NY METRO: Arabic school opens

Academy welcomes students as ‘madrassa’ foes hit City Hall

By michael rundle and joshua rhett miller / metro new york

SEP 5, 2007

BOERUM HILL. Fears of protests at the Khalil Gibran International Academy failed to materialize on the first day of school yesterday.

Banners were raised reading “New Yorkers Support Khalil Gibran School,” and placards greeted students in Arabic and English. Groups such as Brooklyn for Peace provided cookies and orange juice.

“We’re here so they don’t feel intimidated,” said Susan Metz, with Brooklyn for Peace. “We’re here to welcome them and assure them they have the support of people in the neighborhood.” More…

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