Posted on April 02, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Debbie Almontaser, founding and former Principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, the first dual-language public school in New York devoted to teaching students Arabic, was on the show to discuss a recent court case ruling on her position at the school. In 2007, the school was established, and immediately thereafter become a victim of hateful efforts to undermine its existence. As a result of the onslaught, Almontaser was removed from her position as school principle. The school remained open, but has not lived up to its expectations. Alontaser filed a complaint with the U.S. equal equal opportunity commission, which recently ruled in her favor.




Michael Isikoff, Investigative Reporter for Newsweek, spoke about concerns of a possible rise in extreme right-wing, anti government militia and hate groups. The issue, not prominent since the 1990s, has recently come back into question in light of recent arrests of Militia members plotting attacks on law enforcement officers. Isikoff gave a synopsis of the current status of this important issue and provided analysis of potential implications caused by a surge in U.S. militia groups.




William Quandt, author and professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, gave a largely comprehensive overview of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Quandt, an expert on the peace process, was involved in the negotiations leading up to the Camp David Accords in the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. Qaundt spoke specifically about the history of settlements and the role have played in hindering the peace process.



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