Wearing a green Hamas headband, waving a Hamas flag, swinging a Kalashnikov and chanting for
Israel’s demise, Bassem Shorah looks to be a prototypical Palestinian militant.
His olive green shirt, however, tells a different story. It’s a spot-on replica of those worn by soldiers in the United States Army, replete with combat patches and unit designations.
Though he’s a committed Islamist activist in a movement that denounces the United States for supporting Israel and occupying Iraq, Shorah proudly sports what has become the latest trend in Palestinian street wear: US military apparel.
“This is the new fashion in the market,” says Shorah. “It’s a show of force, because the US army is powerful. It’s a symbol of strength and of our refusal to put down arms.”
But so much for the reported trend. The article includes this far more likely attitude:
“I just bought it because I like the way it looks, but I’ll burn it now as soon as I go home,” says Ibrahim Abu Zarif, 20, when told during a pro-Hamas rally that the patch on his left breast pocket says US Army.
Read the entire moral equivalence-steeped article, which cluelessly asserts that “militancy” is only now becoming “a dominant theme in Palestinian culture” and that Palestinian youths are only now embracing “militant” garb.
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