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The Keffiyeh: Fashion Trend or Political Statement?

Youngsters wouldn't wear swastikas or Klan robes to be chic, yet many adore this symbol of terrorists.

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Reut Cohen

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March 5, 2009 - 12:30 am
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The keffiyeh fashion trend has finally hit America hard — and it’s no longer exclusive to Muslim students on college campuses who support Palestinian terror. Howard Dean wore a keffiyeh in early 2007. And it isn’t just the leftists. John McCain’s daughter, Megan McCain, has also been seen sporting this foolish trend during her father’s presidential campaign in 2008.

In Europe and America the keffiyeh is often worn around the neck as a scarf. It can also be draped around a person’s shoulders. Arafat, who made the keffiyeh famous, was almost always photographed with his distinctive black and white scarf. This item, as it was worn by Yasser Arafat, was typically held in place by a circular rope or agal. Unlike other Middle Eastern dress items the keffiyeh has become the trademark symbol of Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). This movement, moreover, is clear concerning its goals to annihilate Jews. The keffiyehs sold at Urban Outfitters and other popular shops are often the same color as Arafat’s.

Urban Outfitters’ “anti-war woven scarf.”

Urban Outfitters calls their keffiyeh the “anti-war woven scarf.” Considering the violence associated with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, calling the keffiyeh an “anti-war” scarf is extremely misleading.

Arafat funded and fueled terrorism during his reign. He supported heinous attacks against Israelis by groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad while simultaneously signing “peace agreements.” Interestingly enough the Oslo Accords were referred to as a scam by a so-called “moderate” Palestinian leader, Faisel al-Husseini, in an interview with the Egyptian newspaper Al-Arabi. Al-Husseini likened the work of the PLO to “a Trojan Horse.” He said, “We are lying to the Jews and cheating them.” Perhaps Urban Outfitters and other outlets should reconsider the name of their keffiyeh scarves — “Pro-Terror/Intifada Scarf” would be a more appropriate name for the garment.

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