David Harris was born in New York in 1949 and started his higher education in Franklin University and continued his education in United Kingdom. In 1979, he started his career in the American Jewish Committee (AJC) as an advocate. Except for a few years in between, he has been working in the AJC, and since 1990, has served as the Executive Director of the AJC.
The AJC is one of the oldest Zionist lobbies currently operating in the US. Consequently, the AJC has played a major role in paving the way for the creation of the major prominent Zionist lobbies which dominate US politics today.
Over these years, Harris has always sought to show Israel as being the innocent side of the Israel-Palestine conflict, victimizing the malignant state of Israel.
Harris has been praised by the now dead Israeli President Shimon Peres as a “foreign minister of the Jewish people”. The longtime AJC head has had a pivotal role in lobbying on behalf of Israel in the United Nations and the US. In a notable case in 2000, the AJC, led by Harris, successfully persuaded the UN to make Israel eligible to sit on the UN Security Council.
Harris has also had a long history of attempted lobbying to appeal the UN’s 1975 “Zionsim is Racism” resolution. The resolution was eventually revoked in 1991, being the second only UN resolution to have been revoked in history.