Message behind simple tote bag with Arabic script causes stir on Internet

The bag was designed by a graphic design and print studio in Israel, Rock Paper Scissors.
The bag was designed by a graphic design and print studio in Israel, Rock Paper Scissors.PHOTO: RPS.MAFIA/INSTAGRAM

A simple tote bag with something written in Arabic has caused a stir on the Internet.

Written on it in bold Arabic script are the words: "This text has no other purpose than to terrify those who are afraid of the Arabic language."

Journalist Nader Al-Sarras spotted someone carrying the bag on the Berlin Metro and posted a picture of it on Facebook, with a translation of the text.

The Internet responded, and the photo has since received more than 55,000 likes and shares combined on the social networking site, with comments praising the powerful message of how Islamophobia has caused people to be suspicious of anything written in Arabic.

The bag was designed by a graphic design and print studio in Israel, Rock Paper Scissors, which began selling the bag online on Thursday (Aug 18) after the numerous requests from people wanting to get their hands on it.

The Palestinian designers behind the bag, Sana Jammalieh, 29, and Haitham Charles Haddad, 27, told SBS.com that the bag shows off writing in Arabic "because it is our language, and part of who we are, and we think it should be part of our urban landscape".