“Intifada NYC”

posted at 9:40 am on August 6, 2007 by Bryan

We’ve reported on “sharia chic” before, but this story takes it to a new level. It looks like we have a full blown madrassah in New York City, and they have their own fire-em-up t-shirts on sale:

August 6, 2007 — Activists with ties to the principal of the city’s controversial new Arabic-themed school are hawking T- shirts that glorify Palestinian terror, The Post has learned.

The inflammatory tees boldly declare “Intifada NYC” – apparently a call for a Gaza-style uprising in the Big Apple.

The organization selling the shirts, Arab Women Active in Art and Media, shares office space on Brooklyn’s Third Avenue with the Saba Association of American Yemenis.

Dhabah “Debbie” Almontaser, principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy – which is scheduled to open in Brooklyn next month – is a board member and spokeswoman for Saba.

Read the article — Almontaser shrugs off any connection to “uprising” in a way that’s every bit as convincing as when we hear some jihadist shrug off “jihad” as a purely inner struggle.

Once you’ve read the article, head over to JammieWearingFool to look in on an association that Almontaser can’t just shrug off.

Linda Sarsour is the director of the Arab American Association of New York. In 2005 she organised the Arab American Heritage festival together with her friend Dhabah aka Debbie Almontaser, the principal designate of The Khalil Gibran International Academy. In a 2004 article Sarsour revealed that Arab men pictured in an Arab newspaper recruiting suicide bombers for martyrdom were relatives and friends – one of them was her brother in law who is serving a 12 year sentence for his involvement with Hamas. Sarsour’s husband is facing deportation and she was “questioned by US authorities”. One reason could be that her husband together with his brother and Sarsour’s cousin, may have been involved in Hamas activities as well.

When people associated with Hamas use the word “intifida,” it means intifada“uprising.”

Update (AP): Will the madrassa be offering a penmanship class?

Update (bp):
Surprise, surprise — the school’s principal thinks terrorism is a reaction to US foreign policy, which is raaaacist:

Some of the contention about the Academy surrounds Almontaser’s past political comments such as, “Fundamentalist Muslims were blamed for the terror attacks … I have realized that our foreign policy is racist; in the ‘war against terror’ people of color are the target.”

She has also said, “terrorist attacks have been triggered by the way the USA breaks its promises with countries across the world, especially in the Middle East, and the fact that it has not been a fair mediator with its foreign policy.”

Almontaser was also given an award by the controversial Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and others in Congress have accused of having ties to terrorism.


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It’s like if there was a shirt from 1939 that said “Final Solution – Warsaw”

HockeyTemper on August 6, 2007 at 9:47 AM

Can I stuff one of these T-shirts down the toilet, or would that be a hate crime?

saint kansas on August 6, 2007 at 9:50 AM

I wonder where the money is going from the sale of the shirts…

mimi1220 on August 6, 2007 at 9:51 AM

New York eh? New Yorkers are at least as confrontational enough to act like good Christians and greet every such tee shirt with “Jesus loves you”.

Of course the Anti Christian Lawers Union would probably sue.

TunaTalon on August 6, 2007 at 9:52 AM

HockeyTempter — you nailed it.

aunursa on August 6, 2007 at 9:53 AM

I’ll expect Ibrahim Hooper to condemn this in short order. /sarc

forest on August 6, 2007 at 9:54 AM

Oh come on! Everyone knows that ‘jihad’ really means “pleasant chat over a cup of tea”. Peace, folks, it’s the religion of peace.

Mr. Bingley on August 6, 2007 at 9:55 AM

Dang methodists.

locomotivebreath1901 on August 6, 2007 at 10:05 AM

This t-shirt is very telling. In Union Square Park (NYC just before the Greenwich Village frontier), many protestors gather to speak out against Bush, capitalism, the war, etc.,.

MANY people are wearing Che Guevarra action wear, and selling those shirts, ties, purses, whatever. From what I can tell, business is good.

I have now noticed t-shirts showing the image of Che wearing a keffiyah! Now, recall the pictures of Che being displayed by some terrorists in the Middle East. See the connection?

I believe that too many New Yorkers will purchase and wear this Intifada NY t-shirt.

What next…Intifada thongs for that special lady in our lives?

God, Buddha, and Michelle help us!

The False Dervish on August 6, 2007 at 10:10 AM

New Yorkers will blame this on Bush.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on August 6, 2007 at 10:11 AM

interesting:

one of the things they like to point out, is that Columbus didn’t get to America first, the Muslims did…

And then, on the website (addy on the t-shirt):

A is for Arab: Any person of Arab decent or from an Arabic speaking country. This does not mean that you speak fluent Arabic or were born over there. Have you ever heard the term, New YoRICAN? You could be BrooklySTINIAN or speak ManhARABIC.

W is for Women: adult female persons (as opposed to men). Because why should boys have all the fun.

A is for Active, as in moving, disposed to take action or make change, exerting influence or producing an effect: “an active ingredient”; “She was politically active.”

A is for Arts: the products of human creativity, the creation of beautiful or significant things. “She had mastered the art of a great DJ.”

M is for Media: Transmissions disseminated widely to the public. “What medium will you use to send your message?”

Granted, out of hand, you can’t rightly make the assumption that this is leading to any sort of nefariousness.

Then again, you can’t rightly not, either.

yo on August 6, 2007 at 10:13 AM

The fact that they are doing this in NYC of all places is stunning.

Bad Candy on August 6, 2007 at 10:16 AM

Where’s my t-shirt of Santiago Matamoros, Saint James the Moor-Slayer?

Thomas the Wraith on August 6, 2007 at 10:19 AM

I guess the only thing to do is start wearing “Proud to be an Infidel” T-shirt. They would scream like a stuck pig.

bopbottle on August 6, 2007 at 10:31 AM

Re: your update, “There is no God but Allah.”

This should be a firing or severe discipline offense — in the school teacher gone wayward in classroom sense.

Christoph on August 6, 2007 at 10:33 AM

It’s like if there was a shirt from 1939 that said “Final Solution – Warsaw”

HockeyTemper on August 6, 2007 at 9:47 AM

Bingo. And most of the useful idiots who buy these shirts probably can’t even find NYC on a map.

infidel4life on August 6, 2007 at 10:34 AM

Can I stuff one of these T-shirts down the toilet, or would that be a hate crime?

saint kansas on August 6, 2007 at 9:50 AM

That ain’t where i’d stuff!

TheSitRep on August 6, 2007 at 10:34 AM

Linda Sarsour has also attempted to shift attention away from her Hamas connections and construct a moderate facade by joining the board of the Dialogue Project an interfaith group which brings Israelis and “Palestinians” together to talk about peace and love. The organisation was started by her friend and colleague Dhabah Amontaser.

Oh, they want to bring the palestinians and Israelis together all right, but I have a feeling talking about peace and love is not on their agenda!

4shoes on August 6, 2007 at 11:03 AM

Intifada means peace.

Kensington on August 6, 2007 at 11:05 AM

the are already madrassas in NY, most mosques run a madrassah on a friday or sunday, where kids go to learn Quran, much like schul or sunday school, i dont think all US madrassahs are terror training grounds in the US.

zane on August 6, 2007 at 11:08 AM

Thanks for the link Bryan.

Someone above mentioned CAIR. Well, they know about her. Via Daniel Pipes:

Rewarding these views, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a foreign-funded front organization, in 2005 bestowed an honor on Ms. Almontaser for her “numerous contributions” to the protection of civil liberties.

JammieWearingFool on August 6, 2007 at 11:08 AM

zane -

that’s not the point, and you know it. this isn’t some school out of a mosque – it’s a publicly-funded school.

i think all madrassahs are potential training grounds, and i have good reasons for believing it:

the saudis fund & distribute their wahhabi ideology there.

the pakistanis make up the bulk of imams, and are trained in the deobandi strain which is very similar to wahhabi islam.

you can keep your head in the sand…i prefer to appear paranoid. i have a greater chance of staying alive that way.

Miss_Anthrope on August 6, 2007 at 11:24 AM

PTNO

Paintball Target Number One.

profitsbeard on August 6, 2007 at 11:29 AM

You know what the problem with these shirts is? They’re ugly. They look like those tee shirts you buy at gas stations in tourist trap towns. I would normally be the first to say that these will be all over Urban Outfitters, like those heinous white tees with the giant black writing on them (the ones that say like “Make Candy Not War” or “I Heart Peace”), but hipsters would never wear anything that is this…minivan mommy-ish. Unless they were being ironic. But the “intifada” is ironic enough as it is; this might just push it over the top.

So, retarded, yes, but Sharia chic? Prob. not…lol

E. M. on August 6, 2007 at 11:29 AM

“I think it’s pretty much an opportunity for girls to express that they are part of New York City society . . . and shaking off oppression.”

Why exactly is that? Because when you think NYC “society”, you ALWAYS think intifada or because it’s a tee shirt and not a burka?

kjspeedial on August 6, 2007 at 11:33 AM

With all of the terror fashion reporting, you guys should be the TMZ of Jihad Watch.

congsan on August 6, 2007 at 11:36 AM

You can even “Watch The Fashionista Diaries Wednesdays at 9 pm ET/PT”

Very Che Chic!!!

http://soapnet.go.com/shows/fashionista/

The Angel Michael on August 6, 2007 at 11:54 AM

Despite everything they’ve learned, the Americans and their rulers have allowed Islam and muslims to remain in their country. Given the threatening character of the muslims’ divine laws, the Americans’ forbearance seems to be another example of “cruel pity,” likely to do far more harm than good to their country. Yet I think conditions will remain as they are, as long as the Americans’ rulers are more afraid of the muslims than of the Americans.

Kralizec on August 6, 2007 at 12:12 PM

these people will be in jail by the end of the week…

Kaptain Amerika on August 6, 2007 at 12:13 PM

Oh, they want to bring the palestinians and Israelis together all right, but I have a feeling talking about peace and love is not on their agenda!

4shoes on August 6, 2007 at 11:03 AM

Oh yes it is, “We would love it if you would all die then we could have peace“… see how it works!

Gwillie on August 6, 2007 at 12:58 PM

This school was a flashback discussion on Reilly last week. It was tauted as an Arabic school, which is total nonsense. There would never have been a “German” school during the years leading up to WWII sponsored by NYC. This is clearly a religious, Jihad, hate-based school for ramping up traitors and foreigners.

How can you be surprised by a NE State that would elect someone from Arkansas to be their Senator? NY state is a close second to the OZ award currently held by Massachusetts, and closing the gap quickly.

Hening on August 6, 2007 at 1:01 PM

I wonder what the reaction would be if someone started putting out T-Shirts etc with the slogan “Pro-Life Intifada”?

It would be almost worth the headache just to see, wouldn’t it?

(I said “almost”)

Blaise on August 6, 2007 at 1:16 PM

Can I stuff one of these T-shirts down the toilet, or would that be a hate crime?

YES! you really had to ask

Mojack420 on August 6, 2007 at 1:37 PM

At least now I know who to punch in the face.

EduardoOTI on August 6, 2007 at 1:45 PM

O.K…..

Practicing freedom of speech are they?

Well… here go the T-shirts with the caption:
“The Koran belongs in the toilet”

Mcguyver on August 6, 2007 at 1:50 PM

these people will be in jail featured on {Good Morning | We Hate} America by the end of the week…

Kaptain Amerika on August 6, 2007 at 12:13 PM

There – fixed that for ya!

CrazyFool on August 6, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Did the Jews occupy NYC or am I missing something?

Tim Burton on August 6, 2007 at 2:33 PM

Where’s my t-shirt of Santiago Matamoros, Saint James the Moor-Slayer?

Thomas the Wraith on August 6, 2007 at 10:19 AM

Yeah.

“Take Yo Ass Back to Suckistan.”

–Saint James

Zach on August 6, 2007 at 2:36 PM

LOL! I have an idea…will come back with it.

Zach, mind if I borrow your language?

Miss_Anthrope on August 6, 2007 at 3:51 PM

I wonder how she would like a tee-shirt that said…”The only good Palestinian…Is a dead Palestinian”

doriangrey on August 6, 2007 at 4:00 PM

The False Dervish on August 6, 2007 at 10:10 AM

Union Square is a mini-Haight Ashbury. The idiots with the bongo drums drive me up the wall every time I have to walk by. It’s full of Che and “authentic Native American” gear dealers. I’ve noticed more and more pro-Palestinian and Hezbollah junk, too.

You’d think that anti-capitalists would happily give everything away, but the last time I suggested that to the dirty, hairy hippy selling the crap, he said, “Then how am I supposed to make a living?”

“Welcome to Capitalism,” I said.

I thought (hoped) he’d swing at me, but he must have seen the look in my eyes. Pity.

ticticboom on August 6, 2007 at 5:19 PM

These “people” are really starting to piss me off with their antics. And i’m sure i’m not the only one.

madne0 on August 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM

No, Kensington, intifada does not mean peace. Try a course in Arabic. Selam is peace (as in freedom from war), or amin (civil order), or even hudu’h (tranquility.) Intifada means uprising or rebellion. I direct you to Hans Wehr’s dictionary, should you like to fact-check me.

black campbell on August 6, 2007 at 6:57 PM

So while the left are attacking any means to fight this war,
the enemy has free rein on US soil,under the guise to do as
they please,(peaceably).
And under insult to injury on New York soil no less.

canopfor on August 6, 2007 at 8:45 PM

Thank God, that i moved out of NYC to NC when i wanted to start my family. I love all the T-shirts slogans everyone except we’d get charge with a hate crime in NYC.

kathleen on August 6, 2007 at 10:13 PM