An Arab American’s Pocket Political Dictionary

Dedicated to Debbie Almontaser, the Arab-American principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy — the first public school in New York City dedicated to the study of the Arabic language and Arab culture. Almontaser was forced to resign last week after a campaign by Daniel Pipes and the Stop the Madrassa Coalition. Almontaser’s crime: she correctly translated the word “Intifada” to mean “Shake Off” and defended school children’s right to wear t-shirts saying “Intifada NYC.” The headline in the New York Post was “Intifada Principal.” The Post then ran an editorial titled “What’s Arabic for Shut it Down?” praising United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Randi Weingarten for chastising Almontaser. Mayor Bloomberg said he welcomed Almontaser’s resignation, but said about her: “She’s very smart. She’s certainly not a terrorist. She really does care.” Montaser was replaced yesterday by Danielle Salzberg — who doesn’t speak Arabic.

Intifada — To Shake Off
Jihad — To Work Hard
Madrassa — School
Democrats — Sycophants
Republicans — Masters of Deceit

Two-Party System — Corrupt to the Core
Fox News — Republican Organ
New York Times — Democrat Organ
Clinton — Our Worst Nightmare
Bloomberg — He’s Not a Terrorist

Congress — Occupied Territory
Edwards — Just Another Dem
Incompetent — Arab-American Political Leadership
First Amendment — Don’t Speak, Don’t Translate
Justice — Just Us

Gaza — Prison
Lebanon — Cluster Bomb Receptacle
Iraq — Evidence of War Crimes Receptacle
Obama — The Black Hillary
Bush/Cheney — Oil/Power

New York Post — Slander Sheet
UFT — Union of Frightened Teachers
Almontaser — Bring Her Back
Kafaya — Enough
Bootstraps — Only Way Out

RUSSELL MOKHIBER is the editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter.




Russell Mokhiber is the editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter..