The following letter is a response to a video that my ultra-orthodox relatives were sharing among themselves, their relatives and friends. I found the video quite disturbing although I was already intimately familiar with the views of that side of my family. In writing the letter I hoped that I might reach a few of my many nieces or nephews and encourage them to look more carefully at their opinions and beliefs. I was completely unsuccessful. They all rejected the suggestion that they conduct sincere research to find out if their beliefs were based in reality or fantasy. And their bottom line, predictably, was that the Torah clearly states that God gave the land to the Jewish people. The six minute video can be found at http://beta1.shofar-tv.com/player.php?id=628
Below is a letter I wrote to Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick. I did so because the Zionist Organization of America has accused Rutgers of violating federal regulations by allowing a campus environment that is “increasingly hostile, anti-Semitic, and even includes violent threats against a Jewish student.” ZOA alleges that activities organized by BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice have “demonized Jews in Israel” and have attempted “to delegitimize the Jewish state.” Although I deplore discrimination in any form I am familiar with the tactics of groups like ZOA. Their common practice is to call anyone who supports human rights in the Middle East or calls for an end to an illegal occupation an anti-Semite. This is hysterical and self-destructive thinking and must be countered.
On Thursday March 10th I will be speaking at the University of Oregon’s Chiles Hall, Room 128, 955 E. 13th; at 13th & Kincaid, Eugene, OR. Starting time is 7 pm. The event will be sponsored by the Al-Nakba Awareness Project, the Univ. of OR Arab Student Union and the Univ. of OR Muslim Student Association.
I write to you as an American Jew with ultra-Orthodox relatives living in Israel; and as a former member of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), America’s largest pro-Israel lobby. I also write to you as one who, for most of his life, was a blind defender of the Israeli government’s behavior toward the Palestinian people.
On January 11, Albuquerque played host to A Night to Honor Israel, an expression of solidarity between Christians United for Israel (CUFI) and the State of Israel. The event was co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of New Mexico (JFNM). John Hagee, CUFI’s founder, was principal speaker.
The Jewish Federation publishes a monthly newspaper, the New Mexico Jewish Link. Each issue contains numerous articles that defend Israel against any criticism. The fact that the Link’s writers abhor honest research is apparently a mark of prestige. I often write to the Link. On rare occasions they have published my well-thought out and respectful articles but as the global criticism of Israel has intensified the Link has become more and more intolerant of any position that advocates for human rights. Here is the article they refused to publish.
Announcing the launch of richardforer.com. While I get my blogging shoes on, please have a look around at various writings, audio/video offerings, and most importantly, buy my book! I’ll be blogging regularly soon.