Hello young trendsetters.
I've noticed you've taken a fancy to the keffiyeh.
I guess it's alright to unknowingly wear symbols that you don't understand because it's fashionable.
Do you realize that in wearing the keffiyeh you are endorsing the PLO and Yasser Arafat?
In other words, you are supporting terrorism.
I guess the truism that ignorance is bliss couldn't be more appropriate.
I've even seen a few Asian girls wearing the Swastika pendant around their neck but that's another story. You may look up Buddhist symbols to figure that one out.
Controversial symbolThe keffiyeh has become a symbol of Palestinian nationalism, dating back to the 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine. As a result of its symbolic meaning in this context, its display in the West has periodically been the subject of criticism.
In 2007, the American clothing store chain, Urban Outfitters, stopped selling keffiyehs after “a pro-Israel activist … complained about the items” and issued a statement that “the company had not intended ‘to imply any sympathy for or support of terrorists or terrorism’ in selling the keffiyehs and was pulling them”. Rhoda Koenig, a theatre critic for the The Independent in 2006, asserted that the keffiyeh had “become a symbol of Islamic militancy”. Caroline Glick, deputy editor of the Jerusalem Post, equates the Palestinian keffiyeh with the fascist wearing of brown shirts. A spokesman for Spain’s People’s Party accused Prime Minister Zapatero of “anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and Israelophobia”, after he “criticized Israel’s attacks on Lebanon and posed in a Palestinian-style keffiyeh scarf”.