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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Richard Forer: Transformed by Truth
By Paul Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, April 27, 2011
"In many Jewish circles today it has become more important
to believe in Israel than to believe in God." --
joined AIPAC for the same reason that most Jews joined this Israel lobby.
He refers to what he calls “the primal fear of many Jews around the
world--the fear of another holocaust.”
He felt strong support for
Israel at the time of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon and the capture of
Israeli Gilad Shalit. However some of his friends disagreed.
Retelling a story of his discussion with a friend, Forer raises every
single argument and justification ever offered for the occupation of
As a result, Forer decided to study the history,
“something I'd never really done. What I found astounded me and blew all
of my beliefs apart.”
He found out that everything he, as a Jewish
American, had grown up believing was false.
He discovered that the
propaganda about Israel wanting peace was not true. What Israel really
wanted was more land. "That's always been their primary objective; peace
is secondary to that."
He learned that Israel's pre-emptive
attacks on Egypt, Syria and Jordan in 1967 were based on a falsehood that
they would have attacked Israel.
Forer discovered that stories put
out by Bill Clinton and Dennis Ross after the 2000 Camp David summit were
also lies about how Yasser Arafat "would not go along with a very fair and
generous offer made by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak."
entire history of Israel and the Palestinians put out by Israel is
deceitful according to Forer.
Growing up, "I identified more as a
Jew than as an American...I felt that Israel was the one place where Jews
could go if ever they were persecuted again."
In his book,
Breakthrough: Transforming Fear into Compassion, Forer tells of how he
changed his thinking about Israel as a benign and democratic state to a
tribe of people dominated by fear.
“If Jews looked at the history
and not at the fictions, their fear would crumble,” says Forer.
"They would realize that the Palestinians were not only human but that the
Jews have dehumanized the Palestinians through their indoctrination."
Forer's transformation took place at the time of the second Lebanese war.
The typical response to his transformation was to call him a self-hating
Forer makes the important point, after his visit to the West
Bank, that the Palestinians and Arabs are not angry at Jews but at the
Zionist ideology and the government of Israel that oppresses them.
"Every single person I met (in the West Bank) said it's not about Jews or
Muslims, it's about human beings, it's a human rights issue."
Interestingly, Forer notes that the government of Israel does not
represent the Jewish people. "That's just an excuse they make.
the Jewish people in Israel are apathetic. They don't know what's
They don't even know that the Separation Wall is built
mostly in Palestinian territory.
"They just live in denial. If the
Israelis were honest, they'd say if the Palestinians would just lie down
and do what we tell them to do, then we'll have peace and maybe we'll give
them 8 to 10 percent of Palestine."
In his book, Forer debunks all
of the arguments that people make to defend Israel against criticism.
He talks about Hebron, the only Palestinian community with a Jewish
presence. He writes about the Separation Wall and about settlements
and the seizure of land by Israelis.
Virtually any argument that
he heard before his transformation Forer goes into and shows what the
truth really is.