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Keffiyeh sales surge in the US amid calls for Gaza ceasefire

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Keffiyeh sales surge in the US amid calls for Gaza ceasefire
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 12: Supporters of Palestine gather for the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) global trade summit at the Embarcadero Plaza on November, 12, 2023 in San Francisco, California. APEC, which pulls together dozens of world leaders and hundreds of CEOs from 21 member economies in the Pacific Rim, runs through November 17. U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet. Kent Nishimura/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Kent Nishimura / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Hespress ENWednesday 6 December 2023 – 10:52

A growing number of Americans are wearing the keffiyeh, the patterned scarf closely associated with Palestinians, to call for an end to Israel’s attacks on Gaza and to express solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

U.S. distributors note a surge in keffiyeh sales since the start of the war in October, despite reports of security forces forcibly removing the scarves at protests, and individuals experiencing verbal and physical abuse for donning them.

“It was like a light switch. All of a sudden, we had hundreds of people on the website simultaneously and buying whatever they could,” said Azar Aghayev, the U.S. distributor for Hirbawi, which opened in 1961 and is the only manufacturer of keffiyehs left in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Reuters reported.

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