Breaking: Principal of NYC Arabic-themed school resigns over “Intifada” t-shirts
posted at 12:02 pm on August 10, 2007 by Allahpundit
Just breaking on Fox News. Apparently Bloomberg himself announced it on his radio show. The unlikely hero in bringing public attention to this, aside from the New York Post and its relentless coverage? Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers, who lowered the boom on principal Debbie Almontaser for her pitiful literalist defense of the term “intifada”:
“I’m very concerned about it, and it’s not often that I write as blistering a letter as I wrote, but it’s not OK to explain away ‘intifada,’ ” she said. “Maybe this was just a real error in judgment for which she has now apologized, or maybe, ultimately, she should not be a principal.
“She now has a much higher standard that she has to prove, that this is not the way she’s going to run that school.”…
Almontaser defended the shirts, first reported Monday by The Post, by defining “intifada” as a “shaking off” of oppression rather than acknowledging its widespread association with the call to violence among some Palestinians against Israelis.
“I’m glad she apologized quickly, but this is the kind of thing that you immediately say, ‘No. People shouldn’t have T-shirts like that. That’s warmongering. That’s preaching,’ ” said Weingarten.
“That’s something that ought to be denounced, not be explained away.”
Which side of the dispute did Mayor Mike’s DOE come down on? As if you need to ask:
Department of Education spokesman David Cantor said Almontaser’s next-day apology should end the matter.
“She fully repudiated those statements,” he said. “We’re satisfied. We’re moving on.”
Evidently they didn’t because now she’s been, ahem, “shaken off.” Au revoir.
Update: Here’s the article at Fox News. Bare bones thus far.