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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 August, 2004, 12:35 GMT 13:35 UK
US election: Arab-American views
BBC News Online has been asking Arab-American voters for their thoughts on the upcoming US presidential election.

Mark Shalaby:
Washington DC

Courtney Jaser:
Worcester, Mass

Ahmed Najar:
Detroit, Michigan

Michelle Deering:
Los Altos, California
Satar Al-Kutayfi:
Grand Island, Neb

H El-Meligy:
NYC, New York

Abraham Asoli:
New Jersey

Saed Atshan:
Philadelphia, PA

The Arab-American community has become increasingly active in the US political arena, although demographically they do not represent a large voting bloc in the country.

About 1.2 million Americans - or 0.4% of the total population - are of Arab ancestry, according to the US 2000 census. The Arab-American Institute puts the figure higher, at more than 3.5 million.

After the 11 September attacks, many became increasingly concerned at the backlash against Arab-Americans, with issues of racial profiling, discrimination and intimidation becoming key domestic issues.

Foreign policy concerns, meanwhile, remain dominated by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iraq.

BBC News Online spoke to eight Arab-Americans about their views on the elections.

We asked what issues were most important to them, what they felt about the candidates and whether their heritage influenced how they voted.

We also want to hear what you think, so send us your comments using the form after each person's views.

The reader's panel has been selected from as wide a cross-section of people as possible and may not be representative of wider US public opinion.



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