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Obama Apologizes To Hijab Muslim Activists

From France’s Agence France-Pressee:


Ms. Aref and Ms. Abdelfadeel

Obama apologizes to Muslim women over picture snub

WASHINGTON (AFP) — White House hopeful Barack Obama personally apologized Thursday to two Muslim women after campaign volunteers barred them from appearing in a picture because of their headscarves.

Obama spoke by telephone with Shimaa Abdelfadeel and left a message to Hebba Aref after Muslim leaders urged the Democrat to personally apologize to the women.

The campaign has blamed the incident on volunteers who, during a rally in Detroit, Michigan on Monday told the two Muslim women they could not stand behind Obama because of their "hijab" headgear.

"The actions of these volunteers were unacceptable and in no way reflect any policy of my campaign," Obama said in a statement.

"Our campaign is about bringing people together, and I’m grateful that Ms Abdelfadeel accepted our apology and I hope Ms Aref and any who were offended accept my apology as well," he said.

The Obama campaign had already apologized for the snub.

But the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) had called for a personal apology from Obama to help redress the grievance and also combat growing anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States.

"Although we welcome the Obama campaign’s apology, we are extremely concerned about the level of Islamophobia in our society that would prompt other minorities to view Muslim supporters as potential liabilities," CAIR’s national legislative director Corey Saylor said in a statement.

"We hope that Senator Obama will personally apologize to the two women and (show) that he decries the current Islamophobic climate in our nation that is not only attacking him, but has even jaded some within his own campaign."

CAIR, the leading US group for Muslims’ civil rights, also urged Obama to invite the women to the stage during a future campaign event.

Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR’s Michigan branch, told AFP that Abdelfadeel and Aref were "very pleased that the senator personally called them to apologize."

The women said Obama told them that "such behavior has no place in his campaign and does not represent his values," Walid said, adding that CAIR welcomed the apology

As we have mentioned elsewhere, our friend Debbie Schlussel once again has done the media’s job and looked into the background of these two hapless victims of profiling and biogtry:

Muslim Grievance Theater

Hijab Women Dissed @ Obama Rally Are Muslim Terror Front-Group Activists, Top Islamic Proselytizer

By Debbie Schlussel

… Now, I’ve come to learn that one of the hijab-encrusted, rejected whiners, Hebba Aref, was an official of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), in charge of proselytizing…

Aref served on the executive board of the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s MSA, which demanded and obtained tax-funded Muslim foot baths at that university…

And Aref was not just any officer of the U-M Dearborn Muslim group. She was in charge of Dawa, or proselytizing, from 2000 to 2003 at the school. Yup, she was the chief “Conversion to Islam” officer at one of the most pan-Islamist college campuses in the country.

And Shimaa Abdelfadeel, the other woman allegedly excluded by the Obama campaign, was chair of SAFE, a University of Michigan-Ann Arbor group that hosted the 2002 Divestment Conference against Israel at which “Annihilate the Jews!” was chanted and Islamic Jihad founder Sami Al-Arian was keynote speaker. She’s the author of vehement anti-Israel vitriol and propaganda…

So of course CAIR would want them to appear with Mr. Obama.

They epitomize CAIR’s mission perfectly.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 20th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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