Galilee Bedouins say Obama is one of theirs

Thursday, November 13, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Barack Obama will be America's first black president, but according to a large Israeli Arab clan he will also be the first Bedouin president.

Leaders of the 8,000-strong Galilee-based Bedouin tribe claimed in an interview with The Times of London that Obama is a long-lost relative.

They noted that during the British Mandate period, Kenyan and other African migrant workers were brought to Palestine to work for Bedouins sheikhs. A 95-year-old member of the tribe who lived through the British Mandate period said one of those workers married a local Bedouin girl and then moved back to Kenya.

Tribe leaders said they have documented evidence proving that that Bedouin-Kenyan couple was a fore-bearer of Obama on his paternal grandmother's side. They were adamant, however, that the evidence must first be presented to Obama himself before being released to the media.

In the meantime, other Bedouin tribes in the area are accepting the claims on faith alone and are heaping congratulations, praise and honor on Obama's presumptive Galilee relatives.

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