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

ARTICLES BY: David Harris


August 31, 2018 1:27 pm
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Why Are Palestinian Refugees Different From All Other Refugees?

Why indeed? News reports suggest that the US administration is considering a historic decision to redefine who is and is not a Palestinian “refugee.” I hope...

July 31, 2018 5:16 pm
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Without America, I Wouldn’t Be Here

For my family, America meant, quite literally, rescue, salvation, and rebirth. Nothing less. In our case, we don’t have to go back several generations or multiple...

July 26, 2018 1:19 pm
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The Fight for Germany and Europe’s Future

My family has a Ph.D. in the three “I’s” -- immigration, integration, and identity -- not from a university, but from life. My parents were refugees...

July 19, 2018 11:44 am
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The ‘If Only Israel’ Syndrome

The "If Only Israel" (IOI) syndrome is the misguided notion -- peddled in the name of Israel's “best interests” by some in the diplomatic, academic, and...

June 28, 2018 8:46 am
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My Late Father: The Greatest Generation Up Close

Twenty years ago this week, my father passed away. In his declining years, he had few friends and only a tiny family, and since he was...

June 8, 2018 12:46 pm
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A Tragic Anniversary: The End of Jewish Life in Libya

Fifty-one years ago this month, the world was transfixed by the Six Day War raging between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The war was triggered...

June 4, 2018 8:55 am
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Why History Still Matters: The 1967 Six-Day War

Mention history, and it can trigger a roll of the eyes. Add the Middle East to the equation, and folks might start running for the hills,...

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...

Culture

Yeshiva University Grad Writes Book to Help Children Understand Death

What should parents tell their children when a loved one dies? It’s a...

New England Patriots Star Shares Western Wall Photo With Jewish High Holidays Message

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman posted pictures of himself in Israel, including...

Features

A Look at the Candidates to Become Jerusalem’s Next Mayor

JNS.org - The late Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek used to say that if one wanted to uproot and replant a tree...

Faith and Fasting: A Look at the Practice Ahead of Yom Kippur

JNS.org - Fasting is the most commonly known Yom Kippur ritual. According to a 2016 Pew survey, 40% of American...

A New Generation of Galvanized Young Jews Fight Antisemitism on Campus

JNS.org - IfNotNow (INN) has a plan. It’s determined, according to its website, to...

World

Trump, Iran’s Rouhani Exchange Threats, Insults on UN’s World S...

US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani exchanged taunts at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday with...

Israel

Netanyahu Says Israel Will Continue Syria Operations to Prevent Iranian Ent...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel would continue to carry out military operations in Syria, issuing the...

Middle East

Iran Revolutionary Guards Threaten to Avenge Military Parade Attack

Iran's Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to wreak "deadly and unforgettable" vengeance for a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and...

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