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Heartlands and Keffiehs

You fear me? (Photo by Simio Sapiens via his Flickr page)

When hysterically reactionary bloggers who, born the day before yesterday, associate the keffieh uniquely (and fearfully) with Palestinian militants, and manage to make enough noise to force a company to stop airing commercials featuring a keffieh, one has to wonder: what, exactly, is the objection? For all its famous wraps around the late PLO chairman Yasser Arafat’s head, the keffieh isn’t primarily a symbol of Palestinian militancy. It is, as it has always been, primarily a symbol of the Arab heartland, as human and humanizing a cloth as the smile on that Cairo man’s face at the top of this blog post. The last thing reactionaries want is humanized Arabs.

 
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