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Muslim Woman: Scarf Kept Her from Seat Near Obama
(2008-06-18)
(wgvu) - DETROIT (AP) - A Muslim woman says she and another woman were
refused seats directly behind Barack Obama and in front of TV
cameras at a Detroit rally because they wear head scarfs.
Hebba Aref says a campaign volunteer said women wearing hijabs,
traditional Muslim head scarves, weren't included in the
invitation.
Aref says a member of her group was told it was due to "a
sensitive political climate."
The 25-year-old lawyer and Shimaa Abdelfadeel were among 20,000
supporters at Joe Louis Arena Monday to hear the Democratic
presidential candidate speak.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton says in a statement that such
actions are "offensive and counter to Obama's commitment to bring
Americans together."
An apology has been issued by Obama's staff. Aref says she wants
an apology directly from Obama.
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