Arab MK riles up Knesset by wearing keffiyeh at podium

Member of Knesset Basel Ghattas. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Member of Knesset Basel Ghattas (Balad) caused a ruckus in the Israeli legislature on Wednesday when he rose to speak at the podium wearing a black and white keffiyeh on his neck.

Likud MK Miri Regev claimed it was a provocation and demanded he take the keffiyeh off, according to Israel Hayom. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) asked Regev, “What is unattractive about a keffiyeh? Just like we can speak at the podium with kippot, he can come with a keffiyeh.”

Ghattas said he wore the keffiyeh as a sign of solidarity with Arab students who wore them to school to honor the 21-year-old Arab man who was fatally shot last week after he attacked Israeli police with a knife in Kafr Kanna. The students were told to take off their keffiyehs, and Ghattas decided to wear one in Knesset to show his support for them.

Posted on November 13, 2014 .