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*Â The keffiyeh: fashion trend or jihad symbol?
ONE of the latest fashion items to hit Australia â€“ a scarf resembling a keffiyeh â€“ has caused a stir with many claiming it defused the apparel’s meaning as a pro-Palestinian jihad symbol.
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However, Jewish community leaders have said the reaction is unwarranted.
Resembling a traditional Arab headdress, the keffiyeh hangs around the neck and is black and white or red and white and has become one of fashion’s latest accessories.
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff told The AJN “it’s a non-issue”.
“Most people would be unaware of its connotation for Muslims and Jews, and it’s therefore, clearly being worn as a fashion item. If people choose to wear one for whatever reason, that is their choice.”
Roger David, a Jewish-owned clothing label, was criticised by an irate AJN reader, Steven Rose, for “ignoring such community standards and societal norms, by blatantly advertising these keffiyehs â€“ symbols of the Arab terrorist movements â€“ prominently on the Roger David website”.
The scarf in question appears on a male model on the website and is the central image under the link to Stray.
When contacted by The AJN, a representative from Roger David refused to comment, and said only that he wasn’t aware the scarves were being sold.
In Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall, members of political group the Socialist Alternative wore black-and-white keffiyehs as they handed out brochures supporting gay rights. When approached, one of the members said he was wearing his keffiyeh as a symbol of “Palestinian resistance” and in opposition to “Israel’s oppression”.
In a story that ran in The Sydney Morning Herald recently, an employee of Kemeny’s in Bondi said she was abused for wearing a keffiyeh.
Sandra Tieger, 20, reportedly said that she wore the headdress as a fashion item, not realising its political undertones, and was made to feel as if she supported terrorism by senior staff.
Alex Hoffman, the grocery manager at Kemeny’s, told The AJN he asked Tieger to remove the keffiyeh because “customers were taking objections to it for religious reasons”.
“I asked her to take it off just to neutralise and nullify things, but she refused. She wouldn’t sympathise with people taking offence to it,” he said.
A Palestinian customer allegedly called and complained about the scarf. “A few days after that, I wore the scarf again. A few customers started to complain who were Jewish there’s a lot of Jewish people in the area,” Tieger told The SMH.
Last month, an online advertisement for Dunkin’ Donuts chain, in which celebrity chef Rachael Ray wore a scarf resembling a keffiyeh, was withdrawn when critics said the scarf had “violent symbolism and anti-Israel overtones”.