“The right woman for the job” : Voice of the People

Middle Village: I, a Catholic, know Debbie Almontaser, a Muslim, from a number of interfaith events promoting peace and cross-cultural understanding – the exact goals of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, which she helped create and of which she was to be the principal. Right after 9/11 – a time when our city and country were at the peak of fear, ignorance and desire for revenge – Almontaser courageously stepped into the fray to help calm, educate, and build bridges. The vicious smear campaign that some have launched to sabotage the Khalil Gibran academy exemplifies exactly why we need both the school and Debbie Almontaser. For the sake of our children, and a better future, we must support both.

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