When discussing the conflict between Israel and Palestine, arguments are often painted in such broad strokes that it’s hard to discern right from wrong if you do not actually reside there.
The world sees Arab and Arab-adjacent nations a whole lot differently than they see themselves. The same can be said for beauty standards, too. Women who wear hijabs can often be viewed as overtly traditional, or submissive. And we often see the war-torn turmoil over the beauty, thanks to a 24-hour news cycle that isn’t all too interested in prideful women who own their Arab roots. But one hashtag has sought to showcase the “pride, positivity, love and respect” that can be found inside (and outside) Arab communities.
It’s called #HabibatiTag and women and men are sharing selfies, and proudly identifying their heritage. It’s a gorgeously beautiful thing. People around the world are being encouraged to do the same, to show the kind of love and strength the creators have found within themselves.
Are you Lebanese and proud?
— n (@IoveIytattoos) September 14, 2015
Are you half-Canadian, half-Arab?
— YOU AGAIN ? (@Candylate_) September 8, 2015
Are you Omani and proud?
Are you gay, Muslim and proud?
Are you Iranian and proud?
— saffron shawty (@PsychAndCrime) September 6, 2015
Are you Afro-Palestinian and proud?
— ForgottenBeauty (@forgottenFINES) September 6, 2015
Are you Iraqi and proud?
Are you Afghani and proud?
Are you Algerian and proud?
— غادة (@ghx_dz) September 6, 2015
Are you Lebanese, queer and proud?
— mira (@gooeygay) September 6, 2015
Are you Egyptian and proud?