Intifada: the Palestinian “resistance,” targeting innocent civilians and celebrating that targeting. Deborah Almontaser was disingenuous in explaining the meaning of the word, and defended it, and was rightly excoriated for doing so. But now Muslim groups are claiming that in getting heat for defending jihad terrorism she was a victim of — you guessed it — “racism” and “bigotry.”
As if it is “racist” to stand up for human decency and the civilization that is menaced by the Islamic jihadists.
From Newsday (thanks to James):
NEW YORK – Supporters of an Arabic-themed academy are calling for the reinstatement of the public school’s founding principal, who resigned amid a frenzy of negative publicity after she defended the word “intifada” on T-shirts.
About 200 people demonstrated in support of the Khalil Gibran International Academy on Monday night, gathering in front of the city’s Department of Education.
They carried signs that read “NYC needs multi-cultural education” and “The Torah and the Koran both teach peace.” Many were Muslims themselves, while others were Jewish.
They shared outrage over the political flaying that led Deborah Almontaser, the founding principal, to resign earlier this month.
“I thought this was not just an attack on her as an Arab, as a Muslim, but this was an attack on our community as a whole,” said Sara Said Alkhulaidi, originally from Yemen, but now living in Brooklyn.
Almonteser had defended the use of the word “intifada,” an Arabic term commonly used to refer to the Palestinian uprising against Israel, by Arab Women Active in Art and Media on T-shirts. The term, literally translated, meant “shaking off,” Almonteser said, while asserting that she didn’t think violence was suggested by the T-shirts.
But that response only helped to infuriate critics of the school.
They kept the volume of their rhetoric high on Monday, with critics warning students could be “indoctrinated” with radical Islamic beliefs.
State Assemblyman Dov Hikind said the school’s children could be “indoctrinated” and warned in a statement that “establishment of an Arab school is a misguided and dangerous idea.”
“It will not, as suggested, be a hope for peace; it is a blueprint for anti-Israel and anti-U.S. extremism,” he said, adding that the school has been endorsed by “radical” groups.
Supporters called such statements “racist.”
“Unless we all send a clear message that racist comments associating Arabic language and culture with terrorism will not be tolerated, we will continue to hear them again and again,” the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee and other community groups said in a statement in support of the academy.
Sure. And as long as we tolerate the smearing of opposition to jihad mass murder and Islamic supremacism as “racism,” we are going to see the race card again and again.