Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Paltry Few Rally in Support of Almontaser

A motley crew of miscreants and Islamist supporters gathered in lower Manhattan last night to whine, moan and seethe over the dismissal of former Arab School principal Debbie Almontaser, and predictably, they kvetched about racism, McCarthyism and Islamophobia. I wasn't even there and I could probably recite half their material since we never hear the end of it from these sniveling malcontents.

Dozens of supporters of the controversial Arabic-themed public school slated to open in Brooklyn next month rallied last night to support its recently resigned principal.

Organizers of the protest at Department of Education headquarters in lower Manhattan included members of the group that sells the "Intifada NYC" T-shirts that were initially defended by Khalil Gibran International Academy's former principal, Debbie Almontaser.

The flap over the shirts caused Almontaser - a devout Muslim and fluent Arabic speaker - to resign under fire.

"I thought this was not just an attack on her as an Arab, as a Muslim, but this was an attack on our community as a whole," said Sara Said Alkhulaidi, 21, whose brother will attend the school.

Deborah Howard, whose daughter attended a school where Almontaser once taught, said, "Anyone who says that Debbie is anything other than a woman of peace has never met Debbie."

Mona Eldahry, of Arab Women Active in Art and Media, which sold the shirts, said, "We look forward to the day when our public officials condemn the racism that has created this situation, rather than affirming it."

Rabbi Michael Feinberg, who supports the school, said the campaign against it is "the lowest of McCarthyite tactics."

When in doubt, dredge up Joe McCarthy. C'mon, dude, freshen up the material. That was over 50 years ago. I thought you people always were so progressive and wanted to MoveOn?

So apparently now, pointing out the outrageous "Intifada NYC" t-shirts is racist?


That's another canard which long ago outlived any usefulness.

The always intrepid Urban Infidel was on hand to witness this ragtag bunch of malcontents and has a photo essay:

Pro-Madrassa Rally for Khalil Gibran School .

No comments: