As a post-election wave of hate crimes and xenophobia grips our nation, cartoonist Marguerite Dabaie offers a cautionary tale about paranoia. There's a moral to this story: we need to reclaim the universal language of delicious treats.

Marguerite Dabaie's first major comic, The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories—an autobiography about Palestinian-Americans—was awarded two grants. She is currently working on A Voyage to Panjikant, a historical-fictional graphic novel about the 7th-century Silk Road. She's based in Brooklyn.

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Box of Cookies Causes Total Panic by Having Arabic Writing on Label,”  Vice

"Muslim couple says they were kick off Delta flight for using phone, saying ‘Allah’,”  The Washington Post

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Southwest Airlines draws outrage over man removed for speaking Arabic,”  The Guardian

A graphic design studio in Haifa makes these totes (and are much better designed than my wonky handwriting). You can totally pick one up yourself.

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Marguerite Dabaie is an illustrator based in Brooklyn. Her first major comic, The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories–an autobiography about Palestinian-Americans–was awarded two grants. She is currently working on A Voyage to Panjikant, a historical-fictional graphic novel about the 7th-century Silk Road