Speak Up for Israel

 The Huffington Post

“How Can You Defend Israel?” Part 1

By David Harris.  Mr. Harris is Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, and Senior Associate, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.

Posted: December 27, 2010

Graphic from aish.com


Yes, I’m proud to speak up for Israel. A recent trip once again reminded me why.

Sometimes, it’s the seemingly small things, the things that many may not even notice, or just take for granted, or perhaps deliberately ignore, lest it spoil their airtight thinking.

That’s the country [Israel] I’m proud to stand up for. No, I’d never say Israel is perfect. It has its flaws and foibles. It’s made its share of mistakes. But, then again, so has every democratic, liberal and peace-seeking country I know, though few of them have faced existential challenges every day since their birth.

Read full Op-Ed here.


“How Can You Defend Israel?” Part 2

By David Harris

Posted: January 2, 2011


Since writing “How can you defend Israel?” last month, I’ve been deluged by comments.

Some have been supportive, others harshly critical. The latter warrant closer examination.

Read Part 2 here.

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