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April 20, 2007

The Dangerous Islamist Leftism Of Dhabah (Debbie) Almontaser And The Proposed Khalil Gibran School In Brooklyn

Topics: Dhimmitude
Being a woman in traditional garb has made me a role model for young women throughout the city" - Dhabah (Debbie) Almontaser, April 16, 2007

dhabah.jpgIf one is to judge by the comments made by Dhabah Almontaser on the Norwegian Amnesty International website, the embattled principal designee of a proposed and publicly funded Arab separatist school [the Khalil Gibran International Academy] reveal her professed moderation is nothing but a poorly constructed hoax, and that the school will be a vehicle for leftist and Islamist ideology. -

According to Dhabah Almontaser, the principal designee of the proposed Khalil Gibran School in Brooklyn, the 9/11 Attacks America's Fault, and "terror is the last resource of a desperate and oppressed people" (as in oppressed by America). Almontaser's views and objectives are so bizarre that the school will be a government funded madrassah - from which to propagate an Islamist/leftist agenda would be a precedent setting victory for those who are seeking to force America into submission. The school more a vehicle for teaching political ideology and implementing "creeping sharia," than teaching "culture and understanding."

In a previous post we commented on the Khalil Gibran School, a new public secondary school in Brooklyn that is to include Middle Eastern studies in its curriculum taught by well known pro-Islamists. At the time we called it "taxpayer-funded jihad in New York City," and said that the school sounds more like a vehicle for teaching political ideology and implementing "creeping sharia," than teaching "culture and understanding." Beila Rabinowitz and William A. Mayer, writing at, have called it government funded Da'wa (proselytizing Islam):

Acceding to a movement led by members of its Arabic and Muslim communities, New York City's educational establishment has proposed that the Khalil Gibran International Academy be established to address the perceived special needs of Arab and Muslim students.

Though the institution is not slated to open until September, its controversial nature has already produced a strong and negative public reaction.

Upon examination we believe that the effect of establishing an institution designed to serve the narrow interests of a particularly vocal group of activists would have distinctly the opposite effect from that intended.

One of America's founding themes is expressed by the phrase "E pluribus unum" which translates as - out of many, one. It was meant to describe a single nation coming together from the thirteen original colonies merging into a single cultural entity. .

Institutions like the KGIA however run counter to such ideas because they tend to instill a sense of separateness.

They fracture society rather than bring it together.

New York schools have recently started using an instruction guide, Educational Outreach for Muslim Sensitivity prepared by Columbia University's Middle East Institute, headed by Rashid Khalidi.

Module one, lesson one of this manual is titled "E pluribus unum, from many, one" invoking our above noted reference. This is done however with an apparently unperceived sense of the absurd, setting forth the argument that an institution designed to increase inter-cultural divisions will somehow heal societal rifts.

The guide's preamble speaks for itself:

"The national tragedy of September 11th produced unimaginable levels of grief and suffering. No one has been spared, for the disaster also unleashed a widespread backlash against Muslims and people of Arab or South Asian descent in the United States. Although press coverage of this problem has diminished since the onset of the War on Terrorism, indiscriminate acts of hate against members of these groups continue to surface, including harassment, threats of violence, physical attacks against persons and property, and at least five deaths under investigation as hate crimes. If it's happening in the streets, then what about public schools?"
The Khalil Gibran International Academy's designated principal, Dhabah Almontaser had a prominent role in designing this curriculum and has been a featured "In Service Day Trainer" to effect the program's implementation.
That the curriculum's intentions are clearly other than as they have been portrayed and that it is to be little more than a vehicle for leftist and Islamist ideology is now made all the more evident by comments made by principal designee Dhabah Almontaser on the Norwegian Amnesty International website. As described by, the presentation of professed moderation on the part of Almontaser is nothing but a poorly constructed hoax:

One insidious aspect of the response against the war on terror has been the phenomenon of Western Islamist groups aligning themselves with the hard left, ogranizations like International ANSWER and the War Resister's League.

Although it is not that surprising given this newfound affinity between radical Islam and Marxist revolutionaries, Ms. Almontaser seems quite comfortable in this environment, so much so that she was a keynote speaker at a September 11, 2002 demonstration organized by among others, the War Resisters League, the Saudi funded Hamas front group Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] and the Muslim American Society, the American wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Also speaking at the protest was Emira Habiby Browne, founder of the Arab American Family Support Center [AAFSC] a key promoter of the Khalil Gibran school. [source Protest Flyer].

As if the above referenced 'leftist credentials weren't enough, take a look at the below excerpted interview published by the Norwegian branch of Amnesty International on October 10, 2002 (Via Her statements in this interview are indeed "shockingly extreme, having more in common with the ideology of the 9/11 hijackers than not":

"President Bush is trying to destroy the United States that I love and of which I am a result. He has abandoned our forefather's ideals of a society of freedom; democracy and pluralism build by immigrants. He is a nightmare."

"We are in favor of combating terror, but that cannot be done by violating fundamental human rights, says Debbie Almontaser (37). - After the terror attacks last year our government has put aside our civil rights and it is particularly Muslim, Arab-American and South Asian families that suffer under this."

"I would love to see a peace-loving country as Norway calling the USA to the carpet, telling that enough is enough. I would like to see Norway taking the risk demanding that USA stops the killings, spreading suffering, emergency and fear in countries as Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela and Sudan, she says. - I would like to see Norway show its guts in the Security Council and protest against unfair and racist policies. Stop the sanctions against Iraq; can't you see that it is the civil population that suffers?"

"This is my South Asian neighborhood; Debbie says proud and continues in a more serious manner. - About 80 people were arrested here just after September 11 last year, no one knows why. And they still observe us, a little while ago the FBI infiltrated our community, people speaking Arabic were spying on us. That has lead to new detentions."

"The harassment has decreased. - The tendency in New York is that people embrace their Muslim and Arab neighbors. However, the same cannot be said about the American government's policy, that fuels up under prejudice and mistrust towards every person with origin in the Middle East or Southeast Asia, Debbie thinks."

"Earlier you could be arrested for being black and driving a car, now it has become a crime to fly when you are brown. I believe a lot of Arab Americans have realized that we are in the same boat as the black Americans; we must learn from their experiences and struggle against racism. I have realized that our foreign policy is racist; in the "war against terror" people of color are the target."

Why do you think terrorists attacked the USA?

"A year ago I could not answer such a question. To me it was just impossible to comprehend how someone could do such terrible, totally sick atrocities. Many said they were not surprised that terrorists attacked the US. That hurt me deeply. Today I believe that the terrorist attacks can have been triggered by the way the USA breaks its promises with countries across the world, especially in the Middle East and the fact that it has not been a fair mediator with its foreign policy. It is not true that the people in the Middle East and Southeast Asia hate our lifestyle, our freedom and our democracy. What disturbs them is that we in order to secure our own well being, deprive them of the possibility of achieving the same high living standard and freedom of choice that we have in the western world. Terror is the last resource of a desperate and oppressed people, but that does not mean that it is acceptable. People who do terrorist acts have lost the sense of right and wrong, each individual committing such acts should be punished with the maximum extent of the law. Only Allah is entitled to take lives.

How do you think terror can be combated?

"At least not by bombing a country into pieces! We did not bomb the hometown of Timothy McVeigh to combat terror when he exploded the Oklahoma bomb in 1995. Great Britain does not bomb North Ireland to fight down the IRA, and Spain does not kill hundreds of civilians in their search for ETA terrorists. So which right do we have to kill Afghan women and children, old and young in the search for Al Qaeda?

"Terror is combated by finding the terrorist cells, break them down and bring the responsible to justice. I am sure that our intelligence can find them. With the technology of today they survey what ever they want and are infiltrated in all kinds of communities."

"I have not seen the terror threat decrease by Bush' "war against terror." He is fighting a war against a ghost, o ghost called Osama bin Laden. What is the real and underlying motivations for the "war against terror" remains to see, but control over oil resources in the region and a shift in regime in Iraq is probably among Bush's underlying goals."

Does the American people support president Bush' "war against terror"?

"Many are protesting, but many more support him. But most people do not know what is going on. It is you Europeans who know about such things. The American people believes that everything is all right and that the USA lives by its ideals of democracy, individual freedom and the American dream out there as well. So did I, until 11 September 2001. But I have experienced that when you talk to people and explain what is going on, then they are as strongly against the "war against terror" as I. That gives me hope for the future."

Surely, as William A. Mayer & Beila Rabinowitz put it, Dhabah Almontaser's hope lies outside the confines of the American dream, which she obviously no longer believes in:
She thinks that the president is a "nightmare" that he is intentionally "destroying the United States" and that "our government has put aside our civil rights." In her world the United States is engaged in a policy of "killings, spreading suffering, emergency and fear" while the "FBI infiltrated our community" which "has lead to new detentions."

She believes that America's policies are responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

Almontaser's critique of America is Orwellian, that the country is indistinguishable from a Soviet era gulag. It is her leftist/Islamist vision that will be inculcated into the students of the proposed Khalil Gibran school, reinforcing their sense of victimhood and radicalizing them. Her ideology is alien to America's core values and founding principles. Allowing her to create an even more potent vehicle - a government funded madrassah - from which to propagate an Islamist/leftist agenda would be a precedent setting victory for those who are seeking to force America into submission.

Readers would do well to read Richard's post today titled "Muslim Speaker Tells Of Islam's Plan For Europe And America," in which Richard writes of an analysis of Islam's invasion of America, and the agenda of Islamists and visible methods to take over America by the year 2020, by Anis Shorrosh, a Christian Arab-American who emigrated from Arab-controlled Jerusalem in January 1967. Shorrosh's analysis of Islam's invasion of America includes a commentary on agenda of Islamists and the visible methods to take over America by the year 2020.'' Interestingly, what we see happening through Dhabah Almontaser and the proposed Khalil Gibran School in Brooklyn fits like OJ's glove with numbers 10 through 13 of Shorrosh's list of 20 visible methods Islamists will use to take over America by the year 2020:
10. Reading, writing, arithmetic and research through the American educational system, mosques and student centers (now 1,500) should be sprinkled with dislike of Jews, evangelical Christians and democracy. There are currently 300 exclusively Muslim schools in the U.S. which teach loyalty to the Quran, not the U.S. Constitution (edit - that was in 2003, 4 years ago). In January of 2002, Saudi Arabia's Embassy in Washington mailed 4,500 packets of the Quran and videos promoting Islam to America's high schools - free of charge. Saudi Arabia would not allow the U.S. to reciprocate.

11. Provide very sizable monetary Muslim grants to colleges and universities in America to establish ''Centers for Islamic studies'' with Muslim directors to promote Islam in higher-education institutions.

12. Let the entire world know through propaganda, speeches, seminars, local and national media that terrorists have hijacked Islam, when in truth, Islam hijacked the terrorists.

13. Appeal to the historically compassionate and sensitive Americans for sympathy and tolerance towards Muslims in America who are portrayed as mainly immigrants from oppressed countries.

As I said: Just like OJ's glove!

Related links (via

Khalil Gibran principal Almontaser undergoes PR makover switches clothes and headcovering in attempt to disquise Islamist agenda (MUST read)

The Khalil Gibran School - Government Funded Da'wa

Rampant Revisionism In Columbia University's Muslim Sensitivity Teaching Plan

Khalil Gibran School - A Jihad Grows in Brooklyn

New York Set To Open A "Public" Jihad School

Posted by Abdul at April 20, 2007 5:56 AM

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