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(ACTION ALERT UPDATE) “Stop the Madrassa [Khalil Gibran]” & the INSANE New Twist

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Update: Please check this new article in the NYT defending Sr. Debbie and spread the word on your blogs (hat tip to br. Tariq and muslimmetthod).

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It is quite interesting that whenever there is any form of prejudicial attack on an organization or an event, you will always find bigots closing ranks and joining the party. That itself is an indication of the less than pristine motivations of such groups.

As we have been talking about the attacks on the Arabic school in New York and the resignation-under-pressure of Debbie AlMontaser, a new twist has come about (hat-tip to CAIR’s email). Apparently, one of the main coalitions opposing the school, the so-called “Stop the Madrassa” (the fact that they don’t know that a Madrassa simply means school shows how much the school for Arabic language is needed! What irony!) has among its ranks, the inSANE leader David Yerushalmi. Here are quotes that define this organization (more can be found in this previous post on inSANE):

America was the handiwork of faithful Christians, mostly men, and almost entirely white, who ventured from Europe to create a nation in their image of a country existing as free men under G-d.

Muslim civilization is at war with Judeo-Christian civilization. . .The Muslim peoples, those committed to Islam as we know it today, are our enemies.

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Isn’t it amazing that Debbie gets crucified for an Arabic definition that some didn’t like, yet David’s words all over his website are not a cause of concern for the other board members of “Stop the Madrassa” (see article in Jewish Week)? As I stated, when bigots get together for a party, all other bigots are welcome! Here’s the rest of the CAIR dispatch:

(NEW YORK, NY, 8/27/07) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on a group opposed to an Arabic language public school in New York to purge its ranks of racists and extremists after revelations of a key leader’s apparent anti-Semitic views.

The Jewish Week newspaper reports that David Yerushalmi, an advisory board member and counsel of the “Stop the Madrassa” group, has condemned democracy in the United States and, “in comments that evoke classical anti-Semitic stereotypes, says he finds truth in the view that Jews ‘destroy their host nations like a fatal parasite.'” (“Stop the Madrassa” is fighting to keep the Khalil Gibran International Academy from opening September 4.)

SEE: Tables Turn On Arab School Critics (The Jewish Week)

In June, CAIR called on the producers of a PBS-sponsored documentary on “moderate Muslims” to repudiate their alleged ties to another group headed by Yerushalmi that advocates imposing prison terms for “adherence to Islam” and that questions whether women and African-Americans should be allowed to vote.

Yerushalmi, the president and founder of the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), published an online article in which he claims to be the attorney for Frank Gaffney, Alex Alexiev and Martyn Burke, the producers of the controversial PBS documentary “Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center” currently airing on more than 20 PBS stations nationwide.

SEE: Racist Group Linked to PBS ‘Moderate Muslims’ Documentary (CAIR)
SEE ALSO: Wash. Times Promotes Hate Group that Would Outlaw Islam (CAIR)

In a March 2, 2006, article for The American Spectator, Yerushalmi wrote: “Muslim civilization is at war with Judeo-Christian civilization. . .The Muslim peoples, those committed to Islam as we know it today, are our enemies.”

“Those who advocate racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, or anti-Semitic views can have no beneficial role in reasoned public debate on issues of importance to our society,” said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Coordinator Aliya Latif.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Moiez

    August 28, 2007 at 11:33 PM

    Amad your my hero

  2. Umm Layth

    August 28, 2007 at 11:42 PM

    Subhaanallah.. we’re all going to die. But these people decide that they prefer to live their life foolishly, while the day that they and us will rot in the ground is soon to come. ya Allah

  3. N K

    August 29, 2007 at 1:22 AM

    The NY Times has a good article on this issue. I am glad atleast someone in the mainstream media is writing the truth. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/29/education/29education.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

  4. ibnabeeomar

    August 29, 2007 at 9:52 AM

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  6. Yusuf Smith

    August 29, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    As-Salaamu ‘alaikum,

    My interpretation is that Yerushalmi is not being anti-Semitic; he’s boasting. Perhaps he thinks his people are so powerful that they can say things like this and get away with it. However, the West’s friendliness to Jews, and indulgence of Zionism, since the Holocaust has much to do with guilt but also much to do with the fact that the Jews have fitted into European society by mostly shedding their outward differences and many of the religious strictures which marked them apart; they are seen as familiar and not foreign. If too many of them have Yerushalmi’s attitude, this impression won’t last long.

  7. Fr. Carl Chudy

    August 31, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    We would like to announce the forming of a new Interfaith Book Club.

    Interfaith Book Club for Young Adults
    Where: Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Holliston MA
    When: September 18 2007at 7pm (Monthly gatherings)
    What: Meet kindred book lovers,. We will explore the relationship between spirituality of the great world faiths and the defining contemporary global events. All faiths welcome!

    Contact: Fr. Carl Chudy or Fr. Joe Matteucig, Xaverian Missionaries at 508.429.2144 or email: bookclub-912@meetup.com. Register online at: http://www.bookclub.meetup.com/912/

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