1,000 children in the West Bank arrested
every year for crimes against Israel.
Among the annual 200 imprisoned Palestinian kids
Khatib is the youngest of only four girls
a distinct jail cell contestant.
Her charming smile was caught on camera
after serving 45 days in Israeli prison
as she posed for the press a harmless lion cub forced
into admitting guilt. The black and white
encircling her neck tells another story about a line in dirt
one dares not cross. The scarf screams Palestinian
solidarity much like the Stars and Stripes shout America.
Inscrutable checkered keffiyeh a nationalist symbol since the 30s
is also like a concert t-shirt for fashionably conscious Arabs.
Is Khatib a sinless concert-goer caught in the cross-hairs
or a citizen of underground resistance her native tongue?
Perhaps the more useful question why
are we even asking our children?