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

ARTICLES BY: David Harris

July 5, 2016 6:46 am

What is the Meaning of America? Ask My Family

To truly understand the meaning of America, ask someone who wasn’t born here. In my case, that’s easy. My mother was born in the Soviet Union...

June 16, 2016 4:48 am

Three Lessons We Must Learn From Orlando

As the horrific events in Orlando unfolded, we, like all Americans of good will, reacted with horror and dismay. It was a time for expression...

May 11, 2016 6:48 am

Israel at 68: A Record to Be Proud Of

Israel celebrates its 68th Day of Independence this week. Let me put my cards on the table. I'm not dispassionate when it comes to Israel....

April 28, 2016 6:14 am

Will the EU Finally Acknowledge Hezbollah for What It Really Is?

Nearly three years ago, the European Union finally overcame its longstanding resistance and addressed the issue of adding Hezbollah to its terrorism list. The good news...

March 24, 2016 6:42 am

An Eyewitness Report From Brussels: It’s Not Too Late to Turn the Tide

On Monday evening, March 21, I arrived in Brussels from London, where there had been chatter about possible terrorist attacks. It was quiet in Europe's capital as we...

December 14, 2015 3:10 pm

Europe and Migration: 5 Challenges

As Europe seeks to absorb a massive wave of newcomers, the challenges are becoming strikingly apparent. First, with no advance planning, European countries have had to...

November 29, 2015 10:02 am

November 29: A Significant Date in Arab-Israeli History

November 29 is a noteworthy date for all those interested in Israel and the Middle East. Sixty-eight years ago, following the recommendation of a decisive majority...

November 23, 2015 7:15 am

Why Is the World Blaming Israel for All of Its Problems?

It would be the stuff of comedy if it weren’t so devastatingly tragic. France is targeted by radical Islamic forces. The death toll is nearly 130 people,...

November 15, 2015 9:29 am

Five Lessons From the Paris Tragedy

Once again, terrorists have struck, this time in Paris again and with devastating results. The scenes were heartbreaking, as France faced its most deadly assault since...

September 13, 2015 6:24 am

Who Won and Lost on the Iran Deal?

Now that a Senate minority has blocked the bipartisan majority from taking an up-or-down vote on arguably the most significant foreign policy measure in a...

August 27, 2015 7:45 am

15 Ways Being Jewish Is Meaningful

Surveys reveal a disturbingly large number of American Jews who feel disconnected from their Jewish identity. How painfully sad! In response, and with the High...

August 21, 2015 11:59 am

Ten New Reasons to Worry About the Iran Deal

Since the P5+1 deal with Iran—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—was announced on July 14, there has been much discussion and debate about it,...


American-Jewish Icon Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature - Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature Thursday, becoming the first songwriter ever to win...


Children of Fallen Soldiers Celebrate Mass Bar Mitzvah -- Dozens of orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers, and the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan, celebrated their...

At Sukkot, Israeli Farmers Enjoy the Fruits of Their Faith - Avichai Koch says farming is in his blood. He is the son of Holocaust survivors from Europe who immigrated...


Report: Obama Administration Refusing to Give Congress Info on Updated Trea...

The Obama administration is refusing to give Congress information about updated Treasury Department guidelines issued earlier this month that allow...


Israel’s Outgoing Foreign Ministry Chief Dispels ‘Myth’ o...

The adoption this week by UNESCO of a resolution that ignores Jewish ties to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has...

Middle East

Iran Seeking ‘Many Billions of Dollars’ Ransom for Release of U...

Iran is seeking “many billions of dollars” in payments from the United States in exchange for the release of several...