David Harris

Dollars For ‘Dollar Bill’

10/08/1999
Staff Writer
Bill Bradley may have gained a step on rival Al Gore in the race for cash for the Democratic presidential nomination, but the former New Jersey senator and New York Knick apparently will have to rally to catch the vice president in Jewish campaign contributions. Bradley raised an estimated $6.7 million from July to September, according to the latest figures released by the Federal Election Commission, nipping Gore’s total of $6.5 million for the period.

‘It’s Getting Really Bad Again’

07/10/1998
Staff Writer
Israel’s standing in the United Nations continues to deteriorate as the Palestinian voice grows stronger. The overwhelming vote by the UN General Assembly Tuesday (124 to 4) upgrading the Palestinian’s status gives Palestinian representatives the power for the first time to raise issues regarding the peace process before the 185-member international body.

Laboring For A Settlement

05/08/1998
Staff Writer
The American Jewish Committee is grappling with internal labor unrest that threatens to mar its showcase annual meeting in Washington, D.C., next week featuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. About 75 AJCommittee senior staff professionals nationwide staged a one-day May Day work stoppage to show their frustration with stalled contract negotiations since the last three-year pact expired in December.

Pro-Sderot Ad Spiked As Unbalanced

04/09/2008
Editor at Large
A New York Times article is expected to be a model of balance, clarity and precision. But who knew the same journalistic standards held true for ads on the paper’s radio station? When it comes to Israel, at least, that is what WQXR-FM seemed to be saying to the American Jewish Committee in rejecting one of its radio ads this week.

Iran-Israel Linkage By Bush Seen As Threat

04/21/2006
Washington Correspondent and Editor at Large.
President Bush is risking a backlash that could injure the Jewish community — and his own cause — by repeatedly citing Israel as his top rationale for possible U.S. military conflict with Iran, Jewish leaders and Middle East analysts warned this week.

Mitchell As Envoy Could Split Center

 Former Sen. George Mitchell is reportedly being tapped as Mideast envoy

01/21/2009
Washington Correspondent

The expected appointment of a special envoy to breathe new life into Israeli-Palestinian negotiations could split the pro-Israel center while pleasing the Jewish left and outraging the right. The schism could be particularly deep if, as was widely reported this week, President Barack Obama appoints former Sen. George Mitchell to the job.

Jewish Settlements, Durban II Could Stoke U.S.-Israel Tensions

02/18/2009
Washington Correspondent

For a new U.S. administration that wants to avoid clashes with the Israeli government and pro-Israel groups, this week presented two challenges that could dash those hopes.

Lieberman Dilemma Deepens For Obama, Jewish Groups

Even some American supporters of Lieberman, above, say his outspokenness could be a problem.

04/08/2009
Washington Correspondent

Next month’s expected Washington visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could prove awkward for pro-Israel groups here and explosive for the Obama administration, largely because of the early bombshells dropped by his new foreign minister, Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman.

Days after taking office, Lieberman summarily discarded the results of the 2007 Annapolis peace conference and warned outsiders not to meddle in Israeli policy and politics.

Birthright Holocaust?

04/28/2006
Staff Writer
For decades, the organized Jewish community has attempted to make Israel the linchpin of American Jews' Jewish identity, while downplaying the emotional, but sure to fade, role of the Holocaust. That community received a jolt this week: American Jews 18 to 39 still consider the Holocaust more crucial to their Jewish identity than Israel.

‘If You Want To Study Anti-Semitism, You Talk To Anti-Semites’

12/22/2006
Staff Writer
For a forthcoming television documentary and DVD about contemporary anti-Semitism, New York producer Andrew Goldberg interviewed academicians, theologians and journalists on four continents. Many of the experts were Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East, because, as the documentary shows, that region is the source of most anti-Semitism today. For another, less-intellectual, perspective, Goldberg also wanted a look at public opinion, the “Arab street.” So he went to an Arab street.
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