Drawing upon more than 35 years of relevant experience, Harvey Bell is a New Jersey resident who supports the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Lawfare Project. Beyond his professional and advocacy pursuits, Harvey Bell is a passionate fan of the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks.
The Knicks aren’t off to a promising start to the 2018-19 season, as the team has a win-loss record of 4-10 through its first 14 games, but there have been some promising signs, one of which is the play of rookie center Mitchell Robinson. A 20-year-old native of Pensacola, Florida, Robinson dropped out of Western Kentucky and sat out for a year before being selected by the Knicks with the 36th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He has averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, but it has been his ability to protect the rim that has the organization excited.
Robinson has 1.8 blocks per game for a total of 22 blocks through 12 games. However, he recorded nine of those blocks during the Knicks’ 115-89 loss to the Orlando Magic and, in the process, established a new franchise record for most blocks in a single game by a rookie. The record was previously held by Lonnie Shelton and Kristaps Porzingis, both of whom had seven blocks in one game. The Knicks record for blocks in a game is 10, and Robinson intends to surpass that in the not-so-distant future.
The recipient of an MBA from Texas A&M University, Harvey Bell is a longtime resident of New Jersey. Beyond his professional pursuits, Harvey Bell supports the Lawfare Project, a global network of legal professionals that defends the human and civil rights of Jewish people and the pro-Israel community.
The Lawfare Project is litigating a pair of lawsuits against San Francisco State University and two against the City University of New York for alleged anti-Semitic incidents involving students and employees. On October 14, the US-based litigation fund warned the University of Michigan that it may be liable under federal anti-discrimination law for its insufficient response to several anti-Semitic incidents on campus.
According to the Lawfare Project, an American culture professor and his graduate teaching assistant denied two Jewish students letters of recommendation to spend a semester abroad simply because their destination of choice was Israel. Moreover, another Michigan student alleged that in order to earn her degree from the university’s Stamps School of Art & Design, she was required to sit through a lecture that equated Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, with Adolf Hitler. The slideshow presentation also included an image that depicted Jewish people as pigs drinking from bottles of money.
In a letter to the university, the Lawfare Project outlined “immediate and concrete” steps to remedy the hostile environment and asked that it investigate professors and instructors who have “adopted a discriminatory boycott.”
A businessman in Short Hills, New Jersey, Harvey J. Bell has 35 years of consulting, management, and leadership experience. Outside of his professional life, Harvey J. Bell supports nonprofit groups that advocate for the interests of the Jewish people, including the American Israel Public Affairs Community (AIPAC).
AIPAC is a lobby group comprised of activists who aim to secure and strengthen the political relationship between the United States and Israel. Every year, the nonprofit hosts the AIPAC Policy Conference, which brings more than 18,000 people together to learn about pro-Israel advocacy and hosts entertainment, speeches, and featured guests to discuss AIPAC’s goals.
In 2018, the AIPAC Policy Conference served as a platform for featured guest Ezer Mizion to unveil its latest campaign, “#SharedLife.” Ezer Mizion operates primarily as the largest Jewish Bone Marrow Donor Registry in the world and has matched 12,000 patients since the group established the registry 20 years ago. The new #SharedLife campaign is a video marketing promotion meant to show the connection between donor and cancer patient to encourage Jewish people to register as bone marrow donors. The group’s presence at the AIPAC Conference included a special exhibit booth for attendees designed by the firm Berenbaum Jacob Associates.