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Staten Island Muslims take part in City Hall rally asking schools to recognize 2 holidays
by Peter N. Spencer
Missing two days of school each year didn't really hurt St. George resident Khaleda Aketer's academic career.
But that's not the reason the recent graduate of Curtis High School was standing on the steps of City Hall today to press the city schools to recognize her religion's two holiest days.
"It's just a matter of fairness. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the city, why shouldn't we have the same rights as other religions?" said Ms. Aketer, who wears a traditional hijab, or headscarf.
The rally marked the one-year anniversary of a City Council resolution that asked the Department of Education (DOE) to include two Muslim holidays, known as the Eids, in the official school holiday calendar.
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