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Saudi Arabians Back Obama

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2008 05:39 PM

By Jim Meyers

Saudi Arabians, including expatriates, are hoping for a victory by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in the November election, according to Arab News.

According to the News, which claims to be the Arab world's leading English-language daily newspaper, the reasons for Saudi support of Obama range from him being black to his middle name Hussein, which has led many Saudis to believe he is a Muslim.

Obama’s father was a Muslim, but the candidate is Christian.

The newspaper quoted Pakistani expatriate Mohammed Yousuf as saying, "Some believed Obama is a Muslim because of his middle name. All the blacks so far in power at various levels have shown their commitment and determination to serve the country and the world without discrimination of color and religion.

“However, the track record of whites has been to side with Israel rather than with Muslim countries. We now have a ray of hope in Obama."

Ali Alarabi, writing for the London-based Alarab Web site, has written that Arab and Muslim Americans should vote for Obama.

He said initial support for Obama waned after he made several public moves to distance himself from Muslims and chose as his running mate Joe Biden, a non-Jew who has defined himself as a "Zionist."

But Obama still maintains a wide appeal among Muslims because his father was a Kenyan Muslim, the Israeli news source Arutz Sheva disclosed.

In Israel, Hamas leaders said several weeks ago they hope Obama wins, and Arutz Sheva reported that a group of pro-Obama students in Gaza is conducting a telephone campaign aimed at American voters.

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