Image of Tote Bag With Poignant but Provocative Arabic Message Goes Viral

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The tote bag on Facebook, reading "This text has no other purpose than to terrify those who are afraid of the Arabic language."
The tote bag on Facebook.Credit: Screenshot

A photograph of a tote bag with Arabic text, made in Israel, has gone viral.

Journalist Nader al-Sarras was on a U-bahn train in Berlin when he spotted the bag with a message in Arabic that is bitingly humorous yet also poignant: “This text has no other purpose than to spread terror in the hearts of those who are afraid of the Arabic language.” His Facebook post with a picture of the bag on Tuesday night has since attracted over 35,000 likes. The photo also trended on Twitter.

The bag is the creation of a company called Rock Paper Scissors, which is based in Haifa, according to BuzzFeed.

Sarras told BuzzFeed that he did not respect to elicit such a widespread reaction, at that most of the feedback had been positive.

“I think the overall situation in Europe is causing this reaction,” a spokesperson for the company told Buzzfeed in response to the sudden attention the bag was getting.

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