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      Saudi Preacher: No-Fly to US to Protest Anti-Terrorist Checks

      A noted Saudi preacher has called on Arabs to stop flying to the US to protest “enhanced screening” procedures aimed at catching terrorists.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 1/11/2010, 1:40 PM / Last Update: 1/11/2010, 1:56 PM

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      A noted Saudi preacher has called on Arabs to stop flying to the United States, in protest of “enhanced screening” procedures aimed at catching terrorists, the Dubai business website Zawya.com reported.

       

      Muslim preacher Sheikh Sulaiman al Dowaish has urged Saudi authorities to consider the travel ban following an announcement by the United States that “enhanced screening" measures will be put into place for passengers from 14 countries, including Saudi Arabia.

       

      The extra steps were taken after last month’s attempt by a Nigerian Muslim to detonate a bomb on board a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan.

       

      Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry has asked the Obama administration for clarifications regarding the new security measures. Officials said the oil-rich kingdom would not tolerate security procedures that tarnish the honor and dignity of Saudis.

       

      The website noted that 22,000 students from Saudi Arabia are learning at American universities

       

      Saudi security researcher Sultan Al Anqari blasted the new U.S. regulation, telling GulfNews.com that the Obama government is resorting to a form of political blackmail against Saudi Arabia because of the country’s anti-Israeli policies.

       

      "It is part of a collective punishment against the Saudis, who are also victims of the wrong doing of some deviant people," he said.