American Jewish Committee

Dermer Expresses ‘Deep Disappointment’ In U.S. Call On P.A. Unity

06/02/2014 - 20:00

WASHINGTON — In tough language rare for an Israeli diplomat in Washington, Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer said Israel was ‘deeply disappointed’ in the State Department’s decision to continue dealing with the Palestinian Authority now that it has Hamas support.

Silver Modifies Bill Regarding ‘Bigoted’ Boycotts

Tweaks Assembly’s pro-Israel legislation after free speech complaints.

02/11/2014 - 19:00

The State Assembly has modified a much-criticized bill that would bar state funds from being used for groups that boycott Israeli universities.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: Pressured to alter bill. Getty Images

AJC Taking On The Chief Rabbinate

Plan is to form broad coalitions here and in Israel to limit clout of the rabbis’ monopoly.

01/21/2014 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

As dissatisfaction with the Israeli Chief Rabbinate intensifies, the American Jewish Committee is heading up an unprecedented effort to form a broad coalition, here and in Israel, to limit, if not end, the rabbis’ authority.

Israel's Chief Rabbinate, meeting in 1959. Wikimedia Commons

Jeremy Ben-Ami: Surely We Can Talk

12/17/2013 - 19:00

It’s a sad day when three opinion leaders of the American Jewish community cannot hold a civilized debate on “what it means to be pro-Israel” without one of them storming off the podium. Yet that’s what happened when I sat down with David Harris of the American Jewish Committee and John Podhoretz, who edits Commentary magazine, this week at the 92nd St Y.

Jeremy Ben-Ami

Hated At The Human Rights Council

Hillel Neuer, director of UN Watch, tries to hold the UN to its own charter and to fight anti-Israel bias.
10/08/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Hillel Neuer is the executive director of UN Watch, which last month celebrated its 20th anniversary as a human rights NGO (non-governmental organization) at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Hillel Neuer: On the lookout for anti-Israei bias at UN. Photo courtesy UN Watch

With Deal Struck, Pro-Israel Groups Suspend Lobbying For Syria Strike

09/16/2013 - 20:00
JTA

Pro-Israel groups suspended their high-profile lobbying effort for a strike on Syria now that the United States and Russia have struck a deal to strip the Assad regime of its chemical weapons.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speak during a Sept. 12 press conference. Getty Images

A Nosh And A Walk

The American Jewish Committee offers a walking tour of the old neighborhood to more than 100 world diplomats.
05/13/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

It may have been the folksiest diplomatic rendezvous since the Roosevelts had the King of England over for hot dogs in the Hyde Park backyard.

Diplomats visit the Lower East Side, including a stop at the Bialystoker Shul, right, as part of AJC program.

Religious Dress Codes Vs. Human Rights?

Non-chasidic support for Satmar in modesty fight against city.
04/16/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

For years, the modest dress of Satmar chasidim, and their request that visitors dress in kind, was seen by some non-Jews as Amish-like charming, by some liberal Jews as annoying or religious bullying, and within their own Satmar world as a gentle way to bring holiness to something as ordinary as the length of a sleeve or socks.

Why are haredi dress codes different from those posted at swanky private clubs? Getty Images

Truth Must Have A Place In A Synagogue

04/09/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In a shocking violation of their spiritual obligations as clerics, in an op-ed posted on The Jewish Week website (“Hate Speech Has No Place in a Synagogue”), Rabbis Michael White and Jerome Davidson defame my work and me, while falsely claiming that I am “defaming fellow Americans of a different Abrahamic religion.” They have obviously never read my work — my columns or my books. They falsely accuse me of hate speech and have the chutzpah to invoke Jewish teachings.

Pamela Geller

Romney Launches Foreign Policy Attack On Obama

Will his pivot from economy to Mideast issues move the needle in the Jewish community?
10/02/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Is it suddenly not the economy, stupid, but foreign policy?

With only 34 days left before Election Day, and after a campaign dominated by a sputtering economy, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched a new line of attack this week, leveling a strong critique of President Barack Obama’s policy in the Middle East.

But will it move voters in the Jewish community, for whom domestic and social issues tend to be paramount?

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Romney charged that the president “has allowed our leadership to atrophy.” Getty Images
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