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How to tie a keffiyeh ... and make history

All the cool kids are wearing them, now the keffiyeh enters the Guinness World Record book.

Guinness Book of World Records judge Jack Brockbank, making a quick turnaround after judging a new world record set here recently for the biggest hummus bowl, rolled a measuring wheel over the keffiyeh formation. The process took almost three hours.

Behind the stadium, a band kicked into gear, providing entertainment for the crowd while it awaited Brockbank’s ruling. The band, standing in front of a painting of the Jerusalem cityscape, plowed through classic tunes; men joined arms in a sort of Palestinian conga line; women danced, waving keffiyehs with the words “we will return” embroidered on them; young children waved wooden machine guns above their heads.

When Brockbank finished his measurement, he took to the stage.

“Setting Guinness world records achievements is never an easy task and should never be taken lightly,” he said. “The arrangement you have seen today used 6,500 scarves, although this record is based on length rather than the number of scarves.”

“The total length of this chain of scarves today,” he added, “is 6,552 meters and 59 centimeters.”

A new record set, the crowd roared with delight, and Walid Taha beamed as he lifted the Guinness placard above his head, a keffiyeh — naturally — around his neck.