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Boycott Calls Against Israel
American Historical Association Tries Again


Editorial Note

Pro-Israeli advocates at the American Historical Association (AHA) took great pride in defeating a BDS proposition in 2015.  At the time pro-Palestinian activists vowed to continue the fight, a promise they are trying to deliver on.

Historians Against the War, the same group which initiated the BDS proposal, is now soliciting signatures for a petition condemning Israel for alleged violations of the right of Palestinian students to education.  The petition is to be submitted to the January 2016 business meeting of the AHA in Atlanta.

It should come as no surprise that the grandly named Historians Against the War is focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict alone.  After all, leftist activists in liberal arts have so far ignored the Middle East with it unimaginable savagery and wanton brutality. 
Here is a suggestion for the Historians Against the War. Please broaden the definition of war to salvage your academic integrity. 

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Atlanta, January 7-10, 2016

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HAWResolution to be submitted to the 2016 Business Meeting of the American Historical Association


WHEREAS, members of the historical profession support the Right to Education, including the universal access to higher education enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and 
WHEREAS, members of the historical profession are dedicated to the documentation of human experience through the collection and preservation of historical information; 
WHEREAS, the Right to Education can be exercised only when students and faculty alike have the freedom of movement to teach and study at institutions of their choice; and 
WHEREAS, Israel’s restrictions on the movement of faculty, staff and visitors in the West Bank impede the regular functioning of instruction and university activities at Palestinian institutions of higher learning2; and 
WHEREAS, Israel routinely refuses to allow students from Gaza to travel in order to pursue higher education abroad, and even at West Bank universities; and3 
WHEREAS, the Right to Education is undermined or deterred when educational institutions are damaged, or partially destroyed, and when state authorities raid, and even close, campuses; and 
WHEREAS, during its siege of Gaza in the summer of 2014, Israel bombarded fourteen institutions of higher learning, partially or completely destroying nine of them, including the Islamic University of Gaza, which houses the Oral History Center;4 and 
WHEREAS, the Israeli military routinely invades university campuses in Jerusalem and the West Bank and frequently impedes entry;5 and 
WHEREAS, the Right to Education can be exercised fully and freely only when students have access to a broad range of ideas and a faculty of diverse backgrounds; and 
WHEREAS, Israel restricts the right to lecture, teach, or attend Palestinian universities by denying entry to select foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, thereby denying Palestinian educational institutions the rich experiences enjoyed in other universities worldwide;6 
THEREFOREBE IT RESOLVED that the AHA upholds the rights of all faculty and students, including Palestinians, to pursue their education and research freely and wherever they choose, and therefore, 
BE FURTHER RESOLVED that the AHA calls for the immediate reversal of Israeli policies that restrict the freedom of movement required to exercise this right, including denial of entry of foreign nationals seeking to participate in educational programs; and 
BE FURTHER RESOLVED that the AHA calls for the cessation of attacks on Palestinian educational institutions, including raids on campuses, which undermine and deter education and endanger historical records; 
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the AHA commits itself to continuing to monitor Israeli actions that restrict the right to education in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Ad in AHA Perspectives (September 2015)

Impediments To Education In The Occupied Palestinian Territories, edited by Sherna Berger Gluck, Emerita faculty, California State University, Long Beach. Introduction by Sa'ed Atshan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College. A publication of the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Historians Against the War (September 2015).

Deja Vu: Historians will once again be debating a resolution about Israel at the annual AHA convention (History News Network, September 7, 2015)



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