equals Islamic Caliphate

Germany is planning to teach Islamic religious classes in their public schools. The purpose is to protect children from informal religious classes run by “hate preachers”. The real question is, “Why do Western countries allow “hate preachers” to teach in any school, public or private, in the first place?”. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to do and say whatever one feels. Freedom without responsibility and accountability is chaos. The West’s desire for inclusiveness and equality has enabled Islamists to make inroads into a society whose values are diametrically opposed to Islam. Islamic extremists have been clear in their intentions to impose Shar’ia law in their host countries. How will they do this?

“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 am going to do that through education.”

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper, in a 1993 statement regarding the use of the American educational system as a means to preference and impose Shari’a law in the U.S., highlights the efforts of Islamic radicals to win the hearts and minds of Americans.

EuroNews 15 March 2008

German state schools to teach Islam

Germany’s official Islam Conference, meeting for the third time, has agreed to allow state schools to introduce Islamic religious classes in German. The government-sponsored conference aims to promote better integration for the 3.4 million Muslims living in Germany.

Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble says the idea is to deter parents from sending children to informal religious lessons run by teachers who have not been vetted by the state and end the influence of what he called “hate preachers”.

Muslim spokesperson Bekir Alboga said it is the realisation of something parents have long wished-for: “We are very happy. Since 1980 Germany’s Muslims have been demanding Islamic religious classes. Now we are delighted that the Interior Minister has ruled in favour of them”.

The problem of an acute lack of teachers means it will take many years for full implementation, but the result should eventually be Islam on the curriculum, taught in German, by teachers trained in Germany.
[http://www.euronews.net/index.php?page=info&article=475096&lng=1]

 

Islamic Public Charter School In Minnesota Supported by the Muslim American Society

Islam is thriving in a Minnesota public school.  Islamic Relief sponsors a public charter school, that is in reality a madrassa, paid for by taxpayers in Minnesota.   The parent organization Islamic Relief Worldwide is  known to “provide support and assistance” to the murderous Hamas terrorist organization. The  U.S. government designates Hamas as a terrorist group. The Muslim American Society of Minnesota openly admits it’s running a public charter school.  As you read the article below, published in the Minnesota Star Tribune, “MAS-MN offers on its web site “beneficial and enlightening information” about Islam, which includes statements like “Regularly make the intention to go on jihad with the ambition to die as a martyr.”

It is outrageous that we allow any school to establish Islam in an American public school.   Minnesotans contact Stop the Madrassa.  We can help you. 

Are taxpayers footing bill for Islamic school in Minnesota?

Last update: March 9, 2008 – 8:03 AM

Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) — named for the Muslim general who conquered medieval Spain — is a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights. Its approximately 300 students are mostly the children of low-income Muslim immigrant families, many of them Somalis.

The school is in huge demand, with a waiting list of 1,500. Last fall, it opened a second campus in Blaine.

TIZA uses the language of culture rather than religion to describe its program in public documents. According to its mission statement, the school “recognizes and appreciates the traditions, histories, civilizations and accomplishments of the eastern world (Africa, Asia and Middle East).”

But the line between religion and culture is often blurry. There are strong indications that religion plays a central role at TIZA, which is a public school financed by Minnesota taxpayers. Under the U.S. and state constitutions, a public school can accommodate students’ religious beliefs but cannot encourage or endorse religion.

TIZA raises troubling issues about taxpayer funding of schools that cross that line.

Asad Zaman, TIZA’s principal, declined to allow me to visit the school or grant me an interview. He did not respond to e-mails seeking written replies.

TIZA’s strong religious connections date from its founding in 2003. Its co-founders, Zaman and Hesham Hussein, were both imams, or Muslim religious leaders, as well as leaders of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS-MN).

Since then, they have played dual roles: Zaman as TIZA’s principal and the current vice-president of MAS-MN, and Hussein as TIZA’s school board chair and president of MAS-MN until his death in a car accident in Saudi Arabia in January.

TIZA shares MAS-MN’s headquarters building, along with a mosque.

MAS-MN came to Minnesotans’ attention in 2006, when it issued a “fatwa,” warning Muslim taxi drivers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport that transporting passengers with alcohol in their baggage is a violation of Islamic law.

Journalists whom Zaman has permitted to visit TIZA have described the school’s Islamic atmosphere and practices.

“A visitor might well mistake Tarek ibn Ziyad for an Islamic school,” reported Minnesota Monthly in 2007. “Head scarves are voluntary, but virtually all the girls wear them.” The school has a central carpeted prayer space, and “vaguely religious-sounding language” is used.

According to the Pioneer Press, TIZA’s student body prays daily and the school’s cafeteria serves halal food (permissible under Islamic law). During Ramadan, all students fast from dawn to dusk, according to a parent quoted in the article.

In fact, TIZA was originally envisioned as a private Islamic school. In 2001, MAS-MN negotiated to buy the current TIZA/MAS-MN building for Al-Amal School, a private religious institution in Fridley, according to Bruce Rimstad of the Inver Grove Heights School District. But many immigrant families can’t afford Al-Amal. In 2002, Islamic Relief — headquartered in California — agreed to sponsor a publicly funded charter school, TIZA, at the same location.

TIZA claims to be non-sectarian, as Minnesota law requires charters to be. But “after-school Islamic learning” takes place on weekdays in the same building under MAS-MN’s auspices, according to the program for MAS-MN’s 2007 convention. At that convention, a TIZA representative at the school’s booth told me that students go directly to “Islamic studies” classes at 3:30, when TIZA’s day ends. There, they learn “Qur’anic recitation, the Sunnah of the Prophet” and other religious subjects, he said.

TIZA’s 2006 Contract Performance Review Report states that students engage in unspecified “electives” after school or do homework.

Publicly, TIZA emphasizes that it uses standard curricular materials like those found in other public schools. But when addressing Muslim audiences, school officials make the link to Islam clear. At MAS-MN’s 2007 convention, for example, the program featured an advertisement for the “Muslim American Society of Minnesota,” superimposed on a picture of a mosque. Under the motto “Establishing Islam in Minnesota,” it asked: “Did you know that MAS-MN … houses a full-time elementary school”? On the adjacent page was an application for TIZA.In addition to the issues raised by TIZA’s religious elements, there are reasons to be concerned about the organizations with which it is connected.

Group linked to Hamas

Islamic Relief-USA, the school’s sponsor, is compared to the Red Cross in several TIZA documents. In 2006, however, the Israeli government announced that Islamic Relief Worldwide, the organization’s parent group, “provides support and assistance” to Hamas, designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist group.

Meanwhile, MAS-MN offers on its web site “beneficial and enlightening information” about Islam, which includes statements like “Regularly make the intention to go on jihad with the ambition to die as a martyr.”

At its 2007 convention, MAS-MN featured the notorious Shayk Khalid Yasin, who is well-known in Britain and Australia for teaching that husbands can beat disobedient wives, that gays should be executed and that the United States spreads the AIDS virus in Africa through vaccines for tropical diseases.

Yasin’s topic? “Building a Successful Muslim Community in Minnesota.”

TIZA has improved the reading and math performance of its mostly low-income students. That’s commendable, but should Minnesota taxpayers be funding an Islamic public school? [http://www.startribune.com/16404541.html?location_refer=Bios]

Katherine Kersten • kkersten@startribune.com Join the conversation at my blog, Think Again, which can be found at www.startribune.com/thinkagain.

     

New York City Parents On Collision Course Again With Dept. Of Education Over Khalil Gibran International Academy Move

New York City Parents On Collision Course Again With Dept. Of Education Over Khalil Gibran International Academy Move

By Sara Springer, special to PipeLineNews.org

February 29, 2008 – Brooklyn, NY – PipeLineNews.org – This week the NYC Department of Education informed the Khalil Gibran International Academy’s PTA that the school would be relocated for the September 2008 school year. Yet with all the planning, the intended target for KGIA, PS 287 in Fort Green, doesn’t have the required space and the proposed move is running into a firestorm of resistance from parents who feel their school is an inappropriate choice for the controversial Arabic school which has been called a madrassah.

In an effort to quell the growing dissent, on the evening of February 27, Garth Harries, DOE Officer of Portfolio Development, came to PS 287 where he faced an angry gathering of parents, outraged that their school had been chosen with little consultation.

As has been the case since the inception of KGIA, the DOE has been a model of non-transparency. That stonewalling continues, for example on February 4, the PTA requested a copy of KGIA’s curriculum, yet nearly a month later nothing has been forwarded.

A parent from the school told this reporter that she attempted to visit KGIA today, stating she “was poorly received,” and had not been allowed to enter. At the meeting she rose, chiding Harries, “The school is so secretive, how can you ask us to have a school here if we don’t know what’s going on?”

Indicative of the bad blood between parents and the DOE, another demanded, “How can we trust you when you lied to us about the high school [The School for Law and Justice] being here for one year?” This in reference to a promise by DOE that the high school [now in its fourth year] was to be moved after the first school year.

With the prospect of normalcy returning to PS 287 now dashed by the announcement of the KGIA move, parents and school officials fear that enrollment will decrease further because of the negative publicity surrounding KGIA. If the move goes forward, once again pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age children will be forced to mix with high school students. This is a potentially unhealthy situation which caused one parent to state, “It’s not safe to be with high school kids. They’re out of control. We can’t bring kids into the playground.”

The President of another school’s PTA acknowledged the problem, of co-mingling children of such diverse ages, observing, “Older kids beat up younger kids.” Harries shrugged the objection off, noting that that this is happening all around the city.

Despite statements to the contrary made by his aides, Harries told the gathering that the decision to move wasn’t final, thus contradicting a statement by DOE representative, Gabrielle Ferghetti, who earlier had stated that the move is a “done deal.” As the PTA president explained, “She came to let us know. She didn’t answer my questions. It was a courtesy call.” Harries apologized, responding, “That young lady works for me. That’s not what she told me she said.”

The question of veracity always looms when dealing with the DOE and KGIA; are they capable of telling the truth?

Another perspective was expressed by a parent who noted the frustration of many as she accused Haries and the DOE of favoritism, “Are you here to help all schools or are you here to focus on a particular race, religion, and community? You’re focused on the success of KGIA. You are not concerned with the success of our school.”

One got the impression that the opposition within PS 287 against KGIA’s intrusion is rising, led by a savvy and knowledgeable group of parents who let the DOE know that their community school and children would no longer be made a pawn in Chancellor Klein’s divisive policy of forced multiculturalism.

As the evening concluded a defiant spirit was in the air, with one parent challenging Harries, “Tell Chancellor Klein, don’t send messages through you. He’s not doing us a favor [by sending you]. Go back and tell the Chancellor the answer is no, no, no. We want him here and we want Mayor Bloomberg here. Tell the Chancellor you don’t mix Church and State.” Another parent added, “We as parents have the right to have what we want for our children. They can only take what we allow them to take.”

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History Alive! The Medieval World

Reader comment on blog entry: “History Alive!,” Scottsdale Schools, and a Reader’s Comment at www.danielpipes.org

Submitted by Concerned Parent (United States), Feb 16, 2008 at 09:58Earlier this month I filed a formal challenge to the History Alive! The Medieval World textbook used at White Hill Middle School in Marin County, California. Although there are several reasons, my primary concern is that curriculum material is presented via the HAMW text (and accompanying Interactive Student Notebook) in an overtly religious manner that not only is inappropriate for a public school, but does not comport with actual state standards for seventh grade history relative to study of the civilizations of Islam.Recently, I came across an article I forwarded to the school district regarding “Dawa” in public schools. In case you are not familiar with the term, Dawa means, “to invite non-Muslims to accept the truth of Islam”:

Click here: DawaNet—to link • to serve: Dawa in public schools:

“The Bottom Line. We should use every opportunity to sensitize non-Muslim peers and school staff to Islam and to establish an environment in which everywhere a non-Muslim turns, he notices Islam portrayed in a positive way, is influenced by it and eventually accepts Islam with Allah’s guidance, Insha Allah (if God wills).”

Apparently some of the staff at the school are under the impression that I do not want my own child learning about different cultures or religions. Nothing could be further than the truth. However, while I believe that everyone should have the right to practice (or not) their religion freely and without persecution, I also believe it is unacceptable for children to be exposed to religious proselytizing at school. Our children should not only not be “influenced” — wittingly or not — to accept Islam (or any other religion), they should be protected from such “influence” in our public schools.

Concerned Parent


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The New Blasphemy? Ignoring Islamic Law

OPINION:

The following is quoted from an article appearing in The Washington Times , January 18, 2008 by Diana West.

“And not just blasphemy laws. Jihad doctrine; Shariah (Islamic law); designs for a global caliphate through jihad (terrorism) and the spread of Shariah (Islamization): We pretend they are not factors in the free world’s experience with Islam”.

     This statement hit home as just this evening my daughter was describing her global history class.  She commented on the fact that Islam was studied for several weeks.  A handout she received states, “We are so accustomed to regard our culture as essentially that of the West that it is difficult for us to realize that there was an age when the most civilized region of Western Europe was Islamic Spain.  Western culture grew up under the shadow of the more advanced civilisation of Islam, and it was from the Muslims that mediaeval Christendom recovered its share in the inheritance of Greek science and philosophy”.  Do you understand the idea behind this statement?  Our western culture has been in a few words destroyed and usurped by the civilized Islamic Spain. 

      I asked her if there was any mention of what Islamic Law was, the violence that surrounded the establishment of Islam, the lack of rights for women, treatment of homosexuals, honor killings.  Her response was astounding.  She said, “of course not, it’s all P.C., Islam was and is glorious and Christianity was discussed in terms of the barbaric Crusades.”  Judaism was covered in one period.  They learned about the Ten Commandments and were given a map of Israel from the year 1000B.C., labeled, “Hebrew Palestine” even though there were no Palestinians before 1967 and the name did not come into being until the Romans renamed Israel in order to humiliate them. 

     In schools these days, this is the history our children are being taught.  In some schools Islam is taught for many more weeks.  We are receiving reports of students coloring in prayer rugs, building mosques, memorizing parts of the Koran, and re-enacting the politics between the Israelis and Palestinians.  There is no balance.  All aspects of the the subject in question are not taught.  Children are taught that Islam is a peaceful religion.  Yes, there are aspects of the Koran that teach peace.  However the Koran also preaches hate, violence, and death.  Is that being taught? No, absolutely not.  Revisionist history is the curriculum for today’s students.  What ever happened to the much vaunted “critical thinking” that educators keep stressing?  What kind of critical thinking can there be if the entire picture isn’t revealed?

      The Khalil Gibran International Academy’s is partnering with the Arab-American Anti-Defamation Committee.  It is the first organization listed on the NYCDOE website for KGIA.  Take a look at their education page.  According to their information much of what we attribute to  Western civilization is a result of Islam.   [http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=203]  History has taken a u-turn and no one is paying attention.

     Oh and by the way,  Christianity was discussed sporadically. They learned about the barbaric Crusades, persecution of the Jews, and the expansion of Christian Europe which included the long struggle against Muslim rule.  No mention of beheadings, Dhimmi status, or the jizya tax for non-Muslims.

     Every parent must ask their children what they are learning in school.  Look at their homework, the textbooks, and class notes.  Please write to us if you find anything going on in your child’s school you feel is inappropriate.  We can help you. Children are suppose to learn about the world religions, not be taught the religions.  However they must be taught all of it, the positive and negative.  As Diana West writes, there is a “P.C. ignorance of Islamic Law.”  I think my daughter understood the real lesson.

Following is the entire article:

Western blindness
http://washingtontimes.com/article/20080118/EDITORIAL04/280469968/1013/EDITORIA
January 18, 2008

By Diana West – Mazir-i-sharif.Ring a bell? In 2001, a 32-year-old Marine captain and CIA officer named John Micheal Spann was killed there in a prison riot, thus becoming the first American combat death in Afghanistan. Not incidentally, Spann, before violence broke out, had interrogated an uncooperative John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban. This all took place before the United States military completely toppled Afghanistan’s Taliban oppressors.Nearly seven years later, American-liberated Mazir-i-sharif has again made headlines — well, one or two — as the site of the prison where a 23-year-old Afghan journalist has been detained for three months (and counting) on blasphemy charges. These charges derive, Reuters reports, from Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh “distributing an article which said Prophet Mohammed had ignored the rights of women.” As President Bush might say… well, what might President Bush say: Let freedom reign?Then there’s Halabja.Remember Halabja? The name is notorious for being the town where in 1988, 15 years before Operation Iraqi Freedom, Saddam Hussein gassed thousands of Kurdish civilians to death. This month, American-liberated Halabja made headlines as the site of the court that sentenced a Kurdish author in absentia to six months in prison for blasphemy: namely, for writing in a book that Mohammed had 19 wives, married a nine-year-old when he was 54, and took part in murder and rape. (These points, Robert Spencer notes at jihadwatch.com, “can be readily established from early texts written by pious Muslims.”) The author, Mariwan Halabjaee, who has asylum in Norway, says there’s also a fatwa calling for his death unless he asks forgiveness.Think about it. Where Americans have died, not just to de-fang jihadist threats but to “democratize” Islamic populations, freedom of speech is against the law. And not the law according to “militants,” or “extremists,” but the law as enforced by democratically elected governments that we, as a nation, support with everything we’ve got. What would Mr. Bush say to that?I doubt he’d know what to say. Neither, for that matter, would anyone in his cabinet, starting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Nor, I doubt, would the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Adm. Mike Mullen. Nor — to open things up — would the presidential candidates, the Fox News All-Stars or Simon Cowell. The fact is, to discuss blasphemy laws in Afghanistan and Iraq (Kurdistan, even) is to discuss Islam — specifically, its laws and doctrines. And we, as a politically correct people, don’t know how to do that. Instead, we act as though they don’t exist.And not just blasphemy laws. Jihad doctrine; Shariah (Islamic law); designs for a global caliphate through jihad (terrorism) and the spread of Shariah (Islamization): We pretend they are not factors in the free world’s experience with Islam.We certainly don’t discuss their implications for the freeness of the world. Look at what passes for “debate” among our presidential candidates: Republicans argue over who supported “the surge” first; Democrats argue over who will withdraw troops first.Such resolute blindness on Islam probably explains the institutional apathy— including (with few exceptions) conservative apathy — on the termination of Pentagon analyst Maj. Stephen Coughlin, which I wrote about last week. The military’s primary expert on Islamic law, Mr. Coughlin was reportedly fired at the behest of a highly placed Pentagon aide named Hesham Islam whom Steven Emerson has since thumb-nailed as “an Islamist with a pro-Muslim Brotherhood bent.” Thankfully, Rep. Sue Myrick of the bipartisan House Anti-Terrorism Caucus is considering action, but there is little public sense that this outrage of a story is happening to us as a nation.

But it’s something that should deeply concern Americans, particularly as a nation with soldiers under arms. Mr. Coughlin’s meticulously researched legal brief not only links Islamic law to Islamic terrorism, but also demonstrates the professional negligence involved in ignoring Islamic law when devising strategies against Islamic terrorism.

Of course, that right there may explain the silence, particularly among many conservatives. The kind of negligence Mr. Coughlin is talking about, deriving from a PC ignorance of Islamic law, is quite evident in the strategies and tactics of the so-called war on terror that conservatives have widely championed — up to and including “the surge” in Iraq, which, for example, presupposes that American-won security will trigger a set of cultural behaviors and aspirations in Iraqi society best described as non-Islamic.In other words, we seem to have arrived at a strange junction where neither jihadist apologists nor surge enthusiasts want to hear the facts about Islamic law. You might say it’s become the new blasphemy.

Opinion: Journalistic Integrity on the Issues Please

The truth is the only thing that will save our schools, our society, and our country.  Journalism needs to be about the facts, not opinion Op-Ed pieces. The following is one account of truth pursued.

 

Larry Cohler-Esses Leaves his Journalistic Integrity at the Door

I have had a limited and until today private e-mail exchange with Jewish Week Writer Larry Cohler-Esses since I knocked him on this blog a few months ago (see Fighting Jihad is McCarthyism According to “Nation Magazine” ,The New-McCarthyism:Larry Cohler-Esses Replies) to be honest, he seems like a really nice enough guy who really cares about his family and has to deal with many of the same type of issues that I do but that is his personal buisness and not something that will ever be dealt with on these pages.

On the Jewish Week Blog, Esses describes how his management made him skew an article about Khalil Gibran International Academy, NY’s Madrassa School’s former Principal Ms Almontaser towards the truth. This article turned out to be a rare Jewish Week article that seemed to show both sides of an issue instead of only the liberal “lets all sit around the campfire and sing kumbaya side” or the “anybody that supports Israel is a nutbag ” side that is so prevalent among most of the writers and editors of the paper. (I wonder if Yeshiva U wishes they could take back publisher Gary Rosenblatt’s degree)

To read the rest of the article link on to Yid With Lid: 

http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2007/12/larry-choler-esses-leaves-his.html

 

Opinion: Right Focus on Almontaser and Yes You Have Been Betrayed…..but Not by Stop the Madrassa

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.


 


   

The Council on Islamic Education, the Arab-American Family Support Center, and The Khalil Gibran International Academy

The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is a lead partner for the Khalil Gibran International Academy. The organization is providing on-site supervision for the school as noted in their Executive Summary. The second Freedom of Information Law request produced this document, the only information released by the New York City Board of Education on the Khalil Gibran International Academy: The KGIA Executive Summary. The Stop the Madrassa Coalition is still waiting for the NYC Department of Education to inform the public as to what textbooks, lesson plans, teacher handouts, and website sources the school will be using.

The Council for Islamic Education (CIE) is linked to the AAFSC website for issues regarding education. This organization’s focused agenda has been to revise the historical record of American history textbooks used in taxpayer-funded public middle and high schools for the past twenty years. There is remarkable rewriting of Islamic history, and according to information we find on their home page, the CIE is encouraging the teaching of religion. In order to further their preferencing of Islam they encourage bringing in outside speakers to classrooms specifically for the purpose of teaching religion.

The CIE home page publishes two articles dealing with the issue of religion in the public school. Apparently the fundamental American idea of separation of Church and State is not conducive to their desire to undermine the neutral safe space our Constitution provides American students. Many educators and taxpayers feel that this is not what belongs in a public school. The separation of Church and State has allowed public schools to be free of the preferencing of any one particular religion. The CIE is paving the way for Islam to be taught under the guise of inclusion based on multiculturalism.

On the internet you will find two sites called Sound Vision [ http://www.soundvision.com ] and DawaNet [ http://www.dawanet.com/ ]. Muslim parents are being advised to use a 6 step methodical technique of how to go about getting religious accommodation and prayer in the public school. It accomplishes this by telling them to be nice and polite at first but always leave a paper trail. The 6 Step guideline is written by Shabbir Mansouri who is the founder of CIE.

For more on the Council on Islamic Education’s revisionist history of American public school history textbooks please read the following excerpt:

[This article has been reprinted from FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Gilbert T. Sewall is Director of the American Textbook Council, a former history instructor at Phillips Academy and an education editor at Newsweek. The American Textbook Council is an independent New York-based research organization established in 1989. The Council reviews history textbooks and other educational materials. It is dedicated to improving the social studies curriculum and civic education in the nation’s elementary and high schools. To read the entire article: http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/terrorism.php?id=1385640><p><strong>Exclusive:]

Islam and the Textbooks: A Reply to the Critics

(Part Two of Two)

Gilbert T. Sewall

Click here for Part One.

Implications

It is dismaying to watch educational publishers and their paid consultants embrace Islamist activists, accepting as authoritative their biased educational materials. What is even more distressing, these educational publishers bear a public trust as government suppliers and profit from tax-generated revenues. These publishers have ignored some of the report’s most troubling questions: Where is the Council on Islamic Education’s money and funding coming from? Who are its benefactors and why do they fail to operate under 501(c)(3) status? What indeed is the Council’s legal status? Where can anyone obtain public reporting and a clear picture of the Council’s past, present and future? (I have requested this information repeatedly for four years, without any success.) Publishers fail to explain why they ignore fundamental questions of motives, funding, legal status and strong-arm tactics in the Islamic organizations that they listen to, appease, and defend.

If our nation’s cultural underpinnings are in conflict with religious dogma and values that are intent on replacing or even eradicating them, should not children and their teachers be made aware? Just as pro-Soviet enthusiasms, Mao worship, and Cold War evisionism seem naïve today, currently prescribed views of Islam may also some day seem like dangerous nonsense. And what key points might replace the obvious flaws in the current generation of textbooks? That militant Islam is a real force in the world today, an insurgency that is a real threat to the nation’s democratic way of life and freedoms that its citizens often take for granted.

“We live in a time when great efforts are being made to falsify the record of the past and to make history a tool of propaganda; when governments, religious movements, political parties, and sectional groups of every kind are busy rewriting history as they would wish it to have been,” observed the historian Bernard Lewis a dozen years ago. Since he wrote this, Islamists have succeeded in doing the very thing. Publishers – not only Houghton Mifflin – have some explaining and work to do.

Textbooks that are used in U.S. classrooms should explain the historically potent strain of Islam that promotes separatism and theocracy. Instead, they are trying to trim history to please Islami[st] pressure groups and allied ideologues. The implications for U.S. civic education are immense, especially if students are unaware of or even accept the idea that for politically esthetic reasons they are being lied to or emotionally manipulated. To become discerning and self-preserving citizens, U.S. students must learn how consensual government, individual freedom and rights, and religious toleration based on separation of church and state are their unusual birthrights. But history textbook publishers adhere to a “multiple perspectives” ideology and bow to Muslim pressure. There is no easy or quick solution to the problem since the imperatives of selling history textbooks put educational publishers in a commercial dilemma.

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