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Knockoff News 47

A weekly (or thereabouts) collection of news about counterfeits, fakes, knockoffs, replicas, imitations, and the culture of copying in general around the globe:

And finally, an example of cultural appropriation that will either promote world peace or cause yet another rift in the Middle East -- you decide:

Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin

PROPONENTS' VIEW:  "Once Israelis adopt the accessory, it will create "a common denominator" with their neighbors."

OPPONENTS' VIEW:  "Some [Palestinians] already see the Israeli keffiyeh as threatening to appropriate yet another trademark element of their culture (see: hummus, nargila water pipes and belly dancing)."

FASHIONISTA'S VIEW:  "It can go with the relaxed look of the backpackers who return from abroad and like to layer themselves in textile wraps."

Now there's a question for the Miss Universe pageant.