Writings on the Wall
Note that the US release of Writings on the Wall, scheduled for Sept 17, is delayed. Please check the Amazon listing periodically.

My previous book about the establishment of the Israeli state is in stock, and my articles on the subject of Palestine are linked below.


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Thomas Suárez
Books and articles regarding Israel-Palestine

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About: Thomas Suárez’s experience as a researcher dates from the 1980s with his work on the history of cartography. His books on that topic include Shedding the Veil [1992], Early Mapping of the Pacific [1999], and Early Mapping of Southeast Asia [2004], this last work considered the standard text on the subject.

His contributions to edited volumes include, "Early Portuguese Mapping of Siam", in 500 Years of Thai-Portuguese Relations [2011], and "Genesis of the American West: The Cortes Map", in Mapping the West: America's Westward Movement 1524-1890 [Rizzoli, 2002].

In 2018, he authored a new Introduction to an expanded edition of Carlos Quirino's landmark Philippine Cartography.

A professional violinist, Suárez is a former member of major US symphony orchestras and a former faculty member of Palestine’s National Conservatory of Music.

A native of New York, Suárez now lives in London.

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State of Terror - How terrorism created modern Israel  (2016)

OOK HOMEPAGE, with illustrations of key documents, reviews, and errata.

Why has the Israel-Palestine ‘conflict’ endured for so long, with no resolution in sight? In this meticulously researched book, Thomas Suárez demonstrates that its cause is not the commonly depicted clash between two ethnic groups — Arabs and Jews — but the violent takeover of Palestine by Zionism, a European settler movement hailing from the era of ethnic nationalism.

Tapping a trove of declassified British documents, much of which has never before been published, the book details a shocking campaign of Zionist terrorism in 1940s and 1950s Palestine that targeted anyone who challenged its messianic settler goals, whether the British government, the indigenous Palestinians, or Jews.

Today’s seemingly intractable quagmire is that terror campaign’s unfinished business,
an Israeli state driven by unrequited territorial designs and the dream of ethnic ‘purity’. The role of Zionist terrorism in establishing the Israeli state and perpetuating today’s conflict is laid bare in Suárez’s groundbreaking narrating of the unbroken historical record.

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Writings on the Wall - Palestinian Oral Histories collected by the Arab Educational Institute in Bethlehem  (2019)

BOOK HOMEPAGE, with illustrations

A remarkable collection of brief testaments by everyday Palestinians, here organised and annotated by Thomas Suárez.

The book begins with an Introduction in which Suárez gets to the root of the so-called 'conflict', free of mystification. His annotations and numerous photographs provide background to these testimonies of people living under a seven-decade military occupation. This is a book that truly ‘sees through walls’.

From Miriam Margolyes, BAFTA Award-winning actress:
“At last, a chance to hear the voices of Palestinians being punished simply for their homes being in a place that others wanted. If you think you understand the Palestine-Israel conflict, read this.”

From the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, concerning Israel's apartheid Wall:
“[We express our] grave concern about the continuing construction, contrary to international law, by Israel of the wall inside the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem ... in departure from the Armistice Line of 1949 ... [and] the failure of the Government of Israel to cooperate...”
Palestine Sixty Years Later  (2010)

Palestine sixty years later combines 171 photographs and commentary into a vivid glimpse of modern-day Palestine. An Introduction summarizes the origins of partition, discusses methods of Zionist expropriation used in 1948 and in use today, and analyzes how Israel has exploited Judaism and the collective Western subconscious for its political ends.

"A beautiful, evocative book. Suarez's marvellous photographs capture more eloquently than any words the essence of what it means to live under Israeli occupation. The accompanying text is authoritative and to the point. An aesthetic and educational experience not to be missed."
Ghada Karmi

"A moving, fact-filled and insightful portrait of a people under relentless siege."
Prof. Norman Finkelstein

Amazon listing

Published articles about Palestine and the "conflict"

most recent at the top
Most recommended:
Israel vs the Violin  (August 3, 2015)
UXOs: Did Israel deliberately arm Hamas?  (December 13, 2010)
J’accuse: Zionism, Israel, And The IHRA  (March 12, 2018)
The Palestine Philharmonie — an orchestra is born in Bethlehem  (February 1, 2017)
The remarkable rise of the Amwaj Children’s Choir of Palestine  (October 14, 2018)

Palestinian cities are ghost towns between settlements, on Google Maps  (June 3, 2019)

Britain says releasing a 1941 document about Palestine might ‘undermine security’  (May 13, 2019)

Challenging smears by the ‘Jewish Chronicle’  (April 22, 2019)

Ilhan Omar and the anatomy of a trope  (March 6, 2019)

Smoke and Mirrors (chapter in Karl Sabbagh, The Antisemitism Wars: How the British Media Failed Their Public, Nov 2018)

The remarkable rise of the Amwaj Children’s Choir of Palestine  (October 14, 2018)

British Labour just adopted a definition of anti-Semitism that is anti-Semitic  (September 4, 2018)

Jabal al-Baba update: ethnic cleansing on Vatican land  (August 10, 2018)

A tale of two rehearsals  (July 24, 2018)

‘Disappearing Palestine’ maps must spotlight Jaffa  (June 2, 2018)

J’accuse: Zionism, Israel, And The IHRA  (March 12, 2018)

Zionism, anti-Semitism, Israel — and the UK Labour party  (March 7, 2018)

UNRWA ‘aid’ is aid only in the lexicon of Orwellian newspeak  (January 19, 2018)

Smear campaign is defused as Tom Suarez speaks at UMass  (October 31, 2017)

The Cult of the Zionists - An Historical Enigma  (August 20, 2017)

Amazon pulls blank ‘History of Palestinian People’ — which aims to dehumanize in order to subjugate  (June 30, 2017)

New website sets Zionist myths vs. the historical record  (June 5, 2017)

A Response to the allegations in a complaint filed with the House of Lords and dismissed in HL Paper 142  (May, 2017)

Map map on the wall, who’s most existing of them all?  (April 30, 2017)

Israel, naked under the microscope in Cork  (April 7, 2017)

The Palestine Philharmonie — an orchestra is born in Bethlehem  (February 1, 2017)

Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won  (January 1, 2017)

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the ghost of U.N. past  (February 2, 2016)

Video: A glimpse of Palestinians living under occupation in Hebron  (January 2, 2016)

Video: O little invasion of Bethlehem  (December 24, 2015)

Israel vs the Violin  (August 3, 2015)

Chomsky and BDS  (July 6, 2014)

BBC festival features Palestine Strings and condemnation of apartheid to jubilant applause  (August 11, 2013)

Violinist tumbles while climbing separation wall, is unable to perform historic concert  (July 14, 2013)

From the back of the bus at Allenby to Jakarta’s symphony hall  (April 12, 2013)

Report from Bethlehem: Obama exploits the messenger of peace for a photo-op  (March 24, 2013)

Google and the eternal, undivided capital of the Jewish people  (January 10, 2013)

The (what about) China syndrome  (July 16, 2012)

‘Eroica’ cancelled due to Israeli interference  (July 12, 2012)

The Palestine National Orchestra: a view from the violin section  (March 31, 2012)

UXOs: Did Israel deliberately arm Hamas?  (December 13, 2010)

Visit Abu Dis- site of the future Palestinian capital?  (August 5, 2010)

Captive Audiences  (December, 2008)

"Cockroach" (Erez Crossing, Israel)  (October 26, 2008)

Sample of book talks Boston (Cambridge), 11 November, 2017

USA, September, 2017

Edinburgh, 12 Augsut, 2017 (video)

Cambridge, 11 May, 2017 (video)

House of Lords, London, 14 December, 2016 (transcript)

East Jerusalem, 29 November, 2016 (video)
on the radio WZBC (Boston), May 28, 2017
videos Bethlehem, 11 December, 2015

Hebron, 10 December, 2015