The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has filed a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton after a devout Muslim teacher was fired because she refused to pledge that she would not participate in economic boycotts of Israel.
LawandCrime Bahia Amawi is a speech pathologist and child language specialist who spent nearly a decade working with Muslim elementary school students in the Austin area. That all changed over the summer after the Lone Star State adopted a “No Boycott of Israel” or “anti-BDS” law passed by the previous legislature on May 2, 2017.
Codified at Tex. Gov’t Code § 2270.002 the law reads:
At the time that Texas enacted the law barring contractors from supporting a boycott of Israel, it was the 17th state in the country to do so. As of now, 26 states have enacted such laws — including blue states run by Democrats such as New York, California, and New Jersey — while similar bills are pending in another 13 states.
“On August 13, 2018, Pflugerville Independent School District sent Bahia Amawi a contract to provide the school district with Arabic assessment services,” the lawsuit notes. “Ms. Amawi had been contracting with the school district for nine years. On September 10, 2018, the school district provided Ms. Amawi with an addendum to the contract, which states that Ms. Amawi affirms that she does not currently boycott Israel and will not boycott Israel during the term of the contract.”
Amawi refused to sign it. Her CAIR lawsuit uses typical Muslim lies to explain why:
Ms. Amawi advocates FOR boycotts of Israel due to Israel’s continuing violations of international law in its treatment of Palestinians. Specifically, Ms. Amawi boycotts products created in Israel in support of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. Ms. Amawi cannot and will not sign the contract with the “No Boycott of Israel” provision, which is required by state law. As an advocate for Palestinian (terrorist) rights and justice, she cannot in good faith certify or state that she does not boycott Israel, and will not engage in a boycott of Israel.
Amawi was then, in effect, fired for her views on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
The CAIR lawsuit requests the anti-BDS law be found unconstitutional and unenforceable, that Amawi be offered a new contract by the school district, that all currently-in-effect anti-BDS contractual provisions be voided, an injunction against economic boycott languge viz. state contracts in general and attorney’s fees.