Keffiyeh<br>Patsy Asuncion
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Patsy Asuncion


Patsy Asuncion


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?