BIR AL-MAKSOUR, Israel - Arab Bedouins, residing in the northern Israeli village of Bir al-Maksour, believe they're related to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.
Tribal elders sent an introductory letter to Obama, detailing their findings and saying they plan to send a contingent to greet him.
The revelation came through the 95-year-old grandmother of tribal elder, Abdul Rahman Sheikh Abdullah, 53, who saw a strong resemblance between Obama and an African migrant worker she knew in the 1930s.
According to the grandmother, he was related to Obama's Kenyan grandmother and married a local Bedouin girl.
"The way we discovered this was when he started appearing on television," Abdullah said. "We, the Bedouin, have a special quality," he explained. "We know who a person is and to which family he belongs," he said.
"When you see something in his body that flows like your own blood, you recognize it. There is a connection. You can see it in Obama's behavior - his upright way of sitting, his hand gestures. He is one of us and we feel it in our hearts," he said.
Next week, the tribe plans to slaughter dozens of sheep for a massive celebration. Already, two newborns in the town have been named Obama.
Sources: The Times, YNet News