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Author Talk with Peace Cafe and Busboys and Poets Books
5th & K | Cullen Room | April 15, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join Busboys and Poets Books as we welcome author Richard Forer to discuss his book "Breakthrough: Transforming Fear into Compassion--a New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict."

In this brave book, Richard Forer chronicles the spiritual and intellectual journey he started on during the 2006 Israeli war against Lebanon. When friends challenged his unquestioning belief in Israel’s rectitude and Arab “malevolence” toward Jews and the Jewish state, Forer at first reacted defensively. Then, at the urging of a trusted Jewish friend, he began studying the Israel-Palestine conflict in depth. As he read works criticising and defending Israeli policies and cross-checked them against other sources, Forer underwent a “breakthrough in consciousness” that liberated him from “irrational fear and dualistic thinking”and enabled him to return to human beings’ “natural state of compassion and non-separateness.” Through meticulous research and through interviews with Palestinians and Israeli Jews about “hope and reconciliation,” Forer’s book similarly liberates readers.

Richard Forer has supported Israeli policy his whole life, believing the Jewish State an innocent nation always ready to make peace with its neighbors. In 2006, he underwent a profound spiritual awakening that led him to write his book, Breakthrough: Transforming Fear into Compassion – A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict. A former member of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) with orthodox relatives living in settlements in the West Bank, Richard has been to the West Bank a few times as well as to the Gaza Strip in November 2012. His younger brother is a former president of one of the largest Reform synagogues on the East coast and his identical twin brother a prominent member of an Ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism. Though not a religious Jew, Forer was a loyal defender of Israeli policy all his life and zealously supported Israel’s 2006 invasion of Lebanon. In response to what he perceived as growing global anti-Semitism, he became a member of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Angry that two of his most trusted friends resisted his views, and surprised that a long-time Jewish friend would suggest that his opinions were not as factually based as he assumed, Forer began an intensive study of the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Determined to discover the facts for himself and with an uncompromising commitment to the truth, he went far beyond his original intention, even challenging his very identity. Reaching into the depths of himself, in a remarkable moment he underwent a spontaneous spiritual transformation in which he awoke to his true identity, beyond the limits of the ego and its enforced loyalties. Feeling how his attachment to Israel had blinded him to the human dimension of the conflict and had led him to reject the other, Forer realized that the true root of conflict is one’s presumed identity and the beliefs and images that emanate from and reinforce that identity, and that these presumptions are false and unnecessary. He discovered that in Truth we are all Muslim, Christian and Jewish, Palestinian and Israeli.

This even is cosponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace--DC Metro. Books will be available before and after the event. Please contact books@busboysandpoets.com with questions. 

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