Today every right-minded Fleming, every right-minded man, should wear an Arafat scarf [ie, Keffiyeh]. Out of solidarity with every oppressed, out of alliance with anyone who's in danger, for those who risk their life every day. The Arafat scarf has existed longer than it's most famous wearer, Yasser Arafat. But he made the scarf world famous. It has become a symbol for Palestine, but is was never an aggressive or negative symbol. By forbidding it now, you stigmatize every wearer of it as a potential aggressive person. And that is more than exaggerated.

Bert Anciaux, Flemish Minister for Culture, Youth and Sport, responding on his blog to a decision by bus company De Lijn to remove a driver wearing the Keffiyeh.

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