Historians Urge President to Change Policy on Israel-PalestineHistorians in the News
tags: Middle East, Israel, Hamas, Gaza
“We deplore the ongoing attacks against civilians in Gaza and in Israel. We also recognize the disproportionate harm that the Israeli military, which the United States has armed and supported for decades, is inflicting on the population of Gaza.” These are the first two lines of a letter that Historians Against the War (HAW) circulated on July 31, 2014, see http://historiansagainstwar.org/gazapetition.html. The letter, which included an initial list of signers (see below) is directed to President Obama and Members of Congress.
In less than twenty-four hours over two hundred U.S.-based historians had signed the letter. Since then hundreds more historians from this country have added their names, as have hundreds of scholars from around the world. The unprecedented response by historians from the United States reflects the outrage that many feel at the wanton death and destruction that Israel has inflicted on the people of Gaza. It is a clear call for an end to the blockade of Gaza and for the suspension of United States military aid to Israel.
If you would like to join with fellow historians and sign the letter, please go to the link listed above.
Historians' Letter to President Obama and Members of Congress
We deplore the ongoing attacks against civilians in Gaza and in Israel. We also recognize the disproportionate harm that the Israeli military, which the United States has armed and supported for decades, is inflicting on the population of Gaza.
We are profoundly disturbed that Israeli forces are killing and wounding so many Palestinian children. Desperate conditions in Gaza resulting from Israeli policies have made effective evacuation of war zones virtually impossible. We regard as unacceptable the failure of United States elected officials to hold Israel accountable for such acts.
As we watch the death toll mount and observe the terror of the trapped inhabitants in Gaza, we call upon you to demand a cease-fire, the immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, and a permanent end to the blockade so that its people can resume some semblance of normal life. We urge you to suspend US military aid to Israel, until there is assurance that this aid will no longer be used for the commission of war crimes.
As historians, we recognize this as a moment of acute moral crisis in which it is vitally important that United States policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict change direction.
Ervand Abrahamian, City University of New York
Bettina Aptheker, University of California, Santa Cruz
Rosalyn Baxandall, SUNY Old Westbury, CUNY Labor School, Emerita
Marc Becker, Truman State University
Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Stanford University
Eileen Boris, University of California Santa Barbara
Paul Buhle, Brown University, retired
Renate Bridenthal, Brooklyn College, Emerita
Frank Brodhead, Independent Scholar
Blanche Cooke, John Jay College, Graduate Center/City University
Sandi Cooper, College of Staten Island/CUNY
Max Dashu, Director, Suppressed Histories Archives, Richmond, CA
Suzanne Desan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, California State University, Emerita
Carolyn Eisenberg, Hofstra University
Sara M. Evans, Regents Professor, University of Minnesota, Emerita
Stuart Ewen, Distinguished Professor, The Graduate Center, CUNY
John Fitzgerald, Longmeadow School Committee, Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Linda Gordon, New York University
Van Gosse, Franklin and Marshall University
Carol S. Gruber, Paterson University of New Jersey, Emerita
Walter Hixson, University of Akron
Joan Hoff, Research Professor of History, Montana State University, Bozeman
Temma Kaplan, Rutgers University
Rebecca E. Karl, New York University
Stephen Leberstein, City College, Emeritus
Zachary Lochman, New York University
Staughton Lynd, Independent Scholar
Elaine Tyler May, Regents Professor, University of Minnesota
Michele Mitchell, New York University
Thomas K. Murphy, University of Maryland/European Division
Mary Nolan, New York University
Jim O’Brien, co-chair, Historians Against the War
Kimberly Phillips-Fein, New York University
Margaret Power, Illinois Institute of Technology
Ellen Schrecker, Yeshiva University, Emerita
Naoko Shibusawa, Brown University
Robert Vitalis, University of Pennsylvania
Beverly R. Voloshin, San Francisco State University
Barbara Weinstein, Silver Professor of History, New York University
Jon Wiener, University of California, Irvine
Barbara Winslow, Brooklyn College/City University of New York
Larry Wittner, SUNY/ Albany
Marilyn Young, NYU
*Affiliation listed for identification purposes only.