World Keffiyeh Day in Solidarity with Palestine #keffiyehday
From The Huffington Post.Com:
It seems like our calendar keeps filling up with days to commemorate, and it’s getting harder and harder to keep up. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably skeptical, thinking they’re just another day for companies to make money off greeting cards and presents. Although this may be true for many of those days, we here at Muslim Girl are taking World Keffiyeh Day (#KeffiyehDay) pretty seriously because the message it sends—and the show of solidarity—is extremely important.
So, what is World Keffiyeh Day, you ask? It’s a global movement to bring awareness and show solidarity with the Palestinian cause and struggle, and was strategically scheduled on May 11th to prepare us for Al Nakba (the day of calamity in 1948) on May 15th.
Initiated by the Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights at Concordia University in Canada, the commemoration has spread globally, and is used to educate the world about the ongoing occupation of Palestine.
Now that we understand what the day is about, you may be wondering what exactly is a keffiyeh?
The Keffiyeh is a gender neutral checkered scarf that you’ll usually see in either red or black, depending on what region of the Middle East you’re in.
The Palestinian keffiyeh is black and white, and most recently has been a popular fashion piece worn by the general public.
This day allows those who understand the significance the opportunity to shed some light on its significance – so if you’re wearing it as an accessory rather than a statement, now you know. You’re welcome.
This day allows those who understand the significance the opportunity to shed some light on its significance—so if you’re wearing it as an accessory rather than a statement, now you know. You’re welcome.
Recently, an amazing non-profit organization, Impact Aid, provided some of our staffers keffiyehs in order to promote this day, as well as shed some light on this woman-run organization developed to uplift single women in the Middle East in need of assistance. They provide monetary, emotional, and professional sustainability to women in need living in the Middle East. Thank you, Lisa Jaradat and Sam Sherif for your contribution. And thank you for empowering women.
Check out the slideshow to learn why the Muslim Girl team thinks #KeffiyehDay is important, and why they rock their Keffiyehs.
Remember, the keffiyeh is more than just a garment. It’s not a fashion statement; it’s a political statement. It unifies us and empowers us. It says to the world, “We are one with the people of Palestine.” It says, “We stand against injustice. And, it says, “We will never forget.”
How will you rock your keffiyeh on World Keffiyeh Day?
Written by Maysoon Khatib; this article originally appeared on Muslim Girl.
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Show your support for Palestinian rights on World Keffiyeh Day
It was first launched and celebrated on May 11, 2016, and the response to the movement was heart-warming. People from all over the world shared photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram wearing their Keffiyeh with messages of support for a nation of people who simply want the right to self-determination and freedom.
The Keffiyeh itself holds no affiliation with any political groups but has personal meaning to many Palestinians and its supporters worldwide as a symbol of patriotism, hope and resistance. The founders of World Keffiyeh Day want to use the scarf as a way of positively encouraging people to learn about Palestinians and their culture but also to understand the “Nakba” (meaning the catastrophe in Arabic) the day that led to the displacement of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homes leading to millions of Palestinian refugees all over the world today.
With the extraordinary power of social media, the dedication of student groups and the support of charitable organizations the movement has been possible. World Keffiyeh is to be commemorated on an annual basis on 11th of May. To be a part of the movement photos can be shared under the hashtag #keffiyehday.
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