Icky details in a JTA report on a defamation lawsuit brought by Steve Rosen, AIPAC’s former foreign policy chief, against his former employer:
Much of the material in Rosen’s deposition had to do with his viewing pornography on an office computer. Rosen countered that he knew [ Howard Kohr, AIPAC’s executive director] and others at AIPAC also viewed pornography on AIPAC computers.
Rosen, who is suing AIPAC for $20 million, said Tuesday that his lawyers would file a counter motion by Dec. 2 with fuller excerpts and more material.
“We’re going to show in our brief most of the reasons they’re giving in this thing played no role in my firing,” he said, noting as an example that his bosses were made aware of the pornography on his hard drive months before he was fired.
This reminded me of an incident from the 1990s, as reported by Lloyd Grove in the Washington Post on June 13, 1991:
In 1987, AIPAC’s then-communications director, Barbara Amouyal, argued that this press-shy attitude was counterproductive to the lobby’s aims. During her tenure, however, she often found herself trying to keep stories out of the news. Once, she pleaded with two Jewish newspapers not to print an item about a birthday party for Steven Rosen, during which a stripper performed on AIPAC premises.
I was editor of the Washington Jewish Week, one of the two Jewish newspapers in question, but I think the stripper incident predated me (I had my own mishegoss with Rosen and AIPAC). But I do remember the birthday party was legendary around the office.