BBC: Obama aide apologises to US-Arabs
Rahm Emanuel apologised to Arab-Americans on behalf of his familyREUTERS/NYTIMES HERE.
President-elect Barack Obama's White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel has apologised to the US-Arab community for remarks made by his father.
Benjamin Emanuel told an Israeli newspaper that his son, who is Jewish, would "obviously influence the president to be pro-Israel".
He also referred to Arabs in a way which a leading Arab-American group called an "unacceptable smear".
A spokesman for Rahm Emanuel said he had called the group to apologise.
Mr Emanuel also offered to meet members of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
In the interview last week with the Israeli daily newspaper Ma'ariv, Israeli-born Benjamin Emanuel talked about his son's new job.
Anger at remarks
He said: "Obviously he'll influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn't he? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to be mopping floors at the White House."
THIS BODES ILL FOR THE USA, ISRAEL AND THE FREE WORLD.
IT'S A BAD OMEN, A SIGN OF WORSE THINGS TO COME...
OF MORE KOW-TOWING OUR ENEMIES...