Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

State of Terror Author Thomas Suarez Speaks at Palestine Center

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

State of Terror Author Thomas Suarez Speaks at Palestine Center

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Waging Peace

On Sept. 20, 2017 the Jerusalem Fund in Washington, DC welcomed Thomas Suarez to discuss his book, State of Terror: How Terrorism Created Modern Israel (available from AET's Middle East Books and More). Mohamad Mohamad, executive director of the Jerusalem Fund, introduced Suarez, a London-based writer and a former faculty member of Palestine's National Conservatory of Music.

State of Terror takes much of its information from declassified documents from the British National Archives, which describe the movement to create a Jewish state in response to anti-Semitism in Europe and Russia. According to these documents, many Jews resented the movement and its treatment of them as a race apart. They hated the idea that they should create yet another ghetto and, worse yet, make it on other people's land. But for others, it offered the promise of an escape from persecution. "Messianic fundamentalism" became the driving engine of the movement to create a settler state, label it as an indigenous movement due to its location as the historic biblical land, and inspire disinterested Jews to populate it.

The Arab-Israeli conflict "is in truth remarkably simple," Suarez said. "An ethnic-nationalist movement seeks to establish a settler state on other people's land. The people resist. That's the entire conflict. Everything else is just details."

Suarez argued, "The conflict could end tomorrow, if our own governments-the U.S., the UK, and EU-stop enabling it. Lest this claim sound exaggerated, just imagine for a moment how the 'international community' would react if the ethnicities in this conflict were reversed-think about that-yes, it would end tomorrow. …

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