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CAIR-NY: Elected Officials Support Arabic Language School

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 9/20/07) – The New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) yesterday participated in a press conference at the NYC Department of Education (DOE) in support of the Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA) and its founding principal Debbie Almontaser.

Speakers included Senator Bill Perkins, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member and Chairman of Education Committee Robert Jackson, and Council Member John Liu.

“The DOE’s inaction in the face of xenophobic smear campaigns against KGIA is a tacit acceptance of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry,” said CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali. “We call on the DOE to immediately reinstate Ms. Almontaser and allocate resources to effectively minimize future attacks on the school and by extension attacks on all those who support diversity and tolerance.&quot

CAIR-NY is member of the Communities in Support of KGIA, a diverse of group of New Yorkers and community based organizations committed to quality education for all communities.

SEE: Communities in Support of KGIA

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 212-870-2002, 732-429-4268,


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