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How Zionism Forged an Apartheid State from River to Sea

Thomas Suárez

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The Israel-Palestine “conflict” is typically understood to be a clash between two ethnic groups—Arabs and Jews—inhabiting the same land. Thomas Suárez digs deep below these preconceptions and their supporting “narratives” to expose something starkly different: The violent take-over of Palestine by a European racial-nationalist settler movement, Zionism, using terror to assert by force a claim to the land that has no legal or moral basis.

Drawing extensively from original source documents, many revealed here for the first time, Suárez interweaves secret intelligence reports, newly-declassified military and diplomatic correspondence, and the terrorists’ own records boasting of their successes. His shocking account details a litany of Zionist terrorism against anyone in their way—the indigenous Palestinians, the British who had helped establish Zionism, and Jews who opposed the Zionist agenda.

Far from being isolated atrocities by rogue groups, the use of terror was deliberate and sustained, carried out or supported by the same leaders who then established and led the Israeli state. We are still living this history: The book proves that Israel's regime of Apartheid against the Palestinians and the continued expropriation of their country are not the result of complex historical circumstances, but the intended, singular goal of Zionism since its beginning.

Tom Suárez has written and lectured extensively on the Palestinian issue, including at major UK and UK universities and the UK House of Lords. He is best known for his 2016 book, State of Terror, “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” (Ilan Pappé). His recent Writings on the Wall is an annotated collection of Palestinian oral histories. Suárez is a former faculty member of Palestine’s National Conservatory of Music.

Suárez at the Erez crossing to Gaza, Oct 2008 [photo ActiveStills]

BELOW: Abu Dis, 2016


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

BOOK 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.
Writings on the Wall - Palestinian Oral Histories collected by the Arab Educational Institute in Bethlehem
(Interlink, 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 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 
(Americans for Middle East Understanding, 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

Contributing author, The Antisemitism Wars: How the British Media Failed Their Public

Skyscraper, 2018. Paperback,‎ 272 pages, ISBN-10‎ 1911072366, ISBN-13 978-1911072362


ARTICLES (most recent first) :

We need to stop confronting Israeli propaganda on Israel’s terms (May 27, 2023)

The Palestinian Authority is a figleaf for Israeli apartheid. Disband it. (March 1, 2023)

Did Israel, not Lehi, murder UN Mediator, Folke Bernadotte, in 1948? (October 19, 2022)

UK Labour Party pro-Israel purge continues: celebrated film maker Ken Loach latest member to be expelled (August 17, 2021)

The Jerusalem Declaration on Anti-Semitism (WRMEA, August 9, 2021)

Press Standards watchdog must rein in pro-Zionist abuses by the once-venerable Jewish Chronicle (August 6, 2021)

Press Standards watchdog must rein in pro-Zionist abuses by the once-venerable Jewish Chronicle (August 6, 2021)

Palestine: Five pivotal media fudges that empower Israel’s crimes  & here (May 15, 2021)

The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism: a critical view  (March 31, 2021)

Pro-Israel activist in Scotland is accused of antisemitic Facebook posts  (August 21, 2020)

Palestinian cultural figures arrested in occupied Jerusalem  (July 23, 2020)

“One Palestine, complete” was no joke  (July 15, 2020)

One Palestine, yes, complete  (June 30, 2019)

Winston Churchill’s racist legacy in Palestine  (June 18, 2020)

Filmmaker Ken Loach shows (all) racism the Red Card  (April 1, 2020)

Bret Stephens lectures the ‘Arab side’ on the terms it must accept  (February 2, 2020)

Zionism’s mass psychosis is not Israel’s private affair  (January 22, 2020)

UK to investigate ‘far-left websites’ for ‘antisemitism’  (December 14, 2019)

Trump’s elixir could prove to be an overdose for Israel  (November 23, 2019)

What is your religion? Life In Occupied Palestine! (VIDEO) (November 15, 2019)

A harpsichord is christened in Bethlehem  (November 6, 2019)

Israel has never had any intention of honouring either the 1947 Partition Plan or 1967 borders  (October 10, 2019)

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)

Ex Uno, Plures - out of one, many (the smoke and mirrors of Zionist propagandists' self-corroboration)  (October 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)

Tom Suárez speaks about Israel-Palestine at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 27 January 2023

Tom Suárez speaks about Israel-Palestine at the Media Education Foundation, 28 November 2022

Suárez discusses antisemitism and its claimed definitions (JDA, IHRA) as exploited by the Israeli state. (The Washington Report for Middle East Affairs, April, 2021)

"What's your religion?" (Life in Occupied Palestine)  (November, 2019)

Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine  (December 24, 2015)

Hebron, Occupied Palestine (December, 2015)

Palestinian Volkswagon in a tree, versus...  (November, 2017)

Bethlehem drone  (December 7, 2017)



Brighton (re: Labour Party), September, 2019

Tom Suárez on the Balfour Centennial and terrorism  (November 21, 2017)

Boston (Cambridge), 11 November, 2017

USA tour, September, 2017

Edinburgh, 12 Augsut, 2017

Cambridge, 11 May, 2017

House of Lords, London, 14 December, 2016 (transcript; video not allowed)

East Jerusalem, 29 November, 2016

Thomas Suárez's talk at SOAS is disrupted by pro-Israel blogger  (November 3, 2016)