American Historical Association Rejects anti-Israel Resolution

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A New York protester calling for a boycott of Israel.
A New York protester calling for a boycott of Israel.Credit: AP

The American Historical Association rejected an anti-Israel resolution at its annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday.

AHA, the largest U.S. group representing scholars of history, voted down the resolution 111 to 50, the Times of Israel reported.

The resolution was sponsored by Historians Against the War, and called for "monitoring Israeli actions" to restrict the right to education in the Occupied Territories while accusing Israel of limiting freedom of Palestinian faculty and students.

The resolution was signed by 126 members of the association, including many leading historians.

The HAW was behind a similar anti-Israel measure, presented during AHA's annual meeting in 2015, which also failed.

The group, which describes its members as "historically minded activists, scholars, students, and teachers" on its website, initially formed at a 2003 AHA meeting to protest the impending invasion of Iraq.

During Operation Cast Lead in Gaza during the summer of 2014, the group condemned Israel's efforts against Hamas and called on President Barack Obama and Congress to suspend U.S. aid to the country.

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