Thomas Suárez
Books, articles, speeches regarding Israel-Palestine

About: Thomas Suárez’s experience as a researcher began in 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].

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 (coming), 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.

Mondoweiss   |   • Electronic Intifada   |   • Tribune Magazine   |   • Kirkus Reviews
Free Speech on Israel   |   • refugeeps (Arabic)   |   Jonathan Cook


••• “A tour de force, based on diligent archival research that looks boldly at the impact of Zionism on Palestine and its people in the first part of the 20th century. The book is the first comprehensive and structured analysis of the violence and terror employed by the Zionist movement and later the state of Israel against the people of Palestine. Much of the suffering we witness today can be explained by, and connected to, this formative period covered thoroughly in this book.”
— Ilan Pappé, Historian, Author, and Professor, University of Exeter
••• "I thought I knew a fair bit about the Middle East after all the years I've been involved in its politics but this book came as an eye-opener. I realised how ignorant I was, not of the events since the establishment of Israel but of the terror campaign that led up to it. Everyone who has ever accepted Israel’s own account of its history should read this book... It should change them forever."
— Baroness Jenny Tonge
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

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Published articles about Palestine and the "conflict"

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New website sets Zionist myths vs. the historical record

A Response to the allegations in a complaint filed with the House of Lords and dismissed in HL Paper 142

Map map on the wall, who’s most existing of them all?

Israel, naked under the microscope in Cork

The Palestine Philharmonie — an orchestra is born in Bethlehem

Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the ghost of U.N. past

Video: A glimpse of Palestinians living under occupation in Hebron

Video: O little invasion of Bethlehem

Israel vs the Violin

Chomsky and BDS

BBC festival features Palestine Strings and condemnation of apartheid to jubilant applause

From the back of the bus at Allenby to Jakarta’s symphony hall

UXOs: Did Israel deliberately arm Hamas?

The Palestine National Orchestra: a view from the violin section

Report from Bethlehem: Obama exploits the messenger of peace for a photo-op

‘Eroica’ cancelled due to Israeli interference

Violinist tumbles while climbing separation wall, is unable to perform historic concert

The (what about) China syndrome

Google and the eternal, undivided capital of the Jewish people

Captive Audiences

Visit Abu Dis- site of the future Palestinian capital?

"Cockroach" — Erez Crossing, Israel, October 26, 2008

sample of book talks 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