The head of a Palestinian girl’s clothing line has defended her decision to wear a black tie dye during her trip to Israel and said she is not black.
Tara, who is 15, said she had to wear black to attend a local dance festival.
But on her return, she found she was stopped at checkpoints.
“I was scared, but I was just doing my thing and the police let me go,” said Tara, a fourth-year high school student.
“I’m black and I don’t want to be treated differently than anyone else.”
Her mother said she did not expect her daughter to be arrested for wearing black and she called the incident a “mistake”.
“I said to her, ‘You’re not black and you can’t be arrested’,” her mother, Nada Abu El-Khair, told The Jerusalem Press.
“She said she wanted to wear it, but she can’t because it’s a black garment and it’s against the law.”
Tara’s sister, Tamer, told Al Jazeera she was outraged at the incident and hoped it would prompt more young Palestinians to change their ways.
“If I could be arrested and take the black garment off and leave, I would,” she said.
“That’s the only thing that would change my mind.”
The hijab worn by Palestinian women is often considered an essential part of Palestinian identity.
But some Arab and Muslim groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, have condemned the hijab’s wearing as a symbol of oppression and discrimination.
A recent poll showed 60% of Palestinians think the hijab is part of their oppression, while 43% said it is a symbol for freedom of religion and culture.
A report from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said the hijab had become an integral part of everyday life in Palestinian communities, adding that it was a major barrier to women’s access to education and health care.
“The hijab is a tool of oppression, but the hijab also serves as a shield that enables the oppression of women,” the report said.
“This is why the hijab should be abolished.
The veil has been part of the fabric of the Palestinian society for hundreds of years and the hijabs should be scrapped.”
In an interview with Al Jazeera, a representative for the Palestinian Authority, Saeb Erekat, said the Palestinian government was not against the hijab, and that it would work with local businesses to create more “modern and inclusive” hijab wear.
“We will support all the hijab-wearing businesses in the West Bank, but we will also support them in the Gaza Strip,” he said.
The hijab has become a symbol in recent years of the oppression Palestinians face under Israeli occupation, including harsh restrictions on access to women and the denial of basic freedoms such as voting and access to medical care.
In a 2016 report, the UN Human Rights Committee said that the hijab “has a disproportionate impact on Palestinian women and girls, as it excludes them from their right to participate fully in social life”.