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I was called a terrorist (great, now homeland security will be all over this blog) by some rando (yeah, a drunk in Wrigleyville… shocking I know) on Saturday because of my black and white scarf:

 Do I really look like I roll with Osama??

Do I really look like I roll with Osama??

 

Or, my Keffiyeh I guess, if you want to be exact about what it is.  But it pissed me off because I’ve heard rumblings of that same notion before, stateside.  I guess similar scarves are sold at Urban, Forever 21, etc. for hipsters to wear.  I got mine in Spain, (something like 3 scarves for 5 euro) where they are all over the place from young to old, hip to un-hip.  I like them because they are lightweight and I can wear them with anything.  And I really do just enjoy a good scarf.  But I was wondering what the big deal was about it so I looked it up.  Apparently it is mainly viewed as a Pro-Palestinian symbol, and was actually pulled from Urban stores in 2007 after a Pro-Israel activist complained.

Keffiyeh stands for many different things for many different people. For some, it stands for Palestinian solidarity, or ‘taking a stand against the state of Israel’s oppressive and racist policies toward Palestine’ – the PLO scarf. For some, it stands for anti-Semitism while promoting terrorist groups. For others, it is an attempt to trivialize the Palestinian cause by making the symbol so ubiquitous that it loses its meaning. For some it is merely a practicality to shade one’s face from the sun and heat in arid desert nations. For others, it is a shemagh, the Anglicized name given to the scarf by British soldiers who wore them during WWII. For others, it’s just a fashion trend, an item of symbolic meaning marketed for the masses.”  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keffiyeh, http://stylebytes.net/2007/03/25/scarves-3/)

 

I find the Pro-Palestinian angle most intriguing—the first night I was in Madrid (January 09) there was a Pro-Palestinian rally.  And while no one was waving around their scarves in support… there were some interesting signs:   

"USA and Israel = Terrorist States"

“USA and Israel = Terrorist States”  

 

 

 

 

 

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Self Explanatory  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  “Israel = Assasins” This was spray painted all over the city 

 

 So, you learn something new everyday.  And, I’m actually glad I now know about this because next time someone calls me a terrorist as I proudly wear my scarf, I’ll know to tell them that it’s actually Pro-Palestinian– the opposite of terrorism… the opposite of Israel.

Pet Peeve of the Day:  When my newspaper is stolen before 2PM

Quote of the Day: “When you buy a box of Ritz crackers, on the back of the box, they have all these suggestions as to what to put on top of the Ritz. ‘Try it with turkey and cheese. Try it with peanut butter.’  But I like crackers man, that’s why I bought it, ’cause I like crackers! I don’t see a suggestion to put a Ritz on top of a Ritz. I didn’t buy them because they’re little edible plates! You’ve got no faith in the product itself.” — Mitch Hedberg

 

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