AJC Transatlantic Institute

Profile: AJC Transatlantic Institute

1- Name of NGO:

AJC Transatlantic Institute

2- Brief & Mission:

Established in 1906, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) identifies itself as a “global Jewish advocacy organization” with a focus on both domestic and foreign policy. One of its programs involves arranging visits to Israel for foreign politicians and civil society leaders. Additionally, the AJC operates 33 chapters throughout the United States, which actively participate in pro-Israel propaganda efforts and manage a network of front groups and affiliated organizations dedicated to various geographical areas and specific issues.

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

Commentary magazine serves as a notable example that spans over six decades. Initially focused on the Jewish left and published by AJC until 2007, it later evolved into a prominent platform for neoconservatism in the 1970s, according to its own account. Norman Podhoretz, the magazine’s long-time editor, is widely recognized as one of the founders of neoconservatism.

The board of Commentary magazine includes prominent right-wing billionaires Paul E. Singer and Roger Hertog. Both individuals have made substantial donations to the Republican Party, conservative causes, and pro-Israel groups. Notably, their affiliated foundations provide funding for various newly established pro-Israel and anti-Islam groups in Brussels.

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

Since 1990, David Harris has held the position of executive director at the AJC. According to Haaretz, his right-wing agenda has led to strained relations between the AJC and its Jerusalem office. Former Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, had a brief one-year tenure as the Jerusalem director (which is no longer mentioned in his biography). Yossi Alpher, a respected Middle East researcher and retired Mossad intelligence officer, served in the position for five years but departed under contentious circumstances. These instances suggest a connection between the organization and the Israeli establishment..

5- Sources of Funding:

According to its financial records, the AJC has dedicated $4,767,225 towards its Brussels initiative since 2005. This amount is part of its total income of $391,363,529 during that period. Some of the known American funders supporting the organization include.

The foundation established by Robert Hertog, which supports the Friends of Israel Initiative, has also offered financial support to the AJC, albeit on a modest scale. However, the Klarman Family Foundation, overseen by Jewish American billionaire Seth Klarman, stands out as the largest known donor to the AJC. Seth Klarman, who has transitioned from businessman to philanthropist, is currently estimated to have a net worth of $1.39 billion according to Forbes.

6- Activities:

UN Watch, an organization based in Geneva, is affiliated with the AJC. It is dedicated to monitoring and challenging what it perceives as the United Nations’ alleged bias against Israel. Established in 1993 by Morris Abram, the former permanent US representative to the United Nations and honorary president of the AJC, UN Watch was fully taken under the control of the AJC in January 2001 through an agreement with the World Jewish Congress.

UN Watch’s international advisory board includes several members who have expressed or supported hostile attitudes towards Muslims and Islam. Lord David Trimble, the former first minister of Northern Ireland, is a founding signatory of the anti-Muslim Henry Jackson Society and a member of the Friends of Israel Initiative.

7- NGO Leadership:

Robert H. Elman, a prominent American-Jewish businessman and former president of the AJC, currently holds the position of chair at the AJC Transatlantic Institute. Heading the institute as its director is Daniel Schwammenthal, who previously worked as a writer for the Wall Street Journal Europe.

8- Controversy:

The subsequent director, Eran Lerman, a retired colonel from the Israel Defense Forces, espoused viewpoints closely aligned with those of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Lerman eventually left the organization to take up a senior position within Netanyahu’s National Security Council. This occurrence provides clear evidence of the organization’s strong association with Israel.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website: https://transatlanticinstitute.org
  • Address: Brussels
  • Email:.tai@ajc.org

10- Classification/Blacklist:

The organization in question has been blacklisted due to its alleged connections with the Israel.

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