Obama camp apologizes to two Muslim women

Obama Campaign spokesman Burton said in a statement: "It is offensive and counter to Obama's commitment to bring Americans together and simply not the kind of campaign we run. We sincerely apologize for the behavior of these volunteers."

Obama camp apologizes to two Muslim women
A young Muslim woman said 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.

They were barred from prime seats behind the stage because of their traditional Muslim head scarves, after campaign volunteers had invited their non-Muslim friends to the seats.

The campaign apologized to the women Tuesday and in a statement issued Wednesday, blamed the incident on the volunteers.

The apology fell short for one of the women wearing a hijab. Hebba Aref, 25, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, said she's never before "been treated that way."

"It's so ironic that it was at his rally. He obviously would not promote any discrimination at all," she said.

The other woman, Shimaa Abdelfadeel, a Sudanese American and U-M graduate who works at the university's Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs office, could not be reached for comment.

Campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement: "It is offensive and counter to Obama's commitment to bring Americans together and simply not the kind of campaign we run. We sincerely apologize for the behavior of these volunteers."

Aref said she replied by thanking Burton, but requested Obama apologize directly to her and Abdelfadeel, as well as invitations to sit behind him at a future campaign event. Obama spokeswoman Amy Brundage said the campaign has apologized.

"He needs to take the matter seriously and send a strong message against any kind of discrimination," Aref said.

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