The American Jewish Committee fired three employees at its Jerusalem office this
week, The Jewish Daily Forward reported this week, “thrust[ing] the office,
based in Jerusalem’s Beit Moses building, into a state of confusion.”
Forward explained that the move comes on the heels of “a long history of tension
between AJC’s Jerusalem office and the New York headquarters.”
firings also come after “strained labor relations” between AJC employees and
management, the New York newspaper reported.
According to the article,
Jerusalem office director Ed Rettig may be fired as well, though a decision has
yet to be made.
“While, as a matter of longstanding policy, we do not
discuss past or present personnel matters with the media,” AJC executive
director David Harris said in a statement to the press.
“The article in
The Forward got lots of things wrong, both in fact and implication. Most
important for us to stress is that AJC, as the global Jewish advocacy
organization, remains, as always, profoundly committed to our relationship with
Israel. Any implication that we are diminishing our presence is totally
and completely off-base,” he continued.
“Every institution, as it reflects
on its mission, goes through periodic review and assessment in order to better
adapt to changing times and needs. And, at the end of the day, let’s be clear,
we are talking about one-third of our Israel operation – the other two-thirds of
our vibrant presence, Project Interchange, which has brought over 6,000 leading
personalities to Israel from 70 countries, and International Interreligious
Affairs, under the leadership of the widely respected Rabbi David Rosen, are