May 29, 2008, - 11:02 am

ABC News Cites Schlussel on Meghan McCain, Dunkin’ Donuts and the Keffiyeh

By Debbie Schlussel
Today, ABC News interviewed me and cited my February column on the keffiyeh and First Daughter wannabe Meghan McCain, in connection with the Rachael Ray/Dunkin’ Donuts story. Here’s the excerpt:

Debbie Schlussel, a Detroit attorney who writes a daily column for her conservative Web site, said, “I think they [Dunkin’ Donuts] ought to be applauded for that.”
But Laila Al-Qatami, spokeswoman for the [DS: Muslim-dominated] American-Arab Anti-Discrimination League [sic: it’s Committee, not League], a Washington-based civil rights and cultural organization, believes that this is all much ado about nothing. “I think Dunkin’ Donuts jumped the gun,” she said, adding that the scarf’s mere resemblance to a keffiyeh makes the company’s action seem “unreasonable.” . . .


Al-Qatami believes people like Malkin and Schlussel are overreacting. “It’s just an article of clothing,” she said. “It only carries that kind of symbolism for people like Debbie Schlussel, who are promoting fear of Arabs.” [DS: Ahem, I don’t have anything against Arabs and like a lot of them, girlie. It’s Muslims–who want to impose their extremism on America–that I have the problem with. Get a clue.]
Schlussel, the Detroit attorney and blogger, disagrees. She compares the keffiyeh to the Ku Klux Klan’s white hoods. “People need to realize it’s not just clothing,” she said. “It’s come to symbolize the garb of terrorism.”
Schlussel said it’s no accident that in some pictures and videos of Islamic terrorists who have kidnapped and killed Americans, their faces are covered with a keffiyeh.
In February, she took John McCain’s daughter Meghan to task when several pictures surfaced of her wearing keffiyehs. In one, her mother, Cindy, sits beside Meghan, who has the headscarf wrapped around her neck. “It didn’t occur to her that her daughter shouldn’t be wearing that,” Schlussel said. “The possible future first lady doesn’t see that?
“People need to be educated,” she added. “I think they can’t have an excuse these days when wearing that.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.
The article also quotes and cites the observant Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, who–as I noted, yesterday–broke the story of the Dunkin’ Donuts/Rachael Ray keffiyeh garb.

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11 Responses

Yay! Debbie!

PrincessKaren on May 29, 2008 at 12:37 pm

This story is completely absurd. The scarf was just that–a scarf.

lolwut on May 29, 2008 at 1:05 pm

“Couldn’t have said it better myself.”
HAHAHA Debbie. You’re too funny. Nowhere else can I get serious news and a good laugh at the same time. Love ya Deb.

cinerx on May 29, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Schlussel, the Detroit attorney and blogger, disagrees. She compares the keffiyeh to the Ku Klux Klan’s white hoods. “People need to realize it’s not just clothing,” she said. “It’s come to symbolize the garb of terrorism.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Great column–great example of how to cut through the crap. Go Debbie, Go!

BB on May 29, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Dear Princess,
It may be “just a scarf” to you and Ms. McCain but, my Muslim friends here in the heart of darkness say this is unmistakably, a keffiyah and that the symbolism is not lost on them.
So, before you comment, do a little research on your own.

Dearborn Dhimmi on May 29, 2008 at 9:02 pm

“Dhimmi”, it was I that made the comment about it being just a scarf, and not Princess.
I’m curious though, what made this particular scarf a keffiyah? It’s not like she was wearing it around her face or head like in the pictures Debbie posted in the previous post..
Was it the pattern? Because really, I can’t see anything else that would distinguish a scarf from this apparent sign of evil.
I mean, my girlfriend accessorizes with scarves all the time, and I know for a fact that she is not a Palestenian sympathizer.

lolwut on May 30, 2008 at 12:26 am

Also, now that I think about it, this is almost as bad as the muslims whining about the mohammed comic strips. Granted, this is a tonnnnnnnnnnnnnnn less violent. But the fact that both sides are making a big stink about nothing is the common factor.

lolwut on May 30, 2008 at 12:31 am

I agree, it is a bunch of whining about nothing. The difference is that the media defend and support the muslims complaining about such things as cartoons, but when it’s jewish people complaining about a scarf, they tell them to lighten up and get over it.
I support Debbie on this and McCain’s wife ought to know about these things. If Cindy McCain wants to be first lady, then she ought to start getting up to speed on these issues.

you are right on May 30, 2008 at 8:29 am

Cindy McCain is just one more spoiled rotten rich kid who can buy whatever she wants, go wherever she wants, and do whatever she wants, all without a thought of effect or consequence. I’m rich, what can happen to me?

Howard on May 30, 2008 at 1:51 pm

For those of you who cannot distinguish between a keffiyeh and an ordinary scarf, it is the difference between a Latin cross and a swastika, a graduation robe and the robe worn by a klansman, the Wall Street Journal and Pravda, to name a few. All keffiyehs are scarves, but not all scarves are keffiyehs. If a scarf has swastikas as its pattern, or if a pair of boots have white or red laces, then those items are designed to promote racism. A keffiyeh is worn by Muslims. It would not be worn by anyone else unless the fashionistas promote it.
Would any of you fly the “hammer and sicle” instead of the Stars and Stripes on July 4th and say, “I just flew a flag. It doesn’t matter which flag you fly, just so long as you fly a flag”? I don’t think so. It would mean the exact opposite of patriotism.
There is a word for saying that a keffiyeh is just a scarf–it’s called MORAL RELATIVISM.

Loser on May 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Dunkin Donuts is owned by the Carlyle Group. The same group Bush, Bill Clinton and Obama is with.

KOAJaps on May 30, 2008 at 5:58 pm

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