The American Historical Association (AHA) voted down on Monday a resolution endorsing the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The AHA, the largest association of historians in the U.S., voted 144 to 55 against any further resolutions against Israel in what was seen as a decisive rejection of the anti-Israel agenda of the independent group, Historians Against the War.
Jeffrey Herf, professor of history at the University of Maryland, hailed the decision, saying “This is a significant day, a day when the momentum of BDS ran up against academic integrity and respect for evidence.”
A year ago, the 5,000-member ASA announced it would adopt the boycott of Israeli universities and academic institutions. But that was followed by a series of repudiations by dozens of leading universities across the country.