Articles by David Harris

An Open Letter to Christiane Amanpour
In his open, must-read letter to CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour, published by The Times of Israel, AJC CEO David Harris urges her to apologize for analogizing a deadly Holocaust-era tragedy, Kristallnacht, to the current Trump Administration. “You were weaponizing Kristallnacht, instrumentalizing the Holocaust to make your point,” writes Harris, the child of two Holocaust survivors, who asks Amanpour to “do the right thing, apologize for your comment, and issue a clarification.”
Europe Must Unconditionally Defend Its Values
Die Welt, one of Germany’s most influential national newspapers, asked AJC CEO David Harris to write a piece about the latest deadly Islamist terror attacks in Paris, Nice, and Vienna. Harris assesses the challenges facing France and Austria, and other European countries, and offers ten policy recommendations for what governments should do to counter the jihadist threat and address integration challenges.
An Israeli Success Story
In the past decade, a number of pundits talked about Israel’s growing isolation under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. To the contrary, I have repeatedly said that Israel’s diplomatic position globally has been on the upswing.
The Abuse of History
Whatever one’s thoughts about politics today, America is not lurching towards Nazism or Bolshevism. To suggest otherwise is to misunderstand, at a fundamental level, the nature of these totalitarian ideologies and their legacies.
Europe Must Put Aside Its Outdated Thinking
Europe has much to offer, most especially its remarkable experience of postwar peace-building and integration that today is the EU. It could perhaps one day serve as a model for other regions with a long history of conflict and animosity. But that won’t happen unless Europe sheds some of its archaic thinking about the Middle East, acknowledges and embraces the new dynamics at work as reflected in the UAE-Israel deal (and others to follow?), takes a fresh look at its own complex relationship with Israel, and ends its “low expectations” policy towards the Palestinians.
A Friendship Against All Odds
In the wake of the unprecedented tragedy of the Holocaust, it was anything but obvious that a Jewish group would seek to engage postwar Germany. But that’s exactly what American Jewish Committee (AJC), alone among global Jewish organizations, did.
Why History Still Matters: The 1967 Six-Day War
Without an understanding of what happened in the past, it’s impossible to grasp where we are today — and where we are has profound relevance for the region and the world. Fifty-three years ago this week, the Six-Day War broke out.
A Leader’s Leader In A Time of Crisis: Winston Churchill
In these times of profound uncertainty, triggered by the war against the pandemic, one comment keeps coming up in my world: “Where’s Winston Churchill now that we need him?”
Dishonoring World War II Memory
As the world commemorates the Allied victory and recalls the war’s horrors, some are invoking the language of the Nazi era in response to COVID-19 restrictions. How appallingly inappropriate and insensitive!
COVID-19, Conspiracy Theories and Antisemitism
It is a story that dates back centuries: A crisis occurs and conspiracy theories emerge to offer one-size-fits-all explanations. More often than not, Jews are implicated. So, too, has it been during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Crises and Conspiracies
It is as predictable as day follows night. A crisis erupts — pandemic, financial, security — and the conspiracy theorists come out of the woodwork. Today, with the Coronavirus pandemic, is no different. It is equally foreseeable that, sooner or later, the Jews will be among those blamed. Isn’t the heart of antisemitism, past and present, the assignment to Jews of evil powers and demonic aims?
A Letter from CEO David Harris to the AJC Community
AJC CEO David Harris wrote a letter to the AJC community amid the unfolding public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19.
How Auschwitz Has United Muslims and Jews
On January 23, we stood together with united resolve in the face of history’s greatest horror, the Holocaust, at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp where more than 1 million Jews perished. Never Again. Not for Jews. Not for Muslims. Not for any of God’s children.
How to Respond to the Anti-Semitic Attack in Monsey, N.Y.
In the wake of the horrific knife attack on Saturday during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, N.Y., and following a recent spate of other anti-Semitic assaults in New York City and elsewhere in the United States, we must ask and answer two key questions: “Why now?” and “What can be done to stop such incidents?”
A Spotlight on Trump and Antisemitism
AJC CEO David Harris responds in a letter to the editor to New York Times editorial on President Trump's executive order on campus antisemitism.
Europe: Do the Right Thing on Hezbollah
We have the remarkable situation that the U.S., Canada, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, the Arab League, and the GCC, joined most recently by Argentina and the United Kingdom, all agree on the true nature of Hezbollah, yet the EU stands oddly apart.
Is World War II History Still Relevant?
As the world marks the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, when German forces invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, is the history still relevant? Does it have contemporary meaning? Or is it destined to fade away, as the wartime generation of soldiers, eyewitnesses, and survivors reaches the twilight of their lives?
Give Greece’s New Leader a Chance
David Harris, CEO of AJC, and Endy Zemenides, executive director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council, respond to a New York Times op-ed.

A Modern-Day Jewish Exodus Story
In the early and mid-1980s, I saw up close some of the remarkable Israeli efforts, supported by the United States government and a few American Jewish groups, on behalf of Ethiopian Jews.