NEW YORK — A prominent scholars' group has failed to pass a resolution critical of Israel and travel restrictions in the West Bank.

The Modern Language Association announced Wednesday the measure did not win the required support from at least 10 percent of the 23,900 members.

The resolution urged the U.S. State Department to challenge Israeli restrictions on travel by some American academics of Palestinian descent who wanted to work with Palestinian universities.

Earlier this year, the association's Delegate Assembly narrowly approved the resolution, then sent the measure to the membership for a vote. Supporters said denial of entry violated academic freedom. Opponents argued the resolution would open the door to a boycott of Israel.

The final tally was 1,560 votes in favor and 1,063 votes against. The measure failed by 830 votes.