Two Israeli designers have made a new Jewish version of the kaffiyeh! It is similar to the black Arabic keffiyeh but instead is blue and white, with six-pointed stars instead of lines and circles for the pattern. Although one could hardly call it new, since Jews the world over and Arab Jews in particular have worn headwraps and turbans for centuries. After the rise of Islam, in some countries, it was a priviledge restricted to Muslims only.
I really like the style of the kaffiyah and in fact I own the black Arabic version (got it in East Yerushalayim for a cheap 3$.). My dad yelled at me when I walked around Jerusalem wearing it around my neck! For good reason, too: unfortunately, I've found that it has come to be a symbol for Israel's destruction and Arab domination over Eretz Israel. This wasn't the case until the 1st intifada. In fact, Israeli Hagana fighters would often wear the kaffiyeh when they went into the Negev desert. It is a light cotton garment that is useful for protection from the sun and the cold winds. This new kaffiyah gives a powerful message to our Arab cousins: we are here to stay, and we are more alike than you think! Too bad it costs like $25...Anyone want to make me a Hannuka present? :)