In this episode of “Occupied Thoughts,” Peter Beinart interviews Texas speech pathologist Bahia Amawi and CAIR attorney Gadeir Abbas about the fight for the right to boycott Israel in Texas. After she lost her school contract for refusing to sign an agreement promising not to boycott Israel, Bahia sued the state of Texas – and won. In response, the Texas government amended their anti-BDS law. A few weeks ago, CAIR – the Council on American Islamic Relations – filed a lawsuit challenging the new amended Texas law.
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Gadeir Abbas is Senior Litigation Attorney at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Bahia Amawi is a Palestinian-American and a speech pathologist in Texas.
- “CAIR to Announce Suit Against Houston, Texas AG Over Contract Lost Due to Refusal to Pledge Support for Foreign Nation” (CAIR)
- “Texas speech pathologist celebrates temporary free-speech win, hopes it inspires” (The Texas Tribune)
- “‘I thought I was a free man’: the engineer fighting Texas’s ban on boycotting Israel” (The Guardian)
- “Boycott” – new film from Julia Bacha & Just Vision
- Lara Friedman’s research: