"a damning story, heavily documented
... far too revealing to be tolerated"
— Noam Chomsky

"It is history pulled out of its museum display, dusted off, and put to work: Suárez wields it as a weapon to lay bare the truth behind the 'narratives' that afford the Israeli state seemingly endless impunity."
This Week in Palestine

"[Suárez] seeks to pierce the fog of time, in which lies can become myths, the disappearance of a people can seem inevitable, and calculated crimes can look like fated tragedies – so much so that later, ongoing crimes somehow are sheltered by the past crimes.
Steve France, in Mondoweiss

How Zionism Forged an Apartheid State from River to Sea

Thomas Suárez

"An eye-opener, a must-read to clear the fog of deliberate deception used to shield Israel’s crimes against Palestine"
Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Palestine Land Society

"...one of the most well-researched books on the Palestinian struggle ... for serious readers and Palestinian solidarity activists, it is well worth having this book."
Dr. Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology, South Africa.

"Thomas Suárez’ long years of archival exploration [has produced a work that combines] intellectual rigor with a commitment to justice for the dispossessed, a refreshing departure from the emphasis on research for research’s sake that prevails in much of higher education"
Nancy Murray, Race & Class

“The book is compulsively readable … But it is in bringing to light the pre-1948 story of Israel’s founding that the book delivers unprecedented detail on the layers of Zionist deception and aggression … Suarez delegitimizes core assumptions relied on to justify or excuse Israel’s conquest of Palestine … Palestine Hijacked is a unique resource … Anyone who wants to fully fathom the history of Israel’s founding needs to read this book.”
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Israel-Palestine so-called “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.

Olive Branch Press, 2023 • Paperback, 470 pages • ISBN-10: 1623718198 • ISBN-13: 978-1623718190

Palestine Hijacked is a meticulous history of Zionism's drive to expropriate and ethnically cleanse Palestine and to hijack Jewish identity in the service of that goal. The book is an in-depth examination of the various forces at play, an analysis of not just what happened, but why it happened.

Suárez' contribution is, ultimately, a handbook toward ending the injustice by penetrating the narratives and presumptions that perpetuate it. The culmination of many years' research and analysis, this is an unvarnished history and analysis of the transformation of Palestine from a thriving multi-ethnic society into a messianic apartheid state, paying no rote homage to the inherited narratives.

Suárez begins with the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the beginning of the British occupation, through to the Suez Crisis of 1956, by which point the Israeli state's methodology of ethnic control and depopulation, and its methods of propaganda and its iron-clad control of Narrative, were well set. Of the book's nine chapters, all but the final chapter is history and analysis. The final chapter, the
Postscript, ties it all together to argue that peace is being deliberately stymied and that a just solution is, and always been, there for the taking.

• Acknowledgments
• Introduction
1. Zionism, Messianism, & Marketing
2. "With a stroke of the pen..."
3. Spared the war, Palestine battles itself
4. Fascism: Axis falls, Zionism rises
5. ‘Subordinated to a single cry’
6. The Partition scam
7. Statehood, the "Archimedean fulcrum"
8. Impunity
sans frontières
9. Postscript: What now?
• Bibliography
• End Notes
• Index

Other books by Thomas Suárez
Writings on the Wall [Olive Branch Press, 2019]
State of Terror [Olive Branch Press, 2017]
Palestine Sixty Years Later [Americans for Middle East Understanding, 2010]
Early Mapping of the Pacific [Charles E. Tuttle, 2004]
Early Mapping of Southeast Asia [Charles E. Tuttle, 1999]
Shedding the Veil: Mapping the European Discovery of America and the World [World Scientific, 1992]

Contributing author
En el archipiélago de la Especiería - España y Molucas en los siglos XVI y XVII [Desperta Ferro Ediciones, 2021]
• “Cartography and the Making of the Philippines from Antiquity to Now”, in Carlos P. Quirino’s
Philippine Cartography 1320-1899 [Vibal, 2018]
• “Early Portuguese Mapping of Siam”, in
500 Years of Thai-Portuguese Relations [Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2011]
• “Genesis of the American West: The Cortes Map”, in
Mapping the West: America’s Westward Movement 1524-1890, ed. P. Cohen [Rizzoli, 2002]

Thomas Suárez is a London-based historical researcher as well as a professional Juilliard-trained violinist and composer, and former West Bank resident

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