PALESTINE HIJACKED | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

PALESTINE HIJACKED | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

Date and Time

Apr 24, 2024 6:00 pm

Location

Takoma

235 Carroll St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20012

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Acclaimed author, Thomas Suárez is visiting from London to speak about his highly acclaimed book, Palestine Hijacked: How Zionism Forger an Apartheid State From River to Sea, which describes the terror that was used by the Zionist militias to transform Palestine into an apartheid settler state in 1948. The Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe, has praised Suárez’s book as “a tour de force.”

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.

Thomas Suárez is joining us on the Busboys stage to share how we have arrived to today- a time where violence is common in the West Bank and a genocide is taking place before our eyes. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during and after the event, and Suárez will be signing following the program.


This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of PALESTINE HIJACKED will be available for purchase before and after the event. Please note that this event is IN PERSON and will not be livestreamed.

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Thomas Suárez is a London-based historical researcher as well as a professional Juilliard-trained violinist and composer. A former West Bank resident, he devoted several years to researching poorly-tapped and newly-declassified historical archives to compile this story. His previous books include three landmark works on the history of cartography, and Writings on the Wall: Palestinian Oral Histories.

Malini Johar Schueller is currently teaching in the Department of English at the University of Florida. Her research interests include U.S. empire studies, Asian-American studies, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and postcolonial women of color. Her first book, The Politics of Voice: Liberalism and Social Criticism from Franklin to Kingston (SUNY, 1992) was a Bakhtinian reading of selected American autobiographies. Her second book, U.S. Orientalisms: Race, Nation, and Gender in Literature, 1790–1890 (Michigan, 1998), was a postcolonial analysis of the construction of the Orient in American culture during the 18th and 19th centuries. In 2015 she made a documentary, In His Own Home, about campus militarization and police brutality against Blacks. The film was based on a 2010 on campus police shooting at the University of Florida. 

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