Palestinian scarf

selfportrait, originally uploaded by hme.

I will admit one thing: I have been to both Israel and an Arab country and liked both, including the people of both places. I will take no sides.

I bought a scarf similar to this in London. The following quote from Wikipedia: “As with other articles of clothing worn in wartime, such as the T-shirt and khaki pants, the keffiyeh has recently become both ethnic and military chic among non-Arab hipsters in the West, who may be uninterested in either politics or the military. In Europe and major cities of the Americas and Australia, the black-and-white keffiyeh has become a youth fashion accessory, often worn as a scarf.”

This is the sense in which I wear it, I’m neither pro-Israel or pro-Palestine, I’m pro-peace.

However, since I’m not exactly Caucasian, wearing it in Helsinki or Brussels people think that I’m Arab, instead of just following a fashion that other people follow as well. I find it rather stupid, and very annoying.

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3 thoughts on “Palestinian scarf”

  1. I understand why you might want to wear something that hold a significant meaning to an affair as a fashion, I understand your aesthetic needs.. but no, when you wear something that symbolizes some significance to a human case, you automatically say you support it because it is no longer just a piece of cloths, now fashion is wide open for other things to wear. stop wearing something that you don’t believe in, it is just like wearing the Nazi’s symbol and saying you are not supporting Hitler.

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