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NY Madrassa principal resigns…now how about nixing the school? Update: Stop the Madrassa to file for injunctive relief against Khalil Gibran academy

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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 10, 2007 01:00 PM

Update: 1:57pm Eastern. Just received from Pamela Hall at Stop the Madrassa…

StopThe Madrassa Community Coalition remains absolutely determined to get to the bottom of what the Khalil Gibran Internationl Academy is all about. Dhabah Almontaser’s resignation just adds to the ineptitude, confusion and unwillingness to disclose any details, all of which leads to a conclusion of some kind of coverup.

We’re planning to file for injunctive relief to enjoin the school from opening until the City provides the explanation and information required by law so the public can know what is going on.

In the wake of the Intifada t-shirt scandal, the woman who was supposed to lead the taxpayer-funded, Arabic-themed public school known as the “Khalil Gibran academy” has resigned:

A New York City principal who came under fire for controversial comments about an “intifada” T-shirt that seemed to condone terrorism has resigned.

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.

Before condemning 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.”

But what about the school itself? Replacing Almontaser won’t make this exercise in sharia creep any better.

The NYPost had reported this morning on the puny turnout for the school:

The controversial Khalil Gibran International Academy scheduled to open next month has attracted only a handful of Arabic-speaking students, The Post has learned.

Just six Arabic speakers and one English-language learner out of 44 registered students have enrolled at the Brooklyn public academy that critics fear will become a city-funded Islamic school.

“We didn’t anticipate a full 50-50 split,” said Department of Education spokeswoman Melody Meyer.

The English-Arabic school was envisioned by Principal Debbie Almontaser as a multicultural institution serving grades 6-12 for native Arabic speakers and students wanting to learn the language. Students would become fluent in both languages while immersed in Arab culture and history under her plan.

At least for the first year there will only be a handful of sixth-grade students able to enjoy the boxes of books and textbooks translated into Arabic that Almontaser ordered.

The grass-roots activists at Stop the Madrassa continue to lobby for shutting down the whole, fundamentally flawed enterprise.

It is utterly damning that this thing has been allowed to progress at far as it has.

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AllahPundit tips his hat to NYC teachers’ union prez, Randi Weingarten.

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