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CAIR-Arizona, Muslim Students to Announce Free Speech Lawsuit Challenging ‘BDS’ Law

(MESA, AZ, 3/1/18) – On Friday, March 2, the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) and representatives of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at Arizona State University (ASU) will hold a press conference to announce a lawsuit against ASU and the Arizona Board of Regents.

The lawsuit, filed today by the CAIR Legal Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., challenges that state’s statute (Arizona 35-393.01), which prohibits activity involving Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) in support of Palestinian human rights. Contract terms used by ASU in adherence to Arizona 35-393.01 prohibits groups and organizations from inviting speakers to campus who are affiliated with the BDS movement. 


CAIR, along with plaintiffs from American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and Dr. Hatem Bazian, are challenging the law as a fundamental violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech. Raees Mohamed of Kelly Warner, PLLC is co-counsel on the lawsuit. 

WHAT: CAIR-AZ/MSA Press Conference Announcing Lawsuit Against ASU/Arizona Board of Regents Over Violation of Free Speech WHO: CAIR-AZ and Muslim Students

WHEN: Friday, March 2, 2 p.m.

WHERE: 1819 S. Dobson Rd, Suite 214, Mesa, AZ 85202 

CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi, 480-704-3786,

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi, 480-704-3786,; CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784,; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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