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David Harris is executive director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC)

ARTICLES BY: David Harris


May 14, 2018 9:40 am
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May 14, 2018: A Historic Day for Israel

May 14 loomed large in 1948. It was the date, according to the secular calendar, when the modern state of Israel was born. It was a...

April 17, 2018 9:06 am
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Celebrating Israel at 70

Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary this month. Let me put my cards on the table -- I’m not dispassionate when it comes to Israel. For centuries, Jews...

April 11, 2018 3:26 pm
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Israel Versus Hamas: The Case for Moral Clarity

Two centuries ago, the great German poet Goethe said: “The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.” It’s as true today...

February 5, 2018 10:34 am
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Polish-Jewish Relations: A Case Study in What Can Go Wrong

One day, I fear that what is currently happening in Polish-Israeli and Polish-Jewish relations will become a case study for how an outwardly strong partnership can unravel...

January 30, 2018 11:12 am
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Poland and the Jewish World: A Defining Moment

When I went to my first Polish-Jewish encounter -- in Chicago, in the early 1980s -- I was struck by how thin the veneer of relationships was. While...

January 29, 2018 10:07 am
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An Open Letter to the Foreign Minister of Slovenia

Dear Minister Erjavec, You are on record as calling for your country to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state as soon as possible. In doing so, you said...

January 8, 2018 10:52 am
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Ten Ways That Israel Is Treated Differently

The recent focus on the Jerusalem issue is a telling reminder that Israel is treated according to a totally different standard than other countries in...

December 27, 2017 2:14 pm
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Ten Basic Facts About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In all the discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- and the quest for a solution -- some basic facts are too often missing, neglected, downplayed or skewed. Not...

December 1, 2017 2:41 pm
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A 30th Anniversary, Soviet Jews and the Making of History

On December 6, 1987 -- 30 years ago -- more than 250,000 people gathered in Washington to call on the Kremlin to open the gates and let Soviet Jews...

November 10, 2017 12:19 pm
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Larry David, Meet Mila Racine

When I first heard about Larry David’s attempted Holocaust humor on "Saturday Night Live," I was appalled. But I withheld comment, hoping -- in vain, as it turned...

October 25, 2017 2:35 pm
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An Open Letter to a Righteous Among the Nations Recipient

Dear Aleksandra Cybulska, I just read about your designation as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem-based Holocaust museum and research center. Heartfelt congratulations on...

October 11, 2017 4:04 pm
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Should We Scrap the Iran Deal?

This week, President Donald Trump is expected to speak about Iran -- specifically, the fate of the Iran deal (JCPOA). The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has been following Iran policy...

September 7, 2017 10:55 am
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Jews Need Trifocal Lenses to Confront Antisemitism

For close to two decades, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) has been blowing the whistle on the rising tide of antisemitism. When asked about the source...

August 28, 2017 3:12 pm
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The Overarching Meaning of America

As recent events have so vividly illustrated, Americans angrily seem to have turned against one another and embraced increasingly contrasting narratives of past and present. To...

Features

Dairy, First Fruits, and More: Welcoming Shavuot With Customs of the Season

JNS.org - I’ve often heard, and many rabbis lament, that Shavuot is the only...

Tapping Into the Brilliance of Israel and the Zionist Dream

JNS.org - As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been propagating the idea of...

Reminiscing: Israel at 70

I celebrated my 12th birthday one week before the birth of the State of Israel. I was about to begin lessons...

World

Israeli Analyst: Trump Administration Likely Wants Regime Change in Iran

The Trump administration likely wants regime change in Iran, an Israeli analyst has stated. Writing at the news site Walla, Oren Nahari tackled the question of American policy toward Iran since...

Israel

Israel Tells Russia It Will Expand Its ‘Red Lines’ in Syria

Israel has told Russia that it will expand its military operations in Syria to include the entire country. According to YNet, Israel has decided to expand its “red lines” in Syria...

Middle East

Reports: Strike on Central Syrian Military Airport Was Likely an Israeli Op...

An overnight strike on a military airport near the central Syrian city of Homs was likely an Israeli operation targeting...

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