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Media Advisory: CAIR-DFW Calls on Allen ISD to Remove Biased, Anti-Palestinian Curriculum

Media Advisory: CAIR-DFW Calls on Allen ISD to Remove Biased, Anti-Palestinian Curriculum

Media Advisory

CAIR-DFW Calls on Allen ISD to Remove Biased, Anti-Palestinian Curriculum 

(DALLAS, TX, 2/23/2021) – The Dallas-Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Allen Independent School District to remove a biased curriculum that is anti-Palestinian and apologize to Palestinian-American students and parents.   

In the curriculum, there is an assignment that discusses the creation of the State of Israel. The section includes:  


  • A quiz question that asks, “Which is an important cause of terrorism in the Middle East”. The correct answer being, “Many Palestinians believe terrorism is justified against Israeli occupation.”   
  • In the section titled, “The Palestinian Viewpoint” there is a large black and white picture of a Hamas member wearing white gloves, holding an assault weapon, and wearing a black mask with Arabic calligraphy. While the section showing “the Israeli viewpoint” shows casual soldiers standing outside.  
  • Repeatedly refers to Palestinians who support peace as “moderate Palestinians,” while Israelis are never referred to as “moderate.” 
    • Example: “Other Israelis, however, feel that some compromise with moderate Palestinians is vital”.   
    • Example: “Moderate Palestinians hope to reach a compromise with Israel.”   

“This so-called school curriculum is nothing more than a propaganda piece to dehumanize Palestinians and show a skewed version of history,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-TX DFW. “When the correct answer to a quiz question is that terrorism exists because a specific ethnic group ‘believe terrorism is justified’ you’ve successfully dehumanized that group and justified violence against them.”

The curriculum is from Jarrett Publishing Company and it titled, “Mastering the TEKS in World Geography.”

“My daughter felt targeted, bullied, humiliated, and dehumanized by her teacher and the school after being subjected to this course,” said Luay father of a Palestinian-American Allen ISD student. “Imagine your children being taught that because they have the wrong race that they inherently believe terrorism is justified. Imagine, your children sitting in a classroom that demonizes their history, identity, and origins.” 

The family is calling on Allen ISD to apologize to their daughter and drop the curriculum from their course.   

In 2020, CAIR-DFW conducted the first-ever bullying survey of Muslim students in Dallas Fort-Worth and discovered that 48% of respondents experienced some form of bullying in public schools, and that 18%, almost 1 in 5 students, experienced bullying by a teacher or administrator. The use of these types of curriculums that dehumanize people of color, religious minorities and ethnicities continue to help isolate students and make them feel unwelcome in public schools.   

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CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.   



CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, (469)290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Texas Immigrant Advocates, Business Leaders Come Together to Call on Texas Politicians to Heed the Will of the People and Support Pro-Immigrant Policies

Texas Immigrant Advocates, Business Leaders Come Together to Call on Texas Politicians to Heed the Will of the People and Support Pro-Immigrant Policies

CAIR DFW LOGO colorDALLAS - As the Biden administration signs another round of executive orders undoing some of the most controversial and harmful immigration policies implemented during the Trump administration, the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) and its allies are increasing pressure on Texas legislators and lawmakers to follow suit and support inclusive, pro-immigrant policies during the 87th Texas Legislative Session, or risk alienating their constituents in the lead-up to the 2022 midterm elections.

“Although Texas society is made up of diverse communities with rich histories, all key contributors to our state, Texas still remains the hub of anti-immigrant sentiment when it comes to leadership,” said Adriana Cadena, statewide coordinator of RITA. “Today, President Biden signed executive orders to repeal the horrific Migrant Protection Protocols that kept thousands of families from seeking asylum; pledged to increase the annual refugee admission levels to 125,000; initiated the creation of a task force to reunite migrant children with their parents; and reversed the racist and classist ‘public charge’ rule implemented by the Trump administration. Meanwhile, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton continued to double-down on anti-immigrant policies by blocking President Biden’s moratorium on deportations, further showing him to be out of touch with the current moment and the people he feigns to represent. Texans deserve and demand better.”

“We are diverse, strong communities that extend a warm welcome and a helping hand to our family and neighbors to the south. We defend asylum because we know that the ability to move safely and with dignity is a human right that makes our communities stronger,” said Juanita Valdez-Cox, executive director of La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE). “The ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is a dangerous and cruel policy that the Biden-Harris administration has yet to end fully. The families stuck in limbo in Mexico separated from the safety of their loved ones in the U.S. are counting on us to act. We are calling on the new administration to allow them to come in and pursue asylum safely and freely within the U.S..”

Last month, RITA and its partners including MALC, Every Texan, MALDEF, Texas Business Immigration Coalition (TBIC), Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR), LUPE, ARISE Adelante,, and ACLU of Texas, outlined their legislative priorities for this year’s state legislative session in a live discussion streamed via Facebook. Among the priorities are: repealing SB4, the Texas state law which forces local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities; ending the exclusion of immigrants from Medicaid coverage; and expanding access to driver’s license permits to include immigrants that lack the necessary documentation for a Texas Driver’s License.

The group of advocates emphasizes not only the moral imperative to champion pro-immigrant policies at the state and federal level, but also the economic imperative, especially as local businesses and economies struggle to rebuild following the devastation incurred during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

"The reality is that there is no viable work visa program available for immigrants and refugees. The H-2B and guest worker programs are woefully inadequate to meet the needs of restaurants, hotels, landscape companies, farms, homes, hospitals, construction companies - all of which are understaffed and looking for qualified applicants. Texas needs sensible federal policies that simultaneously help our local businesses and welcome the contributions of immigrants,” said Jim Baron, CEO of Mesa SW Management LP - Dallas, and TBIC board member.

“As Texans, we are proud of our long history of welcoming refugees and immigrants. It is through their contributions that we have been able to grow and thrive together as a community. However, even as the federal government works to restore these values under the new Biden administration, our state’s leadership continues to be morally corrupt through the propagation of xenophobic and racist rhetoric and policies. Texas Governor Abbott, Attorney General Paxton, and the like must do their jobs as our representatives in government and carry out the will of Texans,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Texas DFW.


About RITA:
As the leading grassroots statewide alliance of immigrant organizations, RITA works with allies in the business, religious, and law enforcement sectors toward immigration reform and to foster an inclusive environment in Texas. Learn more on the FITA Facebook page @RITATexas.CAIR DFW LOGO color

Texas Republican Goes To Bat for QAnon Congresswoman

Texas Republican Goes To Bat for QAnon Congresswoman

Babin represents Texas Congressional District 36, an area that includes Hardin, Jasper, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk and Tyler counties, as well as small portions of Chambers and Harris counties.

Faizan Syed is executive director at the DFW chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) nonprofit group.

He said Babin’s move against Omar amounts to “whataboutism,” arguing that Omar “is nothing close to Representative Greene and the statements she’s made.”

“It’s an ugly, Islamophobic, racist tactic used by — unfortunately — a growing number of Republicans in order to justify the absolutely unacceptable statements made by some members of their party,” Syed told the Observer.

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CAIR-DFW Urges Courts To Allow Religious Head Coverings

CAIR-DFW Urges Courts To Allow Religious Head Coverings

cair dfwThe DFW Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on municipal courts to allow head coverings after receiving complaints from people who've been told they can't enter a courtroom.

Earlier this week, Kendra Rumph Montemayor stopped by Haltom City Municipal Court to pay a speeding ticket.

But in a Facebook video, she said she was told she couldn't go inside the courtroom because of her head covering. She told court employees she wore it for religious reasons.

Now, the Dallas Fort Worth Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on municipal courts to allow people wearing religious head coverings inside their courtrooms.

Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-DFW, said he's heard from people who've had similar experiences in other North Texas courtrooms.

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Muslim group asks Texas municipal courts to allow head coverings for religious reasons

Muslim group asks Texas municipal courts to allow head coverings for religious reasons

Press Conference CAIR TX Municipal Court HijabA Muslim civil rights group is calling on municipal courts to change their policies so that people wearing head coverings for religious reasons are allowed in the courtroom.

The Dallas-Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) held a press conference Thursday afternoon outside of the Haltom City Municipal Court after Kendra Montemayor posted a video on Facebook saying that she was told Tuesday morning she couldn’t enter the courtroom because of her hijab.

The municipal court updated its policy to allow head coverings for religious reasons.