Markowitz Calls Opponents `Disgraceful’ and `Xenophobic’
By Mary Frost, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
BOERUM HILL — Calling themselves “Communities in Support of KGIA,” a group of individuals and organizations held a press conference yesterday morning to call for Department of Education to support the city’s first Arabic-themed school and to reinstate its founding principal, Debbie Almontaser.
The group is also asking the City Council to investigate the events leading up to Almontaser’s resignation.
“Debbie’s comments were no excuse for the treatment she and the school received from certain media outlets…These insinuations were disgraceful, xenophobic and racist.” ~ Bor. Pres. Marty Markowitz
Almontaser was pushed to resign just weeks before the opening day of the Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA) after being criticized for not immediately condemning T-shirts printed with the words “Intifada NYC.” The shirts were sold by a young Arabic women’s empowerment group that operates out of the same office where Almontaser works on the board of the Association of Yemeni-Americans. More…