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CAIR to Announce Major First Amendment Challenge to Texas Anti-BDS Law

(AUSTIN, TX, 12/16/2018) – On Monday, December 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a news conference in Austin, Texas, to announce a major First Amendment legal challenge to that state’s “No Boycott of Israel” or “anti-BDS” law (Tex. Gov’t Code § 2270.001 et. seq) enacted last year. 

[NOTE: BDS refers to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in support of Palestinian human rights.]

The plaintiff in the lawsuit, as well as CAIR attorneys and CAIR-Austin staff, will be available for comment at the news conference.

WHEN: Monday, December 17, Noon CST

WHERE:  CAIR-Austin Office, 3200 Steck Avenue, Suite 250, Austin, TX 78717

CONTACT: CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

In one case, the anti-BDS law in Texas was used to make eligibility for Hurricane Harvey relief funds contingent on political beliefs regarding Israel.

SEE: Need Hurricane Aid? In One Texas City, If You Boycott Israel, You May Be Out of Luck

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Manager Naaz Modan, 202-748-4319,


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