By William A. Mayer and Beila Rabinowitz
April 16, 2007 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On May 24, 2006 Shahawar Matin Siraj was convicted on four terrorism counts involving a plot to "place explosives at the 34th Street Subway station in New York...just prior to the start of the Republican National Convention at nearby Madison Square Garden." [source http://www.usdoj.gov/siraj_pr.pdf]
Siraj was subsequently sentenced to 30 years for his crimes.
The FBI originally became aware of Siraj as a result of it keeping tabs, using undercover agents on the activities at local mosques post 9/11. It was during these operations that Siraj's radical political beliefs and exhortations to violence surfaced.
It was a classic case of pro-active police work, preventing a potentially catastrophic crime.
In a May 27, 2006 article about the case, New York Times reporter Andrea Elliott wrote:
"Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly declared the verdict a milestone in the city's fight against terrorism. Muslim leaders say they support efforts to safeguard the country, but many believe that the Siraj case may have set back another battle that the police have been waging: to win their trust and cooperation."
During the trial Mr. Kelly met with members of the Muslim community to show them a short film that the police department had created to instruct officers about dealing "sensitively" with members of the Arab/Muslim community.
Ms. Elliott further wrote:
"Only after several questions did anyone mention the trial. Debbie Almontaser, a board member of a Muslim women's organization, told Mr. Kelly that she was saddened that the police had resorted to "F.B.I. tactics," and that she thought this was polarizing the Muslim community.Applause swept the room." [source http://www.nytimes.com:80/2006/05/27/nyregion/27muslim.html?ei=5088&en=e1d9ae090b6a75db&ex=1306382400&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&pagewanted=print]
In Almontaser's insular world, preventing a crime that could have killed hundreds is viewed as "polarizing."
As we noted in Khalil Gibran School - A Jihad Grows in Brooklyn
Board of Education's spokesman, David Castor adamantly states that the "Khalil Gibran International Academy...will not be a vehicle for political ideology."
We find that statement totally unconvincing, bordering on the ludicrous.
Almontaser's statements post 9/11 reflect a Muslim-centric viewpoint of victimhood and resentment which will be the sentiment that will be the operative ethic of the Khalil Gibran school.
Almontaser is a 9/11 denier.
Speaking to a group of impressionable sixth grade children in Brooklyn's PS 51 Almontaser stated, "I don't recognize the people who committed the attacks as either Arabs or Muslims." [source http://www.jrn.columbia.edu/studentwork/cns/2002-06-10/584.asp]
In an interview with National Public Radio on July 13, 2006 she likened the American response to 9/11 to that of totalitarian excess:
"right here in this community...we stated to see people literally disappearing....the police came and took them in the middle of the night and we were like what is going on..." [source http://www.npr.org:80/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5554170]
After September 11, both Ms. Almontaser and her husband joined a group who according to the NPR interview "every week for a year...protested the detention or interrogation of an estimated 8,000 Muslims."
If Almontaser's Khalil Gibran school goes forward, no one will be able to say that they did not know that she will be using it as a publicly funded forum to spread the radical Islamist line that Muslims are every day in America victimized by a government hell bent on persecuting and entrapping them in crimes that they had no intention of committing.
She believes that for Muslims, America is a gulag.
Responding to Board of Education Castor's misplaced contention that the "Khalil Gibran International Academy...will not be a vehicle for political ideology" we have to conclude that all you will get from the KGIA will be politics, in its most insidious form.
Given the extreme Islamist views of principal designate Dhabah Almontaser's and the Arab/Muslim "community groups" joining with her in this venture one can expect nothing less.
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