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‘Had I only known less, perhaps I would have lived here’

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Israeli citizen Yoav Shemer Kunz is from Jerusalem but lives and studies in France. He flew to Israel for the holidays, and he wrote yesterday on his Facebook page (Hebrew below):
“It’s already a week since my landing in Israel-Palestine. How easy it is to ignore the apartheid regime here. It’s indeed wonderful. Had I only known less, I surely would have enjoyed myself more here. Perhaps I would have lived here. That’s their secret here- knowing less. Knowledge is filth. Just don’t know. Don’t read. Don’t see. Don’t hear. And be afraid. Be very afraid. Not to know, and to be afraid! What a place… “

כבר שבוע מאז נחיתתי בישראל-פלסטין. כמה קל להתעלם ממשטר האפרטהייד פה. זה אכן נפלא. אם רק הייתי יודע פחות בטח הייתי נהנה פה יותר. אולי אפילו חי פה. זה הסוד שלהם פה – לדעת פחות. ידע זה רפש. רק לא לדעת. לא לקרוא. לא לראות. לא לשמוע. ולפחד. לפחד הרבה. לא לדעת, ולפחד! איזה מקום…

Thanks to Ofer Neiman for translation.


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  1. CigarGod
    January 3, 2016, 1:18 pm

    How much fear can dance on the head of a pin?

  2. amigo
    January 3, 2016, 1:37 pm

    I don,t know and I do not want to know.I am better off not knowing .Knowledge is not power.It is inconvenient.It trespasses on my comfort zone and complicates the simplistic rationale I live by.

    Everyone is out to get me.That is all I need to know.

  3. JLewisDickerson
    January 3, 2016, 1:49 pm

    RE: “Had I only known less, I surely would have enjoyed myself more here.” ~ Yoav Shemer Kunz

    MY COMMENT: Oh, the consummate bliss of being a real Know Nothing*. How sweet it is!
    America for the Americans! ! !

    * Uncle Sam’s youngest son, Citizen Know Nothing. “A bust portrait of a young man representing the nativist ideal of the Know Nothing party. He wears a bold tie and a fedora-type hat tilted at a rakish angle. The portrait is framed by intricate carving and scrollwork surmounted by an eagle with a shield, and is draped by an American flag. Behind the eagle is a gleaming star. The flag hangs from a staff at left which has a liberty cap on its end. The Citizen Know Nothing figure appears in several nativist prints of the period (for instance “The Young America Schottisch,” no. 1855-5) and is probably an idealized type rather than an actual individual. The publishers, Williams, Stevens, Williams & Company, were art dealers with a gallery on Broadway.” –

    • JLewisDickerson
      January 3, 2016, 2:43 pm

      P.S. Thankfully we have Donald Trump to make America G-r-r-r-reat once again! ! !

    • MHughes976
      January 3, 2016, 3:25 pm

      Am I right in thinking that the nativist groups of the time were to some extent a loosely organised conspiracy against ‘non-natives’ and suspected of terrorism – and that they got their name because they were trained to say ‘I know nothing’ when questioned by the police?

    • JLewisDickerson
      January 4, 2016, 4:38 pm

      Know Nothing
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~
      [EXCERPTS] The Native American Party, renamed in 1855 as the American Party, and commonly known as the Know Nothing movement, was an American political party that operated on a national basis during the mid-1850s.
      The movement arose in response to an influx of migrants, and promised to “purify” American politics by limiting or ending the influence of Irish Catholics and other immigrants, thus reflecting nativist and anti-Catholic sentiment. It was empowered by popular fears that the country was being overwhelmed by German and Irish Catholic immigrants, whom they saw as hostile to republican values, and as being controlled by the Pope in Rome. Mainly active from 1854 to 1856, the movement strove to curb immigration and naturalization, but met with little success. Membership was limited to Protestant men. . .
      . . . The term “native American” referred to white people with a relatively established history in the United States (as opposed to recent immigrants) who held a nativist point of view; ironically, it did not refer to the actual first humans who settled the land. . .
      . . . The origin of the “Know Nothing” term was in the semi-secret organization of the party. When a member was asked about its activities, he was supposed to reply, “I know nothing.” Outsiders called them “Know-Nothings”, and the name stuck. In 1855, the Know-Nothings first entered politics under the American Party label.[6][7] . . .
      . . . The Nativist spirit of the Know Nothing movement was revived in later political movements, such as the American Protective Association of the 1890s and the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s.[41] In the late 19th century, Democrats would call the Republicans “Know Nothings” in order to secure the votes of Germans, as in the Bennett Law campaign in Wisconsin in 1890.[42][43] A similar culture war took place in Illinois in 1892, where Democrat John Peter Altgeld denounced the Republicans:

      The spirit which enacted the Alien and Sedition laws, the spirit which actuated the “Know-nothing” party, the spirit which is forever carping about the foreign-born citizen and trying to abridge his privileges, is too deeply seated in the party. The aristocratic and know-nothing principle has been circulating in its system so long that it will require more than one somersault to shake the poison out of its bones.[44]

      Use of the term
      The term has become a provocative slur, suggesting that the opponent is both nativist and ignorant. George Wallace’s 1968 presidential campaign was said by Time to be under the “neo-Know Nothing banner”. Fareed Zakaria wrote that politicians who “encourage[d] Americans to fear foreigners” were becoming “modern incarnations of the Know-Nothings.”[41] In 2006, an editorial in The Weekly Standard by neoconservative William Kristol accused populist Republicans of “turning the GOP into an anti-immigration, Know-Nothing party.”[45] The lead editorial of the May 20, 2007, edition of The New York Times on a proposed immigration bill, referred to “this generation’s Know-Nothings.”[46] An editorial written by Timothy Egan in The New York Times on August 27, 2010, entitled “Building a Nation of Know-Nothings” discussed the Birther movement, which falsely claimed that Barack Obama was not a natural-born United States citizen, which is a requirement for the office of President of the United States.[47] . . .

  4. pabelmont
    January 3, 2016, 3:56 pm

    To fear and not to know! Perfect.

    As the Jewish mother said to her son, on his departure to the Russian army, “Shoot lots of the enemies and never fear because, after all, what have you ever done to them?”

    “And what has Israel ever done to the Palestinians to justify their manifest and manifold hatred and malevolence? Of course, nothing! And eat some more nice Jewish hummos, you shouldn’t get thin!”

  5. Froggy
    January 3, 2016, 4:28 pm

    Like the ordinary Germans who turned the other way and pretended not to see when their Jewish neighbours were stripped of their property and possessions, and sent away to God only knows where.

    • Elisabeth
      January 5, 2016, 3:09 am

      Not just Germans, inhabitants of all the occupied countries too, French, Dutch, Belgian…

  6. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    January 3, 2016, 8:32 pm

    I pray sincerely that Yoav Shemer Kunz
    a child of Zionist privilege
    will, daily –
    consider how to confound this cruel travesty of the human spirit.

  7. upsondundas
    January 4, 2016, 1:58 pm

    The best way for Evil to continue is for good men to do nothing ! Well done Lad for speaking out

  8. hophmi
    January 4, 2016, 2:17 pm

    All the more so in the United States, where virtually the entire population live in places stolen from Native Americans, and in Europe, where many live in houses stolen and expropriated from Jews.

    • eljay
      January 4, 2016, 3:10 pm

      || hophmi @ January 4, 2016, 2:17 pm ||

      Professor hophmi delivers another justice- and morality-free lecture on Whataboutism 101.

    • Rashers2
      January 4, 2016, 4:14 pm

      “…in Europe, where many live in houses stolen and expropriated from Jews.” Property was, indeed, expropriated from Jews in Europe. But where, pray, are the Israeli „Wiedergutmachung“ (Restitution) Fund; the Israeli equivalents of the HVCF, of the Austrian General Settlement Fund, etc. etc. for the victims of Nakba, the murdered, the illegally dispossessed and the fugitives from Zionism, in whose houses many Jewish Israelis live?
      The German government even grants a “right of return” including automatic German citizenship to the descendents of German Jews who made Aliyah, who, having grown up surrounded by the delights of Israeli democracy, decide to make Yerida to Germany link to ‘New Yorker’! You really should learn to think before committing such foolish whataboutery to cyber-paper; or, perhaps, you should just learn to think.

    • Froggy
      January 4, 2016, 7:30 pm

      Stealing was as wrong in past centuries as it is now.

      As for the houses ‘expropriated’ in Europe, how many tens of billions of dollars were paid out to Jewish organisations in reparation for these crimes?

      “Since 1952, when then West Germany admitted that the Nazi regime had murdered some 6 million Jews, the Germans have paid out some $89 billion in reparation payments (mostly to Jewish victims), the New York Times reported last November.”

      And that is just Germany, not counting the so-called ‘reparations’ that have come in from France and other sources.

      So the Jewish holocaust survivors should be at least living in physical comfort… right? Nope. Think again.,7340,L-4646867,00.html

      So you just keep kvetching on, whilst in Israel the elderly survivors eat out of garbage bins, victimised by their own people:

      “Holocaust survivors in Israel are twice as likely to experience chronic illnesses as other people their age and nearly half report trouble sleeping, according to one recent Israeli study. Sabag said 80 percent of those seeking beds at his facility need medication for Holocaust-related mental-health disorders.

      Some Holocaust survivors receive no compensation, usually because they can’t provide proof. In some cases, survivors have been required to provide witnesses or documentation that they lived in a concentration camp for at least six months, or in a ghetto for 18 months.

      “They make people go through hell to get the money,” said Orly Vilnai-Federbush, an Israeli filmmaker who has documented the plight of Holocaust survivors, including one woman who returned to Germany, where she found it was easier to obtain compensation.

      After Holocaust survivors protested outside Parliament, the government in 2008 began a program to provide about $300 a month to those who could not qualify for other help. But bureaucracy and documentation remain daunting, critics said.”

      So where did all that reparation money go? Who has stolen those billions?

      You people moan about the holocaust even as you steal from the victims.

      • Kris
        January 4, 2016, 7:57 pm

        Pretty much sums it up! Thanks, Froggy!

    • lonely rico
      lonely rico
      January 4, 2016, 7:59 pm


      All the more so in the United States, where virtually the entire population live in places stolen from Native Americans, and in Europe, where many live in houses stolen and expropriated from Jews.

      What do you think hophmi of the official recognition by various governments of North America that many crimes were committed in the dispossession of the indigenous peoples, coupled with (far from perfect) efforts to rectify and compensate for these evils ?

      How do you say “billions of Deutchmarks” in Hebrew ?

      Which brings us to the crux of the matter –

      The on-going, daily,

      (yesterday, today, tomorrow)

      cruel destruction of the people,
      there for centuries.

      to rid the land of the Palestinians.

      Destroy, maim and murder


    • Mooser
      January 4, 2016, 8:57 pm

      “All the…/…from Jews”

      Ah, “Hophmi” I see you are taking up where “a4tech” left off. Very nice.

    • Citizen
      January 5, 2016, 11:54 am

      The Nuremberg principles were not proclaimed and implemented prior to 1945 & ditto re their Geneva progeny. They were alive in 1948 when Israel was born, but have been ignored by Israel, and there’s been no accountability under them due to at least 41 US UN SC vetoes.

      Under hophmi’s POV, Attila The Hun had the same right to do what he did as Israel has now. Nothing’s changed since cavemen fought over territory.

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