Muslim Pro-Palestinian Student Groups Sue Texas’ Gov. Abbott Over Campus Speech Order

Muslim Pro-Palestinian Student Groups Sue Texas' Gov. Abbott Over Campus Speech Order

In a recent development, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has filed a lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbott over an executive order that allegedly targets pro-Palestinian student groups and critics of Israel on Texas college campuses.

 The order, signed in March, calls for Texas universities to “review and update free speech policies to address the sharp rise in antisemitic speech.”

Muslim Pro-Palestinian Student Groups Sue Texas' Gov. Abbott Over Campus

The lawsuit

The lawsuit, representing groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Democratic Socialists of America, claims the order infringes on the First Amendment. It argues that slogans like “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free” are being falsely equated with antisemitism, reported the TexasTribune.

William White, director of CAIR-Houston, stated, “Our community has a long history of opposing unjust policies that specifically target pro-Palestinian voices, and we fully intend to keep that winning history in place with this legal challenge.”

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The executive order has been a point of contention, especially following the crackdown on the University of Texas at Austin protests, which saw over 100 people arrested. The Governor’s Office has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

The Texas Tribune is currently running its Spring Member Drive, aiming to reach a goal of 500 new members to support independent journalism in Texas. The Tribune Festival is also scheduled for Sept. 5–7, promising engaging discussions on politics and public policy.

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