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

ARTICLES BY: David Harris


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...

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...

Features

A Brilliant ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Yiddish

Why is this Fiddler different than all others? I’ll tell you. Fiddler on the Roof is arguably the most important Jewish contribution to musical theater....

Israel Gets Set to Land Its First Spacecraft on the Moon

JNS.org - "Houston, the Eagle has landed” will soon be a common refrain for Israelis. While famed entrepreneur Elon Musk sent...

The Integration Between Israeli and American Jews in New Jersey

JNS.org - Rather than a classroom setting, New Jersey middle and high school students participating in the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC)...

Israel

Israeli Company’s Delivery Drone May Soon Take Flight in North Caroli...

An Israeli technology company that created a drone, designed to deliver food and other consumer goods to residential areas, is...

Middle East

Hamas Refuses to Work With Greenblatt, Kushner, Calling Them ‘Spokesm...

JNS.org – Hamas has rejected working with the United States on fostering peace between Gaza and Israel on Friday, despite...

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