Based on the fact that this Google image recognition search
returns all Arabic results, it sure seems like it is of Arab origin. It also appears that the English name may be "Ben Ben".
Hmm... Second post from a same person about some obscure cartoons with similar source for both of them... Makes you wonder about things... things like the recent thread by Damage about "stealth viral marketing"
It would be pretty silly to engage in stealth viral marketing of an Arabic cartoon on a US tech enthusiast site...Edit
: Even if it is indeed vintage Japanese anime, the only recent interest appears to have been from Arab-speaking countries...