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An event hosted by the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights will no longer be held at a Houston hotel where it was scheduled to take place later this month.
The Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria was going to host the Seize the Moment US Campaign for Palestinian Rights National Conference from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29.
The hotel cited concerns for its team members and guests for calling it off.
“Given escalating security concerns in the current environment, the hotel has determined that it cannot serve as the venue for this event because of the potential risks,” the hotel said in a statement.
Several speakers were scheduled to show up for the conference, including journalist and academic Marc Lamont Hill, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (keynote speaker) and senior staff attorney Daila Shamas. The conference was to be moderated by Rasha Mubarak.
In the last few days, the event had come under fire, targeted by a conservative media pressure campaign, which called on people to call Hilton and complain about the event.
Gov. Abbott posted to X, formerly Twitter, Tuesday night, about the cancellation, saying it was the right thing for the hotel to do: “Hilton Hotels in Houston was correct to pull the plug on the U.S. Campaign for Palestine Rights event hosted by Hamas supporters. Texas has no room for hate & antisemitism like that supported by Hamas. No location in Texas should host or sponsor USCPR.”
I have a real problem with the Governor of Texas weighing in. I think he should have held his tongue. Indeed, I think the idea that security risks were at issue, he should have offered Texas Rangers to protect the facility and ensure that the horrible ideas were able to be said. The time to be for Free Speech the most is when the ideas being said are horrid.
This is a missed opportunity to support free speech and to allow evil to show itself uncovered.Published in