A Keffiyeh is a traditional headdress worn by Arab men. Now we have this Jewish Keffiyeh, designed with magen davids and “am yisrael chai” embroidered in blue on white cloth.

Keep in mind that the designation “Arab” is an ethnicity and not a religion. While most Arabs are Muslim, many are also Christian and even Jewish! In fact most Jewish Israelis are of Arab descent – their parents and grandparents were expelled without compensation from Muslim countries in the late 50s. Like my parents! Though they “left” Morocco in 1956, their mother tongue remains Arabic. We eat Arabic food, listen to Arabic music and even look like Arabs. So if we want to wear Keffiyehs, we will! This video demonstrates how to wear a Keffiyeh. Well, don’t wear it this way on a plane or in an airport. But if you’re in a sand or even snow storm, the Keffiyeh will protect you from the elements. It’s pretty awesome that way. And I do not want to hear about misappropriation of Arab or Palestinian culture. Keffiyehs are not unique to the Palestinians. It’s an awesome scarf and if you don’t like it, bite me.

This Jew inspired Keffiyeh can be purchased from thekef.com or you can come to the Jewlicious Festival and buy it on Sunday.

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.