Because antisemitism is still in fashion.
Arab designers are using clothes to start a conversation centered around pride of heritage – and it’s reaching the halls of American Congress.
“The aim of my designs is to preserve Palestinian indigenous culture while bridging the gap between Eastern and Western worlds,” pronounces Suzy Tamimi, a New York-based Palestinian designer who repurposes and combines traditional embroidery with contemporary designs. “I feel like this is a pivotal time.” The designer uses vintage remnants of Palestinian embroidery to complete her garments, interpreting themes of continuity, identity, and empowerment. She implements indigenous fabrics “to pay homage to the past with eyes set on the future.” Her practical athletic wear features traditional fabrics decorating sleeves and collars hand-embroidered by Palestinian women refugees. The words “freedom fighter” are printed in both Arabic and English in bold typography.
Let’s just pause here for a second. The “designer” is Suzy Tamimi. Sounds a lot like a member of the infamous Tamimi clan, which has spawned the likes of Shirley Temper, (another Vogue favorite), murderer Ahlam Tamimi, and the rest of her terror-loving family.
Also, let’s be brutally honest. “Freedom fighter” is politically correct speak for “terrorist”, and there is no such thing as “Palestinian indigenous.”
The conversation has since gained momentum and Tamimi doesn’t hesitate to tout her latest collection as a political and humanitarian expression. A boxing robe adorned with traditional Palestinian textiles features a unique crest. Tamimi presents a coat of arms with doves (universal symbols of peace), olive tree branches (cornerstones of Palestinian agriculture and heritage), and poppy flowers, intended to honor the lives lost in pursuit of freedom. “The crest and robe together make a clear statement relatable to all oppressed people of the world: we have to fight for our freedom.”
Note how there is the “let’s be all about peace” message. Nope, you don’t get to dress up your “nudge nudge wink wink” nod to your terrorist roots, and then pretend to be about doves and unicorns.