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Sunday, October 12, 2008

'Palestinians' accuse Israel of 'stealing' keffiyeh

In much of the West, the keffiyeh is regarded as 'terrorist chic' largely because it was worn by 'Palestinian' leader Yasser Arafat, but here in Israel, we are being accused by the 'Palestinians' of 'stealing' the keffiyeh from them, which they consider part of their 'national heritage.'
The PA has added the alleged theft and distortion of the keffiyeh to its growing list of accusations against the Jewish State, where the scarf is available in blue and white. Maha As-Saqa, director of a PA cultural center, charged Israel with the "robbery of Palestinian heritage."

She explained to the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency that the headscarf, popularized by PLO terrorist chief Yasser Arafat's black-and-white checkered keffiyeh, is a symbol of "revolutionaries" all over the world. It is "being stolen by Israelis and distorted by others in a way that harms its status," he charged.

As-Saga displayed for the news agency's reporters one headscarf with the blue and white colors of the Jewish state and another with an embroidered Jewish Star of David.

She also blamed PA tourism officials for allowing the sale of colored multicolored headscarves sold to tourists in Bethlehem. The cultural director suggested that lawsuits be filed against Israel for "cultural theft."
This is total nonsense. First, there were keffiyehs worn in Arab countries long before there were 'Palestinians.'

Second, keffiyehs have always been sold to tourists in Israel. I bought a red and white keffiyeh in 1972 (which I still own). They are commonly used here on Purim. And guess what - I bought it from an Arab (in those days, no one worried about there being something wrong about buying from Arabs - we still thought we could live with them).

Third, I have never seen a blue and white keffiyeh with or without a Magen David (Star of David).

So the 'Palestinian' charge is total nonsense. Just ask Rachel Ray.


At 11:03 AM, Blogger Abu Yussif said...

you stand corrected:


At 11:53 AM, Blogger Daniel434 said...


Actually, Carl just stated he personally has never seen one. He did not say they do not exist. Thanks for the link, though. I have not seen this either. ;)

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen them on the web, not on anyone living here.

If anything, we pimped their keffiyeh. :)

At 1:29 PM, Blogger yitz said...

You can still buy Keffiyehs from arabs in the Old City, I asked one shop keeper how much he said 50 shekel, I said too much I can get one cheaper in chevron, we bargained back and forth till he came down to 20 shekels and cried that his kids would have to go without sweets for a few days.Intifada shmintifada, national head dress smashional head dress money talks BS walks
The real reason they wear them is too keep the sun off their head and the sand out of their nose
Most probably Avraham Avinu wore one too till some Balestinian stole it off his head, hey wait Abbas says there were no Balestinians back then,lol ah hah point made!

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Elder of Ziyon said...

I mentioned this over the summer, and found the manufacturer of the "keffiyeh yisraelit" and where to order it from.

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Abu Yussif said...


in light of this supposed "cultural robbery", this article is an oldie but goodie from a few of years ago:


(i like what the one of the commenters says: "FIRST THEY TOOK OUR LAND, NOW THEY ARE TAKING OUR COLOR!!!")

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I have a kaffiyeh yisraelit and I'm very pleased with it, especially because it's a counterweight in the sea of black-white diamond kaffiyehs around me...
It's a statement against those supposed supporters of self-proclaimed revolutionaries.

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Daniel434 said...


hhhhh, that link is pretty hilarious! I cannot believe it is true! Thanks again for another good link.


hhhhhhhhhhhhh! All I can do is laugh, that is great yet sad at the same time. ;)

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Daniel434 said...

Ooops, forgot to ask a question:

Why do Jews buy kaffiyeh's anyway? What purpose do they serve?


At 2:13 AM, Blogger Butchie! said...

They do exist! I have a Shielf of David Keffiyeh in Blue and White - for precisely the reason that the Maha woman said! :-)


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