The keffiyeh is another highly appropriated item that we should really talk about more. It’s cultural appropriation, but it’s also a religious item, which makes it even more sacred to the culture. It differs from a regular scarf (read the description in the picture) so I’m not saying never wear a scarf again. But don’t wear a keffiyeh if you’re not Jewish.
It belongs to multiple cultures across the Middle East, you dumbass. Israeli Ashkenazi Jews have since tried to appropriate the keffiyeh and incorporate it into Israeli culture while violencing Palestinians, to whom it genuinely belongs. The keffiyeh is a symbol of resistance for Palestinians against occupation and colonization. The fact that you attempt to take this away from the Palestinians and give exclusive rights of it implicitly to their oppressors is vile. The fact that you do this under the guise of cultural appropriation is appalling. Indeed, you are in fact advocating cultural appropriation of the keffiyeh and expropriating it from Arabs. Stop fucking blogging and posing as an authority on cultural appropriation before fucking educating yourself, my God.
Wait wait wait, is she SERIOUSLY suggesting that WE SHOULDN’T WEAR THE KEFFIYEH BECAUSE WE’RE NOT JEWISH?
THE KEFFIYEH, THAT WE’VE BEEN WEARING FOREVER?
Seriously, like is this a joke? Is this bizarro day where everything is the opposite?
Also she has the nerve to call it a religious item. This seriously cannot be real, it’s either a troll or Israel’s mass attempt to erase all forms of Palestinian identity and resistance through hasbara bloggers tbh
The Star of David and the letter Chai could be considered religious, as symbols of Judaism? So those Keffiyeh in those pictures could be claimed as Jewish. Though, of course, these patterns were put on that scarf for the express purpose of making it more ‘Jewish’ and divorcing it from the Palestinian resistance. The OP may be referring to http://www.judaism-islam.com/the-jewish-prayer-shawl-and-arabic-keffiyeh/ which looks to be pretty biased in the ‘we’re the same let’s get along and ignore the current socio-political problems’ sort of way.
It has been a symbol of Palestinian nationalism since the Arab Revolt (1930s) and became popular again in the 1960s with Yasser Arafat and the PLO (which advocated the destruction of Israel and armed resistance until the 1990s). Some patterns/colours are also a way of indicating political associations.
That said, the Keffiyeh has a long history in the area (as a common, basic head covering) since before being a symbol of Palestine. People who have cultural roots in the area (including Sephardi Jews and non-Palestinian Arabs) could also claim a right to wear the garment. This excludes the two Ashkenazi (of European descent) Jews in the top two pictures.
(disclaimer: I am not an expert, nor am I in any group that could wear a keffiyeh, and most of the information I found in internet searches.)
(tldr; white people including ashkenazi jews should not wear keffiyeh, also those top two pictures totally depict appropriation.)