With three of the four leading Republican presidential contenders – Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich – running as strong supporters of Israel, it comes as no surprise that the Arab American News has endorsed Ron Paul in Tuesday’s Michigan primary.
Although the Libertarian Texas congressman is an outspoken opponent of all foreign aid and an isolationist, the newspaper’s editorial writers consider him “the right man for the job” and “the best hope for even a remotely balanced policy in the troubled region that we've seen in decades.”
“Paul has also been the only major Republican candidate to resist the type of anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant demonization, fear-mongering and pandering to ultra-conservative voters in his party that has become pervasive in the post-9/11 climate,” said the editorial.
Paul will be holding a rally in Dearborn, Michigan, Monday evening sponsored by the Arab Student Union of UM-Dearborn.
The newspaper is published in Dearborn, Michigan, the city with the largest Arab-American population in the state with the second largest community in the country (California is first). The paper identifies its publisher, Osama Siblani, as "a staunch supporter of Palestinian rights and opponent of Israeli occupation and aggression."
For a larger view of the Arab-American vote in the Feb. 28 Michigan primary, read my current column in the Jerusalem Post.