Debbie Almontaser, principal of Khalil Gibran International Academy, the controversial public Arabic school set to open in Brooklyn (about which Daniel Pipes has much illuminating background here), has resigned — just days after her dissembling explanation of “Intifada” t-shirts.
From FoxNews (thanks to James):
NEW YORK “” A New York City principal who came under fire for controversial comments about an “intifada” T-shirt that seemed to condone terrorism has resigned.
On Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg accepted the resignation of Debbie Almontaser, principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, an English-Arabic school set to open next month in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Almontaser had come under fire for comments she made to the New York Post about an “Intifada NYC” T-shirt that is sold by an activist group that shares an office with the Yemeni-American association that Almontaser represents.
Before condemning the T-shirt message’s connection to Palestinian terrorism, Almontaser told the Post that “intifada” means “shaking off” and the shirts represented women “shaking off” oppression.
The comments infuriated the city’s United Federation of Teachers president, Randi Weingarten, who called the message “war-mongering.”