Infographic: Palestinian-Israeli conflict projected onto the Netherlands


What if it had been the Frisians who had suffered a holocaust in say, the United States of America? Journalist Joris Luyendijk pondered the possibility in a short alternate history in his book ‘Het zijn net mensen’ (They are almost like people).

The Frisians will have their own state, and what place could be more logical than the ancient home land? Despite protests from the Dutch the United Nations agree to the plan, and from the entire world people of Frisian descent flock towards the new state of Frisia, well sponsored by the Americans.


A peace process follows, and the Dutch get allotted Limburg, a small part of Zeeland and chunks of Noord Brabant. Those regions are not allowed to be called The Netherlands, the country is not allowed to have an army, and the borders are continuously guarded by Frisian troops.

Graphical design student Ruiter Janssen (Willem de Koning Academie) was inspired by this fragment to create the above info graphic—called The Frisian-Dutch Conflict—which was then published by NRC in February of this year.


  1. David says:

    It’s not that easy. The dutch will never resort to the media in order to make up a story that’s not true. Extremist palestines have a single goal; complete destruction of the jews. not Israël, not “regaining their land”, just pure destruction of a race.

    palestines use schools built by the united nations to shoot at israël every day. they also use children to bomb the borders, they use women as their living shields.. that’s all stuff a dutch person would never, ever do. not in the worst situation.

  2. Boy, you’re an idiot. We Dutch have done much worse things than that.

    But you don’t really care about that, do you? You just want to be a racist.

  3. Neil Sagan says:

    David, if you think all the Israelis are victimized and none of the Palestians have ever been, or vice versa, you have much to learn. Like any generational, intractable conflict, both sides are capable of acting (and have acted) in ways that any reasonable observer would call evil. People can act in evil ways – white black arab jew american dutch cambodian chinese get it? The path beyond the hatred, violence and aperthied is the one they need, and we need, to seek and find.

  4. Neil Sagan says:

    Great post Branko.

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