Breaking News! Almontaser Has Resigned!
Last week, WC and I interviewed Pamela Hall of the Stop the Madrassa. Looks as if her coalition has managed a victory!
Almontaser, named as the principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy (aka the New York City Madrassa), has resigned.
The story from Fox News, on Friday, August 10:
A New York City principal who came under fire for controversial comments about an "intifada" T-shirt that seemed to condone terrorism has resigned.Who says that we bloggers cannot make a difference?
On Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg accepted the resignation of Debbie Almontaser, principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, an English-Arabic school set to open next month in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Almontaser had come under fire for comments she made to the New York Post about an "Intifada NYC" T-shirt that is sold by an activist group that shares an office with the Yemeni-American association that Almontaser represents.
The day before she condemned the T-shirt message's connection to Palestinian terrorism, Almontaser told the Post that "intifada" means "shaking off" and the shirts represented women "shaking off" oppression.
The comments infuriated the city's United Federation of Teachers president, Randi Weingarten, who called the message "war-mongering."
“That’s something that ought to be denounced, not be explained away,” she told the paper.
Click here to read the Post's story.
The New York Post reported Friday that the school had attracted only a handful of Arabic-speaking students.