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CAIR Urges Democratic Debate Moderators to Ask About Trump Order Seeking to Silence Campus Criticism of Israeli Human Rights Abuses

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/18/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on moderators of Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles, Calif., to question candidates about President Trump’s recent executive order that seeks to silence campus criticism of Israeli human rights abuses.  

The sixth Democratic debate will be held Dec. 19, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and will be moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta, PBS NewsHour senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz, and PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor.

CAIR has pledged to oppose Trump’s executive order, which attempts to chill academic freedom by conflating the vile bigotry of anti-Semitism with First Amendment-protected criticism of the Israeli government's human rights abuses.

CAIR chapters across the country intend to work with local allies, students and educators to protect free speech and academic freedom from the Trump administration's use of the executive order.

For past debates, CAIR encouraged moderators to ask candidates about how they will address the Muslim Ban, refugee admissions, the rise in white supremacy and hate crimes targeting Muslim and other minority communities, in addition to other civil rights and immigration concerns. 

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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.


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,, 202-744-7726

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