http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=/Culture/archive/200708/CUL20070806a.html NYC Officials Accused of Withholding Information on Arab School By Fred Lucas CNSNews.com Staff Writer August 06, 2007 (CNSNews.com) - New York City officials have not been open or candid, critics say, about a controversial public school set to open in Brooklyn next month that will teach Arab language and culture -- the Khalil Gibran International Academy. A local group, Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition, fears the school will become a Muslim-oriented school that promotes a religious and political agenda to its incoming sixth-grade class. Administrators have claimed otherwise, but the coalition has received few details about the school's curriculum, faculty, textbooks and students, so its questions are still unanswered. The suspicions are fueled by comments made by the school's incoming principal, Debbie Almontaser, as well as by some of her allegedly radical Islamist associations. She has said, for instance, that U.S. foreign policy is "racist" and that the U.S. "triggered" terrorism by not being a fair mediator in the Middle East. Further, the advisory board for the school includes three imams (Islamic leaders), as well as Christian and Jewish clergy. "What's to hide? We know what we see," said Pamela Hall, a New York resident and a spokeswoman for the Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition. (A madrassa is a Muslim school). "We see a religious advisory board and a principal with a track record in radical Islam," Hall said.