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Monday, October 20, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 10/20/14, including links to recent articles of interest

Note: In addition to the article links below, here are two links recommended by individuals active in HAW:  (1) a petition for Columbus Day to be renamed Indigenous Peoples Day; announcement of a "One Book, Many Communities" initiative of Librarians and Archivists for Palestine, starting with discussions of Susan Abulhawa's novel Mornings in Jenin in January..

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted October 17
A detailed article comparing Congressional resolutions and letters on the Gaza war with evidence provided by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other sources.

By James W. Loewen, History News Network, posted October 17
James Loewen is the author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America, among other books.

By Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch.com, posted October 16
The author served with the State Department in Iraq and has written extensively about the experience

Interview with Andrew J. Bacevich, Aljazeera America, posted October 15
Andrew Bacevich is a professor of history emeritus at Boston University.

By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted October 14
The author is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who teaches history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

By Shireen T. Hunter, LobeLog, posted October 14
The author is a visiting professor in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

By Juan Cole, History News Network, posted October 12
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan; the article contains much historical background on events in Yemen.

By William Loren Katz, CommonDreams.org, posted October 11
The author has written numerous popular books on U.S. history.

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, History News Network, posted October 10
The author's An Indigenous People's History of the United States was published by Beacon Press this month.

By Conn Hallinan, Portside.org, posted October 9
Traces the emergence of rival centers of power in global affairs

The above list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, benefiting from suggestions by Rosalyn Baxandall, Mim Jackson, and an anonymous reader.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 10/9/14: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By William Pfaff, TruthDig.org, posted October 7

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted October 7

By Paul R. Pillar, The National Interest blog, posted October 6
The author spent 28 years with the CIA and now teaches at Georgetown University in security studies.

Interview with Daniel Ellsberg by Barbara Koeppel, CommonDreams.org, posted October 6

By Philip J. Cunningham, Informed Comment blog, posted October 6

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Washington Post, posted October 3
The author, retired from teaching history at Boston Univesity, is now a fellow at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

By Scott McConnell, The American Conservative, posted October 1
Subtitle is "Netanyahu tries a terrorist bait and switch, like the one that worked against Saddam."

By the National Security Archive, posted October 1
Includes links to the relevant documents

By Robert F. Worth, New York Review of Books, posted September 16
Review essay on books by Juan Cole and Shadi Hamid

This list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to Frank Brodhead, Mim Jackson, Rosalyn Baxandall, and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles that are included above.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

[haw-info] Vietnam Commemoration---Important Sign-on Letter

From: Historians Against the War Steering Committee

Next year, the United States Government will be commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War The following letter has originated with John McAuliff, Tom Hayden and David Cortwright. They are especially interested in receiving support from historians. Text is pasted in below. If you would like to sign it, you can use this link.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/vpcc

Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee

2000 M Street NW, Suite 720
Washington, DC 20036


Lt. Gen. Claude M. "Mick" Kicklighter
Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program
1101 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 810
Arlington, Va. 22209

Dear Gen. Kicklighter,

We write on behalf of many veterans of the American peace movement during the Vietnam era with a deep concern that taxpayer funds and government resources are being expended on a one-sided, three-year, $30 million educational program on the "lessons of Vietnam" to be implemented in our nation's schools, universities and public settings.

We believe this official program should include viewpoints, speakers and educational materials that represent a full and fair reflection of the issues which divided our country during the war in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

We support the announced purpose of honoring our veterans for their idealism, valor and sacrifices, assuming that the full diversity of veterans' views is included. As you know, anti-war sentiment was widely prevalent among our armed forces both during and after service, and was certainly a factor in bringing the war to a close.

Our current Secretary of State, John Kerry, was an important example of GI anti-war commitment. He served with distinction, was wounded in battle, eloquently testified in Congress and joined with Vietnam Veterans Against the War to return ribbons and medals in protest at the Capitol.

No commemoration of the war in Vietnam can exclude the many thousands of veterans who opposed it, as well as the draft refusals of many thousands of young Americans, some at the cost of imprisonment or of exile until amnesty was granted. Nor can we forget the millions who exercised their rights as American citizens by marching, praying, organizing moratoriums, writing letters to Congress, as well as those who were tried by our government for civil disobedience or who died in protests. And very importantly, we cannot forget the millions of victims of the war, both military and civilian, who died in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, nor those who perished or were hurt in its aftermath by land mines, unexploded ordnance, Agent Orange and refugee flight.

These are serious official historical omissions which cause a flawed understanding of lessons we need to absorb as a country

Your official commemoration should be an opportunity to hear, recognize and perhaps reconcile or heal the lasting wounds of that era. If the US government cannot provide a bridge for crossing that Vietnam divide, how can we urge reconciliation in other parts of the world where sectarian tensions are on the rise? We believe, as did such a huge proportion of the US population decades ago, that the Vietnam war was a mistake. No commemoration of the war can ignore that view. How else can we as a nation hope to learn the lessons of Vietnam, to avoid repeating that mistake over and over again?

The commemoration can also provide a model for international reconciliation by respecting the growing ties between the US and Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Whether current reality is seen as a hopeful illustration of moving beyond old conflicts or as evidence the war was unnecessary, the commemoration should not reopen wounds with new friends in Indochina by conveying a one-sided view of our shared history.

Please consider that our government is restricted by laws and precedents from subsidizing "viewpoint discrimination", in the phrase of respected constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine law school. Dean Chemerinsky cites the US Supreme Court decision, Rosenberger v. The University of Virginia [1995] where the Court found that students at a state-supported institution could not be denied the same benefits that other student groups received simply because of the nature of their views. Other laws and regulations going back to the 1950s forbid the government from using appropriated funds for self-aggrandizing propaganda or "puffery." In 1987, the US Government Accounting Office [GAO] investigated and chastised the State Department for funding propaganda pieces on Central America to influence public opinion in the United States.

As we observe the fiftieth anniversary of the war and the concurrent anti-war movement, we would like you to consider the following:

[1] an immediate meeting to explore the differences and similarities of our perspectives;
[2] a voice for peace advocates in reviewing and preparing educational materials;
[3] a mechanism for attempting to resolve factual disputes as to the war's history;
[4] invitations to peace advocates, as appropriate, to public conferences and dialogues sponsored by your agency;
[5] an exploration of your possible presence at the fiftieth anniversaries of the teach-ins and first march against the Vietnam War next spring.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Thursday, October 02, 2014

[haw-info] Possible HAW New York City group/Protest at NY Senators' offices on Monday, October 6

I am interested in forming a HAW chapter in the greater NYC metropolitan area.  If you are a HAW supporter in New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey who  would like to be on a contact list for possible actions, information sharing, alerts, etc., please write me back.  Our first chance for a joint activity is to form a contingent at the Jewish Voices for Peace protest outside the offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand this Monday, October 6, see below.  I will be there with our banner--let's stand up for Palestine, and stand up as historians!

Looking forward to hearing from many of you, and please feel free to forward to any other historians you know, let's make this contingent as big as possible,

Van Gosse

780 Third Ave (between 48th and 49th Sts)
Monday, October 6
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (for as long as you can)

Let's tell our Senators and the broader community:
Israel's ongoing human rights violations are absolutely unacceptable!
US financial support for Israeli human rights violations is entirely unacceptable!

Among Israel's more recent human rights violations and war crimes are:

  • Arbitrary raids
  • Arrests and detentions of Palestinians— sometimes for months or years— without trial
  • Mass confiscations of Palestinian lands and home demolitions
  • Bombings and assassinations of civilians in Gaza, in homes, mosques, beaches, hospitals and UN schools

We demand that our Senators hold hearings to apply to Israel the provisions of US law (Foreign Assistance Act, Leahy Law) that require Congress to cut off US aid to a country's armed forces that have committed a "gross violation of human rights."

Our actions will include:

  • Holding signs with our messages on a picket line
  • Simulating a mock check-point
  • Reading the names of the Palestinians killed by the IDF in Gaza
  • Music from the great Dave Lippman and the irresistible Rude Mechanical Orchestra (invited);
  • Street theatre of all types
  • A rally at the end of the day
  • Handing out our leaflets and talking to passersby—and more!

CO-SPONSORED by Jewish Voice for Peace/NY and Jews Say No! ENDORSED BY Adalah NY; CODEPINK NYC; Defense for Children International Palestine; Direct Action Front for Palestine (DAFP);Granny Peace Brigade; JVP-Westchester; Middle East Crisis Response; Palestinian Rights Committee of Upper Hudson Peace Action; Palestine sub-committee, National Lawyers Guild; Northern Manhattan Neighbors for Peace and Justice; SJP SUNY New Paltz; WESPAC Foundation; WE WILL NOT BE SILENT (list in formation]




Van Gosse
Department of History
Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster PA 17604-3003
717-615-4708
@vangosse


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 9/30/14: US war resisters in Canada; links to recent articles of interest

Note: Luke Stewart, a member of the HAW Steering Committee who is active in support of US military war resisters seeking refuge in Canada, submits the following appeal:  "In the past month, an alarming number of U.S. war resisters who are seeking sanctuary in Canada have received deportation notices as Canada joins the new war in Iraq. If sent back to the U.S., they will be court-martialed and, like others before them, possibly receive between 8 and 24 months in prison, a Bad Conduct or Dishonorable Discharge. For more information on the war resisters and how you can help, please visit: www.resisters.ca."



Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted September 29
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Nicolas J. S. Davies, AlterNet, posted September 28

By Bernard Chazelle, LobeLog, posted September 27

By Paul R. Pillar, CommonDreams.org, posted September 25
The author spent 28 years with the CIA and now teaches at Georgetown University in security studies.

By Jeremy Gantz, In These Times, posted September 23
Review essay on Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's An Indigenous People's History of the United States

By Peter Van Buren, TomDispatchg.com, posted September 23
The author served with the State Department in Iraq.

By Peyton M. Craighill, Washington Post, posted September 22
Based on the experience of previous wars, as reflected in public opinion surveys

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted September 4
The author is a former member of the U.S. Policy Planning Council for North Africa, the Middle East, and West Asia and a former professor of history at the University of Chicago.
The above article is one of a series by William R. Polk providing historical background to the Gaza crisis. The earlier pieces can be found on-line as follows: pre-1930s, 1930s, World War II, 1947, and 1948.


This list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall, Mim Jackson, and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles that are included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

















 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 9/16/14: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

 

"Is There a Diplomatic Solution to ISIS Crisis? US Could Turn to Aid, Arms Embargo & Engaging Foes"

Interview with Phyllis Bennis on Democracy Now, posted September 15

 

"Top 5 Contradictions in Obama's Emerging ISIL Strategy"

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted September 15

The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

 

"ISIS and Washington's Ignorance about the Sunni-Shia Divide"

By Gary Leupp, CounterPunch.org, posted September 15

The author teaches history at Tufts University.


"Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the Rise of Isis"

By Andrew Cockburn, CounterPunch.org, posted September 15

Based in part on an interview with ex-Senator Bob Graham, a former member of the Senate Intelligence Committee


"Nationalist Illusions: Selling Another Middle East War"

By Lawrence Wittner, CounterPunch.org, posted September 15

The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.


"Bingo! Here's Another Force of Evil to be 'Vanquished'"

By Robert Fisk, The Independent, posted September 11

On the ironies of president Obama's language in light of recent Middle Eastern history


"Obama Is Picking His Targets in Iraq and Syria While Missing the Point"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Reuters blog, posted September 10

The author recently retired as a professor of history and international relations at Boston University.

 

"Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease: What's Next for Israel, Hamas, and Gaza?"

By Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted September 9

 

"In Northeast Syria, Islamic State Builds a Government"

By Mariam Karouny, Reuters, posted September 4

A chilling picture of ISIS' staying power and an implied warning of the extreme difficulty of dislodging it

 

"Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin"

By John Mearsheimer, Portside.org, posted September 2 (from the September-October issue of Foreign Affairs


This list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall, Mim Jackson, and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

 

[haw-info] More War? National Call-in Day Tuesday Sept 16

National Day of Action on ISIS: Call Congress today!
President Obama may prefer to call it "counter-terrorism, but his recent speech made it clear that he is taking the United States into another war. In the past six weeks, the US has deployed more than 1500 troops and launched more than 150 air-strikes in Iraq. And this is merely the beginning. As early as today (Tuesday, September 16) Congress is going to vote on a controversial plan to arm and train Syrian rebels.
More than 20 national organizations (including Historians Against the War, Friends Committee on National Legislation. United for Peace and Justice, US Labor Against War, MoveOn, Peace Action American Friends Service Committee and others ) have designatedTuesday September 16 as a coordinated National Call-In Day.
Call Your Representative and Senators today!!
Using this Toll Free # for the Congressional Switchboard: 1-855-686-6927
Use of this number provided by Friends Committee on National Legislation will facilitate counting of calls
Let them know:
* You are opposed to providing arms to Syrian rebels.
* You are opposed to US military intervention in Iraq and Syria
* You favor diplomacy and humanitarian aid as the only realistic approach to the threat of ISIS.
Ask for an explanation of where your member of Congress stands on the President's plan "to destroy ISIS" through military means.
And please let us know what kind of response you receive.
Rusti Eisenberg and Margaret Powers for HAW-SC

Monday, September 15, 2014

[haw-info] National Day of Action on ISIS: Call Congress today!

 National Day of Action on ISIS: Call Congress today!
President Obama may prefer to call it "counter-terrorism, but his recent speech made it clear that he is taking the United States into another war. In the past six weeks, the US has deployed more than 1500 troops and launched more than 150 air-strikes in Iraq. And this is merely the beginning. As early as today (Tuesday, September 16) Congress is going to vote on a controversial plan to arm and train Syrian rebels.
More than 20 national organizations (including Historians Against the War, Friends Committee on National Legislation. United for Peace and Justice, US Labor Against War, MoveOn, Peace Action American Friends Service Committee and others ) have designated Tuesday September 16 as a coordinated National Call-In Day.
 
Call Your Representative and Senators today!!
Using this Toll Free # for the Congressional Switchboard: 1-855-686-6927
Use of this number provided by Friends Committee on National Legislation will facilitate counting of calls
Let them know:
* You are opposed to providing arms to Syrian rebels.
* You are opposed to US military intervention in Iraq and Syria
* You favor diplomacy and humanitarian aid as the only realistic approach to the threat of ISIS.
Ask for an explanation of where your member of Congress stands on the President's plan "to destroy ISIS" through military means.
And please let us know what kind of response you receive.
Rusti Eisenberg and Margaret Powers for HAW-SC 
 

Monday, September 08, 2014

[haw-info] NB!: New Resources Series from HAW on Palestine-Israel


Historians Against the War is pleased to announce a new series of publications in the works, "Conflicts in Context."

 

This series of pamphlets, which are to be available to teachers, activists, and others for free download and printing (under a Creative Commons copyright agreement), aims to offer historical context for contemporary conflicts, in order to deepen the understanding of participants from every side of the conflict, and so ultimately help lead to a satisfactory resolution.Our goal is to cover each topic in a scholarly fashion, with an eye to fairness, and to fidelity and attention to historical sources (which are cited). The first pamphlet in the series is now available to read and download: Alice Lynd with the assistance of Staughton Lynd, International Human Rights Law: Violations by Israel and the Problem of EnforcementYou can read and download the 32-page pamphlet at http://historiansagainstwar.org/resources/InternationalHumanRights.pdf

 

Historians Against the War believes the study of the past is essential to the resolution of our differences in the present. 

 

If you are a historian interested in contributing to the series, which is being organized and edited by HAW's Palestine-Israel Working Group, please contact Van Gosse (vgosse@fandm.edu) or Jeri Fogel (fogelj@mail.montclair.edu) to discuss further.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 8/26/14: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, September 1 issue
A detailed article on the history and current status of AIPAC

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted August 25
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany; his original title for the essay was "Global Problems Call for Global Solutions."

By Aviva Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted August 24
The author teaches history at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

By Patrick Cockburn, TomDispatch.com, posted August 21

By Jeff Halper, CounterPunch.org, posted August 18
The author is director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

By Elliott Colla, History News Network, posted August 17
The author teaches in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University.

By Tom Hayden, The Nation, posted August 13
Subtitled "To reject the 'Long War' doctrine, the American left first has to understand it"

By Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, posted August 12
The author teaches history at New York University.

By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, posted August 4
Based in part on documents released by Edward Snpowden

By Lewis Siegelbaum, The Nation, posted August 1
The author teaches history at Michigan State University.

This list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall, Mim Jackson, Lewis Siegelbaum, Larry Wittner, and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles that are included.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 8/20/14: petitions and statements; Vietnam commemoration

Some notes:

1. Thanks in large part to members of this email list who have helped to spread the word of the Historians Letter on the Gaza crisis, the number of signatures is now close to 1,500. The text of the letter and the list of signatories to date are here on the HAW website, along with the form for signing on.

2. In response to the withdrawal of a promised appointment of Steven Salaita to a faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, several academic petititons are circulating in which the signers pledge to boycott UIUC until the offer to Prof. Salaita is renewed. Corey Robin of Brooklyn College has been posting updates on the petitions on his blog. An article in Inside Higher Education gives background (and leads to other articles), and the AAUP has a statement on its website criticizing the university's action.

3. A statement has circulated among scholars and librarians in Middle East Studies calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions in response to the Gaza crisis. A partial list of the signatories, with their affiliations, is on the Jadilayya website.

4. On a different topic, the Veterans for Peace project entitled "Full Disclosure: Toward and Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam" has updated its website, including a highly detailed timeline through 1965. Organizers point out that next year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of major landmarks in the war's escalation as well as resistance, such as the teach-in movement. They hope to stimulate local observances around the country.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 8/14/14: Gaza petition; links to recent articles of interest


Note: More than a thousand U.S. and international scholars have signed the Historians' Letter to President Obama and Members of Congress concerning the Gaza crisis. The letter, along with a list of signers and a form for signing, is at http://historiansagainstwar.org/gazapetition.html. The text of the letter, with a brief introduction and a link to the list of signers, is currently the lead story on the History News Network website (at http://hnn.us/article/156652).


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

The three articles immediately below are by William R. Polk, a former member of the U.S. Policy Planning Council for North Africa, the Middle East, and West Asia and a former professor of history at the University of Chicago. They were posted on the Informed Comment blog on the dates indicated. 


By Sandy Tolan, TomDispatch.com, posted August 12
The author teaches in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC.

By John Marciano, CounterPunch.org, posted August 11
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNT Cortland.

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times, posted August 8
The author teaches history and international relations at Boston University.

By Avi Shlaim, Aljazeera, posted August 9
The author is an emeritus professor of international relations at Oxford University.

By Todd E. Pierce, AntiWar.com, posted August 9
The author retired in November 2012 as Major in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.

By Robin D. G. Kelley, Mondoweiss, posted August 8
The author teaches history at UCLA.

By Jonathan Freedland, New York Review of Books, August 14 issue, posted appr. August 6
A review essay, with a good bit of history included; it was written in mid-July, before the current fighting in Gaza.

By Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted August 5
A historical look at near-misses for nuclear war

By Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson, The Guardian, posted August 6

By Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books, posted August 1
A chilling account, with some recent history 

This list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to Frank Brodhead and Rosalyn Baxandall for suggesting articles that are included. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.




Monday, August 04, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 8/4/14: Gaza petition reminder and update; links to recent articles of interest

Note: The response to the Historians' Letter on the Crisis in Gaza, first circulated July 31, has been overwhelming.  If you feel that the letter speaks for you and you have not already done so, we encourage you to sign it and forward it quickly to friends. The letter, along with a list of signers as of this morning and an easy form for signing on, is at http://historiansagainstwar.org/gazapetition.html



Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Jonathan Weiler, Informed Comment blog, posted August 4
The author teaches in Global Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

By Leonard Steinholm, History News Network, posted August 3
The author teaches history and communications at American University.

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted August 3
Describes, and provides background for, the struggle between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee

By Noam Chomsky, Truth-out.org, posted August 3

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted July 31
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com, posted July 31

By Rashid Khalidi, The New Yorker, posted July 29
The author teaches in Arab Studies at Columbia University.

By Walter G. Moss, History News Network, posted July 27
A historically informed article with strong implications for the Ukraine crisis; the author is a professor of history emeritus at Eastern Michigan University.

By Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain, Portside.com, posted July 25

By Henry Siegman, Politico Magazine, posted July 22
The author was executive director of the American Jewish Congress from 1978 to 1994.

The above list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to John Marciano and Rosalyn Baxandall for suggesting articles that are included. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

[haw-info] Historians' Letter to President Obama and Members of Congress THIS IS THE CORRECT ONE

Historians' Letter to President Obama and Members of Congress

In the face of the ongoing carnage in Gaza, members of Historians Against the War are circulating the letter below, with an initial list of signatories. We encourage you to sign it at http://historiansagainstwar.org/gazapetition.html and to quickly forward this message to fellow historians. As our numbers grow, we will seek opportunities to publicize and to forward to relevant officials.

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.

Signed (list in formation)

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 
Kimberly Phillips-Fein, New York University
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

Please sign at: http://historiansagainstwar.org/gazapetition.html

--
Margaret Power
Professor of History
Department of Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
3301 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-567-6921

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Historians' Letter to President Obama and Members of Congress

In the face of the ongoing carnage in Gaza, members of Historians Against the War are circulating the letter below, with an initial list of signatories. We encourage you to sign it at http://historiansagainstwar.org/gaz and to quickly forward this message to fellow historians. As our numbers grow, we will seek opportunities to publicize and to forward to relevant officials.

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 to 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.

Signed (list in formation)

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 
Kimberly Phillips-Fein, New York University
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


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Friday, July 25, 2014

[haw-info] HAW statement on Gaza

The Steering Committee of Historians Against the War deplores the
ongoing attacks against civilians in Gaza and in Israel. We also
recognize the disproportionate harm being inflicted on the population of
Gaza by the Israeli military, which the United States has armed and
supported for decades.

We are especially disturbed that so many Palestinian children are being
killed or wounded in the attack. And we regard as unacceptable the
failure of American 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 our fellow historians to speak out now
for a cease-fire, for the immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops from
Gaza, and for the suspension of all US military aid to Israel until the
aid is no longer used for the commission of war crimes.

Please write letters to your local or national newspapers or magazines
and contact your elected officials to express your opposition to U.S.
funding of the Israeli military and its attack on people in Gaza.

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[haw-info] HAW Notes 7-25-14: Links to recent articles of interest

Note: The HAW Steering Committee is considering a statement regarding the Gaza War and US policy toward it, which will be sent out later this afternoon if approved by then.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By John B. Judis, New Republic, posted July 25
Carefully detailed historical background. The author is a senior editor of The New Republic and author of a 2014 book on the Truman administration and the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

By Mark B. Trauger, History News Network, posted July 24
The author teaches history at West Virginia University.

By Tom Hayden, The Nation, posted July 21

By Walter G. Moss, History News Network, posted July 19
The author is a professor of history emeritus at Eastern Michigan University

By Uri Avnery, CounterPunch.org, posted July 18

By Mouin Rabbani, London Review of Books, posted July 18

By Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, posted July 17
The author is a professor of history emeritus at New York University.

By Dahr Jamail, TomDispatch.com, posted July 17

By Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch.org, posted July 15

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted July 9
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

This list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles that are included. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.