Religion in Society
Religion in Society

Penn. Public School Allows Muslim Students to Wear Kaffiyehs

| by CAIR
A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said today that two Muslim high school students in Pennsylvania will now be allowed to wear kaffiyehs, a checkered scarf worn by many men in the Middle East.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the students at Gateway High School in Monroeville, Penn., were sent home yesterday after refusing to remove their kaffiyehs.

In a meeting this morning with the parents of one of the students and a representative of CAIR's Pittsburgh chapter, the school's principal agreed to allow the kaffiyehs. He reportedly said his initial ban on the scarves was an attempt to "diffuse tension" between Jewish and Muslim students. The Muslim students say they suffered verbal abuse after another student at the school published a commentary falsely claiming the scarves are "hate" clothing.

"We thank school officials for recognizing that all students have the right to freedom of expression and that cultural symbols such as kaffiyehs have nothing to do with hate or terrorism," said CAIR-Pittsburgh Communications Coordinator Zohra Lasania.